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Occupation Editor, Writer, Poet, Storyteller
Location Devon, United Kingdom
Introduction Poet, writer, storyteller, and editor published online and in print in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia including in The Argotist Online, Spokes, 20x20 Magazine, The Bathyspheric Review, Fickle Muses, the 'North Yorkshire One Nine Nine' anthology published by Shutter Books (available on Amazon) etc.. Serial poem chapbooks 'The Book of Contentions', 'The Book of Indictments', 'The Book of Offences' and 'The Book of Convictions'; and latest chapbook 'Geometrica' are all available from the Cartwheels Collective Webshop - see Links, as is historical all ages adventure novel 'Porlock the Warlock'. Also 'The Dream Realm' short fiction booklet. As a performance poet and part of Widsith & Deor Storytelling Theatre, credits include the Glastonbury Festival, Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Festival of History, Bristol Poetry Festival & many others. S.V. holds an MA in Writing from the University of Plymouth and has exhibited visual textwork at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery. S.V. also co-hosts the Widsith & Deor Presents...show on Phonic FM and is script editor for the Phonic Drama Show.
Interests Words, visual arts incl. sculpture, multimedia art, photography, video, installation, applied art, theatre and performance arts, eg; live art, circus art, dance, music, philosophy, history, garden design, architecture, Anglo-Saxon poetry and history, Icelandic Sagas, Epic of Gilgamesh, English Civil War history, C17th and C18th gardens, follies, mazes, fountains and water features, shell houses, Gaudi, etc.
Favorite Movies The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Testament of Orpheus, Metropolis etc.. But film at its best is animated visual art, so to extrapolate, artists include; John Martin, Kandinsky, Mondriaan, Feininger, Klee, Monet, Van Gogh, Dali, Max Ernst, Kay Sage, Joan Miro, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, M.C. Escher, Medieval art like Fra Angelico, Burne Jones, Peter Gillies, Patrick Doherty, Tony Wood, Wentzel Jamnitzer, Cellarius, etc.
Favorite Books Too long to list but includes fiction/plays like Borges' Labyrinths, Cocteau's Les Enfants Terribles, Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Shaw's Arms and the Man, C19th novels like Dickens' Barnaby Rudge, Bleak House, etc., Austen's Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, etc., Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, etc. C18th such as The Romance of the Forest, Camilla, i.e. influences on Jane Austen, ancient works, performance texts eg. Richard Kostelanetz's The Theatre of Mixed Means, art books eg. the Thames & Hudson World of Art Series books like History of Modern Sculpture, Architecture of the C18th Century, Performance Art, The Blaue Rieter Almanac, all the poetry of Geoffrey Hill, philosophy like Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol 1, This is Not a Pipe, de la Rochefoucauld's Maxims, Early Greek Philosophers, Spinoza's Ethics, folktale collections like Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales, Icelandic Folktales, Arab Folktales, garden history like Batty Langley, Isaac de Caus, history like Christopher Hill's The World Turned Upside Down, social history eg; The English Country House Party, etc. etc.