Thursday, 19 November 2009

Topolski Century and Bard Games sneak peek

On Thursday 5 November, Fuselit scuttled to the new open mic night hosted by Abi Palmer at the freshly reopened Topolski Century gallery. It's a great choice of venue, partly because the action takes place in a cosy nook with cushions as well as chairs (leaving less likelihood of disturbance by random amblers) and partly because it introduces Topolski virgins like Jon and me to the Polish artist's work.

With vintage cartoons playing across the wall and a mini-picnic of refreshments, an audience space that has room to expand, but which wouldn't feel too empty on a quieter night, and time in the interval to wander round and view the artwork on display, it's sure to become an open mic favourite.

Our set, a double-headed beast, featured a preview of Bard Games, the bonus booklet to be given away with Fuselit's next issue, Tilt. We've had a bash at writing poetry using tabletop, board and card games to create rules and forms, with varying levels of success. Favourites such as Jenga, Dominoes, Scrabble and Battleships have been mined and turned into verse, accompanied by instructions, in case you want to have a go yourself.

If you have interesting ideas for hybrid forms or weird and wonderful poetic structures, we'd like to hear from you. Comment here or email

Tilt will be out soon - keep 'em peeled.

1 comment:

Abi said...

You guys were poetic board game GENIUSES! I'm definitely trying the Scrabble one and I think maybe we should plan a board game special poetry fun afternoon club geet-together sometime soon. Thanks for a great performance! Abi x