Saturday, June 30, 2007

New BLOG!!!

Dear reader,


You know how I like to keep you on your toes, which is why I enjoy repeatedly moving something around.

Anyway, from this point forward, the Itch Away blog is now part of its daddy Itch Away site, in its own section, hosted in the same space. I'll keep this one up for archived posts (although I think these all successfully imported to my new blog) and also because I'd rather this blog site became a post graveyard than a big dirty pornopicnic.

So update your bookmarks, etc. and I hope you like the new design / functionality of the blog.

Friday, June 29, 2007

ITCH AWAY.NET soon to be brand new

I know my site is still pretty new, but I've been completely rebuilding it. I hate it at the moment, and it is now tantalisingly close to being ready. Simplicity is the key this time round, and hopefully this should set it up to be a bit more expandable too.

More soon


Thursday, June 28, 2007

It's a fucking renaissance, people

A new prime minister

A Spice Girls reformation

All we need now is a baddiel and Skinner re-release of "3 Lions" and it's the holy trinity. I'll even remove my England shirt and march down the street screaming vindaloo in celebration.

Monday, June 25, 2007

To the reader of my blog

I don't know who you are, but I'm sorry for the lack of updates of late. I do it for you, faithful reader. I'm working on a complete re haul of the website, so it's actually readable. So you like it, ducky.

In the meantime, go and buy the new Shellac album. It's really very fucking good indeed.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Openned Anthology and Flyer

Openned have used a still from Demo and Die for one of a series of flyers advertising the Openned Anthology.

Thank you guys!


Thursday, June 14, 2007

HOW2 Summer 2007 Issue Now Online

That's right. Finally, after months and months, the new issue is up and ready for perusal. The announcement, with a round-up of the main contents, can be found:


EDIT: DUUURRRRR, it might help to supply a direct link to HOW2, what do you think?:

It's been an interesting issue to get off the ground - for Dell, who has given birth and had to deal with the needs of her new little one and still see the issue through. Also for me, working as the webmaster for the journal and also having the opportunity to work with Jena Osman on a Flash setting for a version of her “Public Figures” work. I've also set the ball rolling re submissions here. Readers are encouraged to follow suit and submit photos and words to this collection.

Working with Jena has been great. It's been kind of cool to work on an interpretation of someone else's texts and concepts. This might be something I'd like to write a postcard about at some point.

But, in the meantime, enjoy the issue. There's a wealth of media and resources here - essays, poems, audio and video of readings, PDFs to download (a whole journal within a journal, and a collection of full works). Tons of stuff. Massive. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

I have just finished a necessary reworking of the index for the HOW2 archive (the HOW(ever) one works fine). Hopefully it looks and functions well now.

You might notice the current issue is archived. That's because the new issue will be up very very soon.............................

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Poetry And Performance - Call for Submissions

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Sophie Robinson need YOU. They are both rather brilliant, so you know what to do.

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Friday, June 08, 2007

Jow Lindsay:

Let me see your blog.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Part of the summary of my Research Development Training evidence...

...As an audience member [of the ASU Writer's Conference 2006], I attended several useful talks of direct relevance to my research. Charles Jensen’s talk on blogging offered a vital resource of poets who already blog, and gave guidance on a) how to start a blog; b) how to streamline a blog to make it functional and interesting for both readers and for the author. This has been of exceptional pedagogical use, not only teaching me how to anticipate my audience as a blogger, but also in terms of thinking about blogging as a networking tool and a space for experimentation as a practitioner. The dialogic nature of my research involves reflexive scrutiny of my own work, and placing it in relation to others / offering it in various stages along with publishing concerns and questions has played a vital role in my ongoing practice and critical writing. I have been able to pass this on in my teaching of the MA Poetic Practice group, requiring them to begin their own blogs and enter into dialogue with other practitioners as well as use their blogs for open, public experimentation.

Charlie obviously has a blog. He also created and single-handedly steers the helm of LOCUSPOINT. He also happens to be a very talented poet and a bit of a dish, making me curse the day I was born a heterosexual. Damn you, lord.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Lutone it down

This site is inspired. There's also an inadvertent plug for my site at the bottom (if you'll excuse the pun).