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The set up – I steadfastly avoid ‘what I had for breakfast’. The new posts run at a rate of one a week are about Brighton – but also trips to London and sometimes France – reflections – homespun philosophy – shows – art exhibitions – reviews – poetry events in London and in Brighton – loads of photography – updates on my life including that of a marionette maker and performer – poetry in progress – films as they are made and put on youtube.
Blogging is brilliant, after all there is only so much knitting one can do in retirement and I don’t knit, play bridge or croquet. Croquet reminds me of the Red Queen, hedgehogs and flamingos for mallets in ‘Alice in Wonderland.’
I am a keen amateur film maker.
Some films have 20 hits some have thousands – take your pick from the youtube site
Or see a selection here.
Monet’s Garden ( I loved making this one)
Virginia Woolf”s Garden (another of my favourites)
A reconstruction of a few highlights from our Puppet Circus.
The following film was the first and hardest film to make – based on our performances of Alice in Wonderland.
My mother then in the 70s clambered up in the loft to our improvised studio to operate some of the marionettes. The boat scene in the garden took forever and then I had to learn the skills of editing. We regarded it as a labour of love.
My first attempt at a poetry collection
Poems, verse and monologues some inspired by a course at Sussex University others at Arvon since retiring.
John McCullough says – ‘Ann’s poetry covers the big topics of love and death with originality and satisfies the reader’s heart as well as their head. Take for instance the title poem which is full of surprises yet also wonderfully poignant. The energy of her work leaves you feeling revitalized and seeing the world afresh’. John is author of an award winning book ‘The Frost Fairs’.
Kiersty Boon says – ‘This collection of poems, fully illustrated by the author, is a wonderful journey from a magical childhood of puppets and seaside towns. The delicacy of the difficult stages of life and memories experienced are offset with humorous anecdotes and magical tales for the young and old alike’ – Kiersty Boon poet and author.
Both b/w and colour versions also available from Lulu or Amazon and as an ebook.
Frankly I still regard myself as an apprentice poet. Poetry was new venture and I was not aware of the conventional route to publishing poetry, competitions pamphlets etc. So I just ploughed in, with modest success.
I have however always been a compulsive writer, including writing a play that was performed at The Young Vic when I was about 40. I have also worked as a freelance journalist
The illustrations were oil paintings, prints or pastels that I had accumulated over the years and appropriate to a particular poem – others were especially designed for the book.
1. In colour and and as an ebook is probably the best value at £5.00 but other options follow.
Example from b/w version
The West Pier – pen and ink – Robin – oil on heavy paper.
Colour print for ‘Weaving Spells’ in the colour edition
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Black and white edition
More by luck than judgement several of my poems had been published – Compact magazine etc. This is one was written in Hove and featured in ‘Writing Magazine’ March 2012 .
As soon as I learned that competitions were important I entered a few. I was joint winner in a poetry competition run by The Hatchery and judged by New Writing South.
2013 One of my poems was short-listed in The Bridport comp. I was also on the long list for a poetry pamphlet with Cinnamon Press
More about films – This is an early one, a play from a book of plays that my mother and I wrote – Plays for Pelham Puppets. Bob Pelham was a family friend
The following film was to have been a picture book. It jumped through several hoops with Oxford University Press, but in the end it did not make it!
This clip is from a show at the Welsh Centre for a charity do in London. Alan was not used to the camera, so varied lighting, but I like to think it makes me look even more lovely. Yes only joking!
More about poetry
Latest poetry or verse or work in progress please click on http://annperrin.wordpress.com/poetry-only-2
Our links with Brighton
Our marionettes were directed by the great Lord Attenborough, no less.
My partner had a flat in Hove for several years and we bought a beach hut moved back to London for several years.
Since retiring to the south coast in 2007
I have done many other things in my life, teaching, lecturing, therapy, caring for loved ones, but puppetry comes back to haunt me
When we moved down here. I found myself offering puppet workshops to Saltdean Library as part of their community involvement development.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXYeQSrE_LU https:// Other puppet making workshops etc on my Brighton Films youtube site.
In 2010 a few of our marionettes were taken along to Rottingdean Fair including Polly our performance poet. I have to confess she was not impressed, stuck between the barbecues and the potted plants, she felt it didn’t have quite the same appeal as performing in cabaret at in London.
Some marionettes have no sense of gratitude!
BBC South East 2014 - Appearing in a film about the making of ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ for their coverage for the anniversary of the Great War.
Our part was about conserving our marionettes. We hope now they will be displayed in a museum. So far The Imperial War museum and V and A have shown interest but we have 150 from different productions to place.
Our historic marionette company – Joan and Ron Field’s Marionettes has it’s own website.
This site was developed with my youngest son Paul Perrin, 15 years ago. My stage name was Ann Field.
Summary of our marionette making and performing history
I come from a family of puppeteers. My father could not settle to civilian life after the war and, with my mother became marionette makers and performers.
In the late 50s there were ‘wakes weeks’ when factories and mills closed and the workers had their annual holidays. We had summer seasons in both Blackpool and Scarborough.
My father prided himself in including both classical stories and classical music in our productions. Extracts from ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Peter Pan’. ‘The Pied Piper’ and ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ etc.
However The Puppet Circus was the most popular and it was part of the show that performed all over the country including Buckingham Palace.
Other Highlights – ‘The Telegoons’ – ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ in the 60s. From the 80s onwards Family Workshops in Lambeth. Workshops for people with learning difficulties.’Creating Cinderella’. A workshop on marionette manipulation at Egham as part of a university drama course, Both on youtube.
We would like to hear from museums, stately homes or galleries who would like to display our marionettes. Marionettes from ‘Oh What a Lovely War’that appeared on the West Pier Brighton in the 60s. The Circus that went to Buckingham Palace in the 50s. The Alice in Wonderland characters, the Mexican dancers etc from the show on The North Pier Blackpool, late 50s and The Spa Scarborough and most of our Cabaret marionettes are available.
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1. Our starter allotment plot on The Weald
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2. Tips for seasonal affective disorder – SAD. – As well as dedicated page on this blog there is another blog called
Qualifications relevant for offering this support – MSc in Life Course Development – London University – Counselling qualifications and Master Practitioner in NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Experience – I had my own practice for many years and also worked for PCTs including for two years in Richmond and Twickenham. Counsellor for Croydon and Sutton MS Centre and the Cancer Support Centre in Purley.
Self help – I recently found a recording I made on ‘Relaxation and Self-hypnosis for Positive Health’. I’ve added some visuals more or less at random but it looks fine. There are two options – you can close your eyes and just listen, or watch the images – which were selected at random.
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Poetry Courses with tutors John McCullough, Ian Duhig, Jacob Polley, Jean Sprackland,Tim Dooley and others.
But have to confess writing poetry has been like a new world to me and I am still an apprentice poet.
Encouragement and support from -Kiersty Boon, Jane Maker, Janet Cameron, John Davies and Simon Wrigley
Film making Orpington Film and Video Makers, Spring Park Film Makers, Tom Hardwick for support with film making.
Life in general Robin, Paul, Alan for support and encouragement and to all those who read my blog