First of all, I got a slot at Liverpool's new Embryo night at Studio Liverpool (run by the crew on the left). But before you ask me how did I get on, ask me how did I get IN?
Having negotiated an accident en route (not mine this time!) and big queues because one of the tunnels was closed, I was late before I arrived in Liverpool... in the wrong place. I'm not great at navigating... especially when driving at the time... especially with my eyesight... especially in the dark... especially with these glasses... but I digress.
When I found Parliament Street it was busy with traffic, and - driving up and down a few times - I could see no signs or numbers on any of the buildings. I turned off into a deserted side street and parked the car, (this was Toxteth, by the way) and set off on foot. Only one building had an open door and light on - an old warehouse. I found myself in a small foyer with a tiny poster by the lift advertising the event. No other indication.
One minute before the event was about to start, I pressed the lift button. And then another one. And another. The lift stayed resolutely at '5'. There was no-one else around. There were no stairs. I pressed every button in site for a few minutes and eventually the lift grumbled its way down. Then it wouldn't go up. I pressed some more buttons. I pressed ALL the buttons. Movement! When I got to the top the bloody doors wouldn't open! More buttons, pressed with increasing 'gusto'. Presto!
Anyway it may have been a Mission Impossible task to get in, but well worth it - brilliant night with hilarious comedy sketches, giant monster puppet in a scene from Dirty Dancing, amazing singer, very funny improvisations - and meeee! And, despite being rather nervous on arrival (new, overtly 'arty' venue, on my own etc) it went rather well - Love Song to Darth Vader was particularly well-received.
Then yesterday I came 2nd in the Birkenhead Park Poet competition! Always the bridesmaid... I've been 2nd most glamourous poet in Liverpool's Glam Slam twice and also the 2nd most romantic poet (with that poem about bestiality). It was lovely to see all the kiddies in the youngsters' section of the competition... but strange to go within 24 hours, from poet/compere Gav at Embryo with his 'Cum Shot' polemic to 8 year olds with their 'bugs' poems...
And finally, our new Poetry24 blog has been very well received, with submissions from UK, USA, Canada and Australia. If you haven't visited, do take a peek... and if you write poetry, send us your topical ones!
Oh... maybe I should have done this post in rhyme?