Catherine Vaughan Book & Poetry Reading at De Koffie Pot March 3, 2016
Arriving slightly late to the reading by Catherine Vaughan, I can’t help but feel anxious that I missed out on of some of this lady poets carefully crafted outpouring, and the whimsical and energetic approach in which she passionately read through her material.
I arrived to an aptly poetic atmosphere; the room was beautifully lit with candles illuminating the oak beams on the ceiling, and the tables almost completely packed with humans keenly hanging on to every word. Catherine had reeled them in, I would be next. De Koffie Potholds many events in this room on the first floor of the converted stables nestled alongside the River Wye. A charming setting difficult to parallel in the city unless you boast any sort of river front property.
A Hundred Suns will be performing theThe Underground Revolution show @ The Booth Hall, 17th of March. Show begins at 8pm. £2 entry at the door. Students with NUS Cards Free Entry
Hereford City Centricand The Booth Hall have come together to create a new series of local Hereford band interviews aptly named ‘Sounds From The Sofa’. Our “glamorous” set-up involves a comfy sofa sitting on top of the Booth Hall stage (can you feel the musical vibrations?), where our participants park their derriers and answer a series of serious, and not so serious questions about themselves.
“Omar Majeed has had a long lasting interest in writing, design and photography that formed working on the school newspaper and crystallized at art college. Having a creative outlet is important to him and comes in several guises, from poetry to painting. He has studied photography and graphic design and is currently on the portfolio course learning how to use new techniques and materials. He has worked sporadically as a copywriter, recently on an art blog.”
Gravity zine is a DIY publication based in Hereford. It has its origins in a title called Gravity Serpent which came about as a result of a late night conversation with my housemate Stu when I was living in Kingston, Surrey.
We had been watching The Baader Meinhof Complex and were somehow stirred into creating something. We didn’t know if we wanted to make an experimental film, or write a collaborate novel.
When we thought of making a zine, that was it. The title was his idea, appropriated from a Medusa Cyclone track. Mike from Medusa Cyclone would later contribute photography to the zine.
I have made zines on and off since my first time at art college in 2003. I like the immediacy and accessibility of the format. I like my zines to be collaborative, showcasing artists and creatives whose work I admire. It becomes something of a community.
When I moved back to Hereford, I wanted to shorten the name to Gravity. The first 3 issues were purely photocopied and stapled. After that we started letterpressing the covers under stewardship of Liam Bromage. It was refreshing to have a bit of colour on the front and the printing process gave a cleaner impression that was still handmade. We also started hand binding the pages with coloured thread.