Arthaus Filmmaking Project 2016 by Meg O'Neil

In April 2016, I created a stop-motion film of one of my poems, entitled The Galaxies In Us. This was shown at Hauser & Wirth for two weeks. This was a collaboration between Hauser's youth group, Arthaus, and Jack Price (of the Youth Cinema Foundation), so there was a whole group of young artists exhibiting for the very first time.

I don't have the copyright to the film so I can't share it, sadly. But here's a photo of my bad posture in front of the title card. (: 

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We seem to all be following the same dress code which was purely coincidental, and rather funny. Japes!

BTS- everything, unless shot outdoors, was filmed in this space. Aside from me, who was in a corner all day, cursing myself for choosing possibly the most time-consuming method of filmmaking besides maybe super 8, rearranging a petal to form an 'S' with tears in my eyes.

BTS- everything, unless shot outdoors, was filmed in this space. Aside from me, who was in a corner all day, cursing myself for choosing possibly the most time-consuming method of filmmaking besides maybe super 8, rearranging a petal to form an 'S' with tears in my eyes.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable project to be a part of, as ever Hauser & Wirth and Jack Price being uniquely supportive to young people and our madcap ideas.

Cosmic Crumbs by Meg O'Neil

In May 2016, I won the Bruton Poetry Platform at the Bruton Festival of Arts, compered by Liv Torc (pictured- the two of us wearing the Obligatory Poet's Cardigan), a wonderful poet and member of the Hip Yak Poetry Shack, who are hilarious and brilliant. If you get the chance to see them, GO.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This was the first time I performed poetry to an audience. It taught me not to bring paper onstage- if your hands rattle like shutters in heavy wind when nervous, the front row will notice your nerves. Even so, the evening was a success, and I was asked to perform the piece on Frome FM (which I did about a month later). 

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A few weeks later, I also performed at a slam the Hip Yak Poetry Shack held as Liv Torc had encouraged me to enter. I do birthday parties too. Below is a picture of me very shrewdly reading my poems from my phone this time, to avoid drawing attention to the fact that I probably couldn't have so much as held a pencil in that moment. Diversion!

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