Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BACK AT THE POETRY CAFE...

A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE "A YETI WAY OF THINKING..."


Hello beasties!

This week we're going to looking at my recent gig at The Poetry Cafe - I won't be going into too much depth as I am hoping to release an episode of THE SHY LIFE PODCAST concerning the evening and so I'll be discussing it in greater length then. All the same - I'd like to share with you some photos from the night - a little bit about the other people who came to read and also, as usual - I aim to list the poems that I read. Firstly I'll just list them and then go back in greater detail afterwards, although as you may well get to hear them on the podcast there isn't really any need to describe the pieces themselves...


A YETI WAY OF THINKING... THE SHOW

The Poetry Cafe, London - Friday 8th July 2016

SET LIST

First Half

DISCO YETI
THE TRUE LIGHT
THE SORRY TALE OF FRED THE DINOSAUR
OH, FLORENCE!!
A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
THE KING OF RHYME
BLUE EYED LOVER (GREEN EYED FREAK)
BLACK-EYED GROWL

JOHN/RICH

THE ANSWER'S NO
ARE THEY AWARE I'M A WEREWOLF
A HARMLESS PRANK
AUTUMN WON'T HAPPEN
I AM NOT A FAN OF THE METAPHOR
TIME IS THE THUG
BECOMING MORE CAT-LIKE

INTERVAL

Second Half

THE GREAT BOOKSHOP IN THE SKY
FURRY FROM THE DEEP
BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD
THE DREADED LURGY
THE ONE
PICCADILLY IS A RUBBISH CIRCUS
YOU'LL DO

JOHN/RICH

PRACTICAL PSYCHOPATHY
JOHN, I'M ONLY RHYMING
THE CAFFEINE QUEEN
I'M FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOU
WE WERE GOING TO BE WED (WHEN WE BOTH HIT 40)
I WILL EAT PIES

THE END...

In all I read 28 poems/stories/prose-pieces...



THE GREATER DETAIL...

SET LIST

First Half

DISCO YETI / THE TRUE LIGHT / THE SORRY TALE OF FRED THE DINOSAUR / OH, FLORENCE!! / A LEARNING EXPERIENCE / THE KING OF RHYME / BLUE EYED LOVER (GREEN EYED FREAK) / BLACK-EYED GROWL

Pretty much everything that I read from the first half of The First Half was early material which is collected together in my collection SHY YETI RULES OKAY (2009) which is available from:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-chandler/shy-yeti-rules-ok/paperback/product-20175515.html

These are poems from my first dozen collections or so - from JUNK/FOOD in 2002 until THE SHY LIFE in 2009, all but THE SORRY TALE OF FRED THE DINOSAUR was written in the 00s, whilst FRED dates from right back to 1992. After these poems John Smallshaw read for a while, followed by a new poet at one of my shows, Rich Harris, who I have known for a while online, but never met. Rich has agreed to let me interview him for the podcast - so there will be more to come from him and hopefully he'll come to another show in the future. I think our styles complement each other well in the same way that John's poetry also fits in very well into a yeti show. Rich has a new book out - but more about that at the end. I'm hoping to include poems by both Rich and John in the podcast episodes that was recorded on the night - but that won't be out until late July/early August.

JOHN/RICH
THE ANSWER'S NO / ARE THEY AWARE I'M A WEREWOLF / A HARMLESS PRANK

I returned after John and Rich had read and the next three pieces were from my most recent collection - A YETI WAY OF THINKING; the first two being poems and the third one being a short story. A YETI WAY OF THINKING is available from:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-chandler/a-yeti-way-of-thinking/paperback/product-22585324.html

AUTUMN WON'T HAPPEN / I AM NOT A FAN OF THE METAPHOR / TIME IS THE THUG

At the moment these three are only available here on the blog - although they are due to be collected together with other writings posted here between 2015 and 2016 sometime early next year.

BECOMING MORE CAT-LIKE

This is one of my favourites - which is available from my SHY YETI STILL RULES OKAY compilation at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/paul-chandler/shy-yeti-still-rules-ok/paperback/product-20399409.html

INTERVAL

Second Half

THE GREAT BOOKSHOP IN THE SKY / FURRY FROM THE DEEP / BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

These three are from 2009's SHY YETI RULES OKAY compilation - although the poems were originally from different collections.

THE DREADED LURGY / THE ONE / PICCADILLY IS A RUBBISH CIRCUS / YOU'LL DO

These four are also from A YETI WAY OF THINKING, published earlier this year. This was followed by further poems by John and Rich.

JOHN/RICH
PRACTICAL PSYCHOPATHY

This was probably the most recent piece - published on my blog a month or two ago.

JOHN, I'M ONLY RHYMING / THE CAFFEINE QUEEN / I'M FAR TOO IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOU

These three are from some of my collections from the late 00s or early 10s - but they were compiled together for 2012's SHY YETI STILL RULES OKAY.

WE WERE GOING TO BE WED (WHEN WE BOTH HIT 40) / I WILL EAT PIES

These two are from the same book - one I sort of read because of its vague wedding theme, with I WILL EAT PIES being the piece that I usually finish my shows with.

THE END...


Thanks especially to John Smallshaw for performing a splendid set of poems. He had a pretty busy long weekend - when I saw again on Monday afternoon it was at his wedding reception and he'd just married his girlfriend, Reet! Thanks also to Rich Harris for reading - and also for agreeing to let me interview him for the podcast in the next few weeks. He has a book out, by the way - it's called Dark and can be found at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Rich-Harris/dp/1533336547?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc

It's available in paperback and e-book format.

I would also like to thank everybody who came along, especially to Nick and Aly Goodman who drove all the way up from Salisbury and to Aly again for driving me back again so that I could spend the weekend with them and also see my parents...

As for when the next show will be - well, I'd like to have said October - but I've just heard back from the Poetry Cafe that they are under-going refurbishment from September and it sound like they could be closed until, at least, the new year. They did mention that they might be looking into alternative performance space - or it might be that I can find somewhere else to do a show - but I'm afraid that I don't have anything definite for you at the moment.

Before I bid you farewell, here are a few photos from the night...

Next time, I will probably have a new podcast episode to discuss - and I may also be posting something about my trip back to my home town... I also have a few yeti scripts stored away - but you might have to wait and week or two more for those...

Don't forget - my 12-track "lost" 2012 recording, THE KISS ME QUICK E.P. was recently released on Bandcamp at: https://shyyeti.bandcamp.com/album/the-kiss-me-quick-e-p and is available for just £2.

More soon!

Yeti hugs,

Paul xx

SHY YETI PROJECTS UPDATE - JULY 2016:

THE SHY LIFE PODCAST episodes published: 

Episodes 1 to 7, plus the original pilot episode are available from iTunes, Acast and Soundcloud (under SHYYETI)

Books in formatting: 

HOT STUFF - 2, KENSINGTON GORE - 2, BEAST OF FRIENDS - MOVIE SCRIPT

Books awaiting formatting: 

HOT STUFF - SEASON 3, KENSINGTON GORE - SEASON 3, HOT STUFF!! SEASON 4

Books currently being written: 

HOT STUFF!! SEASON 5, KENSINGTON GORE - SEASON 4, THE SHY YETI SKETCH-BOOK, GETTING BLOGGY WITH SHY YETI

I have recently begun work on new seasons of both HOT STUFF!! and KENSINGTON GORE. THE SHY YETI SKETCH-BOOK is a new collection of scripts about Shy Yeti - some of which have already been published on this blog. I am aiming to release a collection of these later in the year. GETTING BLOGGY WITH SHY YETI is a collection of all the prose pieces and any new poetry that I debuted on the blog between the start of 2015 and the end of 2016. I am intending to release a collection in early 2017.

Pending projects: 

The next Mouse Of Commons book of short stories and novel... Date of publishing: Unknown.

Future projects: 

SHY YETI'S GRRR-EASTEST HITS

This is a revised and compiled volume of all my favourite self-written poems over the last 25 years which I hope to release early in 2017..

I definitely intend to write a 6th season of HOT STUFF!!, but do not definitely have plans for a 5th season of KENSINGTON GORE yet, not that this necessarily means that I won't be writing more of this series.

Projects published in 2016, so far: 

HOT STUFF - SEASON 1, A YETI WAY OF THINKING, THE KISS-ME-QUICK E.P., KENSINGTON GORE - SEASON 1

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