#TheIdleWomen tour begins!

I’m about to embark on a 49-show tour of Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways – an Arts Council funded double bill with writer/performer Kate Saffin. Although I’ve spent many holidays travelling on a 70ft narrow boat, this will be a very new experience! I will be blogging about it on the Alarum Theatre website www.alarumtheatre.co.uk so may go a little quiet on my own blog.

To find out a bit more about this work, see/hear these interviews:

A BBC London interview with myself and Kate  click here
An interview (just me) in Theatre Weekly  click here

And have a look at the Alarum website which has all the dates and lots of information.

Wish us luck, and I hope to see you at one of the shows!

IWWW 2017 e-flyer

The crew at Fishery Wharf

Narrow boat Tench with L to R: Steerer Heather, performer Kate, owner & steerer Alex, performer Heather

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Peter Kay’s Car Share (3 tiny poems)

This morning I was interviewed on BBC Hereford & Worcester and BBC WM about being commissioned to write poetry for the Nationwide ad campaign. BBC WM asked me if I wouldn’t mind writing a short poem for them on a subject they were discussing – Peter Kay’s ‘Car Share’. Now I happen to love that programme, so I agreed, and came up with:

Peter Kay’s ‘Car Share’

Thrown together to share a car
They chat and dream and travel far
Kayleigh, John and Forever FM
A situation comedy gem

© Heather Wastie
written for BBC WM 12th April 2017

For the film of the Nationwide ad, I was asked to wear a beanie or bobble hat. During the filming day I got chatting on the subject of hats with a lovely guy from the film company called Jon who inspired this:

Hats

I’m happy in a beanie
And I’m partial to a bobble
For I like to wear a hat that is
Both warm and comfortobble

© Heather Wastie

And for no particular reason, I’ll leave you with this thought:

Important question

Now the Queen’s an oldie
Is she going mouldy?

© Heather Wastie

 

Words are not enough

In the spirit of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) here’s a poem written and posted the same day:

Words and stuff

Words are not enough, look
expressionless bare without
an excess of exes
crowds of emoticons
colons stolen by brackets
exclamation!!
the last surviving punctuation?

we are bored with words
nuances bullied
by shiny shouty
stuff

© Heather Wastie
3rd April 2017