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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 #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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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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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 http://www.leslietate.com and email a message through ‘contact’ or ring 01442 875 425.
Support local poetry by attending these events!
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