Monday, 27 April 2020

LOCKDOWN EP: New film premiere + Goody in Poland + BBC's The Verb



Hello my dears, 
I hope you are all safe and sound and I send love from my bunker to yours.  In case you missed it...

On Friday we announced ‘The Lockdown EP’ A set of five carefully curated poems to be released digitally on 8 May 2020, you can now pre-order it at Nymphs and Thugs Bandcamp site. 


The 5 poems include:

  1. I Want to Be Your Wife
  2. Suncream in February
  3. Every Disaster Movie Begins with the Government Ignoring a Scientist
  4. I Saw Goody Proctor Jogging Without a Face Mask
  5. Pink Moon

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 were recorded live at Nymphs & Thugs ‘LIVEwire Leeds’ event at Hyde Park Book Club back in October 2019. The lead track, ‘I Want to Be Your Wife’, includes a video produced by Idle Work Factory which will be premiered at 5pm on Monday 27 April. Tracks 4 and 5 are brand new poems, written and recorded during this lockdown, April 2020. The closing track, ‘Pink Moon’ premieres on BBC R3 The Verb. 

50% of all profits of this release will be donated to NHS, with the hope that it’ll boost depleted PPE stock and also go towards providing mental health support for NHS staff

Find out more about all of this at N&T: nymphsandthugs.net 







GOODY PROCTOR IN POLAND

This weekend we were so excited to see featured poem from The Lockdown EP, 'I Saw Goody Proctor Jogging Without a Face Mask' published in the Polish national press, Wyborcza. This translation is by Bartosz Wojcik "Widziałam Goody Proctor" Thank you Bartosz!














NEW FILM: 'I WANT TO BE YOUR WIFE'

Released Monday April 27th: This poem is the lead track on our new release 'The Lockdown EP'. The video was filmed and edited by the excellent Jordan Scott Kennedy at Idle Work Factory. The film is a glorious visualisation of the poetry, it features poignant vintage footage cut with an electric live performance by Salena Godden at Nymphs & Thugs' LIVEwire Leeds event at Hyde Park Book Club in October 2019. Visit Nymphs and Thugs on Facebook and YouTube to see our new collaboration.










'PINK MOON' ON THE VERB

If you’re looking for a more reflective lockdown listen: The final track on 'The Lockdown EP' is my new palindrome poem, ‘Pink Moon’ which premiered on the latest edition of The Verb hosted by the ever so wonderful Ian McMillan. In this show we hold a mirror up to language. I really enjoyed recording this programme from my home and listening and chatting with very special guests Rebecca Solnit and Deborah Levy and poet Ira Lightman. Treat your ears and tune in on BBC Sounds. Highly recommend! BBC Radio 3 The Verb





ONLINE PARTY FOR N&T 5TH BIRTHDAY

Come and join my beautiful Nymphs & Thugs family and myself getting together to raise a glass for the Nymphs & Thugs 5th birthday party this week! 


+ SALENA GODDEN + LUKE WRIGHT + 
+ TORIA GARBUTT + KEVIN P. GILDAY + 
+ LOUISE FAZACKERLEY + MATT ABBOTT +

Save the time slot, save us a space on your sofa, it’s this Wednesday, 29th April, bring a bottle, bring yourself. The gig will be streamed from 8pm - 10pm on Facebook Live and YouTube. If you want to make a donation during the event, please send a gift to iammattabbott@gmail.com via PayPal and it'll be divided between the acts.


Congratulations for 5 years outstanding service to poetry and parties and publishing, we have had the best of times and here’s to more good times after the lockdown too. I look forward to seeing all your faces again. Thank you! Lots of love to you all Xx 




watch again on youtube!!








SEA CHANGE FESTIVAL GOES ONLINE

Thank you to Drift Records and all who attended the Sea Change Festival this weekend. What a brilliant online festival of music and poets and talks and live performance and film and more. Thank you! I was there with my friends of Rough Trade Books in the online bar, rolling around in the grass outside the cyber beer tent. The festival featured two of my poems... Check it all out via seaschangefestival.co.uk 


"The key to the weekend’s success was that by moving across platforms — from video streaming to Soundcloud, Twitter to Spotify to Instagram live – and providing links to explore works further (or purchase online), it managed to create both texture and a sense of companionability. Not once did it feel a flat or lonely endeavour; rather it found a great swell of congregation."









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