Strange Times, and opportunities.

It has been some time since I wrote anything here. For that – I apologise. Life for everyone has reached a point that is very different from the norm. I have been busy, and in the coming months will be taking the opportunity of self isolation to complete various writing projects. In fact – I am here to show you how busy I have been!

Seven Day Fool – my debut novella First published in 2017 has been made available as an ebook

Firstly I wish to announce that my debut novella Seven Day Fool which was published in paperback by Suave Collective Publishing has been released as an ebook. At this time of social distancing, many of us have more time on our hands to read. Whereas a real book to hold is preferable, digital copies are essential at this time. In a few weeks – the sequel to Seven Day Fool, a book I have titled Take It Or Leave It will make its debut as an ebook, with the hope it will be published in book form some time next year, when Covid 19 is hopefully is nothing but a memory, and life has some sort of normality with personal freedoms restored.

As well as prose, I have been writing a lot of poetry. All of which is available from Lulu. Com

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Beatnpress

Two of my poetry collections, are what I term Film Noir Verse or Pulp Fiction Poetry.

Beat To A Pulp & Angel In Alabaster by Jason Disley.

Beat To A Pulp has been available as a paperback since 2018, but, as of this week it is available as an ebook. Angel In Alabaster – a sort of sequel to Beat To A Pulp is available now from Lulu.com,

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Beatnpress

It will no doubt be available as an ebook at some point in the not too distant future.

Over the coming weeks, I will endeavour to make the majority of my books available to download. I will also take this extra time on my hands to continue to write and work on other projects.

I will also endeavour to write more articles and keep you readers informed with my writing exploits. Next week I will be writing about Speaky Blinders a Spoken Word night I Co-host with Robert Garnham, the new You Tube Channel for Speaky Blinders, and a recent digital single I have released, which is available via various platforms.

For now I say good bye, I wish you all well – and ask that you stay safe – and maybe read a book, or even write something yourself. 😊

Jason Disley.

Echoes Of Sea Shore Tides: spoken word and Our Place In The Seven Heavens.

I recently submitted a couple of poems to an exhibition at Artizan Gallery in Torquay which was curated by poet and artist Becky Nuttall and fellow poet Robert Garnham.

I was thrilled to have my poems included in the exhibition which juxtaposed the poetry with fine pieces of artwork.

The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of placing either yourself or the area of Torbay in a celestial place beneath the Moon. The whole nature of the exhibition was open for broad interpretation as all art should be. Provoking stimulus, whether it be memories, places, or

simply now.

Artizan Gallery website

The two poems I submitted were The Echo Of Sea Shore Tides, and The System AKA Grockle Town.

The first, Echo – is relating to life in a seaside town, the microcosm of rock pools, the way life changes with the Tides which are of course ruled by the moon. It reflects how the order of life can be changed, and yet there is always a glimmer of hope even when the natural order has been disturbed.

Provided by Jacob Brandon @artizangallery poem written by Jason Disley

The other poem was a poem inspired by a film and novel titled The System which was inspired and written about life in Torbay during the 1960s. The screen play was written Peter Draper, who also happens to be Becky Nuttall’s Father. She told me that her father actually coined the term “Grockle” which has since been entered into dictionaries meaning : a noun Grockle: derogatory term for holiday maker usually visiting Devon or Cornwall.

Now I myself used to visit Torbay as a child in the seventies and eighties, before moving to Devon in the nineties. I had seen first hand the way the local lads would charm the holiday makers looking for fun, romance and excitement. I myself upon moving here I will unashamedly admit behaved in a similar manner as I was a young single man looking to have fun. So, when I was given the opportunity to write a poem about Torbay The System came to mind. I have read both the book and watched the movie, and from my own experiences growing up felt suitably inspired.

The poem can be seen on display as part of the Exhibition which I highly recommend, and not just because I have a couple of poems on display there, but because there is a great mix of wonderful art and words on display.

The System starring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow

The novel The System by John Burke and taken from the screenplay by Peter Draper

The back cover of the Pan edition of The System

I will be appearing at Artizan Gallery on Monday the 20th of May as part of a Live event that will include music and poetry.

I will be performing poems from my new collection Chaos Reigns Supreme. The poems that are in this exhibition and some poetry from previous collections.

JD.

Beatnik Revolution. The New Beat keeps moving on….

Poet Robert Garnham with his copy of The New Beat Generation which he bought in 1996. 20 years before I met him!

It was recently highlighted to me that I published my first poetry collection back in 1996. 22 years ago! My outlook is still the same. My first book was a call for a New Beat Generation to emerge – writing profound words that inspire the next generation. Now recently there has been a real renaissance in terms of Spoken Word. There are poems used on mainstream adverts on the television. There are spoken word events popping up everywhere. I even curate my own Spoken Word night with the help of fellow poet Robert Garnham. Our night is called Speaky Blinders and it is a night that is gaining in popularity, thanks to the great venue:Peaky Blinders Bar in Paignton, and of course the wealth of local talent. All wordsmiths with a great deal to say. As Robert Garnham stated – there is a peculiar micro climate in Torbay where the local booming spoken word scene is very much about fun! Well like the original Beats, Beatniks and Mods, Rockers, hippies, and Punks – those that are into the Spoken Word scene are out to get their kicks. These events are great platforms to share messages. Sometimes it’s deftly showing off your skill with word play, sometimes it’s silly and nonsensical, but other times it’s deep, profound and personal. There is a lot of comedy in Torbay, and that’s probably because, at this time we all feel we need a good laugh. An escape from the ongoing debates about Brexit, the state of the economy, education, housing, the National Health Service etc. The Spoken Word scene to me is so diverse – it is magical. People from all ages and backgrounds are there to take part and enjoy it. Not like other scenes, where it is usually the young disenfranchised teen raging against the machine, it as inclusive as you can get. It’s welcoming, it’s not generally descriminate and audiences are prepared to listen. Not that those subjects just mentioned above don’t get included in some of the poems and stories that the local spoken word artists tell. It is rather that for a few minutes an individual can share the honesty of their minds. Their individual thoughts and aspects of their personality. Everyone wants to share who they are to some point. Some rant, some tell sad stories, others are funny, and some are just (tongue now firmly in cheek) bonkers!

As stated in previous posts – I admire the original Beat Generation. Although I may have not travelled as much as those writers, my journey has always been about enriching my life with experience – to allow myself to develop and ultimately find pleasure in as many moments as my life will allow. Is there a Beatnik Revution? I don’t know – but the poetry scene has expanded in the last decade in ways that could be seen as an explosion. There are creative minds getting their kicks with words again. It’s not just the domain of Rappers and MC’s – although it has to be said of course, some of these lyrical geniuses are without doubt great poets. But, its happening. A subliminal rise of spoken word that will always give thanks to the influence of a Generation from the middle of the Twentieth Century. There are great young poetic talents out there, and those that have been writing and spouting for some time. It is truly wonderful seeing them mix and learn from each other. The creativity is bubbling way and those that dare are experiencing some truly magnificent moments.

October news:

The last month saw my regular performances at Stanza Extravaganza at Artizan Gallery, and of course Speaky Blinders, where we had the fantastic Exeter based poet Ross Bryant headline. October sees myself doing a few more things. I will be performing at Big Poetry on October 11th. Then on the 13th I will be at the Heavy Soul Records Alldayer in Birmingham. (more news about Heavy Soul Records to be announced soon.) The 20th sees me performing at an event in Paignton thanks to a wonderful poet called Melanie Crump. Then on the 23rd I will be performing and Co hosting at Speaky Blinders – which for one night will become Spooky Blinders, and has the wonderful and haunting story teller Mic B headlining.

May News: Speaky Blinders, Stanza Extravaganza and Jim Morrison.

It’s a been a while – because life sometimes gets in the way. However, such breaks can allow for ideas to germinate and for inspiration to hit. Firstly the news I have is that the second Speaky Blinders is happening on May 24th. It is going to be headlined by the very exciting Jason Vegas Butler, a Spoken Word wizard who has been successful on the Slam circuits. The evening will be hosted by myself and so far -there are some great poets lined up to perform -with open mic slots also available. Jason Vegas Butler (Headliner at Speaky Blinders)

Amongst the poets there will be spots by Robert Garnham, Melanie Crump, Charles Hopton, and the comedic and surreal Steve “O” . Other performers will be confirmed on the evening, but with the standard of those that came to the first evening. Rest assured you will be treated to a very entertaining night. So by Order Of The Speaky Blinders I hope to see you at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, Devon on the evening of May 24th.

Fast forward to Tuesday May 29th.

It’s Stanza Extravaganza time again. This month it is being headlined by the awesome Ross Bryant , whose delivery of spoken word is both breathtaking and marvellous in equal measure. The night’s host is yet again, the charismatic and lovely Shelley Szender.

Now to some inspiration and a man whose work I admire: Jim Morrison. As many will know, he was an American poet, Rock Star and a tortured individual. His looks, antics and songwriting have made him a legend. I have been an admirer of his writing ever since I was about thirteen years old.

Jim Morrison

I recently wrote a poem about him. His writing has inspired my style of writing every bit as much as the writing of the Beat Generation writers. I am not sure why I wrote it. It came Spontaneously and I thought I would share it with you. Here is the poem:

Lizard King

Frustrated dreamer

An unbelievable believer

With concise rambling

Juxtaposed with emotions

Heightened

By

Discord

Sensory overloads

Or

Apathy

Fighting to be heard

Not wanting to be left behind

But

At the front

Pack opens

Contents spill

Like

A trail on a broken path

Stones fly

Whilst Beetles shield their behinds with natures natural armour

The lizard reigns

Basking in darkness

Being misunderstood

And yearning for the

Sleeping Samaritan to awake

What happened to the harmonious

Lessons

That speak volumes

What happened to the honest benediction

That feels like an embrace

Why do my empty thoughts race

Who

What

Where

Why

I need to sit beneath an azure sky

Whilst the rider on the storm

Glides

Then

Maybe

Another door will open

Welcoming and wide.

Jason Disley (May14, 2018)

Jim Morrison is often quoted and here is one that has been attributed too him.

Now, like many things he would say – controversy would often follow. Whereas this quote isn’t one I totally agree with -as poetry can often have something to say – I also agree that poetry can open doors. It certainly has for me! Anyway I recommend that if you haven’t read his work, or listened to his music you should. There are some literary gems amongst his poetry and lyrics and maybe he can inspire you as much as he has inspired me. 🤓

The First Speaky Blinders night

On April 5th I had the pleasure of cohosting the first Speaky Blinders evening at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton, Devon.

It was a fabulous evening which saw the Professor of Whimsy, Robert Garnham, headline with a set of funny and surreal “poems” all titled “Poem” Robert was kind enough to help me host this first of what are going to be monthly events. It’s format was that of Spoken Word, comedy and an Open Mic night.

For the role of host – I dressed the part and turned up dressed to impress in true Peaky Blinder style. I had a grey suit, a tab, rounded shirt and the all important Baker boy cap.

Suitably attired I arrived at the Peaky Blinders Bar, and was pleased to see a decent number of people there for the evening. In fact every table was in use – it was practically a full house!

We had a great variety of performers some regulars from the local Spoken Word Scene, such as Shelley Szender, Samantha Boarer, Marc Woodward, and Andy Brown. All very well respected performers. Then we had some comedy from a gentleman who was visiting from Hong Kong! We also had some one liners from Steve Bloom. And in the second half of the evening even the Peaky Blinders Bars landlord Jamie Devon go up and shared some of his Pub humour. It was a roaring success for a debut night and can only go from strength to strength.

Preparations for next month’s Speaky Blinders are being made and the Headliner for the night in May will be announced soon. I also hope to perform some poetry with the addition of music at the next one.

So, By the order of the Speaky Blinders – I expect if you’re in the area – that you will be there. There will also be open mic slots available for those who wish to take part.

Keep yours eyes open for further announcements. JD.

Robert Garnham with Jason Disley

News: New Spoken Word – Open Mic night. Speaky Blinders

Paignton, Devon has a new evening for your diaries: In conjunction with Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton a night of entertainment is on its way, a night that will deliver the best in spoken word, and comedy as well as offering opportunities to members of the audience to participate. The first evening will see the Professor of Whimsy Robert Garnham headline, and will include performances by myself and other poets. The plan is to have some great poets headlining each month and for this night to become a regular fixture that will offer a truly diverse range of styles. Expect frivolity and the emotionally moving in equal measure – expect off the wall and the surreal, dark and passionate ramblings – expect to be entertained. Speaky Blinders – Spoken Word at Peaky Blinders Bar, Paignton

So by the order of the Speaky Blinders – get yourself there ,

April 5th 2018.

Here is a poem to whet your appetite: Round The Corner

Yes

That’s
Right
Give me another
Cup
As I express
Those feelings that
Matter.
Joy
Contentment
Love
Peace
And nourishment for the soul.
Brought about by the experience
Of all that is
For life can be tailored only by you.
It can be cut from the finest cloth
Or woven by threads that are coarse and crude.
But what do I know?
My that’s nice.
Just the right amount of heat.
Frothy with the steamed milk moustache
I embark
On another
Caramel coloured reverie
Sprinkled with a dust of something
dark.
What will spring to mind next?
I fold the paper and place it on the empty seat beside me.
Knowing that although danger could be round the corner
I am ready to enter the Lion’s den
And
ROAR!
Jason Disley (March 27th 2018)

News- Modernist Beat: Stanza Extravaganza and Retrospective Poetry At The Museum.

Jason Disley will be performing new material at

Stanza Extravaganza tomorrow night. (26th February 2018) Torquay’s monthly performance poetry night at the Artizan Gallery. Doors open at 7.30 £6 on the door. The headliner will be the wonderful Shelley Szender. She will be joined by a plethora of diverse poets.

Shelley Szender performance poet.

March 1st Jason will be performing with other local poets at

Retrospective Poetry at The Museum an event that is part of the sharing stories festival which coincides with World Book Day. It is being held at Torquay Museum.

Jason will be performing two poems written especially for the event plus a poem or two from one of his books.

Other news:

Songs of Benevolence & Rage now available in the United States via

Barnes and Noble – Jason Disley

Songs of Benevolence & Rage, and Modernist Beat

From the time I started turning my hand to poetry, it was clear that my influences were writers, and musicians firmly placed in that world of “The Cool” I was inspired by Jazz loving Beatniks and the Original Beat Generation writers, but also by Gil Scott Heron, the jazz- hip hop style of Galliano, British musician Paul Weller, The lyricism Of Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes etc. I could go on and on. Even now I can be clearly influenced by what I define as “cool” Obviously what I term “Cool” is subjective. But, the point is, is that these things that shape me as a person, whether it be stylistically, musically or even literally are things that I have admired, sometimes trying to emulate in some way (more often than not failing), that which drives me. It has allowed me to discover myself. Maybe I am a little obsessive, and even insecure- but if it wasn’t for what I have discovered on my personal “road trip” I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now. In 1996 I wrote a very slim collection of poetry titled The New Beat Generation. This title came from a poem I had written. It’s not a ground shaking Howl or a great opus. It was just a call for something to happen. The writers I admire are the ones that say things as they are, and highlight things that are sometimes wrong, or are so perfectly wonderful that there should be more of it. Things can be fickle and fast moving, or languishing in a luxurious state of enrichment, enlightenment and wellbeing. It could be simple or not – but we are signposted by their eloquence to put into words or music that which needs to be said.

Here is:

The New Beat Generation

Remember the Beat Generation?

Black rollnecks and shades, Jazz clubs and blades

Open minds and open hearts

On the Road is where Jack Kerouac starts

Take his example

Take to the highway

New sights and sounds

Interests with no bounds

Lap it all up like a bowl of cream

Make this reality realise it’s dream

Look and observe different lives come and go

Enjoy, recognise and learn to know

The Beat Generation knew the score –

And after all what are our lives for?

The time has come for a New Beat Generation

The time has come for a New Beat Generation

Where excess beats moderation

And love rules over the nation.

Peace.

Jason Disley (1995)

That poem was the catalyst too my endeavours as a poet. Roll on to the present day and my style has evolved as it naturally would, although my ideas of influences remain the same. I am constantly looking for inspiration from somewhere.

Now for me as an individual the call for The New Beat Generation is long gone. There are many great poets and artists out there. Each generation brings about their voice. Some are heard, like say Kate Tempest for example, who is very popular these days. Others are heard more locally in their own areas – all spreading their words, some are full of angst, some are full of romance, but all are full of passion. But, moving on and back to what I write. Many that know me know what my influences are – and this is where Modernist Beat comes in. I am in many ways a product of my own influences, like a sponge I soak in what enthrals me. I then take it in the direction I want. I write being true to myself. Serving up spontaneous verse that reveals where my head is at, at that time. Sometimes it works, sometimes it may not. But my efforts are always about creating something. Poetry is my thing. Not everyone will understand it, not everyone will appreciate it. Some will think it’s namby pamby nonsense. But to those who do read my work, I hope that there is something they recognise and identify with. These days like the Original Beats, I get to perform. Something a couple of years I never thought I’d ever do. But it is the natural progression. It is the evolving path I find myself on.

My new book Songs of Benevolence & Rage is a collection in two parts. It shows that I am still as angst ridden as I was when I was in my twenties when I started writing, but it also shows how I perhaps understand life a little better.

There are poems about enlightenment, love, war, frustration, kindness, thankfulness, loss, anger and the needs for change. All brought together to give you -as fellow poet Robert Garnham writes –

a fantastic collection of heart and feeling, which leaves the reader genuinely uplifted

Songs of Benevolence & Rage is available for £7.99

Here

So for now – The New Beat has become The Modernist Beat, and I hope to continue to evolve. and maybe other writers will join me along the way.

Jason Disley (February 2018)

February News! Modernist BEAT:

Well! Things are getting more exciting- I have my new collection of poetry out now and it is currently available at Lulu.com

It is a collection titled: Songs of Benevolence & Rage. It is my sixth collection and will be available via other online retailers soon. If you are interested in any of my work feel free to contact me via the contact page on this site.  This collection is a book in two parts and has a foreword written by Robert Garnham, a very well respected performance poet, who has performed extensively throughout the UK as well as New York and Germany.  Here is what Robert has to say about the book:

“This is a fantastic collection of heart and feeling, which leaves the reader genuinely uplifted. Jason finds joy in the world in spite of his rage, and, as he writes, ‘I do not look to the future, nor back in anger, I breathe the now’, which is as good a philosophy as any. It’s great to know that the spirit of the Beat poets, the jazz mystics, the dreamers and the believers, is still going strong in the work of  Jason Disley. Luxuriate dear reader in this book, and let him take you to ethereal places.”

Robert Garnham

 

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Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

 

I also have had the real pleasure of continued work on my forthcoming collaboration with Rick Blackman on the “Speakeasy” spoken word album. I am thrilled to say that it is heading in a very real and exciting direction. With contributions from other writers and artists whose work I greatly admire. I wish I could say who they are  -but at this point all I can say is this album will be very different and will have a great international feel with a 1960’s vibe. Once the final mixes are in the bag -I will obviously share more information here.  The Speakeasy album is a real collaboration with my poetry being at its core -but, is vastly enhanced by the great music and the scene it depicts.

 

Other news is that I will be performing a slot at Stanza Extravaganza which is held at The Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay once a month on the 26th. At this event I hope to perform one or two poems from my new collection and maybe another piece I have recently written.

Two days ago I had the pleasure of meeting The Vinyl Avengers at one of their enjoyable evenings of  Mod, Soul and Ska -and was asked if I would like to perform at one of their events this coming Easter. Naturally I said yes -the performance is for a cause that is one that many will see as worthwhile. The Teenage Cancer Trust. Every year those who enjoy the Mod scene will know that each March nationwide there are events to raise money. These events are called  The March Of The Mods, and this will be my second time appearing at one of these events. The  first being last  March in Paignton where I read my poem Down At The Flamingo with the fantastic Mod Anthem Green Onions playing in the background.  To be asked back again is  rewarding.

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That’s all for now. I will share more news next week. Feel  free to contact me for any more information. Jason Disley