Friday, 5 November 2010
An Elastic Sky
Flax022 has launched!
As usual, the process was a twisty turny one: a worried sense of not getting a clear picture of the overall theme, but working on instinct; followed by close editorial work with the writers that sent me cross-referencing each poem to another one in the anthology; running parallel to that was hearing how the commissioned films were panning out; and then the launch. Which was a wonderful combination of live readings, film, scones and a capacity audience.
So, the end result: An Elastic Sky is an expansive anthology. Its poems orbit moon, kitchen tables, oceans, attics and football pitches. Throughout they show a tenderness and quiet ruthlessness for honesty in our disquieting world. It showcases new work from Rebecca Irvine Bilkau, David Tait, Michael Crowley, Ron Scowcroft and Jim Turner
You can read An Elastic Sky, Flax022 from the Litfest website.
As I mentioned we commissioned films to accompany the digital anthology. For me one of the main benefit of digital publishing is the ability to make multimedia work from the text. So, once again Morph Films were asked to translate a poem from each author into a film. These are the results: