Mud Press have been approached by the wonderful folks at Nottingham Poetry Festival to produce an event as part of their poetic celebrations – so it is with great pride that we present to you: MudFest!
We’re so excited about this event. Not only is it a chance to be part of the poetry festival, but it lands at exactly the right time for us to launch our two newest publications: WOMAN the anthology, and illustrative zine!
For such a special event, we felt we had to go ALL OUT, for a full festival vibe! We’re having live music, live art, an indie selling market, face and body painting, a poetry kissing booth and more to be confirmed – and entry is completely free, too!
We’re confident that MudFest is set to be one of the highlights of Nottingham Poetry Festival, and can’t wait for you all to see it!
It’s been absolutely mad here at Mud HQ. We’ve been prepping for the event, utilising our founding editor’s craft and DIY skills; painting signs with blackboard paint, knitting vagina badges (which will be for sale at the event), and we’ve even got a friend busy building a Poetry Kissing Booth for us! See pictures of all the little bits we’ve been working on in the gallery under this post!
Needless to say, MudFest promises to be an amazing event. There will be something there for absolutely everyone, so please do come along! Join us on Friday 28th April from 5-8pm in the courtyard of THiNK Creative Space, Cobden Chambers, Pelham street, NG1 2ED. There will be fun, there will be paint and, most importantly, there will be poetry!
Don’t miss a single update – click ‘going’ on the Facebook event HERE.
We went kitsch for Christmas!
Animation courtesy of Benji – find him on PeoplePerHour here: https://goo.gl/wvN6IO
Would you look at that! We’ve been fortunate enough to bag ourselves a resident blogger, and not just any blogger either, but the fabulous Caroline Hardaker Writes!
She’s here to help spread the word about the fun (and sometimes not so fun) things we get up to here at Mud. We’re a bit bad at keeping you all up to date you see, so Caroline’s going to whip us (and our blog) into shape!
Caroline hails from Newcastle Upon Tyne, and has a first class degree in English Literature and a masters degree in Culture and Heritage from Newcastle University. Her poetry, fiction, and features have been published widely in print and online, and she’ll do (almost) anything to get everyone to have a go at writing or making. She is the Creator behind Knittynudo, and lives with a forest of houseplants, a husband, two snails, and a betta fish with attitude.
Watch this space for her wordsmith wizardry, coming soon (we’re so excited!) …
Today is National Poetry Day, and for the this year’s theme, light, our Founding Editor Georgina has written a little poem.
Feast at midnight,
thank you fridge light.
Shelf comes stage
and the show goes on.
the new Shakespeare.
Did you decide to write anything for this years theme? Or maybe you have a favourite light themed poem? If so, why not share it with us by tweet or Facebook post – We’d love to see some of your stuff!
What a ball we had at Friday’s launch party – it was a proper ol’ knees up!
The night started with our founding editor, Georgina, hopping on stage and giving the crowd a break down of Mud and how it all began. That lead on to an open mic hosted by Poetry Is Dead Good, where we had some outstanding performances, and some very brave poems if we do say so ourselves!
After this, there were sneak previews of 5 of the poems featured in the Hunger anthology, read by their actual authors! Some of whom had travelled all the way up from London to be there. It was so humbling.
Next up, the music! We had the incredible Emily Franklin who had people’s jaws on the floor. Everyone was in awe of her and her voice, she did so well – proper blew’t roof off!
Emily was followed by our closing band, Cheshire and The Cat, who sported old fashioned lampshades for hats and an out of this world trumpet player! By this point, everyone was dancing and jumping around to their sounds, they really are a fantastic band, you honestly should check them out and try and see them live if you can – you won’t regret it!
We had a selfie wall covered in Mud posters, so people could take pictures as though they were on the red carpet; we had light up balloons – oh and we had giant gold balloons that spelt out M U D (They were our favourite); we had big tissue paper pom-poms’ hanging from all over the stage; we had badges and posters and stickers and of course… BOOKS! They sold incredibly well and we were inundated with the most beautiful comments about them. Our favourite comes from owner of Big White Shed, Anne Holloway, who said ‘I just didn’t expect the quality of the poems to be so good!’ – We’re going to have that quote splatted over the website somewhere, just you wait haha!
Here’s a few snaps from what truly was an incredible night.
If you’ve been following us much on social media, you’ll know we’re due a big old knees up at Rough Trade Nottingham to celebrate the launch of us and our first ever anthology, Hunger. There’s going to be an open mic for all poetry enthusiasts to get up and give us a taste of their work, there’s going to be badges, there’s going to be stickers, there’s going to be dancing… and of course, THERE’S GOING TO BE BOOKS!
We have some incredible artists lined up to jam with on the night, here, check them out:
Emily Franklin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdMCYuFBPDo
Cheshire & The Cat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATW-tRQGwWg
Not to mention exclusive readings from the likes of Gabriel Jones, Georgina Norie, Joshua Judson, Rosemary Swainston and many more!
We’ve also been fortunate enough to be chosen for Left Lions ‘Pick of The Week’, too, and so here’s their run down of our event:
Sounds great, right? Will you be there to dance with us?