“Craven” is a series of video poems, which provide an audio-visual interpretation of some of my written poetry. The Craven District is an ancient area of Yorkshire, which can trace it’s history to pre-Celtic mesolithic times (the oldest finds in the area date to around 9000BCE). It has changed its geographical definition over the years – sometimes including parts of what are now Lancashire and Cumbria. However, its main center has always been around the Southern and Western Yorkshire Dales. Its administrative center is Skipton. The Craven district is the epicenter of my writing – although not the sole locus.
In these video works, I have picked up on one theme within my writing: that of location. I see there being – in one reading at least – three states of my work. They tend to fall into one of three categories: internal, external or mythic. I have tried to represent these states visually and thematically in these videos. Internal pieces tend to be abstracted, less “realist” as it were. The external pieces have a more “documentary” feel. The mythic pieces are historical and reference tales and stories.
I’m always looking for new ways to keep my poetry alive, and this is one of them. From 2014 they will form part of live readings, in between the spoken word. They also form the basis of my “visuals” site, which is to be found over at www.thecheesewolf.co.uk
Whilst I have created these videos, they shouldn’t be seen as definitive: I am always open to people creating their own work using mine as a stepping off point. Also over at http://www.thecheesewolf.co.uk you will find photos etc of work created in this manner.