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CARU Arts re Search Conference 2016

CARU Arts re Search Conference 2016 04/12/2016

I am currently working on my third book which is to be an art and poetry resource in which I use art and objects as a way of engaging, inspiring and facilitating creative writing and performance work.  For this occasion, I presented scripted poems, poem/lyrics, thoughtful poems, and a musical  poem based on a Still Life painting.  Each piece relates to art and objects that are housed in the Ashmolean museum.  The audience were invited to join in with the words and there was a good supply of volunteers happy to be put on the spot and join in.  The poems that I presented demonstrated the many ways in which art and poetry can be written, linked and performed.  Content was found to be good for creative writing and performance work in many places and spaces and for both children and adults. The book is due to be published in 2017.  More news coming soon.

CARU  Arts re Search Conference 2016

CARU Arts re Search Conference 2016 19/11/2016

I met Claire Frampton at the CARU Arts re Search Conference.  Claire works as a gallery attendant at the Ashmolean Museum. She is currently working on a PhD proposal with a working title of: 'Exploring the potential of creative drama as a learning tool in museums and heritage'.  She very kindly offered to write a review and reflections on my book: A Visitor to the Forest - a scripted performance poem, which is inspired by Paolo Uccello's The Hunt in the Forest. (See text below)


Reflections on reading A Visitor to the Forest by Diana Moore (2014)

I first met Diana Moore at the CARU (Creative Arts Research Unit) conference at Oxford Brookes in December 2016. I made a presentation ‘Exploring the potential of creative drama as a learning tool in museums and heritage’, she made a presentation ‘Art and Poetry for Performance’ which included performance of some of her poems related to museum objects with a slide show. She leant me a copy of her book and I offered to review it and write reflections.

I was interested to review it in relation to my Research Project/ PhD Proposal Working Title: Exploring the potential of creative drama as a learning tool in museums and heritage. Examining current projects and academia, proposing, running and evaluating projects in museums.

In the introduction to the book she describes how she developed the idea for the book while she looked into the painting rather than walking past it. As a gallery attendant I have witnessed many tours, schools education sessions and activities related to that painting, involving family trails and craft I was interested about Moore’s unique ideas about engaging with the painting. I believe there is more potential for music and drama in museum education programmes, Moore’s book encourages performance of her script in relation to the painting. With my project about the potential for creative performance in museums one of the research issues is what are the benefits of learning about heritage through drama in a context where museum programmes also offer music and arts and crafts in their programmes? Considering what I had witnessed (I had been a gallery attendant for 5 years) I believed Moore’s project offered something new.

With Diana’s book I can see it is designed so that people can use the script to engage with elements of the painting in a unique way, performers can make their own interpretations. I was interested in the way Moore encourages performances with music from well known tunes such as a Mozart Horn Concerto.

I liked the way the book was edited with some creativity in the presentation of words for instance in one illustration with words going round in a spiral. Parts of the painting are presented in the book editing sections so people engage in a new way. I liked the way the book was designed so people can make notes, perhaps about their own performance of the poems.

After this I am interested to know more about Moore’s work, especially relating to theatre in heritage.


Thank you Claire. 

Photo above shows Claire Frampton at Oxford Brookes for a 'Singing through the ages' event.  She is wearing a mortar board and holding a clock which was used in her presentation at the CARU Arts re Search conference also at Oxford Brookes.


 I have been selected to speak at CARU ǀ Arts re Search Conference at Oxford Brookes University on 4th December.  I will be presenting / performing  on the topic of Art & Poetry for Performance.

CARU ǀ  Arts re Search Conference
Date:  4th December 2016
Location: Chakrabati Lecture Theatre, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
Here is a link, further information and full list of speakers available soon. 



POETRY EVENT with Diana Moore

"We had a lovely afternoon yesterday with our special guest Diana Moore, performing her fantastic art related poetry"  (from Bridge House Care Home Facebook Page)

Poetry Sessions ~ Feedback ~ Lady Nuffield Home

Poetry Sessions ~ Feedback ~ Lady Nuffield Home 24/02/2016

A session that is increasing in popularity is my art-based poetry sessions.  Intelligent, Interactive, Accessible, Educational.  Here is feedback from a visit to The Lady Nuffield Home:

'I like your poetry'  said Joan.  ...'very different to the usual visits..'

Please ask her back'  Susan reminded the activities manager

'We've not had anything like this before' ..  'unique, interesting, original'  .. 'an engaging and enjoyable session' ..  'When residents ask you back it is the best example of feedback'    David Rudge, Activities Manager

Art-based Poetry Feedback ~ Two Bream and a Ray

Art-based Poetry Feedback ~ Two Bream and a Ray 22/11/2015

I've created a poetic menu based on a Roman Fish Dish in the Ashmolean Museum (see image to the right).

"To say you have a unique and original style is an under statement.
  It's so appealing in it's layout and the light touch and humour belie the
  knowledge and information contained underneath."

        Tony Vincent Isaacs,  Musician and Poet

Cows at Cookham by Sir Stanley Spencer

Cows at Cookham by Sir Stanley Spencer 24/10/2015

A poem/lyric/script by Diana Moore, inspired by Stanley Spencer's painting of Cows at Cookham, Modern Art Gallery, Level 3, Ashmolean Museum.

The theme for October's readings was (a) Modern Art, and (b) based on 19th century French poet Stephane Mallarmés Meaning: Interplay & Interconnections.  I was attracted to Cows at Cookham in the Modern Art gallery which fitted one part of the remit, but I didn't know much about Mallarmé... yet...  How could I interplay and interconnect...?  What made him tick...?  Well... I discover that he influenced Claude Debussy who composed a piece called  L'après-midi d'un faune... (afternoon of the faun) based on one of Mallarmés poems.  Music, music... I do enjoy music... I listen to Debussy... I connect Debussy and the cows... have you ever heard a cow moo Debussy...? My thoughts develop into a poetic script for two voices.

If you would like to hear the poem or if you would like me to visit your school or establishment to share my art-based poetry workshops, please do get in touch.  

Further information on Stephane Mallarmé at  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/stephane-mallarme

Words, Wit (and Flamingos?)

Words, Wit (and Flamingos?) 07/07/2015

The Adult Dyslexia Centre proudly presents:  Words, Wit (and Flamingos?)  5th July 2015.

I've had a wonderful time at the Adult Dyslexia Centre in Maidenhead, working with the group to develop their writing skills into performance pieces and leading on to a production at The Studio Theatre at Nordern Farm.  Here is what Debbie, the Centre Manager has to say:

   'Diana was recommended to us by a Centre tutor who had heard some of her performance pieces and felt that she would work well with our group. Our performance 'Words, Wit ( and Flamingos)' was put together with tremendous panache and professionalism in only 4 weeks. It consisted of 32 short items of humorous writings (mostly written by the members) with performance and dance. What an achievement - to enable a group of dyslexic adults who have difficulties with words, sequencing and memory to feel confident performing in a theatre to an audience who thoroughly enjoyed the show.  Thank you, Diana, for all your, patience, perseverance and belief that we could 'produce the goods'.  

Debbie Farnfield, 

Adult Dyslexia Centre Manager

Playground on Fire at the Old Fire Station

Playground on Fire at the Old Fire Station 18/06/2015

I am delighted to be a part of the Playground on Fire events. I shall be in the Gallery on Saturday 27th June from 3 - 4 p.m. Joining me will be: actor Jon Crowley and soprano Anna Shackleton. Together we will be presenting 'A VISITOR TO THE FOREST'.  There will be singing and acting/improvising of extracts from this arts-based performance poem inspired by Paolo Uccello's The Hunt in the Forest.  Audience participation is invited.  All welcome.  

A Visitor to the Forest is available from Blackwells and the Ashmolean Museum shop, also online via Amazon.co.uk

Events and Workshops April, May, June, July 2015 31/03/2015

Here are a few of the workshops and events that I have booked for spring and summer.

Ashmolean Museum ~ poetry workshop for adults with learning difficulties based on 'The Hunt in the Forest'
Residential Care Home ~ poetry readings, performance and discussion
Adult Dyslexia Centre ~ comedy, poetry, writing and performance workshop leading to a theatre production
Stagecoach Theatre Arts School ~ Poetry performance workshops with mini musical/acting performances for each age group ranging from age 6 to 18 years

April 2015  Feedback following my visit to Chiltern Grange Care Home:  "Thank you very much to the lovely Diana Moore for carrying out an 'Introduction to Creative Writing and Poetry' session for our residents.  An informative, interesting session filled with lots of humour!  Your poems were brilliant, we look forward to seeing you again soon." Corinne Smith, Activities Manager 

Coles Bookstore in Bicester 07/03/2015

Thanks to Caroline at Coles Bookstore in Bicester for her continued support in stocking my latest book A Visitor to the Forest which is an art based poem designed for performance and suitable for ages 7 to adult.   Here is a link to Coles - it is a lovely independent book shop in Crown Walk, Bicester.  wym-1432049712180


Testimonial 17/02/2015

 I met Diana Moore through the readings in the Ashmolean museum. Her poems have a lovely sense of fun and wordplay, and she has a wonderful instinct for making texts which will appeal to children in performance. This little book contains one such poem, inspired by a famous painting by Uccello.  Dr Giles Watson, University of Western Australia


Testimonial 19/01/2015

In 2012 I had the pleasure of reading with Diana Moore as part of the Ashmolean Museum's 'Poetry and Pictures' program, and since then, I've been witness to her meticulous craftsmanship and professional approach. Diana's poetry is imaginative and playful; a welcome reprieve from the monotone readings one comes to expect. Diana brings a musical element to the poems, whispering, chanting, and singing. I'm always surprised and delighted by Diana's theatricality, playfulness, and humour. She is a natural performer, whether in schools, special needs groups, museums, or on the BBC. Her books can be found in Blackwell's and Waterstones. Her latest book, a poetic response to Uccello's Hunt in the Forest, will be available in the Ashmolean Museum shop this year.                        

                                                   Jalina Mhyana (www.jalina.co.uk)

                                                   Director, Ekphrasis / Poetry in the Museum

Poetry Evening in Witney 18/12/2014

Poetry celebrating the Dylan Thomas centenary  wym-1418924537478

Playground ~ New Work and Collaboration Platform

Playground ~ New Work and Collaboration Platform 13/09/2014


Looking forward to being in the Playground on Tuesday 23rd September....

The Gallery, Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford

New book coming soon 15/07/2014

My next book is a poem designed for performance based on Paolo Uccello's 'The Hunt in the Forest'.

Open Mic at Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford 02/07/2014

After a busy day of poetry sessions in a local school, I went along to Blackwell's Bookshop for the open mic evening.  There was a very good crowd in attendance and I was delighted to receive a real show of appreciation for my humorous poems.

Poetry in residential homes ~ feedback 14/05/2014

Feedback from recent visits to individuals and groups in residential homes:  June from Letcombe Regis said "fascinating, and very stimulating".  The ladies at Fairfields in Oxford said "Do come back".   So do get in touch if you would like an interesting session on Creating and Writing Poetry.  There is an array of subject matter available (for these sessions) from art and poetry, poetry and pictures, to Edward Lear nonsense as well as historical (e.g. Henry VIII) and contemporary poems.

Ashmolean Museum ~ poetry in the galleries

Ashmolean Museum ~ poetry in the galleries 29/04/2014

Received lovely feedback on my lyrical poem based on 'The Hunt in the Forest' by Paolo Ucello.  If you would like to hear the poem, do get in touch.  It will be good to share with a wider audience.  There is an interesting book written by Catherine Whistler on the subject of this wonderful painting. You can buy it in the Ashmolean shop for £5.  Another poetry tour coming up on 24th May at the Ashmolean Museum.  I will have a new piece (yet to be decided) ready for 14th June poetry tour.

Hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough

Hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough 10/04/2014

It was lovely to receive a hand-written letter from Sir David Attenborough in his no doubt very busy schedule, thanking me for the 'A Fishy Coat Tale And Other Poems' book and a view of my new nonsense verse specially written for Edward Lear, a poetry collection that is due to be published in 2014.

Southbank centre ~ 15th February 2014

Southbank centre ~ 15th February 2014 06/02/2014

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk   Delighted to say I will be performing a poetry showcase to an audience of under 12's and their families here at Southbank Centre on 15th February 2014

A Fishy Coat Tale, A Visitor to the Forest, and Objects in the Ashmolean - all available from bookstores, and via Amazon
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