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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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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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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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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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Featured Poet #4 Mark Waldron

Mark Waldron’s first book, The Brand New Dark was published by Salt in 2008, his second, The Itchy Sea in September of last year.

What others have said about Mark Waldron

‘This is urgent, thought-provoking poetry – one of the most important debuts for a long time.’ — Clare Pollard, Magma

‘Mark Waldron is the most striking and unusual new voice to have emerged in British poetry for some time.’ –John Stammers

The Itchy Sea is the abstract film caught on TV at 3am or the obscure album that rewards repeated listens or the beautiful, nightmarish art installation you can’t shake from your mind. It is, in short, my poetry highlight of the year.’ —Matthew Haigh

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Featured Poet #3: Lucy Ayrton

Lucy accidentally moved to Oxford a few years ago. She now runs the Oxford branch of Hammer and Tongue there with Tina [Sederholm, who is also reading on 11th!] She goes about performing poems at arts nights and festivals around the country, and is working on her first solo show, which will be touring later this year. Lucy blogs about her misadventures here (http://lucyinthepubwithcider.tumblr.com/). You can also follow her on twitter at @lucyayrton

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Featured Poet #2: Lily Morris

Lily Morris, from Beaconsfield, was one of ten national winners in the Poetry Society’s ‘SLAMbassadors‘ competition in 2010 after her poem, ‘Passport’, which was written in a slam poetry workshop at school, was chosen by Adisa the Verbaliser and Joelle Taylor. She usually likes to write in free verse, and is according to Joelle Taylor ‘the world’s worst emcee’.
You can watch Lily Morris’ winning video here.

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