Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Cheltenham Poetry Festival Preview 18th- 22nd April 2012

When Cheltenham Poetry Festival launched in 2011 it was described as ‘a triumph’ by poet Alison Brackenbury, now in its second year it has returned bigger and better with 95 performers over 5 days. The festival runs this April and … Continue reading

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Much Wenlock Poetry Festival Preview, April 13 -15th , 2012

Anna Dreda, founder and Artistic Director is to be commended on a superb three day programme for this year’s festival with plenty of free events ramping up to a £75 a head workshop with David Whyte – which is sold … Continue reading

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Poetry Bites with Ira Lightman, Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath

Poetry Bites has a deserved reputation for delivering high quality conventional poetry. It is to organiser Jacqui Rowe’s considerable credit that this time around she was prepared to take a chance with a more left-field choice of guest poet, which … Continue reading

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Please Prove You Are Not a Robot

I make mistakes I rarely do as I am told I am unreliable Circuit training is done in the gym Not the workshop I need a mechanic for my car Not my body I hate repetitive tasks I only wear … Continue reading

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Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Tavern, Burton upon Trent

Regular poetry events are not easy to sustain. I organised my first event a few weeks ago and was educated in exactly how much hard work goes into making them happen. Those who organise them regularly are heroes, and that … Continue reading

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“The Launderette” and “The Captain’s Column”

The Launderette Spinning ,whirring muck and grime Rotates in sequenced synchronised time Hypnotising and mesmerising Drum beat thud, falling rising Amidst a steamy warm fug Muttered murmuring momentarily rises Over the incessant hubbub drone From those from washing machine-less homes … Continue reading

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Bilston Voices, Metro Cafe, Bilston

A heavyweight bill ,with four out of the five readers published poets, brought out another strong attendance, such that the start had to be delayed, a measure both of the success of the event, and the pulling power of poetry … Continue reading

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