The Dare to Diva & Digital Mechanic Enchanter Poetry Music Video Launch Event, was a stunning success and culminated, with the special surprise public announcement (made exclusively to the full house in Screen 2 of Phoenix Cinema) of Carol Leeming’s debut Poetry Book titled The Declamations of Cool Eye published by Dare to Diva Productions. Also that copies would be available to buy immediately after the screening in the Foyer. After the launch, the video is now scheduled to be released onto social media platforms e.g youtube etc.
Firstly, the diverse audience were welcomed by impressive artist, academic, arts pioneer and published poet Funmi Adewole, the programme continued with excellent live music performances, sublime Saxophone by Marcus Joseph and entrancing Hang Drum by Carise Z. The audience were then ready, for an introduction to the video by Carol Leeming the Writer Director Dare to Diva, and Rob Gurney Director of Photography of Digital Mechanic, as to how their creative partnership began and the making of the video. As well as Carol introducing members of the film crew in the audience. Carol’s fellow members of Seven Five film organization, based at the Phoenix Cinema, these were Dawn Rose Continuity & Wardrobe, Ketna Butron Make Up and Jon Ellison Camera Lighting Assistant.
During the screening of the Enchanter video, featuring Carol Leeming performing the song Habibi written by Carol, with long standing musical partner Neil Hunter, with music played and recorded by Paddy Hodgkinson and Stan Samuel recording studio. Later in the video there followed a performance of Carol’s poem Drawing, a poem included in the new debut poetry collection.
Throughout the screening the audience was rapt, afterwards they applauded enthusiastically, a lively Q & A and comments session followed, ably chaired by Funmi Adewole. Many in the audience found the poetry music and images, combined in the video ‘mesmerizing and ‘thought provoking’ and expressed a strong desire to see it again, as ‘it had many layers’ others pointed to its ‘culturally diversity’ and being ‘shamanic’. Both Carol and Rob were warmly congratulated by the audience members and by the Chair. Subsequently in the foyer a queue formed and all copies of the new book sold out very quickly.
Carol will be at the World Mental Health Day, Monday 10th October 2016 9.30-5pm at the African Caribbean Centre, at a Book Stall available for signings of her new poetry book.
For further information to obtain copies of:
The Declamations of Cool Eye – Selected Poems by Carol Leeming
Published by Dare to Diva ISBN No.978 0 9955578 0 2
Or enquiries for Readings, Book Signings & Pop Up Book Stalls at Events