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From London Coordinator Russell
After a relatively quiet April, we’re back with a vengeance. Poetry, it seems, is bustin’ out all over. So what’s happening? Well, we’ll be back at the Canal Cafe in Little Venice again on the 16th, this time with that tartan toerag Elvis McGonagall. And over in Islington, the lovely Helen East will be pounding the pavements and propping up the bars, taking folk-stories back to where they belong (i.e: da people) – lots of dates for that, see below.
On the 22nd, Jawdance will be opening its arms to those members of society that local newspapers like to call ‘budding bards’. Form an orderly queue, please. Getting the month off to a disturbingly odd close, we’ll be presenting Rob Auton’s Yellow Show on the 28th – in which the surreal wordsmith sings the praises of his favourite xanthic pigment. Well, not literally sing. We hope. All this, plus a SPIN on the 25th (part of Southbank Centre‘s always excellent London Literature Festival) and a Writing Room on the 29th with Malika Booker. Gosh, what a varied month. Aren’t we fantastic?
From West Midlands Coordinator Bohdan
Hello all! May! Things are growing. Things are blooming. Things are expanding. Oh, and nature is doing its thing too, or so I’m told. I wouldn’t know I’ve been busy marveling at all the poetry sprouting all around the region. A good place to take a look at West Mids talent will be the Artist Reveal Yourself Festival – if you want an overview of what’s been brewing in the region, the two free weekend sessions featuring up-and-coming and established poets are your answer. On Thursday 16th Hit the Ode continues its triumphant march, of course. You may or may not know that we have started filming the nights with an eye on editing a documentary. The short film will be as much about the audience as the guest artists. Show up if you want to be immortalized!
After a month-long break, Wordsmiths & Co. returns on Monday 20th with a wonderfully varied line-up. If you want to refresh your memories from previous editions, check out the series website – wordstmithsand.co. And finally – Poets’ Place is back, in the cozy and welcoming Yorks Bakery Café – that’s on the 4th and 18th.The sessions are going strong, and remain true to the night’s motto: write poetry. Share poetry. Eat biscuits! Join us live and/or online at facebook.com/placeforpoets. See you very soon!
From North East Coordinator Kirsten
Hi everyone, here’s your exciting May right here… It’s Late Shows month of course, so we’re shifting Scratch Tyne to Saturday 18th and becoming part of Commercial Union House’s evening of wonderment. Expect roaming, floating and site specific poetics in amongst the theatre and visual art on every floor.
Then join us at Jibba Jabba on Thursday 23rd to see gorgeous Birmingham-based poet Jodiann Bickley, just one of the loveliest performers around. At 1pm on Thursday 9th you can hear the next of our radio commissions, the superb Bob Beagrie performing with bespoke music from his album Disendcha – listen online at basic.fm. Sound good to you?
From South East Coordinator Pete
Hello, how much fun was April’s 451? An enthused audience heard, saw and experienced James Barnes, Megan Beech and Niall O’Sullivan following a top quality open mic. In the words of Megan: “Thanks for a great gig, best atmosphere I’ve seen in a long while.” And Niall said “I had a great time and the two other feature poets on the bill made me genuinely nervous at having to follow them.” And the audience said ‘Yay! and ‘Whoot!’ and clapped a lot.
To May: on Friday 10th there’ll be an Archimedes Screw Showcase in Southampton, featuring World Slam Champ Harry Baker and then in Margate we’ll be listening to Stewart Taylor and Ray Antrobus amongst other voices at Big Talk on Friday 31st. All event details are below. Also look out for a special youth version of the annual Brighton wordfest Poets v MCs called Bite! featuring Dizraeli on Wednesday 29th. And a final word of congratulations to young Oxford poet and member of the One Way Ticket team, Azfa Ali, who won the 2013 Christopher Tower Poetry Competition for young writers.
From South West Coordinator Gina
It’s May! I’m delighted to welcome Forked back on the 23rd with outstanding new-comers, hysterical Poetry Bingo and the gorgeous Salena Godden, it’s going to be a fantastic ride, jump on board! Get your tickets now for Folly on 6th June, a beautiful spoken word and live music score from Sally Jenkinson.
This month, The Abyss Theatre Company present The Roving Theatre Poetry Festival and a new production Lucifer Saved! It’s an exciting 3 week Theatre and Poetry residency in Exeter, involving tons of Poetry performances, workshops and discussions, all with regional poets and supported by Apples and Snakes, details can be found here. Cheerio!
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