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The Nine Realms Campaign Conclusion/ Project Update #5

1 Jun

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Conclusion and Update

I am delighted to say that our Indiegogo Campaign was a complete success and on the 19th May we met our goal of  £1, 111….and a bit more reaching £1288!  There was a final push and an epic collective effort and we got there!!!  MANY thanks to everyone who backed us and supported us. Here is the last backer’s  wordle, which will be made into  a 1 x 1 metre plaque to be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House in September.

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Final Realm Cloud

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 In relation to following up on the rewards,  I am presently contacting all the backers, and by the end of June all the Viking creatives who are helping create the rewards will have all the backer requirements.  

#9realms Competitions Update

We will shortly be announcing the results of the micro poetry competition run by Jim C. Mackintosh. As soon as he has made a decision I will post out the Winner and the favourites.

Overall, the competitions were a great success and I am thrilled at how all the Norse material inspired everyone. Thank you for participating in ArtiPeeps’ first go at competitions. 

‘Live from the Workshop’: The Last Photos. 

As a record, here are the pictures that Mark left us with on the 3oth day of our campaign. I heard from him the day before yesterday and our boat is now all but finished, and the initials are going on! He is intending to send pictures so I’ll post them as soon as I have them! 

Day 30: 

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Other News:

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

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The Nine Realms & The Festival Of Ideas

I’m excited to announce that extra to the events at Hanse House and The Millennium Library in Norwich there will also be a little off-shoot Nine Realms event at The Festival of Ideas in Cambridge. Caitlin Ellis, our lovely Norse Expert from Gonville an Caius and the Department of Anglo Saxon and Norse Studies are going to be our hosts. About 13 of us will be there from across all the disciplines within the project and we hope to give them a taster of The Nine Realms poetry, art and music. There will also be a hosted Q&A session with the poets, artists and musicians where we will discuss the challenges (both positive and negative) of engaging with the subject matter of the Norse Sagas and The Prose and Poetic Eddas. We will also be having a session of ‘lets play’ with our Minecraft World and hopefully getting people involved in some reading of poetry.

We’re excited to take our project to new audiences. It’s a real opportunity. 

Here’s the link to the 2014 festival.

Future Radio First Take Editing Session:

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Earlier last week at Future Radio we had the first editing session of the experience poetry with the sound technician.  We did a ‘first take’ edit of the Asgard and Vanaheim poetry and music. Putting the poetry and music from musician Simon Fox together was a match made in heaven! It was as if Simon had heard the poetry before. It was a moving experience to start to piece it all together. Next week we have another double session booked where we will continue the process and hopefully finish editing the other realms.

Please find below the two pieces Simon composed for Asgard. The Asgard  and Vanaheim. The Asgard artwork is by Deborah Sheehy and the Vanaheim artwork by Heather Burns.

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When I have a proper laid down track of a realm I’ll post it out. Watch this space….

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All the Realm Artwork: 

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The Nine Realms Soundcloud Playlist with all the poetry thus far:

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I shall be posting out the last 9th-realm-Alfheim-overview on  Monday 8th June. We seem to have galloped through the realms. Each of the realm overviews contains writer’s prompts these are not just for Viking participants. If you would like to get creating using the prompts by all means do. We could put your work out as a FreeSpace.  Do get in contact if this idea appeals. 

 

As ever, thank you for your interest.

Nicky

 

The Nine Realms Campaign/ Project Update #4 + VSS Competition Results

15 May

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update

The latest news is that we are now 79% funded, with 34 backers and £966 of our £1222 goal, which is really great news.  We have 5 days left our campaign to go. All those involved in The Nine Realms are working hard together so that we can meet the commissioning costs of Mark’s boat. It’s a real collective endeavour. Thank you to everyone who has backed us thus far (see wordle below).  

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 #9realms vss Competition Result

A few words from competitition leader Shirley Golden about The #9realms #Thor #vss Competition: I really enjoyed reading the tweet-length stories and loved the humour that the theme evoked. It was fun to receive two separate stories that could have been a prequel and sequel (see the Walmart themed stories below). Thank you to everyone who took the time to send a story and helped support the project.

Here are my favourites:

Winner:       Susy Churchill @SusyChurchill

“Every problem is not a nail!” reproached the management consultant. Thwack! “Other leadership advice?” asked Thor.

A special mention goes to Terri Ross whose enthusiasm was unsurpassed, and whose stories were highly entertaining. A Nifelheim greetings card in thanks will be hurled your way!

Terri Ross @writer_terri

Thor arrived at the house made of brick. His hammer struck a thunderous blow. He’d had enough of those little pigs.

Mike Scott Thomson @michaelsthomson

Thor struck the door: 1, 2, 3. The chamber shook; MPs wiped plaster from their hair. This new Black Rod meant business.

Gill Offley

Thor, hunky serious-minded god, flair for accessories, WLTM attractive family-minded F to show him the lighter side of life. Must like birds. Height immaterial.

Kristen Bailey @baileyforce5

Thor stared his enemy down. I’ll give you an unexpected item in your bagging area. He lifted his hammer.

Clare Archibald @Archieislander

Rain thrashed on heads. Sirens looped & rumbled. Tunes banged. Rhythms furrowed. Feet earthed & twitched. Ecstasy now writhing in cuffs.

Gill Offley

Walmart SOUNDED like a fortress. Thor got in. Loaded up. Troll(ey) bore his loot. “10 items or less” foiled him. So he struck a bargain. He’s now working on the checkout.

Terri Ross @writer_terri

Thor embraced his new position. His thunderous voice boomed over the crash of shopping carts; “Welcome to WalMart!”

Yvonne Marjot @Alayanabeth

“Hey Thor, over here, mate.”
“Can I help you?”
“Yeah, my steak needs tenderising.”
*Sigh*
“Do you want fries with that?”

Jim’s  last Norse-themed poetry competition is running across this coming weekend.

Here are further details if you’d like to submit.

 

Live from the Workshop: the latest video

Day 23: Working On the Dragon….

Other News:

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Minecraft

I had a really good telephone conversation with Adam Clarke the Minecraft Developer yesterday, and the map for our Minecraft Viking world is well under way. At its centre is going to be a large Yggdrasil tree with 9 rainbow bridges running from it to each of the realms which will hold all of the audios and music and pictures attached to each realm.  There are going to be floating Viking boats and all sorts in the sky.  The inside of the Yggdrassil tree will act as a gallery for the work of any of the participating schools.

And on that note, I am happy to say that yesterday I also heard that very shortly the Norse-inspired writing from Millfield School will be coming in. Hopefully along with audios too! 

Copy

As soon as our campaign is over on Tuesday it will be straight into the creation of all the copy for all the promotional material, as well as the creation of the Interactive PDF and Schools’ book. 

Poetry et al

The  realm poetry writing will come to its conclusion at the end of June, with the last batch of Alfheim poems going out in July.  The first editing session of the mp3s at Future Radio will take place on 27th May and I’m determind to pin down when there will be some programme features and interviews on Future Radio of The Nine Realms. These have been pushed back due to illness.

Ragnarök Comic Teasers:

Webcomic artist, Koos Kleven is hard at work on creating the 4 page comic we are going to be using at our schools’ day and throughout the experience.  Here are some teasers from the comic, below. He is working from a Ragnarok story script created by writer/ illustrator Elizabeth Fernandez

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Wordle

Here’s the latest backers’ wordle that I created for Day 23, by way of a thank you to the 34 people who have backed us thus far. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 23

 

Viking Rewards

There are just 2 more spaces for anyone’s initials on our Viking boat. It’s a really unique opportunity to become part of a bespoke sculpture and a collaborative experience. 

There are some other great Viking related rewards in our campaign:

  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you, or a song composed

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And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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All the Realm Artwork is in!

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

Thank you for your interest.

The Nine Realms Campaign and Project Update #3

8 May

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update

The latest news is that we are now 75% funded, with 31 backers and £920 of our £1222 goal.  All those involved in The Nine Realms are working hard together so that we can meet the commissioning costs of Mark’s boat. Thank you to everyone. It’s a real collective endeavour. 

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 #9realms Competitions Update

The kennings micropoetry competition and picture arts title competition closed earlier this week.  They were a great success.  Many congratulations goes to winners (@Alayanabeth) and  (@Sonja_Seear). Many thanks, indeed goes to everyone who took the time to submit an entry. You can find a list of the competition favourites on the Competitions page. A big thank you to Kate and Jamie for running them. Jim’s Norse-themed poetry competition is running across the next two weekends and Shirley’s competition is ongoing across this week.

Here are further details if you’d like to submit.

 

The Nine Realms Event Poem Selection (Up Until Helheim)

The Poetry for the The Nine Realms project up until the realm Helheim has now been chosen.  All the realm poets have been brilliant and the quality consistently there. Thank you Viking poets!!  I am also aware that the Norse Sagas are complex and very different from the material in last year’s project Transformations: lots to delve into in a different way from Ovid.  

Selection was also quite a tricky task because we had to bear in mind the educational element and the work with schools that is beginning to drive our large-scale projects. Here is the list of poems.

NB. There could be some changing around as we have to consult with Caitlin Ellis (our Norse expert). Poets coming will have the opportunity to read other poems from other realms at the poetry reading in Norwich.

 Asgard:

Asgard by Jim C. Mackintosh
Yggdrasil Groans by Shirley Golden
Northern Lights by Karin Heyer
Two Children by Rob De Born
Asgard by Tom Murphy

Vanaheim:

The Name Of…by Lenka Monk
Freyja by James Knight
The Throats of Giants by Rebecca Audra Smith
Mjolnir by Richard Biddle

Jotunheim:

Traditional Enemies by Lydia Allison
Killing Ymir by Greg Mackie
Legend by Nat Hall
Ymir by James Knight

Nidavellir:

The Mock of Alvis by Jim Mackintosh
Paste Nuptial by Eleanor Perry
Little They Know by Mina Polen
Fenrir by Kate Garrett

Nifelheim:

If All they Should Weep by Joanna Lee
Don’t Follow Me by Mina Polen
Nifelheim by John Mansell
Send Me To Hel by Ross Beattie 

Helheim:

Mist by Lydia Allison
Strata and Strata of Faults Through Time by Shirley Golden
The Sybil’s Lyric by Joanna Lee
My Helheim by Ross Beattie 
All Angels Go to Hel by Lenka Monk.

 

Live from the Workshop: the latest videos

Day 16: 

‘Making a flat surface for our figurehead today, shaving off the thinnest slivers so the wood sits flush. Long painstaking stuff…..’

Day 17: Drilling!


‘Far more satisfying than a black and decker!’

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Day 19: Carving the Figurehead: 

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Media Coverage:

We had some great media coverage in the King’s Lynn News last Friday with an article entitled ‘The Vikings are Coming’. It outlined our Indiegogo Campaign and our plans for The Nine Realms event in September, and the two workshops we will be running for the general public.

 Here is a link to the piece, with a great picture of Mark (Crowley) doing what he does best! http://goo.gl/3cHpJN

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I also had a really great interview with Amber Love a writer and podcaster on her site amberunmasked.com where she hosts interesting talks with creatives that blend artistic, literary, graphic art and mental health issues. We had a good talk about The Nine Realms and the role creativity plays in ongoing  recovery from mental health challenges. It was really lovely to talk to Amber and the hour flew by. I’m really pleased to have made this connection! Here’s the podcast, and thank you Amber for asking such good questions!

http://www.amberunmasked.com/ep1518-artipeeps/

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Wordle

Here’s the latest backers’ wordle, for Day 19 that I created by way of a thank you.  A big thank you to the 31 people who have backed us thus far. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 19

 

Viking Rewards

There are just 3 more spaces for anyone’s initials on our Viking boat. It’s a really unique opportunity to become part of a bespoke sculpture and a collaborative experience. 

There are some other great Viking related rewards in our campaign:

  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you, or a song composed

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And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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Realm Art Thus Far: Even more  additions!

1 more paintings still to come…

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 Look out for new realm poetry next week. We’re in Muspelheim!

Here’s a bit of Jotunheim (realm of the giants) from poet Lenka Monk:

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Schools Involvement

I am also pleased to say that very shortly the pupils from Millfield School Somerset will be sending in their Norse inspired poetry and writing, which we will be posting out, and including in our event DVD and Minecraft world. It will be a pleasure to have their work on the site again. Their last work with us was Freshly Pressed here: A Sense of Place  

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

Thank you for your interest.

The Nine Realms Campaign and Project Update #2

28 Apr

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update:

The latest news is that we are now 61% funded, with 24 backers and £754 of our £1222 goal.  All those involved in The Nine Realms are working hard together so that we can meet the commissioning costs of Mark’s boat.

 Here is the latest update from Mark: ‘Live From the Workshop’:

‘Making a flat surface for our figurehead today, shaving off the thinnest slivers so the wood sits flush. Long painstaking stuff…..using a very, very old block plane.’

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#9realms Competitions:

Our #9realms twitter  competitions have kicked off this week: with one kennings micropoem (run by poet Kate Garrett and myself) and another art focused one (run by artist James Mackenzie).

Here are further details if you’d like to submit.  The more the merrier! 

Another two competitions will kick off next week and this weekend: one short fiction (writer Shirley Golden) and another poetry Norse-themed one (poet Jim C. Mackintosh) .  The winner will receive an exclusive The Nine Realms multi-media DVD which contains all the poetry, art and music from the project.

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Wordle

Here’s the latest backers’ wordle I created by way of a thank you.  A big thank you to the 24 people who have backed us thus far. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 10- Realms

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Our Viking Boat:

We are 9 days into the carving of our Viking Boat. Mark is still preparing the figurehead as you can see from the video above. He is also making decisions about how he will incorporate the poetry into and onto the boat. Here is a slideshow of the boat’s progress thus far.

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There are some great Viking related rewards in our campaign:

  • Have your initials carved on our boat. There are only 8 more initial spaces left, from 15 
  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you, or a song composed

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And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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Realm Art Thus Far: More additions! 

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 Look out for new realm poetry on Thursday. It’s Helheim!

Here’s a bit of Nidavellir (realm of the dwarves) from poet Lenka Monk:

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

Thank you for your interest.

A The Nine Realms Campaign and Project Update #1

24 Apr

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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!

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Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update:

So far we are off to a really great start. We are 53% funded and have £646 of our £1222 goal. A big thank you to all the 19 backers thus far.

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Here’s the latest backers’ wordle I created by way of a thank you. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

 

Day 3

 

Our Viking Boat:

We are also 4 days into the carving of our Viking Boat. It is starting to take shape, but in the beginning, so Mark tells me, it’s a slow process. Getting the boat prepped for the figurehead is key. Here is a slideshow of the boat’s progress thus far.

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There are some great Viking related rewards:

  • Have your initials carved on our boat
  • Get a 3 pack of realm poetry-art cards
  • Commission a Viking artist for a Norse themed painting
  • Have a Rune Poem written especially for you. 

And more….

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

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Here’s Mark’s latest Day 4 video:

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Realm Music:

Two of the musicians we commissioned for the project have completed their realm music.

Simon Beavis, who has composed pieces for the realms: Alfheim, Muspelheim and Midgard

Shaun Blezard who has composed pieces for the realms: Helheim, Jotunheim and Nidavellir

Simon Fox, our other composer, is still busy composing! Watch this space.

The realm music is going to introduce the realm poetry and be interspersed between poems during the participatory poetry readings we will be running throughout the 5-days of our event.  

Here are two examples of the realm music:

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Alfheim (the realm of the elves):

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 Jotunheim (the realm of the giants):

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In Other News….

We have started  to put out the poetry for the realm Helheim (the realm through which all men must pass to get to Nifelheim, the realm of the dead). Ruled by Hel, it’s a rich source of material for poetry.

Here’s a modern, experimental expression of Helheim by Eleanor Perry:

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Meetings in King’s Lynn:

I’ve just got back from King’s Lynn where I had a productive meeting about our  promotional material. We will be confirming our needs so I can then create copy for the various event print: ranging from Viking Worksheets, to Workshop posters (We are hosting two workshops, one art and one poetry run by artist Robert Fitzmaurice and poet Rebecca Audra Smith). I am also having an interview with Future Radio regarding our campaign, and confirming how Future Radio and their arts programme will be working with us.

Realm Art Thus Far:

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Our Indiegogo Campaign is here:

http://igg.me/at/the9realms

‘Magicking the Norse World to Life’

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