News & Poem of the moment

POEM OF THE MOMENT

Août, demons Août!

August, and the rain
Has settled in for one hell
Of a vacation

Dave Reeves 2/8/16

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NEWS
Catch up with the latest edition of The Loop at Radio Wildfire playing 24 hours a day.

02.02.17
A thoroughly enjoyable show at the Arena Theatre as part of Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival, and a great review:
‘Armed with, variously, a squeezebox, a harmonica, and the simple power of words, he brings us comic poems… beautifully delivered flights of imagination … and blues poems. A vibrant show, delivered to a large and appreciative audience.’
Read the full review on Write Out Loud

17.11.16
Having contributed a piece to the Artists4Syria anthology, I’m pleased to be able to report that the book is now available from Amazon All proceeds from sales of the book go direct to the White Helmets in Aleppo.

22.06.16
“Dave gave a fantastic performance of poetry recital. His words were followed, supported and emphasised by the harmonica and squeezebox music. Dave’s writing is a theatrical and full of unexpected twists … His humour is dry but witty and his stories incredibly warm.”
Review on Droitwich Arts Network website

09.06.16
The Out The Frame’ gig at Droitwich Spa managed to get written up in the weekly news section of Accordion.com and in the sister publication Diatonic News
With both links, scroll down the page until you see the blue picture that Cynthia Morrison did of me in a topper playing the squeezebox.

09.02.16
Feeling poetic and competitive? Details of the 2016 Black Country Living Museum poetry competition can be found Here

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REMAINS NEWS 2015

05.11.15
Last week Wolverhampton was declared the place in the UK where people were least satisfied with their lives. A little response to that now posted on Soundcloud at The Dissatisfied Downs or the Down Town Blues

28.07.15
Having celebrated the first ever gunfight in the Wild West with a rendition of my Saturday Night in Dodge City at Dudley Archives, I’ve also inspired this little tale of the Black Country’s cowboy connections.

29.04.15 – Last year I did collecting sessions at the Black Country Living Museum and at the new Dudley Achives, recording visitors’ memories of family members who were involved in the Great War. The resulting pamphlet can be found in Dropbox and the audio piece on the Radio Wildfire Soundcloud page. Both can be downloaded.

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REMAINS NEWS 2014

20.12.14 – Here are details of three new YouTube videos in which Dave appears:
i) Dave performing ‘From the Words of William Perry …’ live on a StoryWalk Here
ii) Dave reading ‘A Cut Above’ from Black Country Dialectics in a promo video for Offa’s Press Here
iii) Dave performing on a live version of the Nigel Mazlyn Jones track ‘When Rivers Run’ from Nigel’s new album Raft Here

25.9.14 – Three new poems, part of a commission from Black Country Echoes festival are now published in Black Country Echoes: People/ Landscape/ Industry/ Art, a souvenir publication available free from festival venues.

1.9.14 – Please note that the publication created by Dave Reeves from his work at the Black Country Living Museum on Saturday 30th August is available from 12 noon on Sunday 31st August on the Listings page at www.radiowildfire.com

2.6.14 – There’s a new article about Dave’s work as a performer poet posted in the online music magazine Perfect Sound Forever. Read it here but also have a look round the whole rather excellent magazine.

26.5.14 – davereeves-who-bellows Bellowing on the squeezebox and against the iniquities and idiocies of the world around him, listen to Dave here

5.3.14 – Love in Leamington Being asked to be MC for last month’s Love in Leamington event for Warwickshire Libraries meant being involved for the second year with a great event (last year I performed at it). The tracks of newly commissioned poems set to music by the composer and jazz musician Steve Tromans can now be heard play-on-demand here at Radio Wildfire.

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REMAINS NEWS 2013

15.12.13 – Raft – Nigel Mazlyn Jones The first acoustic based album from Nigel Mazlyn Jones for thirteen years is now available and I’m playing harmonica on a couple of tracks and some uncredited squeezebox in there as well. Other guest players include drummer and percussionist Guy Evans of Van der Graaf Generator. Well worth taking a listen to, as Nigel is very much on form with this album. Details on Nigel’s website here

7.7.13 – Poetry TakeAway @ Ledbury Poetry Festival was great fun. I was asked to write poems about bad knees, Wimbledon, an 85th birthday, and applying for planning permission for a pigeon loft in Kings Cross, amongst other things. The poem below came out of the session.

There is a heatwave in Ledbury
The doleful bell on the library tower
clangs its portentious hours through the haze
the hanging baskets frazzle and aloe vera bursts
through the pavement’s cracks

Cacti covered in prickles
are harvested and pickled
and sold in the chippy
along with onions and eggs

The oasis in Homend is a mirage
its palm trees offering false hope of shade
and past a B&B offering bedouin breakfast
a caravan of camels clatters down Church Lane

There’s a heatwave in Ledbury
it seems that only poetry can assuage.

3.7.13 – Deus Ex-Machine poem about an Australian IT consultant who has declared himself to be the re-incarnation of Jesus Christ, recorded by ReevesSquared (Dave & Vaughn Reeves) can now be heard on SoundCloud by clicking Here

21.6.13 – Black Country Living Museum Poetry Competition details and entry form can now be found Here
Details of Our Big Gig at Netherton Arts Centre on 12th July can be found Here

24.5.13 – The exhibition Once Upon A Time In The Midlands …, for which I have been story consultant, is now open at Bilston Craft Gallery. It contains some excellent curated and commissioned craft work themed to stories from around the region – from Wild Edric in Shropshire to polar bears, escaped from their compound at Dudley Zoo and roaming in the limestone caverns deep beneath the castle. Details

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REMAINS NEWS 2011
29.10.11 – Thanks to everyone who came to see Black Country Dialectics at The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. The next performances of the show are now being booked and details will appear shortly.

3.10.11 – Black Country Dialectics, Dave’s new book featuring writing inspired by the area that he was born in, some in his native Black Country Dialect, will be available shortly from Offa’s Press.

11.05.11 – Grounds for Improvement, the digital exhibition from a reminiscence project in Walsall, collecting memories of the the town’s two former ‘mental institiutions’, St Margaret’s and St Matthew’s, will be ready for display shortly. This is a Radio Wildfire project and some initial sound files from the interviews can be found on the website at Radio Wildfire/Projects

16.04.11 – Dave will be touring Black Country Dialectics this autumn, a new show to tie in with the publication of a book based around Black Country themes and dialect. More to follow…

01.03.11 – Othello: the travelogue is now published by Warwickshire Libraries. This is a collection of interviews with lenders and poems written in response during a writing residency on a mobile library in North Warwickshire (example below). The mobile is named Othello.

A Wraith Amongst The Bookshelves
I could browse all day, me. I go off into a world of my own
when I get amongst the book shelves, lose track of time
can hear no one call, am only just aware of other people
around and about me, become kind of invisible.

One day, we joke, I’ll forget to get off the van and I’ll be whisked
away to the next stop, will still be reading when it pulls up again,
won’t notice, get off and not know where I am:
be stood on the roadside clutching a book

like a spectre at the crossroads – the tome under my arm a
catalogue of misdemeanors from which I’m waiting for release,
this fair paper, for all the world the bloody book of law,

what is, in reality, just my ticket to get lost

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REMAINS NEWS 2007-10
22.11.10 – 20 years since Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stepped down from office, Dave is releasing a pamphlet of material which he wrote 20 years ago and never published – until now. Tying in with the live transmission of The 20th Anniversary Mrs T-Party live on Radio Wildfire the pamphlet, Margaret Farewell is published by Pale Horse publishing, an English language press based in France.

21.11.10 – Tomorrow sees the transmission on The 20th Anniversary Mrs T-Party, and then performed in front of an audience at the Cafe Abri in Birmingham’s Cheapside, The show features Dave Reeves, Adrian Johnson and Jessi Eastfield. The Radio Wildfire show is produced by Vaughn Reeves.

1.8.10 – A reminiscence project in Walsall, collecting memories of the the town’s two former ‘mental institiutions’, St Margarets and St Matthews, is nearing completion. This is a Radio Wildfire project and some initial sound files from the interviews can be found on the website at Radio Wildfire/Projects

9.3.10 – Copies of Dave’s new publication The Unicorn Washes Its Hair, an A5 pamphlet of poems for children, are now available.

3.6.09 – Rare Shellac Dave’s tribute to the late poet Adrian Mitchell can be heard on the Radio Wildfire MySpace page

8.10.08 – After a break of more than 20 years, Dave is once again playing with a re-formed Jean Vincent & The NiteCapz. An anarchic post-punk musichall of thrash-country and rockin’ acoustic schlockabilly boogie, the band’s recorded output was described by Kerrang! as “The ‘Oklahoma’ cast after a night out in a mescal factory … Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.” See Calendar for details.

29.7.08 – After 13 years of publication, the final issue of Raw Edge Magazine has been now been published and distributed. To download a copy and keep abreast of developments and new projects please visit www.rawedgemagazine.co.uk

14.4.08 – Dave’s satirical poem inspired by the 2007 Heathrow Climate Camp, On Smuggling Smart Clothes (into Heathrow): a flight of fancy, can now be read by visiting the official climate camp website climatecamp.org.uk, and clicking on the word ‘articles’ in the left hand column or by going direct via this link

The latest published works by Dave Reeves are Firing Lines in True To Life: memoirs from Ruskin College, Oxford, published by Heaventree Press; and Bastard No More published in the February ’08 edition of NthPosition, the online magazine of literature, culture and politics. You have also recently been able to hear Herod’s Hoochie Coochie and the track Carnival written and performed by Dave with music from Tom Cook (it comes from the cd Ballads for Bomere Heath) playing in The Loop on Radio Wildfire

An interview with Dave about the Ballads for Bomere Heath was conducted by the French academic Eric Doumerc in January 2007. It can be read at Allinfoaboutpoetry.com

The Ballads for Bomere Heath are now live at www.bomereheathballads.co.uk
The cd/cd-rom can be purchased from The Moving Finger at the address below, or get in touch through the Contact page of this site.

Edited by Dave Reeves, the e-pamphlet Raw Eds: the download, a collection of work by writers who have been involved in the editing of Raw Edge Magazine over the last 10 years can now be downloaded from www.birminghamwords.co.uk/publications

The pamphlet Concrete Spaghetti with poems by Dave Reeves, Roz Goddard, David Hart, Julie Boden, Sibyl Ruth and Matt Nunn is now available free. This was originally a commission from BBC Radio3. Send an A5 s.a.e with first class postage to the address on this page. Mark envelope Concrete Spaghetti.

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For further details or to discuss bookings please contact
Dave Reeves, POBox 4867, Birmingham, B3 3HD, England

Or use the contact page on this site.

News
Photograph of Dave (centre) with poet Todd Swift (right)
and Nick Dawes at the Purple Patch
small press conference.