The Nine Realms Update #8: August

28 Aug

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Vikings Ahoy!

There’s lots happening with preparations for The Nine Realms- now that it’s only 2 weeks away! Everything is swirling a long (in a good way).  Lots of elements for ‘The Gallery’ are being checked- like the realm boards, the scroll-downs, picture plaques, Viking Worksheets.  Pictures are being framed and books being created. It’s exciting, stressful, and wonderful all rolled into one- everything finessing into the 5-days ahead (11-15 September). 

Here is what has been afoot! 

1. Posters and Flyers

The posters for The Nine Realms in King’s Lynn have been going up all over the place, and the same is happening in Norwich for the poetry reading. I think that Minuteman in King’s Lynn have done us proud with the designs. Here are the two posters  I think they are an effective blend of Viking and the combined arts!

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2. And lo, the DVD is finished! (Sneaky peek)

I’m thrilled to say that yesterday I received a lovely box full of 200 of our project  DVD. All the poetry, art and music from the project is on it, and it has both audio and video elements as well as artists’ credits. I worked with DMS in Plymouth and in particular someone called Alex who was an absolute star in catering to our need to combine more than one art form and a visual and audio element. This was tricky and they resolved all the issues attached to this with aplomb. 




3. Northern Lights and Starry Skies: Lighting

The idea behind The Nine Realms is to move people away from ‘merely attending’ to ‘active participation’. We want visitors at our event to engage and feel, and one of the ways we are doing that is to through the use of  lighting; to recreate (as best we can) the Northern lights and a starry sky. For that reason Pearce Hire (who are doing our lighting ) came over to Hanse |House  for a site visit to try a few different lights out.

As a consequence of this trial we will be using the baton lights on the right about 5 batons on the left of the gallery in the alcoves,  and 5 across the other side. Each have a variety of different colours and when they are all on you have the Northern lights! The pictures and sculptures will be well lit by the spotlights in the gallery and other overhead lighting. We were going to have stars on the ceiling but because ‘the Gallery’ ceiling is quite low the stars just became splotchy, so we are having a mass of fairy lights running down the centre beam of the room instead. When people walk into the room I want people to go WOW; be met with the unexpected.

4. Brochures and Press

We’ve had great press coverage within King’s Lynn. We have two more newspaper articles coming up: one to garner interest just before the event via The King’s Lynn News and another in ourlocalpaper. The King’s Lynn News will be with at our launch too. We were also featured in The National Heritage Open Day Brochure- a main entry and inside page mention too. We’re really happy to be part of the celebrations: 1000+ people are expected through Hanse House on the Open Day Sunday. 

Heritage Open Days

Apologies- the photos are a bit blurry.

.We also put an advert in the local Majestic Cinema for our workshops. It was  a great way to reach our target audience. Apologies once again a blurry photo….

Cinema Advert


5.  Platform, The Future Radio Arts and Culture Show

Future Radio


Earlier this month (07/08/2015) Future Radio in Norwich put out a radio piece about ArtiPeeps and The Nine Realms. It went out on their arts and culture show called Platform.  They interviewed me, and some Vikings prepared audios which the producer is hoping to use as well- in a later programme or in another podcast…Watch this space….

The interview on 07/08 will be available shortly in a podcast. I’ll put the link in the next update. Bite-sized pieces have also been put out of the poetry and music, and Abbie (the producer) is contemplating using the full mixdown of the poetry and music for a podcast too. We’re thrilled to get so much support from Future Radio. We’ll be shortly sorting out with them how they will be recording the poetry reading in the Millennium library in Norwich.

As soon as I know when the podcast is out I’ll let you know.


 6. Meeting Kat: Poetry Unbound Coordinator



I travelled to Norwich  the week before last to actually meet the Unbound Poetry Coordinator in The Millennium Library. We talked everything through: our equipment needs etc. They have a well established publicity strategy, and we gave them our posters to distribute within the library and outside. There is, apparently,  a base number of around 40 attendees at their series events which is great news. There will probably be about 5/6 of us there including ‘our Norse expert’, Caitlin.  It will be exciting to share the poetry with people who are at ease with orality and are part of the oral tradition themselves. We’re hoping that some of the poets there will be reading Norse inspired poetry too…


7. The Festival of Ideas Online Directory

Festival of Ideas logo

We are also taking The Nine Realms in a taster format to The Festival of Ideas in Cambridge on Saturday 24th October 2015. A group of us from ArtiPeeps and The Nine Realms will be going along. As well as sharing the poetry, art and music from the project we will be discussing the difficulties involved in engaging with the Norse Sagas… It’s going to be great and a BIG thanks goes to The Cambridge Norse and Anglo Saxon Department for letting us share our project with them.

Here’s the link to our entry in the online directory.

I think that’s all for now!

As ever, thank you for your interest. I’ll aim for another update next week.


5 Responses to “The Nine Realms Update #8: August”

  1. Gill O August 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Breathtaking Nicky! What an amazing experience you have created – so looking forward to it.

    • ArtiPeeps August 29, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      I’m so pleased you’re part of it again Viking Gill-really! Nicky

  2. guger12 August 28, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

    Well done, Nicky. Wish you all the best for your great exhibition!

    • ArtiPeeps August 29, 2015 at 11:16 pm #

      Thanks so much Gunilla- and for all your support over the months!! I’ve appreciated it enormously. I know the Experience is going to be amazing, and a real testament to everyone involved.

  3. Kev September 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I came along with my daughter (Raven) on Sunday and was so pleased I did. Thank you for making us feel so welcome, and the poetry reading was fantastic. It always amazes me how as adults we never think twice about reading poetry or stories to our children, but when another adult reads poetry to us it feels slightly alien (although it may be I’m never in the right location to experience it). But I loved the experience and it really gave me a feel of Norse worlds. A big thank you to Jim Mackintosh & I believe Nicky for the poetry readings, I’m not sure who the young girl was who talked about Mjolnir, but I could listen to re-telling of the Norse myths and sagas all day. I said I would bring my son Loki along with me Monday after school and I did, he loved the art that was on display and he has also been writing lyrics for a song since he got home. Another thank you to Robert Fitzmaurice for singing our postcard of his art work, if only I could afford to purchase an original. I forgot to let Loki see the Viking minecraft, so he told me off when he got home, my mistake. I truly hope that The Nine Worlds will return with new works at some time in the future. If it does I may have to try putting my hand to paper in some way. As soon as I got home Sunday I went to lulu to purchased both the Nine Worlds Poetry books, I look forward to some quality reading time when they arrive. And next weekend I shall have quality time with the family watching the Nine Worlds DVD. Thank you for an amazing experience, Kev, Waes Hael.

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