If you are yet to familiarise your ears with Nic Sebastian’s wonderful site Whale Sound, then set aside some time to experience the exquisite aural texts that await you. What immediately caught my attention with the site was Nic’s belief that ‘reading other people’s work aloud is the most tender and respectful, and also the most careful, way to engage with it.’
This is something that I have long believed and put into practice at many poetry readings during the past decade and you can hear the attention to detail in Nic’s voice as she delivers each poem. The connectedness between reader and writer opens up a new dialogue for the poem and new opportunities for an audience to engage with it. I have often felt it is the greatest honour to have your poem read by another person as in many ways, it allows you as the writer to gain an even deeper understanding of the original text, so I am thrilled that Nic has agreed to to read one of my poems during the month of December.
I will post news about the reading once it is live on Whale Sound, but until then, head on over and delve into the archives. There is much to celebrate.