Conference Performance Technology Travel Video Poem

A Thousand Words in Two Centuries

A Thousand Words in Two Centuries

20th Century Commission

It’s great to see you
How are the kids?
I enjoyed your last piece
Now about that feature;
here’s what I need.
A thousand words
by the end of next month.
We’ve booked your flight;
you’ll leave next week.
VIP lounge and
a very nice seat;
I know you like your peanuts
and G and T’s.
We’ll send a photographer along with you
It’s a five star hotel with a decent view
a double room, if you partner goes too?
It’s full board package
with a complementary bar,
you’ll have exclusive use of garden and spa,
they’re throwing in a driver and a car;
with lots of activities for you to do.
What do you think?
Would that suit you?
1000 words by the end of next month?
It’s half the fee if we have to kill.
Now tell me, fancy a boozy lunch?
It’s been a while, so I’ll foot the bill.

21st Century Commission

Please DM me.
Got a feature for you.
Here’s what we need;
a thousand words
by the end of the week
for a double page spread
in the magazine.
And for the social we will need;
a selection of images
processed please,
captioned and labelled
for our ease, posted
on Flikr, for us to select.
We expect you’ll make time
to connect online
with our followers live.
We’ll need a scope
at least twice a day
and a tweet every hour.
What do you say?
Course you’ll need to feed
our Instagram stream
plus Google+, Pinterest
and Facebook too
all that ok with you?

Oh and can you book your own hotel?
Try and get them to offer a comp
or claim it back, but not luxury
I’m sure budget will be fine.
We hear that camping’s getting de rigour.
You across Tumbler? And Stumbleupon?
And of course there’s snapchat
and YouTube and vine?
Can you track engagement
while you’re there
if you have the time,
do you have HashTracker,
just schedule by Buffer
to keep a record of all your retweets.
We’ll give you our password
so you can log on
And write some live blog posts?
One or two at the most.
You know the kind of thing we need.

Can you book your own flight?
Ideally from Gatwick,
Maybe late night,
catch a bus from the airport
if you possibly can, keep your receipt
to claim it back.
It’s one night only you understand.

And about the fee.
You know how things are…
Could you take a bit less,
do a little bit more?
Ideally we’d like you
to do it for free.
You’d get loads of exposure
from all the tweets
and we could certainly offer
a follow link?
Have a think..
would that suit you?
Well? There’s three other people
in the queue.
Had a coffee today?
Can you get me one too?

About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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