I was asked to take part in the BlogHopper Experiment this week. So here is my two cents worth.


1) What is the title of your next /current work?

I’m working on spoken word/music pieces for The Plus Ones first show provisionally called “One Night Stand”. As always I’m also working on a collection of written poetry that may never see the light of day!



2) Where did the idea come for the project?

The members of The Plus Ones are Chelley McLear and I. This project originated from our time as members of Scream Blue Murmur and we left earlier this year to concentrate on developing our own flavourful spoken word style. As we both now live in different countries (she in Northern Ireland & me in Mexico) we thought we should do at least one gig on our holiday to Minneapolis this year. Details to follow…..



3) What genre did your last project fall under?

The last project was a Scream Blue Murmur show called “Something’s Gone Wrong in the Dreamhouse”. It was a mix of spoke word, music, song and general ruffhousin’. We performed it both in the USA and Canada and I think it was agreed by all that it fell under the genre of ‘Awesome Poetic Shenanigans’


4) What actor would you choose to play you in the movie of your life?

Someone really small … Danny Devito.



5) What is a one sentence synopsis of your work?

Fine, feisty, fiery, fun….with a side order of heels.



6) Will your book/project be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self published and performed.


7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Ummm, the first draft isn’t finished….I’m still working on the project. It’s been on going since August 2012. I try and write and redraft as often as possible so as when it comes to performance time I’m as sure as I can be that it is the best version of the piece that it possibly could be.



8) What other books/projects would you compare this project to in the genre?

Honestly, I’m not really into comparisons. I don’t really like the idea of pigeon holing people into one creative box or another. That said if you put The Plus Ones on the bill next to The Ditty Bops, ( Shane Koyczan ( or Freaky Meat  ( I’d be really happy.


9) Who or what inspired you for this project?

As always, everything is a source of inspiration. I tend to focus on interesting or unjust events in the world and try and bring a quirky splash to them, whether that is adding in a jarring backing track or video backdrop. I don’t like to write too much about personal stuff as I think that there is so much more you can be doing with your performance time. You have people’s attention for such a short space of time that you may as well use that time to speak about something worthwhile.



10) What else about the project might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s got amazing shoes in it, worn by two feisty poets with a badass attitude and a wicked sense of humour. What else could you ask for?!


Next Weeks blog hoppers are three of my favourite creative people from across the world. I have been lucky enough to collaborate and party with each of them. Enjoy:


Chelley McLear is a poet and performer with experience of performing all across the globe.  Chelley facilitates performance poetry workshops for participants across Northern Ireland and regularly hosts poetry slams.

Chelley co-ordinates the Poetry in Motion Schools and Community projects for Community Arts Partnership in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is a writer in residence for the Prison Arts Foundation at Inspire Women’s Centre and regularly facilitates workshops for the Schools Library Service. Chelley is a previous member of Scream Blue Murmur and a current member of The Plus Ones performance poetry experiment.


Courtney McLean is an actress, writer, storyteller, improviser, comedian, and musician. She is a proud original member and current co-managing director of Rockstar Storytellers. She is the bandleader of Courtney McClean & The Dirty Curls, pioneers of naughtybilly: sexually explicit comedy country music and creators of the 2012 Minnesota Fringe smash “The Love Show!” In 2011, Courtney was named #52 of City Pages 100 Creatives.


Shane Hollands has been part of the spoken word/performance poetry scene in New Zealand for over a decade & has been instrumental in the poetry-music crossover renaissance in New Zealand. 
In 2001 Shane formed Freaky Meat. In 2010 they released their single ‘Monkey Shines’ & the follow-up EP: ‘Late Night Kebab’. 2011 saw the release of the single ‘Lament of Paris’ from their debut album ‘Delicatessen’ (2011)
2003 Shane & Paul Williams formed the unique Beautiful Losers which produce soundscape infused spoken word using CelloTronics.
2005 Shane instigated the poetry troupe The Literatti & was creative director for its initial year.
2005 Shane & Paul Bognuda developed The Kerouac Effect, an annual celebration of Music/Poetry on Jack Keroauc’s Birthday. 
Shane has been published in Live Lines, Side Stream, Tongue In Your Ear and De-Formed Paper.



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