A Multimedia Writers Diary

Today I travel to Enniscorthy to meet again with a local writers group which emerged from the now closed St Senan’s and is facilitated by local writer Sylvia Cullen. They have been studying my second book,Invitation To A Sacrifice (2010) & apparently particularly liked the poem, The Pisshead. If you want an e-book or paperback of this collection or any of my other books, give me shout. If you are unfamiliar with my work, check out the essentials here
http://davelordan.com/essential.html

That’s my second community invitation of the week. I was out talking about the multimedia/DIY revolution in literature to the young creators of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary school on Wednesday, where
teams of young videographers had been making short films in response to Anti-bullying poem Because I’m human, the community produced video of
you will find here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFe4XOyJzkQ

Tomorrow I’m out in Tallaght Library recording a live podcast with Colm Keegan & Annemarie Ni Chuireann, two
of my peer-generation in irish poetry. I’ll read some poems & talk about my life & methods as a n indie artist working in the wild outside
both the state-subsidised/controlled & the commercial literary sectors. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-flow-state-featuring-dave-lordan-and-annemarie-ni-churreain-tickets-45004961050

Anyone literary who is thinking of spending the next five years writing a novel and getting it published (yes thats how long it takes for the 1 per cent who do get published) I’d advise to think again. My recent survey of 800 irish writers & readers showed that close to nobody is reading even our most heavily state & commerce-promoted literary writers.

You may be much better off choosing another medium for your writing if you want an audience and a few bob for it- podcast or audio story for example.
Even if it means you have to learn a few tricks on the laptop. You learned how to read & write didn’t you? My Creative Writing Now course might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxQJnPF-_bg

Thanks by the way to everyone who pre-ordered my new short audiobook, The Only Real Irish Poet in Dublin. In 12 hours I sold more books on my facebook page than my state-funded publisher did of my work in five years. See above for how I managed this. Everything i get for the audiobook i put back into time and equipment to help me make new work & help other sin the multimedia/diy arts out there.

See this MODWORDS18 album I produced recently for an example of what I can do for other artists when I have enough time in the bank. https://davelordanpoet.bandcamp.com/album/modwords-the-secret-gig

Beware of what our literary NGO/registered charities say about anything literary by the way – they are not staffed by writers but administrators from a mainly 80s & 90s generation who simply do not understand the new multimedia world that now confronts the arts. The NGO’s & other salaried sections of the arts periphery such as literary journalism are heavily invested in the status quo – even if its the status quo of 1995, not 2018. They are all well on their way to the Cliffs Of Complete Irrelevance – don’t follow them over it.

If you are interested in any of online courses, or in any of my books, or in hiring me for some facilitation 0870921117 dlordan@hotmail.com

Cheers

Dave

 

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