The Profile of Rupert Hopkins
Rupert is primarily a jazz poet in the beat tradition, working at the cutting edge of modern urban poetry, he draws on personal, political, and dream images. He writes from the imagination - just allows the muse to strike - writes in bursts, reflections of what he sees, and thoughts that crop up into his head. He regularly uses photography and music to illustrate his works, creating a multi-media effect. Many of his performances worldwide incorporate jazz and dance to accompany his readings. He is also an author of books on the peace movement.
Over the years he has organized a number of international poetry and multi-cultural events in Bristol, his home town. He regularly travels to the USA to perform poetry, regarded as a regular performer at the Austin International Poetry Festival. As a poet and photographer he has travelled widely, through 5 continents. He has exhibited his photography at a number of venues and as a fund raiser has been involved in a number of community based initiatives such as helping to set up Biashara - a fair trade co-operative.
- Salisbury College of Art, Diploma in Photography
- University of West of England, BA Hon's in Humanities, Dissertation: The influences of Buddism on the writings of Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder.
- Bath University, Studied PGCE in English & Media Studies
- Kingston University, MA in Culture & Literature, Dissertation: The irish writer Walter Macken.
- Peace Books, The idea for the books came to me whilst on a CND rally in London when I heard one of the Greenham women speak. A year or so later I ended up at Greenham with my camera and one of the photographs I took was used in the Guardian and I started to submit images to the Southwest CND magazine called Radiator. The books sold throughout the UK
and was taken by a New York bookshop and orders came in from as far a field as Australia.
- Poetry Chapbooks
- Rainbow Roots
- Sonnet Crimes
- Taos Poems
- Book Contributor
- City: Bristol Today in Poems and Pictures
Poems and music performances
- Channel 4 Production "Or Shall We Die" Written by Ian McEwan, Directed by Richard Eyres - Photographs used as illustration .
- New Statesman - Photographs Published
- Guardian - Photographs Published
- GMTV - Article about Waste Warriors
- The Sunday Telegraph - Article about Waste Warriors.
- Bards on the Buses - Bath Literary Festival
- Poetry & Roots Festival - Organised by Say It Loud - Bristol Inymedia
- Eagle Eye Productions - Poetry Gigs
- Poets of the Diaspora - Poetry Gigs - Poetry Can
Review by Larry Jaffe
- BEAZ poetry Festival
- Poetry Can Festival
- Green Leaf Book Store
- Black History Poetry & Performance - BBC Article
- Radio Bristol - Poetry Readings and Interviews on more than one occaision.
- The Mind Magician International Poetry Tour - Mind Magician
- Glastonbury Festival - A regular performer and helper at the poetry tent over the years.
- Cheltenham Literary Festival
- Waste Warriors - Produced 2 prose poems and montages for a dustcart - Arts Council Millennium Award - Cotswold District Council
- Salisbury Art Centre
- Amesbury County Library - Mixed Media Exhibition
- Edinburgh Fringe - Seeds Cafe
- Bristol - Bristol Wildscreen Festival
- Bristol - @Bristol
Links to Reviews and Articles
Book for Sale
Rupert has for sale a limited number of signed copies of his book Please email Rupert to Purchase your copy.
£15.00 + pp
"Yet blankly stare at this empty glass.
Watch wide eye yellow full moon vanish in the cloud
As the sun cocooned in that cosmic void
Searches for that solitary sunflower
Stranded in that vast ocean of life
Seeks out fresh pastures and galaxies
Happy to brush against spinning hand carved Buddhist wheels of life."
All The Way From Japan