Monthly Archives: October 2011

Write Down Speak Up Love Where You Live Project – Blakesley Hall

On Saturday 22nd October the “Write Down Speak Up Love Where You Live” project visited Blakesley Hall, near Yardley in South Birmingham. Maggie Doyle, Kurly, Matt Windle, Laura Yates,Spoz, Dreadlock Alien and I visited, wrote some lines, and tried to … Continue reading

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November Poetry/ Spoken Word What’s On

Tuesday 1st November Night Blue Fruit, Taylor Johns Canal Basin, Coventry,8pm: Open mic, free in, Barry Patterson Hosts Thursday 3rd Fizz 9, Tythe Barn Polesworth Abbey,7.30pm, free in. From Dublin Afric McLinchley, Colm Scully, Jennifer Mathews plus open mic Thursday … Continue reading

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His world imploded into deep breaths As if incapable of taking enough air She stood there A shadowy figure under fragmenting light Incomplete Inert, passive, he sat She had seen him, he had seen her High boots, slender legs, long … Continue reading

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Where You Will Find Me Nov/Dec

Tuesday 1st November Night Blue Fruit Thursday 3rd Fizz 10, Polesworth Tuesday 8th Lichfield Poets, Cruck House Wed 9th Flying Donkeys, Voicebox, Derby Fri 11th Jo Bell, Walsall Library,1.30pm Mon 14th Birmingham Stanza Thur 17th Nov Go Wild/Lion Appeal POETRY … Continue reading

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Hit the Ode, Victoria PH, Birmingham

Organiser Bohdan Piesecki is a glutton for punishment. Not content with organising a seven nation dice slam a couple of weeks ago, he still found time to put on the regular monthly Hit the Ode. As usual, it did not … Continue reading

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The Aston Hall Collection

Aston Hall Chestnuts Grand avenue A mile long colonnade Such grandeur and flat bread in a Nutshell Great hall Roaring fireplace Hosting nobility Impressing Kings in a room and A half Staircase Shattered fragments Blown by Parliaments force Munitions and … Continue reading

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The Man Who Wore Tweed meets The Girl in Floral Prints

Amy Rainbow wrote the first poem, to which I replied.”The Man Who Wore Tweed” is included in Amy’s excellent collection “Poems of the Unrequited” and is available via her website. You should buy a copy – she made me! reading

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Shindig ,Western PH, Leicester

This was the last Shindig of 2011,and served as a launch for Hearing Voices Vol 4 ,the house magazine of co-promoters Crystal Clear Creators. I have had the pleasure of attending each event this year and it goes from strength … Continue reading

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3rd Malvern Annual Slam, Malvern Youth Centre

It was fitting that Behind the Arras should make the effort to attend this Slam as the Youth Centre has closure hanging over it, to be determined on the 24th November, further evidence of the corrosive effect these harsh economic … Continue reading

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The Gilbertstone – Blakesley Hall

Hewn from the tallest cliff The craggiest crag The roughest rock It stands defiant as a dragons tooth Wrenched from unyielding ancient strata To claim ancient lands When monsters roamed, wolves marauded And bears lay in wait Yet this was … Continue reading

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