• West Cork Literary Festival 8-15 July 2022

Memorising your poetry

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Kate Dempsey

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I am not good at memorising things. I forget lemons and toilet paper when I go to the shops. I forget my pin number. I forget what I forget. So I’m not good at memorising poems. But I try. Sometimes I send myself to sleep at night trying to remember my lines. (It would help if they rhymed)

I do think that that handful of paper that inevitably, in my case anyway, falls or gets mixed up. And then there’s that barrier thing between you and the audience. Sometimes for reasons of fear, sometimes paranoia, sometimes it’s just a teddy bear.

So I’m taking note of some simple tricks here.

And here some tips on developing your ‘performance’ (Yes, I know sometimes that can be considered a dirty word)

Give it a go.

Thanks to Sarah Griff for pointing me here.

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