After the June AGM, current resident Rachel O’Neill talked with Siân Robyns, journalist and former Trustee of the Randell Cottage. Rachel provides a summary of their talk below:
I am currently engaged in a series of experiments sparked by my personal ‘listening practice’ where I consider connections between the imagination, poetry and sound.
As the 2023 Randell Cottage Writing Fellow part of my ‘listening practice’ involves collecting found instruments and sounds and exploring their auditory possibilities. I then ‘play’, record and edit these into sound works, which in turn enable me metaphorically speaking to go ‘inside the sound’, sparking a sort of ‘audial image’ that seeds various forms of poetry.
This ‘listening practice’ is augmented by research focused on music and poetry alongside evolving collaborations with musicians, composers and sound super fans.
Engaging with the ‘audial imagination’ is at the heart of my process for developing the two collections of poetry I am working on while in residence at Randell Cottage, ‘Symphony of Queer Errands’, a hybrid-form book that draws on poetic and musical forms, and a book of prose poems provisionally titled ‘Master of the Female Half-Lengths’.
Rachel has also read their sound poem ‘My life, again’.