Monthly Archives: October 2011

Line-Up Announcement

I’m very excited to announce that poets Simon Barraclough, Dan Holloway, Jill Wallis, and Laila Sumpton will be reading at our next event on 23rd November 2011. Posts will be appearing in the run up to the evening introducing you to these poets, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Poetry Society Stanza

I am now the Buckinghamshire representative for the Poetry Society Stanza and as such I would like to make these Fast Culture readings a part of Stanza’s activities in the area. If you have suggestions for other activities in the area that you would like me to organize as a Stanza rep, then please email me at ctrevien AT gmail DOT com

Just to make it clear, it is not necessary for you to be a Poetry Society member to join into the fun!

Fast Culture #2

We have a date! Put it into your diaries. The next Poetry & Open Mic night will be on:

Wednesday 23rd November 2011

Same start time of 7pm!



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Fast Culture #1

Thank you to everyone who made it last night, I think it’s safe to say it was a beautifully textured evening in a very atmospheric room! Thank you so much to poets John McCullough, Emily Hasler and Caroline Crew, who braved a series of trains to make it to us. Let’s hope this is the first of a monthly gathering, I will keep you posted!

In the meantime, here are a few pictures from the evening though sadly none of the readings. If you want to be kept in the loop for future readings and/or have a special request for a particular poet, email me at and I’ll see what can be done!

Poet John McCullough before the reading

A blurry glimpse inside the room with poet Caroline Crew in the foreground!

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Two days to go!

Posters are up, flyers have been distributed, notices have been put up in the local magazines and papers, we are nearly there!

The room is actually quite small so do come early to avoid disappointment. Signing up for the open mic will be open from 7pm and readings will begin at 7.30 so that those needing to catch trains home can do so!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Featured Poet #4: John McCullough

John McCullough's poetry has appeared in publications including London Magazine, The
Guardian, The Rialto, Poetry London and Magma. He teaches creative writing for the
Open University, the University of Sussex, the Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation.
His first collection is The Frost Fairs (Salt, 2011).

We look forward to meeting you at the Royal Standard of England,

19th October 2011 from 7pm

6 Days to Go!

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Featured Poet #3: Claire Trevien

Claire Trévien was born in 1985 in Brittany. She is a poet, critic and literary translator. Her writing has been published in a wide variety of literary magazines including Under The RadarPoetry Salzburg Review,Ink Sweat & TearsThe Warwick ReviewNth Position, and Fuselit. Earlier this year she published an e-chapbook of poetry with Silkworms Ink called Patterns of Decay. She is the editor of Sabotage Reviews.

Her pamphlet Low-Tide Lottery was published by Salt in June of this year.

Featured Poet #2: Emily Hasler

Emily Hasler was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk, but has escaped. She was an intern for the Wordsworth Trust, working on the contemporary poetry programme, and now lives in London working for the Society of Authors. In 2009 she won second prize in the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in various publications, including the Rialto, Poetry Salzburg, Warwick Review and Horizon Review, and have been anthologised in Dove Release, Birdbook, Clinic 2, Herbarium, The Salt Book of Younger Poets and The Best British Poetry 2011. She is a regular poetry reviewer for Warwick Review.

More recently still, Emily Hasler has published her first pamphlet of poetry with Salt Publishing called Natural Histories. Her launch will take place the day before Fast Culture in London.