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  • Anna Chen teaches Wigan Pier Workshop hosted by the Orwell Prize
    On Wednesday Stuart Maconie kicked off the day followed by journalist author and Orwell Prize judge Paul Anderson and myself teaching our classes Via a series of games and exercises I get the students to end up having written a poem they can carry on developing at home or with their teachers I gave as examples a couple of my own poems Credit Crunch Suicide and Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz plus A Case for the Miners written by Siegfried Sassoon in 1921 Something goes wrong with my synthetic brain When I defend the Strikers and explain My reasons for not blackguarding the Miners What do you know exclaim my fellow diners Peeling their plovers eggs or lifting glasses Of mellowed Chateau Rentier from the table What do you know about the working classes I strive to hold my own but I m unable To state the case succinctly Indistinctly I mumble about World Emancipation Standards of Living Nationalization Of Industry until they get me tangled In superficial details goad me on To unconvincing vagueness When we ve wrangled From soup to savory my temper s gone Why should a miner earn six pounds a week Leisure They d only spend it in a bar Standard of life You ll never teach them Greek Or make them more contented than they are That s how my port flushed friends discuss the Strike And that s the reason why I shout and splutter And that s the reason why I d almost like To see them hawking matches in the gutter That s a poem that ought to be making a comeback as it describes so well the attitudes of plenty of people in power today when it comes to the poorest and weakest in society Thanks to Kat for organising the event the volunteers and teaching assistant and Claire and Emma for being such enthusiastic and motivated teachers who obviously love their job The whole day was an inspiring uplifting antidote to the toxic attitudes towards young people and teachers being created by some politicians and media About Anna Writer performer and broadcaster View all posts by Anna This entry was posted in Poetry Politics Workshop writing Bookmark the permalink Anna s Resonance 104 4FM series starts 15th October Madam Mao s Golden Oldies repeated on BBC R4 26 Oct 2013 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website MADAM MIAOW S CULTURE LOUNGE on RESONANCE FM Listen to all the programmes in Anna Chen s Resonance FM series Reaching for my Gnu Reaching for my Gnu Anna s collection of poetry is available at Amazon as an eBook and paperback US readers can buy the ebook here Resonance 104 4FM Radioplayer Madam Miaow Says Anna Chen s Orwell Prize shortlisted blog Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen s funny fabulous one woman show a personal journey through the life and crimes of Hollywood s first

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  • Doctor Who review: Death in Heaven season finale with Peter Capaldi
    and love conquers all unless you re the season s Big Bad This may be Borg territory poking that hoary old question what makes us human but collective action is trumped by the one single Cyberman Danny Pink who loves more than anyone in the entire history of the human race more than any of the dead who make up the army of Cybermen because some people are more SPESHUL If the Brigadier is capable of redemption as well as Danny then why none of the other Cybermen Why can t the entire Cyberman race be redeemed and escape genocide It aims for the sublime moments in Buffy where the Slayer has to kill Angel gone bad or finally gets to kiss Spike but misses barely achieving bathos There s no underpinning of the emotions at a deeper level For a series about a Time Lord they do get the emotional timing spectacularly wrong Once again the military and authority are fetishised and ideological markers slipped in under the bells and whistles Danny s a former soldier who meant well but accidentally killed a boy when he was serving in the Middle East He is the idealised self sacrificing soldier who never gets to question what it was he killed for In this narrative it s not the politics or the premise for the war that s wrong it s the fault of individual soldiers like Danny whose conscience pays the price Lethbridge Stewart falls from the Presidential flight and survives because as it handily turns out at the end another good Cyberman caught her her Brigadier father If favourite characters can be saved from death as easily as this then nothing is at stake and our anxieties invested in the outcome are thereby diminished A huge pic of her father dominating the President s plane provides another hunh moment A humble brigadier Really It would take a whole Clifton Suspension Bridge of disbelief to buy that Not only another sloppy moment of disrespect for the audience but also an unpleasant reinforcement of the principle of dynastic succession hardwiring young viewers with ruling class values of social and political hierarchy Hysteria is sloshed on papering over the narrative canyons instead of generating authentic emotion and catharsis and the resulting ambience is simply over mannered and harsh trite and sentimental Superficially inclusive the narrative brings non whites and LGBTs under the umbrella of existing power structures on condition that they don t actually challenge those structures Even the cheeky black schoolgirl is another version of the perky privileged white Clara Prepare to be assimilated The BBC has calibrated its culture to the norms of business and the military with more armed forces personnel featuring as protagonists in its drama and documentaries over the past few years than I can remember while the space to challenge the mainstream political narrative has shrunk to almost nothing Imposing a reading of the world at odds with people s experience BBC output not only leaves

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  • Doctor Who "Deep Breath" review: all hail Peter Capaldi, shame about the script
    chosen delivery method of the Tardis the new Doctor and his companion Clara Jenna Coleman After terrorising London it is swiftly dispatched by a gentleman cyborg who harvests humans for body parts and requires some dinosaur optical nerve although how first incinerating the creature aids raptor recycling is never made clear The story then unravels with one damn thing after another rather than pearls finely strung to develop a complete whole a meandering scene concerning a bad smelling homeless man some absurd short cut ratiocination from Madame Vastra Neve McIntosh and lo o ong event free dialogue in Mancini s restaurant You know it s an idiot plot when the heroes stumble on their nemesis as he s recharging and don t even unplug him Clara is saved from the cyborg s cannibalising restaurant by the crimebusting Paternoster gang They escape by taking the deep breath of the title and holding it thereby avoiding detection by the murderous bots who only want to find their promised land The Doctor still befuddled by the stresses of his regeneration may or may not have pushed the cyborg gent out of his human skin balloon at the clunking denouement although suicide under the torture of being forced to listen to him rant while barely getting a word in edgewise isn t ruled out There s not a lot of outwitting going on When Joss Whedon manque Russell T Davies first rebooted the franchise his achilles heel was his adoption of the surface characteristics of Buffy and Angel with only the slimmest understanding of how plot and character interact resulting in relentlessly annoying hysteria and a lack of story dynamic He gave us sentiment instead of profound emotional involvement lurches instead of arcs within arcs that dipped and soared along with our spirits Bad habits have stuck I was always shown and told that the rule was show don t tell The Doctor babbles exposition like a mofo in a stinker of a script in search of a storyline Note to producers making characters talk 13 to the dozen like coke fiends doesn t mean we won t notice little things like plot holes and entire missing throughlines Have none of you heard of PACING Longeurs stretched into longdays as sub Buffy banter held up the promised action while we were expected to genuflect before the awesomeness of Moffat s one liners a vanity process not far removed from pounding rock for diamonds yes there were a few but by the time they surfaced I was too exhausted to care You can lesbian lizard snog all you like in order to establish your LGBT credentials but class hierarchy is alive and very unwell in the world of Doctor Who Any subversive value resides in the relationship between Lady Handbag Madame Vastra and her maid wife being normalised not hollered triumphantly every two minutes Uncool Why re we back in very unsubversive days when maids and butlers were the norm know your place kids and

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  • Anna May Wong Must Die! Anna Chen | Anna Chen
    Trade VIDEO The Hackney Tea Ceremony with Gary Lammin What they said Yellow Peril Orientalism Foot and Mouth Campaign RSC The Orphan of Zhao chronology Poetry Burger poetry video Chi Chi s Glorious Swansong poetry video Credit Crunch Suicide poetry video I Am Rich and You Are Poor poetry video Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz poetry video Poe poetry video Poetry videos The Chen Lexicon Yellowface pop up poetry video Reaching for my Gnu poetry book Writing Short stories All Greased Up and Nowhere to Go The Next Wave Home short story by Anna Chen Tube Love Journalism George Orwell a literary revolutionary Guardian New Internationalist magazine Sergei Eisenstein review of the revolution trilogy South China Morning Post On the Radio Chinese In Britain on BBC Radio 4 repeated October 2014 on R4 Extra Launch of the BBC R4 series Chinese in Britain 2007 presented by Anna Chen Press Contact Live Dates Anna May Wong Must Die pix Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen By Anna Published November 13 2011 Full size is 450 600 pixels Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Charles Shaar Murray Photo by Jan Jefferies Bookmark the permalink Leave a Reply Cancel reply

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  • Anna May Wong Must Die! Anna Chen & Charles Shaar Murray | Anna Chen
    Tea Ceremony with Gary Lammin What they said Yellow Peril Orientalism Foot and Mouth Campaign RSC The Orphan of Zhao chronology Poetry Burger poetry video Chi Chi s Glorious Swansong poetry video Credit Crunch Suicide poetry video I Am Rich and You Are Poor poetry video Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz poetry video Poe poetry video Poetry videos The Chen Lexicon Yellowface pop up poetry video Reaching for my Gnu poetry book Writing Short stories All Greased Up and Nowhere to Go The Next Wave Home short story by Anna Chen Tube Love Journalism George Orwell a literary revolutionary Guardian New Internationalist magazine Sergei Eisenstein review of the revolution trilogy South China Morning Post On the Radio Chinese In Britain on BBC Radio 4 repeated October 2014 on R4 Extra Launch of the BBC R4 series Chinese in Britain 2007 presented by Anna Chen Press Contact Live Dates Anna May Wong Must Die pix Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Charles Shaar Murray By Anna Published November 13 2011 Full size is 450 600 pixels Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Photo by Jan Jefferies Bookmark the permalink Leave a

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  • Anna May Wong Must Die! Anna Chen | Anna Chen
    Tea Ceremony with Gary Lammin What they said Yellow Peril Orientalism Foot and Mouth Campaign RSC The Orphan of Zhao chronology Poetry Burger poetry video Chi Chi s Glorious Swansong poetry video Credit Crunch Suicide poetry video I Am Rich and You Are Poor poetry video Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz poetry video Poe poetry video Poetry videos The Chen Lexicon Yellowface pop up poetry video Reaching for my Gnu poetry book Writing Short stories All Greased Up and Nowhere to Go The Next Wave Home short story by Anna Chen Tube Love Journalism George Orwell a literary revolutionary Guardian New Internationalist magazine Sergei Eisenstein review of the revolution trilogy South China Morning Post On the Radio Chinese In Britain on BBC Radio 4 repeated October 2014 on R4 Extra Launch of the BBC R4 series Chinese in Britain 2007 presented by Anna Chen Press Contact Live Dates Anna May Wong Must Die pix Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen By Anna Published November 13 2011 Full size is 600 450 pixels Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Charles Shaar Murray Anna Chen in Anna May Wong Must Die Photo by Jan Jefferies Bookmark the permalink Leave

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  • Anna Chen in Anna May Wong Must Die! | Anna Chen
    The Hackney Tea Ceremony with Gary Lammin What they said Yellow Peril Orientalism Foot and Mouth Campaign RSC The Orphan of Zhao chronology Poetry Burger poetry video Chi Chi s Glorious Swansong poetry video Credit Crunch Suicide poetry video I Am Rich and You Are Poor poetry video Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz poetry video Poe poetry video Poetry videos The Chen Lexicon Yellowface pop up poetry video Reaching for my Gnu poetry book Writing Short stories All Greased Up and Nowhere to Go The Next Wave Home short story by Anna Chen Tube Love Journalism George Orwell a literary revolutionary Guardian New Internationalist magazine Sergei Eisenstein review of the revolution trilogy South China Morning Post On the Radio Chinese In Britain on BBC Radio 4 repeated October 2014 on R4 Extra Launch of the BBC R4 series Chinese in Britain 2007 presented by Anna Chen Press Contact Live Dates Anna May Wong Must Die pix Anna Chen in Anna May Wong Must Die By Anna Published November 20 2011 Full size is 784 576 pixels Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Marc Jefferies Bookmark the permalink Leave a Reply Cancel

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  • Anna May Wong Must Die! Anna Chen & Marc Jefferies | Anna Chen
    Tea Ceremony with Gary Lammin What they said Yellow Peril Orientalism Foot and Mouth Campaign RSC The Orphan of Zhao chronology Poetry Burger poetry video Chi Chi s Glorious Swansong poetry video Credit Crunch Suicide poetry video I Am Rich and You Are Poor poetry video Margaret Thatcher Died at the Ritz poetry video Poe poetry video Poetry videos The Chen Lexicon Yellowface pop up poetry video Reaching for my Gnu poetry book Writing Short stories All Greased Up and Nowhere to Go The Next Wave Home short story by Anna Chen Tube Love Journalism George Orwell a literary revolutionary Guardian New Internationalist magazine Sergei Eisenstein review of the revolution trilogy South China Morning Post On the Radio Chinese In Britain on BBC Radio 4 repeated October 2014 on R4 Extra Launch of the BBC R4 series Chinese in Britain 2007 presented by Anna Chen Press Contact Live Dates Anna May Wong Must Die pix Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Marc Jefferies By Anna Published November 13 2011 Full size is 600 450 pixels Anna Chen in Anna May Wong Must Die Anna May Wong Must Die Anna Chen Photo by Jan Jefferies Bookmark the permalink Leave a

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