Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Elder Moon


Taken from the book Recital - An Almanac
Written, Produced & Spoken by John Siddique
Music by Katie Chatburn
Animation and Concept by Daniel Spellman
Art Direction, Supervision & Co-production by Walter Santucci


Elder Moon is one of a series of 13 animated films based on a sequence of poems from Recital -- An Almanac (Salt). The poems are based on the Full Moons of the year and the Celtic mythology which names each moon after a letter in the ancient tree alphabet. Elder Moon is a Shamanic poem in that it seeks though the meaning of the text and the rhythm of the poetry to create a space in which awareness can evolve and healing can take place.

The film was created when I was British Council Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles. Made with determination, love, and a lot of goodwill, - animation director Walter Santucci, his students, friends and myself set to work before passing the pieces to composer Katie Chatburn. I gave each artist a free hand in what they came up with in response to the poems, interjecting as lightly as possible.

A new film will be released each full moon over the coming year.

We'd love it if you'd share this film far and wide. If you would like to use this work for a screening, festival or TV broadcast - please get in touch as we are keen for the work to be seen.

If you would like to support our work by making a donation, you can do so on my website, so that we can make new films in the future.



Full Moon dates 2011

Month     
Day
Time
Day of week

Jan
19 
21:21
Fri

Feb
18
8:36
Fri

Mar
19
18:10
Sat

Apr
18
02:44
Mon

May
17
11:09
Tue

Jun
15
20:14
Wed

Jul
15
06:40
Fri

Aug
13
18:57
Fri

Sep
12
09:27
Sun

Oct
12
02:06
Tue

Nov
10
20:16
Wed

Dec
10
14:36
Fri

Monday, 20 December 2010

My Poem for the Olympics?

'Making It Up' from Don't Wear It On Your Head (Salt) 
has been nominated on the Winning Words Poetry for the Olympics website


and you can read and listen to the full poem on the books page here


Please share/like/tweet/retweet/facebook etc.. 
but more especially read aloud before you go stamping in the snow


all best


John
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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Favourite stuff I've been into this year/but not necessarily from this year.


Books of Poetry
Birds, Beast and Flowers - DH Lawrence
Leaves of grass 1855 edition - Walt Whitman
The Scent of Your Shadow - Kristiina Ehin

Films
Let Me In
Enter The Void
The 39 Steps

Albums
Two Suns - Bat For Lashes
After - Ihsahn

Novels
Good Morning, Midnight - Jean Rhys
From Russia With Love - Ian Fleming

Short Stories
Symbols and Signs - Vladimir Nabokov
Figures in The Distance - Jamaica Kincaid
Leila In The Wilderness - Nadeem Aslam

TV
Twilight Zone Season One
Caprica
Dr Who (Matt Smith is the best Doctor since Jon Pertwee)
Dollhouse

Exhibitions
Gauguin at The Tate
Exporting Beauty at Manchester Galleries
Flashier and Trashier at St Pancras Crypt




Hebden Water