Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Wednesday, December 16th, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Queen Anne Building, Room 280, University of Greenwich
Followed by a Q&A, drinks and nibbles.
Come and hear 4 Young Poets read new work.
Richard Parker has read at the Crossing the Line reading series & recently completed a PhD on Louis Zukofsky. He produces the letter-pressed poetry magazine 'Crater' & is the regular DJ at the Chlorine reading series.
Jay Bernard’s first pamphlet Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl (2007) was the Poetry Book Society summer choice. She was recently poet in residence on two allotments for Apples and Snakes' 'My Place or Yours?' project, and a participant in the 24-Hour Book.
Andra Simons is a Bermudian writer and performer living in London. His debut collection The Joshua Tales was published September 2009.
Vahni Capildeo works freelance for the Oxford English Dictionary and for several Caribbean and international poetry projects. Her third poetry collection, Undraining Sea, appeared from Egg Box Publishing this year.
With support from 5 Greenwich Poetry Students: Amy Bish, Irene Musoke, Nicole Fordham Hodges, James Rippingale and Emma Zielinski
Friday, 20 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2009
aka 'Is There Life After Openned?' Featuring four poets:
ROBERT ROWLAND SMITH
+ magazines, books & DJing.
at The Hope, Queens' Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA.
£3 concessions, £5 waged.
Arrive 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Friday, 13 November 2009
The second number of Crater's out right now; the first in a projected mini-series of letterpress broadsides, Crater 2 contains a sequence of five spiffy poems by Jonty Tiplady called Above Shoes By Some Margin, and a block by Edward Suckling.
£4 all in if you're within the UK, £5 if you're elsewhere. Paypal or cheques or swapsies welcome.
There are just 55 of these, so respond quicksharp if you're after one. Collect the set.
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
A couple of months ago, I did something a little bit sad. I Googled myself. I can’t be alone in having done this, can I? We’ve all done it, right? Whatever. I did it.
I was nowhere. For one thing, my name is Richard Parker, which is a name that has 13 entries on Wikipedia (none of which are mine) and includes:
Richard Parker (influential US economist).
Richard Parker (tiger, fictional star of Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi).
Richard Parker (fictional mutinous sailor who, after surviving the capsizing of his ship, is cannibalised by his fellow survivors in Edgar Allan Poe’s novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket).
Richard Parker (real life sailor who survives the foundering of his ship only to be – you guessed it – cannibalised by his fellow survivors).
Richard Parker (a second real-life sailor cannibalised by fellow survivors after a ship-wreck at sea).
Richard Parker (mathematician).
Richard Parker (Egyptologist).
It also includes a couple of US congressmen and the fictional father of Peter Parker (aka Spiderman) who is called Richard ‘Ray’ Parker – a fact I mention only because Ray is the name of my grandfather, and my father’s middle name.
For another thing, I didn’t own the url for my name, nor the direct extensions on other social networking sites. And more to the point, I didn’t publish anything online or do anything worth other people talking about online.
So apart from discovering that I’d better be careful around ships and that I’m possibly related to a super hero (something I always suspected), Googling myself revealed that I was fairly anonymous on the web. To the point where the first result for me was on page 17 and was my facebook profile. Not a situation I liked.
So I did a little experiment. I did the following:
1) Started to contribute to this blog
3) That’s it.
Seriously, that’s it.
I’m now, at the time of writing this post, the first post on page 1 of Google (see image).
Here’s the thing though: I’m not tricking Google, or doing anything shifty. I am creating content under my own name, and because I’m distributing it through sites that Google deems relevant (social network sites in my name), and people are clicking on those links and reading the content, I’m moving up the ranks.