Monday, 23 November 2015
'Once upon a time and light-years away, there were 2 aliens in a travel shop..'
Stand up poetry, song and sci-fi with
Sarah de Nordwall
Bard and storyteller
Via Transylvania and Saskatchewan,
the BBC and the
House of Lords..
‘As relaxing as a head massage and as stimulating as a trip to a new planet!’
JP Theatre Director
Come and enjoy the poetry and stories and meet great people on Saturday 28th November
Mulled Wine at 7pm with the show starting at 7.30pm
You can buy your tickets here on Eventbrite.
£15 only for a table seat.
£10 concessions available for students
for one night only at
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
‘Thank you for bringing us so much joy’ audience member
‘Chock full of treasures to feast my mind on!’
Journalist at the Times
‘I never cease to be affected by her mysterious ability
to release my creativity by sharing hers.’
Coach to Women in the Music Industry
To Book go to Eventbrite.com £15 for a table seat, booked in advance, £10 for concessions.
Beyond Your Wireless Dreams! or just click here!
for more information call Sarah 07849 641 899
Mount Street Jesuit Centre
114 Mount St,
London W1K 3AY
Nearest tube Green Park
Looking forward to seeing you there and taking the journey home to the beginning and the end of time!
Friday, 13 November 2015
It was a very exciting day when the book first arrived in June.. and then the 2nd edition in November!
It's great that people have been really enjoying it - from those who would not normally choose to read poetry to world class poets with amazing reputations such as Mimi Khalvati.
'It’s brilliant! I read the whole thing from cover to cover in a sitting… I just loved the way you put them together.. with the chatty bits in between. I could tell I was smiling as I read it! I loved it.'
Bernadette Barratt, Parish Secretary
One reader bought 20 to give as presents to all her friends for their birthdays in the coming year, saying that she couldn't think of anyone she knew that wouldn't be amused and inspired, so why not, since birthday cards cost about a third of a book!?
So, if you do want to buy one (or a few) you can find them on amazon, but if you prefer to support my publishers who are lovely people and have a great corporate culture (unlike some online giants one could mention) and who also pay the authors TWICE what amazon pays, then you can buy it here
Thanks so much to my delightful publishers, who helped me set up the Bardschool Press, (an imprint of Fast publishing). Without Pauline Tebbut and the wonderful Mr Potter (no less!) what would I have done? Check them out here.
Here are a few of the reviews and responses received so far. Thank you so much! I'm very glad it's bringing you joy.
'Sarah’s poetry is very original, full of surprises and beautiful images.
Reading it is like being perched on ‘Jacob’s ladder, pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross’ to quote from Francis Thompson.
Her poetry can be mysterious, sad, funny or joyful – sometimes all in one poem. The book is a moving journey into inner space.'
Daphne Kilner – author
'Sarah's poetry opens up opportunities within me. Every time I read something that she has written, I feel inspired to grab a pen and a piece of paper and just see what happens.
I especially love the way her poetry invites us into a dialogue. It's impossible for me to simply read her poems in a passive manner... every single one of her poems is an invitation to join in the adventure.
Helen Munt - singer song-writer
'This book is a glittering treasure chest.
I can't imagine it would be possible to read it through and not have your heart profoundly touched by something, or have your mind opened to something new.'
Claire Barrie, graphic designer
“50 poems for My 50th by Sarah de Nordwall (Bardschool Press £9.99)
Spirited, provocative, tender and personal, these poems by the founder of the Bard School are a delight, reminding those with jaded appetites that the world is full of wonder and the task of poetry is to open our eyes to the mysterious beauty surrounding us.
Composed after visiting places as far apart as Nova Scotia, a Croatian island an ultra-orthodox Jerusalem, these zany yet insightful lysrics are a constant invitation to leave one’s treadmill and celebrate the imaginative and spiritual life within.”
the Catholic Herald July 31st 2015 – Francis Phillips, journalist and book reviewer
Thanks for reading, and do let me know which poems take you on a journey.. many people love the retelling of the Hermit Story.. but favourites seem to be 'I,Caterpillar', 'the Universe was not at Home', 'A Black Sheep ate my Business Notes' and the poems about Shabbat. It's been great to see the guests in the Day Centre for the homeless in Bracknall, enjoying reading them and producing their own poetic responses and later emailing them to me. That is what it's all about!
In Asia, warriors do calligraphy.
They know that beauty
Is an act of war.
A great assault against
the darkness of
Against the chaos
And the tearing of the word.
And here in Europe, also
When the spiritual warriors
Held the quill
And with each stroke
Marked out the place
Where Light could dwell
We feel the focus of the human heart
With laser reverence
Marking out the path.
Sarah de Nordwall October 28th 2015
"to repair with gold" the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken
I look back at the pictures of times
taken when we thought
that all was well
I try to re-enter the moment
Like Alice climbing inside
The doll’s house of the past.
But I do not fit.
I am tall with the present
Made large and clumsy by
A stature of too much knowing.
Would I wish to return?
To shrink down again
To the size of unknowing
and walk again by the round pond
Captured there on a wild day
Sparkling white on granite waves
Like a sea in turmoil.
No longer a park but a landscape.
The elements seemed to know.
And I rebel
Reverse on my nostalgic exercise
Remove myself from the scene
Where entry is so rightly barred.
The photograph deceives.
This moment is no longer in existence
And the person who encountered it
Is absolutely changed.
I valued and honoured everything
You gave me.
You took a machine gun to the life we led
But all the shrapnel,
falling from a brightening sky
I hold in my hand
And find it mended
By the light
Each piece miraculously sewn by
and given by a gift Divine
I find has held the pieces fast
No longer old
This shape ceramic
here repaired by gold
Now more beautiful
And open to the future
And the sky.
Sarah de Nordwall. 11th October 2015
There are some people who make mosaics out of lifetimes.
It’s not the simple elemental effect
Of a magnet
Under a page of iron filings
Making a pattern like magic out of chaos
With the power of the pull.
It’s more conscious
They’ve seen the potential in the fragments
And they haven’t run.
They’ve seen the beauty in the fractured colours
And they’ve set to work.
But not without permission;
This is freedom.
The small exquisite pieces one by one
Are taken from the dragon hoard
Where stealth and sloth had piled up wealth
Without a greater purpose
They’re having fun
And so are you,
Outdoors and far from the lonely mountain
Where the story had begun.
And now Fidelity with her listening ear
And Grace with her extravagant hues
Are teaching you to use
That fell into forgetfulness
Until, the muse at work,
her sisters come
And bring their brothers,
Boldness and Redress
To make the vision larger than it dared.
And bring new life and glory from the Yes.
Each masterpiece will find its pair
Each form its purpose, free from fear.
And in the making
As we build
Our joy and lives breathe
Sarah de Nordwall June 25th 2015