Mar 292011

I’ve uploaded some new sound files of me reading the poems featured on the site under ‘Readings’. Don’t you just hate listening to your own recorded voice, so cringeworthy it makes my toes curl! I had some help from my teccy friends with these; Kona tells me she spent ages getting a decent sound quality for her recorded work and is only too pleased that someone else is getting the benefit of her protracted trial and effort – thanks, Kona. And cheers Iain for getting them on here. I made another recording today, of ‘Papa Joe’, my Plough Prizewinner. This is for the Plough website and involved me attempting a West Indian accent, which is the voice I ‘hear’ the poem in. Thanks to Kei Miller for helping me with this (and for inviting me to a delicious dinner in the process) – not only is Kei one of the best readers of poetry around these days – his rich, melodious voice transports the listener to another, far better world – the boy’s a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, too. His home-made basil ice cream was to die for! I’ll let you know when the Plough page goes up (and you can all laugh at me trying to be a Trinidadian – hopefully less painful than Mel Gibson in Braveheart!). Actually I prefered listening to myself with the Caribbean lilt – perhaps I should adopt it full-time?

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