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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



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!

National Poetry Month: 24th April 2011

To celebrate the inaugural National Poetry Month, we will be hosting a special reading in Beaconsfield’s Library on 24th April 2012 at 7pm, with a Salt Publishing line-up.

The four readers will be: Chris Hamilton-Emery (editor of Salt Publishing, author of The Departure), Tim Dooley (author of Keeping Time), Liane Strauss (author of Leaving Eden) and Claire Trévien (author of Low-Tide Lottery). The readings will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to ask any burning questions you have about poetry publishing, the writing process, and anything else.

The event will be free but please RSVP so that we have an idea of numbers.

More news will be coming soon on the date and place of our next poetry & open mic event.

Local Events in the HP postcode

For poetry lovers in need of a fix before our event, there are two things in the area that you can go to:


1) Launch of Christine Webb’s Catching Your Breath (published by Cinnamon Press), 8th November, Burnham Library at 7pm. Please RSVP by emailing Christine at  christinemwebb AT waitrose DOT com

2) Poetry Live!  An All Saints’ Social event in support of Christian Aid.

Come along to an evening of classic and modern poems, hosted by Leslie Tate and members of Berkhamsted’s Poetry Reading Group.
Enjoy the helpful introductions, the range of poems – sacred and secular – and the sensitive power of great thoughts beautifully expressed.
Hear poems you didn’t know and reacquaint yourself with poems you know and love.
Or simply sit back and enjoy poetry live!
Sat November 19th, 7.30, All Saints’ Church, Shrublands Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HY. Entrance £5.00. Profits from the sale of tickets and books by Sue Hampton/Leslie Tate will go to Christian Aid. To request advance tickets or information go to and email a message through ‘contact’ or ring 01442 875 425.
Support local poetry by attending these events!
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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!

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).