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The Will To Gig on Soundcloud

Backseat Driver on Soundcloud

Thanks for listening šŸ™‚ xx

Secondhand Merchandise on Soundcloud

Finally had some recordings done – hope you enjoy. Ā Feel free to comment. Ā Thanks for listening.

Anna x

Something new

me at lp cafe

Despite being a little under the weather, I dosed myself up with a fine mix of Benylin and various cold defying products and pushed myself out for a great evening this week sharing some of my words with Watford’s finest wordsmiths at The LP Cafe, the little home of vinyl, coffee and splendid homemade custard tarts set on the edges of the ring road.

Organised by the Caffeine Dreams collective who literally juggle clever words and balls, it was an evening of reflection and humour, mulling over rights and wrongs, the recent election, global issues and scenarios that are pretty unbelievable (I shall mention that one in a moment). Ā Then I came on and mucked up the cause for discussion and opinion. Ā Well, it was the LP Cafe afterall, with everything from Iron Maiden to Churches hanging from the walls. Ā So, I went straight in with a couple of poems from my new pamphlet and read it’s self titled “The Will To Gig” and “Eggs Fudge and Arctic Roll”, a poem about an intern dealing with the backstage needs of rock and roll bands. I did decide, however, to share “Like”, found here on this blog in the hope that it may have provided some food for thought on my part.

What makes it so special about events like these, when writers all come together with a few listeners thrown in for good measure, is that any topic whatsoever is entertaining and enlightening in itself, and this evening brought everything to the floor – from demonic, psychedelic sexed crazed adventure stories (I don’t know what that guy was on, but he can share Benylin with me any time) to mental health issues, politics and how the Bible came into existence (loved that one!)

Checkout the Caffeine Dreams Facebook page and also The LP Cafe which hosts a lot of different events for the local community. Ā Watford gets to be a better place with guys like these.

me at lp cafe 2


White Noise by artist Erik Olofsen

White Noise by artist Erik Olofsen

Distant song

Ice cream van



Metal Mickey.

Splintered shards

Fractured sound

Subliminal slurring


Fizzing light switch

Voltage crackle

Wizened squeal

Dentist drill.

Whining mosquito

Kamikaze war plane

Impatient kettle

whistling shrill.

Audible rewind

Reverb, wah wah

Violins scrape

Hot needles singe

Can you hear a pin drop?

Yeah! Thousands of them!

Mind your ear ā€˜oles,

Your tender drum skins.

Ā© Anna Ghislena 2015

Just Arrived – The Will To Gig

My first printed anthology (or annathology!) of poetry has arrived. Ā I thought I would share this little sneaky peak with you guys as I am so please with the outcome. Ā Don’t they look brilliant?

close up pamphletsĀ Ā pamphlets


coda sign

We defined our pitch; our consonance;

dancing pastoral duets of effortless dynamics

finely tuned by ear, in love,

by eye, in lust.

Time shifts the key.





right in the middle of our composition.



Your dominant, my diminished;

harmonious phrases denied completion.

Dull monotony seeps under our melody,

bleeding a bruise of harsh discordance and

confused tones that have no beginning and no end.

All our strings vibrate, when only one is struck.

You refuse to greet our requiem;

I refuse to hear our elegy,

and we are nothing, but smashed chords.

Ā© Anna Ghislena 2014

Advent 3 – The Struts

A new favorite of mine this year. Ā Great live entertainment. Ā I wrote a review for Stereoboard earlier this Autumn of their gig at Dingwalls, Camden.

Enjoy this little ditty

Advent 1 – Scholars

Love Scholars and missed them at Sonisphere this year, so they are kicking off my Advent blogs. Ā Enjoy Hemel Hempstead’s finest rock band!

The Nosh Pit

Photographed by Meredith Phillips 2014

Photographed by Meredith Phillips 2014

Take one freshly packed festival fan

carrying a handful of wholesome oatcakes labelled ā€œgood intentionsā€.

Place in the sun to ripen

and baste regularly with warm lager for a couple of hours.

Remove from the heat when pink

and set aside to cool rapidly in cold cider.

Next, add nachos, chilli and chips

and stir gently with a little more of the cider.

Reserve two tablespoons of the mixture to pat flat

and layer decoratively, in portions, across the arena.

Next, mix cider and lager together with Jagermeister

and compliment with several hot sugared donuts.

Allow to simmer in the heat once again before placing with

three ready-made festival fans gently smoked in something wacky.

Next add spit roast chicken, noodles, a couple of sausages,

one giant Yorkshire pud with gravy and a further portion of chips,

taking care to spread some sun lotion onto any burnt areas, if not already done so.

Loosen the mixture with a large slug of lager, setting aside the cup to use for emergencies if the crowd becomes too thick.

Then, take all four fans and blend vigorously for about an hour.

Cool again in evening rain and white wine

and allow to marinade for six hours or overnight.

Garnish with a handful of crumbled wholesome oatcakes labelled ā€œgood intentionsā€.



Ā© Anna Ghislena