Bardroom co-founder, David Hill, sent word to us that he is collaborating with Hungarian conductor, Gregory Vajda, on a work entitled ‘Gulliver in Faremido’. Gregory Vajda is currently conducting the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Our esteemed colleague, David Hill wrote the text, while actor David Loftus serves as narrator. Click for further details and an interview. Congratulations, David!

Bardroom founder David Hill wrote to inform us he had spotted UK stand-up comedian Nick Doody on YouTube performing his disturbing yet hilarious Clown Song on Paramount’s World Stands Up. Nick appeared at The Bardroom in October 2004.

Olen SteinhaeurBardroom founder, David Hill (not to be confused with recent writing competition winner, David A. Hill) wrote to inform us that Olen Steinhauer’s latest novel, The Tourist, has just been optioned by Warner Brothers. Olen read for the Bardroom in March 2006.

Olen posted this news to Contemporary Nomad, a blog he shares with three other writers:

“[A]s of late last week, my life and career changed in a way that I never could have predicted. First, came some great news from my industrious agent, Stephanie Cabot, that Heyne, the German publisher, was making a very handsome pre-empt on the manuscript I finished in July, The Tourist.

“Two days later, though, I was no longer beside myself, but above myself. Again, Stephanie was the bringer of news: Warner Bros would be optioning The Tourist, with the plan for it to involve…George Clooney.

On top of that, Olen and his girlfriend are expecting a baby this Winter. All we can say to all this is … congratulations!

RIP Bill Griffiths

September 25, 2007

Bill Griffiths

David Hill wrote to inform us that UK poet, Bill Griffiths passed on last week. Bill read at Bardroom in April 2006. Here’s what the Independent Online had to say:

The poet Bill Griffiths was an extraordinary writer: radical, experimental and scholarly, but also fun. His was the poetry of a biker, a cook, a boat owner and a social historian. He was also a scholar of Old English and dialect who knew how to make his work accessible. Griffiths exemplified the task of poetry without ever wishing to be treated as a poet. Private and uncompetitive, he was at least these things: poet, archivist, scholar, translator, prison-rights campaigner, pianist, historian, curator, performer, editor, short-story writer, essayist, teacher, book-maker and folk loricist.

Bardroom founder, David Hill, wrote to us this week suggesting we offer you these two video clips. K-man agreed: “I bet you could find loads of other clips on YouTube of various Bardroom survivors.”

David Hill: “The first one is Nathan Resika, who sang soul and jazz songs in the Bardroom on two occasions, but is now starring in operas in America.”

David Hill: “The second is Jane Hill, who did an open mic in 2003 reading prose, and now is a published novelist, but in this clip she is doing stand-up comedy.”

If you can point us to any clips of former Bardroom presenters, please send us an email: events AT bardroom DOT com

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