Car-nar-von was the conclusion of my month-long residency with Carn, Caernarfon (March 2018). The residency looked at me in search of the real town. I wanted to investigate the town and put on a performance that connected to a family holiday with relatives that concluded with us be dumped in Bundaberg, Queensland. Three days’ drive from flight home in Sydney.
I found the real town not just the tourist part around the castle. Such a wealth of history friendly faces and a will to survive. As the work documented on my take over of the Carn Instagram. The words I performed at the end were a trilogy of response to My Uncle who played the main part in leaving us who we have never spoken to since (this happened in 1996). As part of the residency, I approached the local community to take part in a photography workshop.
The three poems raise the question of longing distance and unanswered questions. I also invited Welsh Musician and performance poet Sian Miriam and poet Rhys Trimble to contribute. I found it pretty brutal to perform. Sometimes wearing your heart on your sleeve can have positive effects, it’s just how you control it?
So er yes I actually went out with a real camera (Canon 7ddigital camera) rather than my Samsung S3 Phone and Instagram and took some pictures. its been a while but it was fun all the same. I went over to the island of Ynys Mon in Wales and the Britannia bridge that carries the A55. The main trunk road to Ireland from Holyhead. I also got inspired by rocks there was a church in the middle of the irish sea near aberffraw called St Cwyfan Church . You can get to it at low tide.
I got some pictures of the stone lions that you can’t see from the road after the old Thomas Telfordrailway tunnel was burnt down in the 1970s and they put the new road on top. I love the steel structure and the rivets and bolts holding the bridge up