I was going to call this blog post Spirit of Jazz in recognition of the fantastic CD The Spirit of Trane by Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble because the band had me and the rest of the audience in rapture last night at Grimsby Jazz's final gig of 2017. But actually it's spirit I want to write about because it has been a week of feeling spirit in so many lovely ways and although last night was the apex there have been some fantastic moments of community and togetherness that I want to try to capture. [ 396 more words ]
I like this moment, when I parcel up new books ready to send off to the British Library and National Book Depository. Following a very successful launch for In Case of an Emergency I am very happy to be lodging these books in the national archive. It feels right and serious and creates a longevity to the work in a small way. Books are available to buy from me for £6.00 plus p&p. I'll have some with me at the Poetry Cafe this Thursday @ Riverhead Coffee as well.
Illustrations from In Case of an Emergency by Sophie Helen Ashton Looking at my calendar for December my hair begins to stand up in fright and then when I look back at November I wonder how I got everything done that needed doing - but of course I did, because we just do. November was a month and a half in terms of what I managed to do; not single-handedly of course, there are lots of people who deserve thanks, bottles of wine and much more besides. [ 425 more words ]
And so the official tour comes to a glorious finale with a wonderful gig at The Hive in Shrewsbury. It was a special evening after a very special run of gigs. This tour has been an incredible experience for me as a writer and performer. I've found a rhythm and a style on stage that I am very comfortable to inhabit. [ 186 more words ]
Wonderful photos from a fabulous gig with the most astonishing, inventive, creative musicians it has been my absolute pleasure to work with.
In Case of an Emergency: Book Launch. November 30th @ Moon on the Water La Luna presents: In Case of an Emergency Book Launch with Franklin College Young Voices Free Entry La Luna Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of its first anthology of ambitious new writing In Case of an Emergency. The book is the result of a project delivered by La Luna for the Franklin College Young Voices, emerging writers keen to develop their skills in both writing and performance. [ 141 more words ]
Most of my posts are about what I've been doing but this morning I am thinking about being. The nature of being, of our existence is both simple and complex. Here we are, hurtling through space on a rock living with the inevitability of our own death and that of everyone we know. That is the simple bit. The complex bit is what we do with the time we have and how we are for ourselves and others. [ 217 more words ]
We are very pleased to invite you to our second La Luna Poetry Cafe in partnership with Riverhead Coffee. Our inaugural event was wonderful. Please come and join us with poems and stories. The floor is open and anyone who would like to read will have the opportunity. We like to have a chat as we go about the poems and about writing in general and it is a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Riverhead Coffee will have festive fayre on the menu plus their usual offer of a hot drink and a muffin for £3.50. Entry is free. You don't have to read festive material but don't be shy if you have a Christmas poem you'd like to share.
It's been a very busy and eventful few weeks with gigs, touring, life and other things. With one more Fish Tale to go in Shrewsbury this Saturday I am feeling a bit sad that what has been the most amazing tour with wonderful humans is about to end. But I am excited and hopeful that there will be more of similar to announce soon. [ 114 more words ]
La Luna is delighted to announce the launch of In Case of an Emergency, an anthology of new writing by the Franklin College Young Voices. This sparkling anthology has been produced by La Luna with support from Arts Council England. With a range of original and challenging writing alongside photographs and featuring art work from Sophie Ashton this book is a showcase of talent. Books will be availalble to purchase on the night for £6 (cash only) and many of the young writers will be performing their work. We thank Moon on the Water for hosting this event for us. Entry is free and there is a bar and other refreshments available.
La Luna is hosting the inaugural Poetry Cafe @ Riverhead Coffee tomorrow, 3.00 -5.00 pm. We are looking forward to hearing a range of poets in a perfect setting with excellent coffee and cakes!
A lovely little clip from Wakefield.
I have been busy trying to sort out my Amazon page for my e-books. It's not entirely fixed yet but the books are available to buy now and they all have my name - Josie Moon - on them although there are residual traces of Josie-Anne Gray when you do a search. It's really hard to get Amazon to fix these things but I am trying. Anyway, after that marvellous sales pitch from me, please rush over to Amazon and fill up your Kindle with my books. If you feel so inclined you could leave me a review. A nice one please!