What Do You Want?

Tell me what you want, what you really really want. Yea that’s right, I just quoted the Spice Girls. I wish I could quote green day instead but I don’t think they have the right lyrics for this blog… except ‘welcome to paradise’ because that’s what I want to create for you…

This blog is to ask you, my audience, what you want? What do you want more of, from The Shouting Mute? Do you want more poetry shares? Do you want more blogs? Do you want more writing workshops?

I’m writing a book of poems, which I hope you’ll all read and enjoy. All profits will go towards supporting the arts I’m involved in. Do you want a book of poems? Do you want more merchandise like that?

What would you like to see on my channels – on my YouTube, on my Facebook page, in my Facebook Group, or on my website?

What do you want to see me do? Would you like to see more films? Do you want to see me clowning around and singing? I’ve been singing a lot in lockdown.

So I would love you to tell me  – what do you want?

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The Next Workshop ~ 27th July

Hello everyone… Breaking News! There will be another online workshop with me, The Shouting Mute, on the 27th of July at 2:30PM
Five lucky people, maybe even you, will be facilitated through the writing process of creating a poem from scratch, get to share your poem with the group, ask questions, get writing tips and start your week with a great creative experience.
As always, disabled people will get first dibs and jump the cue, but non-disabled can apply too. Some call that positive discrimination, I call it equalising the field!
We’re looking forward to meeting you online, for some fun with words that isn’t words with friends.  So what are you waiting for? Email my team and save your spot – Dave@TheShoutingMute.com
In the meantime, did you know I have a Facebook group for writers? Click the link at the top of my Facebook page to join 🙂
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My Thoughts on Adapting Theatre

Hello. Things are coming to an end. Lockdown is almost over for a lot of people. Except for the fact there will be hundreds of thousands of disabled people not able to physically work just yet. The virus is still around and a big problem for the most vulnerable in society to get out and about. What are we doing for them?

The theatres are on the brink, but do theatres need to be both physical and virtual? Are we blocking off thousands of potential audience members that could see the work using social media? Especially when it’s a free non-ticketed event? Even with ticket paying shows, why can’t they be streamed on Zoom, or have a limited number of people on the portal? Is it time to write off the night out and make it a night in like everything else?

The reshaping of theatre could allow performances to be online. There are already online streaming theatre sites up and running, should this be a bigger part of the live experience than we think?

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The Shouting Mute Writing Workshops

Hello again. Last week we hosted an online writing workshop and it was great. We had five enthusiastic participants, who are all fantastic poets. They’ve all written the beginnings of some fantastic poems. It was a really fun afternoon full of writing, sharing, and connecting.
From hosting this workshop, I’ve realised there need to be more of these kind of online events, a lot more. So we’ll be doing some more. Don’t worry you definitely won’t miss out, if you wanted to do it, and there’s a replay available of last week’s workshop we’ll be sharing online soon.
I would love to know what you think I should do next? What type of workshops you would like to see on offer?
In the meantime, here’s some advice and answers to some of the FAQs I get asked:
  • How to write and edit poetry ~ my top tips are just write it. Leave it for a day or two. Even an year. Come up back to it and write it again and edit the two pieces into the best poem with the best lines. Remember that every line needs to be a punch. Fast or slow. That is your choice but every one of a poem lines needs to hurt the listener in some way or another. Your job as a creative is to settle the disturbed and disturb the sleeping. And if people like the poem or don’t like the poem you did a good job because you made them think. I have a lot of tips online so check out them on my blog post on the website

  • What am I interested in ~ Honestly poetry, music, and performance art. Without them I wouldn’t even get up by 12 noon and arts and football on a weekend for a break makes me want to live. The only way to live is for enjoyment

  • Any recommendations ~ My favourite poet is Luke Wright. Check him out. Tiny bit rude but some times rude is good. Most people don’t agree but they can shut up and just don’t listen. Another amazing poet is Joelle Taylor. She is an amazing wordsmith and go to out:spoken if you are in London after lock down is over. Look up John Cooper Clarke and his poem Twat. It is the best poem ever written in my opinion. They can’t find a good word for you, but I can. Twat. It’s the best bit of poetry in the world in my opinion. Another incredible poet is Jonathan G. He is very painful to read but that is why you like him.

  • Why should we write at all ~ Writing is about giving voices, yours, the disabled people in your community. The black people in your community matter. Women matter and we should more woman in power. Your sex matters. Difference is the key to peace. And all working together is the key to the climate emergency. All together. All safe. All can live for life. The world is one planet and that is the way forward to save the human race. Some people won’t say but the climate emergency is actually a human emergency. If we don’t protect life, we will die. Writers have a big job putting that across.

  • What am I working on now ~ Well I am writing a Poetry book right now for some time later this year. I am planning a social media take over. Kerry, I want to be famous make that happen hahaha. Actually I will have two pieces about Climate change out next year if they go ahead. One for Drake Music, a disabled focused music company. And one for Inside Out festival in Dorset if everything works

I would also like to know if you want your poetry shared through my social media. I’m offering to film myself reading your poems to camera, to share online, with credit to you. If this sounds like something you would like me to do for you, please email dave@theshoutingmute.com

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BIG NEWS! Virtual Writing Workshop on Thursday 4th June

Hello there.
The Shouting Mute is looking for 5 lucky participants to be in a live virtual workshop about writing poetry. In the workshop you’ll be writing your own poems inspired by the approach I used to write my poem ‘I am an Eye Gaze’ – writing in the voice of an object you love. You’ll receive writing tips and feedback from me, and you’ll have the chance to share and chat with the group.
The workshop will be held in the afternoon of Thursday 4th June, led by Dave and assisted by his PA, Kerry. Join us for some lock down fun.
The plan is to have some online creative fun in this lockdown. We’ll also be recording the workshop to share online, to create a replay for social media, so people who can’t be there will get a chance to join in the fun another time.
There are only 5 spots available so if you’re interested send me your email address or other contact info to get the link and secure your spot, and let me know if you have any access requirements so we can help you participate to the best of your ability from the comfort of your own home. I would also love to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. You can message me on Facebook or email dave@theshoutingmute.com
We’re so excited about this workshop, it should be a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Zoom for some writing fun and games.
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Leading creative writing workshops at 1Voice