Saturday, December 01, 2007

Speaker's Corner

Last night I went to the newly refurbished Town Hall in Birmingham City Centre with some of our MA English Literary Studies students. We went to an event called Speaker's Corner which was really great - very powerful, funny, painful, engaging. A mixture of music, poetry, story set against an urban backdrop, which in the town hall was juxtaposed with the pipes of the organ and classical architecture, the collision of styles was eclectic and though provoking. I found myself thinking, 'Is this transliterate'? Or is it better described as montage? Bricolage? At any rate, the movement between and across styles and mode (music, image, rap, reggae) was creative and packed a punch being mono-literate would not have achieved.



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