Our new Hiraeth poetry editor, Jez Keighley, talks about the beginnings of his poetry career, musical influences on his poetry and his poetry/music collaborations with 3Bop, an Italian jazz artist. Jez is originally from the north of England, and “ran away” to university when he was 18. After moving to Vienna for love and then staying for the atmosphere, he moved to the Netherlands (again for love) and has been here for the last 20 years.
We also interview Johanna Baudau, an artist and MFA student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, where Hiraeth team member Monica Perez Vega also studies. Joanna has “three homes”, France, Morocco, and London, but she also lived in Brazil for six years. Unsurprisingly, harbours figure heavily in her painting, as places of in-between, and places of departure. She is fascinated by horizons, and how it is possible to keep different horizons as a part of you. Johanna writes poetry, and her poetry has a significant impact on her visual art.
Jez Keighley and 3Bop have several albums on Spotify. The poem we included, “How Do I Step Back?”, is from their newest album, Blues for the Infidel.
The cover image for this post is a collage by Johanna Baudou from her In Search of New Horizon series of work.
You can see more of Joanna’s art on her website:
This episode also features music by Ketsa (copyright) http://ketsamusic.com/ under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License without endorsement.