Winston Plowes shares his floating home in Calderdale UK with his seventeen-year-old cat, Sausage. He teaches creative writing in schools, universities and to local groups while she dreams of Mouseland. His latest collection, Tales from the Tachograph, was published jointly with Gaia Holmes in 2018 by Calder Valley Poetry
When people ask me what it's like to be a poet I sometimes quote Michael Symmons Roberts who described the poet as “a messenger bringing back bulletins from the edge of experience”. As a writer working in a hospice it's my privilege to visit one such 'edge or experience' and meet the patients and doctors such as Rachel who inspired this piece. It's a reminder that listening is just as important as talking, that being some sort of journalist of emotions is a valuable role in life and maybe as our worlds become smaller our hearts need to get bigger. I have enjoyed the editorial process involved in giving my words a voice via this short film and hope that it helps connect us further and help us through these off-kilter times.
Voiced by Naomi Knox
Professor Bambo Soyinka is an award-winning writer, director and immersive story developer. With more than a decade’s experience in multi-platform storytelling and production, she has initiated and directed projects across the UK and internationally. Bambo is Professor of Story at Bath Spa University and Chair of the Research Centre for Transcultural Creativity and Education. She conceived and founded Paper Nations in 2015. Bambo is the Director/Principal Investigator of “Bulletins from the Edge”.
“All of the films in “Bulletins from the Edge” are the outcome of a three-way conversation between the creative production team, the writer, and me. Some of the films were quick and easy to make. We were able to intuitively ‘tune in’ to each other and we reached a shared vision that we were all happy with. Other films took much longer to make and required several conversations with the writer, sometimes leading to an extended back-and-fore process with the editorial team before we settled on a joint approach.”
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