Category Archives: Announcement

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.


A workshop and a Review

Mary reading in November (that's James lurking in the background...)

The lovely James Webster, who came to read at our last two events, has posted a review of our November reading! You can find it here with a summary of each reader (what a memory!) He says some rather sweet things:

There’s something wonderfully quaint about Claire Trévien’s Beaconsfield based poetry night. Maybe it’s the gorgeous surroundings of the Royal Standard of England (oldest alehouse in England apparently) with its warren of low-ceilinged rooms. Maybe it’s the charmingly mixed audience, comprising all different ages and a mix of locals and visitors. Maybe it’s Claire’s glittering hosting. It’s a very relaxed, supportive and fun environment in which to enjoy some poetry.

Summary: a fun, welcoming and moving night, with plenty of different voices, in a warm and inviting venue. If you feel like venturing out to the sticks for some poetry, definitely check it out.

A reminder: our next two events are on 24th and 30th April, and you can find more details below.

And! As if that weren’t enough, the fantastic Tori Truslow will be giving a workshop on Sunday 29th April, 2-4pm in the Reading Room, Old Beaconsfield. All ages and abilities are welcome and you should emerge from the session with a brand new piece of poetry you can share (should you dare!) at the open mic the following night. Booking for this event will open soon.

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Next Poetry Event: 30th April 2012 @ The Jolly Cricketers, Seer Green

April will be a fruitful month for poetry, with not one but TWO excellent poetry events happening in Beaconsfield and its surroundings…

Our next evening of featured poets & open mic will be at the wonderful Jolly Cricketers, in Seer Green, Beaconsfield.  As you can see from the picture, our next loose theme for this next event will be ‘Maps’. You can share poetry you’ve written on the theme, or ignore it altogether.

Our featured poets are: Jim Bennett, Amy Key, Jonathan Steffen and Christine Webb. Posts in the lead up to the event will appear on this website with more information on these poets.

To put you in the mood, here is a poem by Elizabeth Bishop ‘The Map’:

The Map

Land lies in water; it is shadowed green.
Shadows, or are they shallows, at its edges
showing the line of long sea-weeded ledges
where weeds hang to the simple blue from green.
Or does the land lean down to lift the sea from under,
drawing it unperturbed around itself?
Along the fine tan sandy shelf
is the land tugging at the sea from under?

The shadow of Newfoundland lies flat and still.
Labrador’s yellow, where the moony Eskimo
has oiled it. We can stroke these lovely bays,
under a glass as if they were expected to blossom,
or as if to provide a clean cage for invisible fish.
The names of seashore towns run out to sea,
the names of cities cross the neighboring mountains
-the printer here experiencing the same excitement
as when emotion too far exceeds its cause.
These peninsulas take the water between thumb and finger
like women feeling for the smoothness of yard-goods.

Mapped waters are more quiet than the land is,
lending the land their waves’ own conformation:
and Norway’s hare runs south in agitation,
profiles investigate the sea, where land is.
Are they assigned, or can the countries pick their colors?
-What suits the character or the native waters best.
Topography displays no favorites; North’s as near as West.
More delicate than the historians’ are the map-makers’ colors.

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Special Guests: Paul Askew and Tina Sederholm

As a special treat we have two extra poets coming to perform at the Royal Standard tomorrow, here’s a little taster of what you can expect:

Paul Askew writes and performs poetry, as well as editing Ferment zine. He has a BA(Hons) in English Studies, so he’s like, you know, totally legit and that. He’s inflicted his imagination upon people in Oxford, London, Edinburgh and at Truck Festival.

2010 Oxford Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion, Tina Sederholm is a poetry tart who loves both performance and the more literary side of poetry. Now the co-host of Oxford Hammer and Tongue, her favourite m.o. is to massage the status quo into a false sense of security and then deliver a deft kick to its testicles while it isn’t looking. If she had a philosophy it would be ‘Somehow, everything is okay.’

Poetry: Tomorrow!

Don’t miss the chance to hear some excellent poets read tomorrow night, as well as participate in the open mic. The next poetry reading won’t be until January so make the most of this!

Doors open at 7pm, entry is free, but do help the poets’ break even on their travel costs by buying copies of their work if you can!

See you at the Royal Standard!


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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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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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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!

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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