Chip Shop on stage before broadcast
Making preparations with Ian McMillan and the producer
Simon Armitage choosing his Chip Shop word; ‘homunculus’
We are having to pull out of the book fair advertised for today, Ping* is on maternity leave now, and I’m going to have to stay with her today instead.
Sunday 16th May 2010, 12noon FREE
96-98 Pentonville Road, N1
We’ve been invited to host a stall at a book event called Work in Progress, at the Lexington. For people who have asked when they’ll be able to come and browse through a copy of the Neglected Interviews, this is a good time. Many of our other titles will also be there to look at and buy.
NB, this is not an appearance of the Chip Shop
We had a great time last night, broadcasting the Chip Shop as part of a live edition of the Verb from the BBC Radio Theatre. Our dictionary lies in great need of repair after being put through its paces by the wonderful verb audience. Their favourite words are obviously almost part of the family. One lady asked what will happen to all the words that were not chosen.. I assure you madam that we will find good homes for them, we never put a good word down.
Ian McMillan suggested the word Kneppel; that rings a bell. Simon Armitage chose ‘Homunculus’, a big word to describe a small man. Richard Hawley chose ‘thigmotaxis’, a barman pointed out to him that this phenomenon applied to both insects and man; only lunatics and coppers sit in the middle of a deserted saloon bar. And our final guest selected the vowel-rich ‘pianola’.
People who enjoyed the Chip Shop on the Verb may also enjoy:
The Erroneous Disposition of the People, an anthology of poetry and prose based around the contents pages of Sir Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica
The Neglected Interviews, a seminar held on the nuts and bolts of alternative arts practice.
Here’s your chance to suggest words for our menu on the Verb. Either email us directly or add a comment below with up to two of your favourite words, and we will hand-pick the freshest entries to be printed for the show.
Members of the Verb audience and recipients of their newsletter now have until midnight Wednesday 5th May!
(note: if you’ve never commented on our blog before it will not appear immediately, but rest assured we will see it.)
You can also read about Ian McMillan’s previous work with us here
Friday 7th May, 9.15pm on The Verb
Following his performance of the Chip Shop Poem, a poem composed of the words generated by the Chip Shop at the London Word Festival 2010, Ian McMillan enjoyed the Chip Shop so much he asked us to come on his BBC Radio 3 ‘caberet of the word’ show, THE VERB. Chip Shop will be featuring in a special live edition of Radio 3 show. Beaming out from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, you’ll be able to hear the Henningham Family Press printing and selling chips to fellow guests; Simon Armitage and Richard Hawley, the 300 live studio audience, and of course, poet, raconteur and national treasure, Ian McMillan. Unfortunately there are no more tickets left for this event, but hopefully you’ll still join us, live on air! 91.3 FM, for those of you whom, like us, are still on the old-fashioned twiddly wireless. And there is one other way you can take part in the show… Suggest a word for our catch of the day! More details to follow.
Ian McMillan’s ‘the Verb’ on BBC Radio 3 has accompanied my news blackout of the last few months. I quit listening to or reading about current affairs after I realised it was mostly bad news, not ‘bad’ in the gloomy sense but rather the ‘inaccurate’. So it was fun to realise while listening to the show that he was the man we would be workin with on the London Word Festival official poster for 2010. We’re very pleased with the result.
We all shuffle up and take a pew as the proceedings begin. First up, specially commissioned poet Ian McMillan takes to the stage to perform the festival’s official Chip Shop Poem. McMillan gets things off to a flying start as his thickly laden Yorkshire glottal stops spurt out from his mouth at break neck speed. By the time we actually get to the Chip Shop poem, The Epic Friday Night Travels of Norman McNorman I am in a mild state of hysterics and so unfortunately can’t recall the finer details, but it’s very funny, ingenious and has something to do with a man called Norman and a late night trip to the Chip Shop. Hats off to Ian who manages to get the words ‘pigeon’, ‘fusspot’, ‘crepuscular’, ‘incandescent’, ‘hopscotch’, and ‘jump’ along with other maverick mots into a well-rhymed jumble with a particularly good last line involving the word ‘spatula’.
Copies are on sale from the London Word Festival.
I was asked to add a sculpture to a brief exhibition held by our good friend Jim Hobbs, in his studio in Peckham. The reception last night was a great fun occassion. I loaned this:
It is about 170mm long. We were also asked to respond to a list of numbers found on one of the shelves that I took to be syllables and lines 5/6, 2/5, 2/5, 5/2 which gave the structure to this poem about storage:
One-hand piano pieceIn the wake of Trench War.The first Xerox machine,It needs no fine tuning.An assortment of nails.
(Lost book hound on theFranco-Spanish line;
Thesis on Lost Time).
Thanks to all who came, it was totally sold out! We had a great time and hope you did too. It turned out to be a wonderful evening of printing mayhem!
Here are a few photos, more may follow later:
Last chance to see Chip Shop at the London Word Festival will be on Wednesday 31st March at ‘The Art of Storytelling‘ event, where we will be printing the official London Word Festival 2010 Poem, alongside Ian McMillan, the poet himself!
Just a quick note to encourage y’all to come early to Keep Printing and Carry on. Not only does the first set kick off at 7.20pm with Murray Macaulay introducing the art of Sister Corita, the fantastic Screenprinting Nun, but also we’ve just been told that the first 60 people through the door will be given a ration book, entitling them to a free cake from The Great Cake Escape! Not to mention the allotment (Dig for Printery with potato prints!) and the Universettee. As usual more details on the London Word Festival Blog.
Of course we would never stoop to bribing people with cake, but i’ve heard that these ones are going to be pretty spectacular. Doors 6pm.