During the Balham Literature Festival Midnight Run, the facilitator, Inua Ellams, ran a Twaiku workshop with the Midnight Runners. Below are the short poems written in a tiny garden and 10:30pm in Wandsworth!
Let me be honest about something, I used to think of Luton as a place to leave England from. I'd attached a sort of edge-of-the-world narrative to the area and only mildly acknowledged that people would actually live there. Having visited, explored and spoken with members of its vibrant growing arts community, who shared some of its immense diversity, richness and vitality, I realised my foolishness.
At MNR HQ, we are really excited about this event, about discovering how the MNR might help further unlock what Luton holds in-store for its locals, for its artists and for those who want to re-experience a place they might only have passed through. As always, we are looking for local artists to collaborate with, building the route, the activities, finding interesting spaces and places... Could this you? Do you know someone?
All Midnight Run facilitators are multi-skilled, enterprising, overqua-life-fied individuals and Imogen Butler Cole is incredible. Over lunch, we caught up on her recent escapades.
MNR: Imo, what have you been up to?
IMOGEN: "Since the Epic Midnight Run in summer 2015 I’ve been developing my first solo show, a testimonial account of healing and forgiveness following sexual assault. Foreign Body aims to destigmatise dialogue around sexual violence and will be at the RADA and Off Beat Festivals in June 2016.
In May I’m directing The House of Bilquis Bibi - a Pakistan-set adaptation of Lorca’s classic The House of Bernarda Alba - with Mulberry School’s Alumni Theatre Company, which works to empower the local community through drama and finally, I’m working at RADA in Business as a trainer in communication skills and creativity for innovation where clients have included Chanel, Google, Sony and the BBC. I am an assessor for the RADA Awards and a tutor on the RADA summer schools in devising and Shakespearean text!
MNR: Where can we find out more?
MNR: Thank you!
During last month's beautiful Berlin Midnight Run, one of our featured artists, the photo journalist Dario Jacopo Laganà, set a task. The participants had to reduce each other's introductory stories to a single word and take picture inspired by them. These are the funny, insightful and beautiful results. We also wrote poems inspired by light here.