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Charles Olsen

Charles Olsen moved to Spain drawn by his interest in Spanish artists such as Velázquez and Goya and to study flamenco guitar. Artist, filmmaker and poet, his paintings have been exhibited in the UK, France, New Zealand and Spain, and he has two bilingual collections of poetry published in Spain, Sr Citizen (Amargord, 2011) and Antípodas (Huerga & Fierro, 2016). His short film The dance of the brushes was awarded second prize in the I Flamenco Short Film Festival in Spain and his poetry films have been shown at international festivals and featured online in Moving Poems, Poetry Film Live and Atticus Review. In 2018 he was awarded the III Antonio Machado Poetry Residency in Segovia and Soria and he has received the XIII distinction Poetas de Otros Mundos.

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On Being Sanguine: Two Years of Panic and a Response to Terror in Christchurch

One Sunday, when I was an art student in London, I got on my bicycle and left my parents’ vicarage in Surrey for my room in Murray Mews, going along the River Thames and through London’s parks: Bushy Park, Richmond Park, Hyde Park and Regents Park. I was stung by a bee or wasp somewhere around Shepperton which got my blood up and I raced towards the city, perhaps a little too fast for my own good; a reaction to adversity.

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