Poet Spotlight: Omar Majeed

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Meet Omar

Omar Majeed is a local Hereford Poet.  Born in Crewe, Cheshire he grew up in Hereford having attended the Cathedral School and studied photography at Hereford Art College. Later on he went to Kingston upon  Thames, initially to study journalism, but his creative instincts lead him into a degree in Graphic Design.  Now back in Hereford he works as a copywriter and is studying fine art. He does the occasional poetry reading, makes short films for fun with friends and is reworking his passion project: SCree Magazine.

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Omar’s Writing

We r all one we always win is a collection of over a decade’s worth of his poetry. Majeed can occasionally be found reading poems from this collection at events such as Booth Fest and most recently Courtyard Hereford’s Poetry Slam.

You can purchase a copy of his latest poetry book on his Etsy Shop: GravityEnterprises.

Here’s a taste of his way with words…

All That Is Within Our Grasp

We hold on tight to the hands
of those we love
as they hold on tight to us,

as if we may float away
should they or we
loosen our grip,

and still
through knuckles white
we let them slip.

“… In your hands a pine cone spirals, draped in cobwebs. A tiny spider crawls across your knuckles. Books lie beside us, unread as we chat in chapters about this and that.”

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Omar’s Poetry book: we r all one we always win is available on Etsy

Notably at Apple Store Gallery in Hereford¬†there are some copies available to buy. Apple Store Gallery is also where Majeed has done some¬†readings at their poetry nights and¬†he participated in a group art show last year for them. Omar has long been interested in poetry since his school days and won the Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2002. He’s¬†had stuff published in Kingston‚Äôs Ripple mag and Short cuts competition pamphlet where his poem Duet was chosen as the winner.

One of Omar’s short stories about Aldous Huxley‚Äôs deathbed LSD experience was published in Askance‚Äôs Positional Vertigo collection available on paper copy and Kindle.

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On Drawing

“Up until a couple of years ago I hadn‚Äôt done much drawing.¬† I mostly worked with text and photography.¬† My friends used to gather together in Lucy Baxendale‚Äôs living room and draw, an informal gathering that turned into a Drawing Club which meets every third Thursday at De Koffie Pot in the evening.¬† I was hanging out with everyone drawing.¬† They would give me a page out of their notebook and a pen and I would scribble stuff.¬† Gradually I wanted a ‚Äėthing‚Äô and started just drawing people from my imagination that I called my imaginary friends. This developed into the wooden painted sculptures that I showed at the end of my portfolio course. I like drawing people from the recesses of my head and then naming them. I‚Äôm thinking of giving them stories.”

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Copies of Gravity zine

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His Magazine

“For about six years I was producing Gravity zine, which largely comprised of art submissions to a theme, and a bit of writing, mainly from Hereford creative and a few sympathizers.¬† The template involved putting out a call for work and then laying everything out and photocopying.¬† We had colour covers from Issue four letter-pressed by Fishbone press, and started hand sewing the binding. My friends would all get together regularly to help me put everything together. It was a collective endeavor to celebrate all the amazing work that was around and not a commercial venture.¬† I rarely made my print costs back. I gave everyone who contributed a copy and that was enough for a while.¬† SCree is an idea developed with Graphic Designer and Illustrator Johnny Burrage to make a more developed magazine, featuring articles about important contemporary topics and covering cultural events for which we can have an editorial team commissioning up to the minute articles and illustrations, and the layout is a bit more structured and professional. We want to be able to pay people for their work because artists have to work for free too often.¬† We are currently exploring funding models.¬† Keep an eye on the SCree Facebook page and Screezine.com¬†for news.”

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Among Majeed’s other creative projects he makes short films such as this one titled Lorem Ipsum¬†made alongside with¬†Johnny Burrage last year starring local musician Elspeth Anne Macrae. They’re working on a new one, titled Un Chien Errant (a lost dog.) He also writes semi-regularly for Minky Cuadra at Hereford City Centric blog.

Omar wrote a novella which he describes as a “transgressive noirish experimental thriller” called Dark under a pen name. The paper copies have sold out but it is available as a Kobo ebook here.

Check out the synopsis:

Ex-professional footballer Thomas Peterson receives a phone call alerting him to a disappearance that throws his already spiraling life into intrigue and disorder.  A transgressive, post-modernist thriller. Adults only.

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More of Omar’s Poems found on SmallSongsOfHope.blogspot.co.uk
His other website: Is This An Art


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Look out for Hereford Contemporary 11-13th November 2016

 

 

The Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford, HR4 9DG.  

Hereford Contemporary is held in the Left Bank on the first floor, second floor and outside courtyard space, with adult workshops taking place on Friday and children’s workshops on Saturday and Sunday, in the Coach House.  Visitors and exhibitors alike have easy (and full disabled) access to light refreshments on the first and third floor, you can sit inside or outside on the River Terraces. Or choose the excellent, locally sourced food and drink at De Koffie Pot café/bar in the Coach House, including the courtyard outside with it’s warming fire bowls.
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Jewellery    |    Textiles    |    Furniture    |    Paintings    |    Wooden home wares    |    Ceramics Porcelain    |    Glass    |    Stone carving    |    Prints    |    Basketry    |    Leather bags
Fashion Accessories    |    Metalwork and Sculpture

The Left Bank, Hereford (The 1st floor of the venue on the left is where the exhibition is running)

Get early peak of the Exhibitor’s work on Flickr page.

The Bohemian-Punk: Michelle Cuadra

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The month’s selection is our Edgiest Bohemian, she’s more Punk-yet girly/quirky and oh so rebellious! ¬†Michelle¬†has championed the Punk Arena in Hereford with Rich Lovell by way of their Live Music Nights aptly named¬†“The Underground Revolution.”

Co-founder Rich has a manifesto for the music nights they organize: ‚Äúno cliques, no mainstream, just cool music played with passion.‚ÄĚ

Their next events are listed below. I seriously love the posters they come up with events, some of which are designed by local artists.

               

Be sure to visit the Facebook page to get updates on events and photos of the live acts and as always click like on Facebook.

Cuadra & Lovell have also paired up online to write about all things Indie in Herefordshire on the site HerefordCityCentric.com

From retail¬†to music, to exhibitions, food and beyond their website gives you the edgiest features of this county. And it packs a Punk punch¬†as there are a¬†range of contributing writers who post reviews from Poets, Singer-Songwriters and Artists. Quirkiness guaranteed! Convention is out. Rock ‘n’ Roll is in. It’s not just about music. All things quirky and eccentric are warmly embraced!¬†

Some Top Posts from their site

‚ô° BookArt16 – A piece on how Books are used as a medium to make Art exhibited in unison with Ledbury Poetry festival.

♡ The Shack Revolution 

♡ Modern Belle Epoch Guide 

The site has introduced me to so many awesome music acts and artsy folk. ¬†Like¬†John Rose and band Pablo Alto¬†;¬†Claire Perkins and band A Hundred Suns.¬†And so many more people! Visit HerefordCityCentric.com to unearth Hereford’s Punk Community.

I have such a soft spot for the team at Hereford City-Centric as they were so supportive of my foray into hosting and performing Poetry Nights. Here’s the review.

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Michelle also writes about beauty for women. Whether you’re looking to transform into Vixen Babe or Girl-Next Door on ItGirlUk.wordpress.com¬†you’ll get the best tips. Plus it’s co-written with Hair & Make-Up Artist Carlos Palma.

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Read Michelle & Rich’s feature¬†in Herefordshire Live (a digital Lifestyle, Culture, Events and Sports site.)



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#Repost Hereford Indie Food Festival Bank Holiday Weekend

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As a Herefordshire Writer I feel one of the best features of this county is our food! We have so many great cafes and restauarants to choose from and it’s guaranteed to release the glutton in you. This Bank Holiday we had the pleasure of a foodie frenzy weekend by way of Hereford Indie Food Festival! This Festival celebrates¬†Hereford’s Independent food culture and is formed by the¬†team¬†behind “A Rule of Tum” Jon Stead, Edwin and Dorian Kirk.

Hereford Indie Food is a community driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers + makers in Herefordshire. -HerefordIndieFood.com

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The Line-Up

                             

Makers Market

Makers Stall

The Maker Markets lined the festival en route to the street food stalls. Visit NouveauBohemian.com to read more about some of the artists and designers showcasing their work. It’s such a lovely chance to get to know creatives in our county many of whom studied at Hereford College of Arts.¬†

Some Makers at the Festival:

Field & Found    |    Joel Black Knives    |    Steve Meeks Ceramics    |    Halfkey Clothing    |    Bardot Living    |    Sin Eaters Illustrations

Drinks

Offa Cider    |    Method Coffee |   Chase Distillery

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Queues abounded on The Shack Revolution’s pop-up cocktail stall. Many of you will be familiar with brothers James & Rich Manning who started The Shack Revolution bar located in Bastion mews. Their farm-made boutique and bespoke bars pop up everywhere around the country from Weddings, corporate events and even Wembley Stadium and football clubs! They also provided some live acts via their Shackoustic Sundays spot attached to their drinks booth.

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Next time you’re on a night out in Hereford, visit their bar for pizza, beer or¬†cocktails!

Coffee & Cafe stalls

The festival culminates into a Bohemian foray beginning with Makers Market stalls upon entry. Then as in a restaurant you are tempted with a starter: some nibbles (Goat’s cheese from Neal Yard’s Creamery?) and drinks from cider to cocktails. Finally you make your way through the¬†leafy archway¬†into the street food arena….

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Haystack seating

There’s plenty of seating for all the family from haystacks to sofas!

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Keg & Cork Bar

The outdoor dining areas had a wonderful communal feel and many visitors from outside our county had come over for Bank Holiday weekend.

I really wished I’d gotten The Chefs supper tickets at the Bookshop. Also I didn’t get around to staying on into the night so missed the music acts!

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Farmer Tom Jones ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†Noble & Wild ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†The Waffle¬†Lion ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†The Bookshop¬† ¬† | ¬† ¬†A Rule of Tum ¬† ¬†| ¬† ¬†Jake’s Cured Meats ¬† ¬†| ¬† The Beefy Boys¬† ¬† | ¬† ¬†Neal Yard’s Creamery

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King Street Kitchen Team

As I have such a sweet tooth my first stop was at the King Street Kitchen stall where I purchased a salted pistachio brownie (made with coconut flour) and tried the gigantic chocolate, caramel and pretzel cake which was divine!

The Beefy Boys Stall

It was absolutely jam-packed and the unusually¬†rainy weather couldn’t deter us from this gourmet gathering. All in all an excellently executed collection of music, food, fresh produce and creativity. It was a pleasure to be in attendance this year and I look forward to returning again next year!

Spectacular Wall of Flowers on display by The Great British Florist

How delightful are these flowers carefully arranged by The Great British Florist? This particular florist is based on a farm in the Duchy Estate in Herefordshire.

Did you know….

At the moment only 10% of the flowers sold in Britain are actually grown here. Please join us in our mission to change all that. Good for humans and fantastic for wildlife, British Flowers are fresh, scented, natural and sustainable… -The Great British Florist team

Show your support by buying your next lot of flowers at GreatBritishFlorist.co.uk

The team also facilitate The Great British Florist Flower School. From single workshops to a series of workshops you can dabble your green fingers in their courses!

Wall of flowers made by The Great British Florist

The article was originally posted on HerefordshireWriters.co.uk found here.

Read more about Edwin Kirk, Jon Stead and Dorian Kirk on Herefordshire Live here.

For Full Listings of businesses, bars, cafes, makers, street food and live acts on show over weekend 27th-28th August 2016 visit HerefordIndieFood.com plus check out their magazine: Hereford Indie Food’s Magazine (Vol. 1) here.


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Design Spotlight from Hereford Indie Food Festival: Bardot Living by Hattie Stock

BARDOT Living:

Adventure   |   Culture   |  Artisanal   |   Beauty   |   Tranquility

“I’ve always adored going on adventures to faraway places in search of one off treasures to fill my home. It brings me so much happiness to own a house full of unique pieces which all have their own story to tell, each made in parts of the world with wonderfully rich culture and skilled craftsmanship.”
Founder, Hattie Stock

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Hattie Stock

Meet Hattie: Founder & Creative Director of¬†Bardot Living, she’s a beautiful blonde fellow bohemian with a passion for Modern Boho Interiors.

Every item is handmade by skilled artisans using traditional methods unique to the area they come from. 
No two pieces are the same due to the artisanal way they are made, giving each item its own unique beauty which cannot be replicated.
Tranquility is created throughout the brand and products by using a neutral and earthy colour palette which brings calm to your home. 

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From tableware to cushions and throws Bardot Living gives your home a Bohemian edge either with one off pieces or why not indulge and buy a whole collection of tableware for your next dinner party.

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Sourced ethically:
“We source our stock from cooperatives set up to look after the artisans who make these beautiful items. Most live in extremely rural, mountainous areas, making it hard for them to sell their products and make a living. These cooperatives provide a market place and a consistent salary for the artisans. “

Look out for her blog too found here:

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Have a wander tomorrow Sunday 28th August at Hereford Indie Food Festival to meet Hattie, check out her pop-up stall and grab a bite to eat!
Location: Berrington/Aubrey Street, Hereford

 

Darlings if you don’t make it to the festival shop online there’s a sale on plus gift cards are available too!

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Catherine’s Poetry Q&A interview by Audrina Lane

Poetry Sunday, Short Interview Questions by Ross-on-Wye Author Audrina Lane

Interview originally conducted by Audrina Lane (Author of The Heart Trilogy)
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Read Audrina’s Author Q&A for Herefordshire Writers here.


  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself 

My name is Catherine I‚Äôm a Hereford born and based Author & Poet. I‚Äôve had dreams of creating my own Bohemian existence since I was a teenager having my first poem published at 15 in a competition run by Young Writers. A decade on I published my first collection of poems in May 2015 aptly titled The Quarter Life Crisis Poet. I‚Äôm currently working on a novel which will be Book 1 of a Bohemian Love story called ‚ÄúWelcome to Wonderland.‚ÄĚ I find the Writer‚Äôs life very solitary so from that loneliness I launched the site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk which is how I‚Äôve now managed to connect with the lovely Audrina Lane and showcase thriving literary talent in our county.

  1. What made you start to write poetry?

It was a case of alignment. In Summer 2005 I bought John Mayer’s album Room for Squares. He’s an American singer-songwriter and guitar player. It was the first time in my life I encountered not only meaningful lyrics but words and music composed so beautifully together. I admired the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Around that time, I was doing my GCSE’s and in the English Literature classes we were analysing and studying poems. The juxtaposition of my discovering deep and well-composed song lyrics whilst studying poetry in school ignited an active interest in me to actually write poems.

And would you like to share one of your first poems?

I was actually clearing out the garage and stumbled upon old school books over the summer. I can share this one little poem I wrote in November 2000, at age 10.

Hedgehog at Night

Its spikes look like the thorn of pain
Its eyes glint at the hundred stars
Its beady eyes stare out
Its tiny feet woddle around in the grass
Its little nose has a cute bead and reminds me of a button
It’s a Hedgehog.

  1. Do you have a favourite poet? If so would you like to share your favourite poem by them?

Nowadays I lean more towards the new breed of ‚Äúinstapoets‚ÄĚ (poets that post on social media sites like tumblr and Instagram) like Tyler Knott Gregson and Rupi Kaur. I follow Jessica Michelle on Instagram @_Jessica.Michelle_

I like that she has audacity to unleash her true feelings, the feelings that we don’t dare confess but if we had the bravery as she does to confess these emotions we’d see how connected and similar our experiences in life are. That we’re all going through pain…

  1. Do you like to write poems on a particular subject or do you prefer to just grab inspiration when it strikes?

I write poems about the feelings and experiences I cannot disclose. Poetry is my way of saying what happened to me, admitting the pain and telling the painful events in my life without having to reveal the full situation. There’s this unique juxtaposition of openness and vulnerability yet keeping the truth veiled; because the truth is too painful to express fully in prose.

  1. Please share with me your 3 favourite poems that you’ve written and explain your choices?

Lost generation is a pretty self-explanatory poem. I wrote it age 20 after dropping out of Law school and feeling the usual angst against establishments and society as a whole. This poem is also prophetic of my path to my romanticised idea of Bohemia and the literary life. (Which I made happen 5 years later.)

‚ÄúLost Generation‚ÄĚ

We are the heir
To Blair
In academia we make our bet
They get into debt.
Fortune is linear?
Starve, charge and never recharge.
Let’s get skinnier.

We are living it up
Naivety of a pup
In the workplace we are like slaves
Then at night we rave.

Our big break will come.
Chase, trace and encase.
To the beat of our drum

But I will not succumb
You are all so dumb
Here I become
And then some…

An artist.
I escaped to Bohemia
Away from academia
Ran from the curse
In my converse
And then some

Ran away from academia
Away from the curse
In my converse
To Bohemia.


 

This poem is my attempt at redefining ‚Äúluxury‚ÄĚ steering it away from what consumer-based society wants us to believe it is. For a long while art, writing etc was out of my life. I couldn‚Äôt create as I naturally would have in younger years, things were so horrid that I couldn‚Äôt see past the chaos I had been put in. So now having made the switch back to embracing the arts in my life it feels like a luxury like it‚Äôs something precious to have back. Given all the sadness and unhappy circumstances that can arise in life I now feel it‚Äôs a luxury to have interests in philosophy, illustration whatever else because there was a time in life when it was just about survival and happiness and creativity couldn‚Äôt exist, it just didn‚Äôt have the chance to.

LUXURY: PART 1

Poetry is a luxury.
Illustration is a luxury.
My Heart.
Your Art.

Redefining luxury.
All I need is my
Shaker Hymn.
So long as S & M
does not win.
How I love
to speak in this riddle.

Who is the cat
who is the fiddle?
Beware!
The sheep that howls….
But now I’m off to bed.
Dreaming of you in my head.
Not that long ago
I wanted to be dead.

But I must go on.
You must go on.
We must go on.
With Simple Living.
Plain People.
Inspire,
Life in The Shire.


 

Unpublished poems

I’ve started jotting down these smaller, sharper poems that concisely utter the pain, dichotomy and agony of emotions.

Love me or lie to me
It’s all the same?
What’s the difference?

 

‚ÄúBy and Bye‚ÄĚ
I dream about you
But I wake up without you

I’m in love with you
But I can’t be with you


 

  1. Where can people find your poems? (Book link, website, FB, Twitter, Instagram etc links)

www.CatherineVaughan.com
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The Quarter Life Crisis Poet available in
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Check out my site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk Celebrating my hometown’s literary heritage

Hfdw yHerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a monthly editorial site showcasing thriving local talent, arts and culture events alongside connecting Writers whether published or unpublished.

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk aims to grow into a Literary Network for all Authors, Poets, Writers and Literature Lovers located in the quaint English county of Herefordshire. We are proud to have a rich, historic and flourishing arts and literature community in this county with world-class annual events taking place here such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival among many others.

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Notably ‚ÄúWriters‚ÄĚ INCLUDE: ‚ÄĘ Bloggers¬†‚ÄĘ Digital Content Makers¬†‚ÄĘ Editors¬†‚ÄĘ Copywriters ‚Äʬ†Journalists¬†‚ÄĘ Infopreneurs ‚ÄĘ Critics/Reviewers¬†‚ÄĘ Ghost Writers ‚ÄĘ Press agents ‚Äʬ†Short Story Writers ‚ÄĘ Technical Writers ‚ÄĘ Script¬†Doctor ‚Äʬ†Copy Editor ‚ÄĘ Literary¬†Editor¬†‚Äʬ†Screenwriter ‚ÄĘ Playwright¬†‚ÄĘ Hack Writer ‚ÄĘ

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