Oxford Special: 17th August 2013

The next Fast Culture event will be at the Albion Beatnik Bookshop in Oxford on 17th August, 7.30pm. Entry is £2. It will feature:

James Brookes: winner of an Eric Gregory award, author of the ‘Sins of the Leopard’ (Salt Publishing) which was shortlisted in the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and now longlisted in the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Amy Key: one third of The Shuffle night at the Poetry Café, editor of ‘Poems in Which’ and ‘The Great British Bard Off’, and author of upcoming collection ‘Luxe’ (Salt Publishing).

Charlotte Newman: author of Selected Poems (Annexe) and winner of Best Poetry Pamphlet at the Saboteur Awards 2013.

Claire Trévien: author of The Shipwrecked House (Penned in the Margins), which is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, co-editor of Sabotage Reviews, Verse Kraken, and co-organizer of Penning Perfumes.

Tori Truslow: sci-fi writer and co-editor of Verse Kraken, specially commended in the 2012 James White Award, currently running the queer track at new convention Nine Worlds.

James Webster: performance poetry editor at Sabotage Reviews. His first solo show ’50 shades of Webster’ debuted at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.


Next Poetry Evening: 18 June 2012, 7.30pm

Join us at The Jolly Cricketers on 18 June 2012 for a free evening of poetry with our featured poets James Byrne, Kayo Chingonyi, Emily Hasler, and Kirsten Irving.

James Byrne originally hails from Buckinghamshire. He is the editor of The Wolf poetry magazine, and the author of ‘Passage of Time’ (Flipped Eye) and ‘Blood/Sugar’ (Arc). He is the co-editor of ‘Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century’ (Arc) and editor of ‘Bones Will Crow: 14 contemporary Burmese poets’ (Bloodaxe).

Kayo Chingonyi has just released with Salt his long-anticipated début pamphlet ‘Some Bright Elegance’. He has performed all over the UK in venues and events such as the London Literature Festival, The RSC Swan Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Buckingham Palace.

Emily Hasler has published a pamphlet of poetry with Salt called ‘Natural Histories’. In 2009 she won second prize in the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Her poems appear in The Salt Book of Younger Poets and The Best British Poetry 2011.

Kirsten Irving is the co-editor of Sidekick Books, and the editor of the cult hand-made magazine Fuselit. Her pamphlet ‘What to do’ was published by Happenstance Press, and her full collection, ‘Never Never Never Come Back’ is coming out with Salt later this year.

The pub is a 5 minute walk from Seer Green station, which is a 20 minute train ride from London Marylebone. So no excuses not to come eternal city-dwellers!

The readings will be followed by an open mic. Do come and sign up for a slot!

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April’s events

Thank you to everyone who came to our packed calendar of poetry events this April, whether it was the Salt Publishing reading at Beaconsfield’s library (with poets Liane Strauss, Tim Dooley and Chris Emery), or Tori Truslow’s poetry workshop, or our regular poetry & open mic night which has relocated to the Jolly Cricketers in Seer Green (with featured readings by Jonathan Steffen, Tori Truslow and Christine Webb). The event was reviewed by Melanie Gow for Annexe magazine.

We hope to see you at the next Poetry & Open Mic night at the Jolly Cricketers which will take place on 18 June, 7pm, with featured readings by James Byrne,Kayo Chingonyi, Kirsten Irving, and Emily Hasler!

Below are some pictures of the April events:

Picture of library event taken by Caroline Ing

Carolin Ing took this picture of the Library event!

The crowd at Beaconsfield’s library

Jonathan Steffen at the Jolly Cricketers

John Mason reading in the open mic

Tori Truslow reading at the Jolly Cricketers

Christine Webb reading at the Jolly Cricketers

A pamphlet printed especially for the poetry and open mic night at the Jolly Cricketers

Chris Emery, Salt Publishing’s director, reads from his latest collection of poetry ‘The Departure’

Tim Dooley reads at Beaconsfield Library

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Map Music

Suggested playlist to put you in the mood for our upcoming Reading and Open Mic night Mapping Poetry

Jason Webley, Map

Muse, Map of your head

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Maps

Wire, Map Ref. 41°N 93°W

Holly Jazz Lowe, Cartography Song

Athlete, Street Map

Idlewild, I don’t have the map

KT Tunstall, Suddenly I see

Johannes Cornago, Basse Danse: Mappa Mundi

Electric Light Opera, Latitude 88 North

Elton John, Latitude

Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans, Longitude and Latitude

Agora Fidelio, GPS


Featured Poet #4: Jim Bennett

Jim was born and still lives near Liverpool in England. He grew up in Liverpool during the years of the Liverpool Sound and the Liverpool Poets and it is from this tradition that he developed his own unique style and voice.

He is the author of 64 books including books of poetry, books for children, and technical training manuals. In addition his CD “Down in Liverpool” a selection of poetry and music has brought Jim to the notice of a much wider audience. In a career spanning 44 years Jim has won many accolades for his performances and writing. His poetry has been widely published in magazines and anthologies and he regularly performs at poetry events and festivals in the UK and USA.

Jim’s career as a performance poet has earned him many awards amongst which are three DADAFest awards, and a Silver Stake from the Manchester Slam. He has also won awards for his poetry including the 2006 Frost Award, and the Fante Award in 2002. In 2005 his book The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds was voted Best Poetry Book in English at the Berlin Book Festival. He has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Award and has twice won the performance award the San Francisco Beat Festival and was Poetry Superhighway Favourite Poet of the Year 2000.

He is also, as of 2004, the Managing Editor of Poetry Kit, the extensive on-line poetry resource website.

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Featured Poet #3: Christine Webb

Christine Webb has worked in education all her life, and has been writing as long as she can remember. After Babel was published by Peterloo Poets in 2004, and in 2007 her poem ‘Seven Weeks’ won the Poetry London competition, while ‘Salt’ won second prize in Mslexia. In 2009 she was awarded a Distinction for her Creative Writing MA, and in 2011 her next collection, Catching Your Breath, was published by Cinnamon Press. It celebrates and mourns her partner of many years, who died in 2006.

See http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/christinewebbpage.html for more about Christine, and http://www.cinnamonpress.com/catching-your-breath/ for details of her new collection.



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Featured Poet #2: Amy Key

Amy was born in Dover in 1978 and grew up in Kent and South Shields. Her pamphlet Instead of Stars was published by tall-lighthouse in 2009. She is a poet-in-residence for ethical lingerie brand Holloway Smith Noir. She co-runs The Shuffle, a monthly poetry reading series at London’s Poetry Café and is the co-editor of The Shuffle anthology series. Amy lives in London, working as a civil servant. You can find her poems, along with some photography and clutter on her tumblr Leopard-skin Pill-box Hat and her tweets @msamykey.

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Featured Poet #1: Jonathan Steffen

Jonathan Steffen is a modern troubadour, whose work encompasses poetry, short stories, novels, literary translations, songs and instrumental music.

He has just had a collection of poems, Colour of Love, published by Accumen Publishing.

His work has appeared in a wide range of anthologies and magazines, including the London Magazine, The Spectator, the New Statesman & Society, Signals, Firebird, BABEL, Outposts, Acumen, Orbis and Poem for the Day. He has also published full-length translations of novels and academic works from the German and the French. Jonathan has widely published poems, short stories, essays and literary translations. His poem Falcon to the Falconer has travelled world wide.

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Just to let you know that I have created event pages on eventbrite for the next three events, here are their links:

24th April: Salt Publishing reading and Q&A at Beaconsfield Library Free!

29th April: Poetry Workshop at the old Beaconsfield Reading Room. £12/£10

30th April: Poetry Reading & Open Mic at The Jolly Cricketers, Seer Green Free!

Ticketing isn’t compulsory for our 24th and 30th April events, but it’s helpful for us to have an idea of numbers so do feel free to book!

Poetry Workshop: 29 April

I’m very happy to announce that a poetry workshop will take place on Sunday 29th April 2-4pm at the Reading Room in Old Beaconsfield.

The workshop will be led by Tori Truslow, an experienced poetry workshop leader and it promises to be fun for all ages and abilities. By the end of the workshop you will have written a brand new poem and, should you wish to do so, you’d be very welcome to read it at The Jolly Cricketers the following night.
The workshop costs £12 (or £10 for concessions or if you book online). Coffee and tea are included in the price.
Here is the blurb:
Discover new ground in this boundary-crossing poetry workshop, taking inspiration from maps. Poet Tori Truslow will guide participants through a series of games, exercises and discussions, looking at how poetry can bring together the known and the unknown, fact and fantasy. The workshop will encourage poets to act as map-makers, investigating the borderlands between experience and imagination as they consider how to explore themselves in words. Participants will produce a draft map poem and will receive advice on how to develop it, with the chance to share and receive feedback from the group in a constructive environment. All ages welcome!
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