Monthly Archives: July 2012

Flarestack Poets Launch, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This was the occasion of the launch of no less than three pamphlets from award-winning Birmingham poetry press Flarestack Poets . They comprised 2012 pamphlet competition winners David Clarke (‘Gaud’) and Nichola Deane (‘My Moriarty’) and the best of the … Continue reading

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August 2012 – What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Festivals Fri 3rd -Sun 5th August Junction Festival, Chapel Ash Wolverhampton: http://junctionwolverhampton.org/ Sat 18th-19th Aug Gloucester ARTournament http://www.artournament.co.uk/blog/a-call-to-arms Thur 23rd-27th Aug Shambhala Music and Arts Festival Northants – Poetry Tent http://shambalafestival.org/ Friu 24th – 2nd Sept Bridgnorth fesrtival http://www.bridgnorthmusicfest.com/index.php/arts.html Sat … Continue reading

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Fizz, Polesworth Abbey, Polesworth

Spoken Word Events in the area are in rude health. Recently Poetry Alight at Lichfield, Shindig at Leicester, and Spoken Worlds at Burton have all enjoyed strong attendances, and so it was tonight at Fizz in Polesworth. A balmy summer … Continue reading

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Spoken Worlds, Old Cottage Tavern, Burton upon Trent

Open mic nights that rely on walk- up are always unpredictable events by their very nature. No-one has any idea who will turn up, or what they will perform, it is part of their charm. Tonight fate conspired positively, with … Continue reading

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Lydney Poetry Team Slam, Lydney Festival, Lydney

Summer sees a slew of festivals encompassing all manner of artistic endeavour of which poetry is playing an increasing part. The Lydney festival is a sprawling affair taking in all of June and the first two weeks of July with … Continue reading

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Shindig, Western PH, Leicester

It’s a question of trust. When I attend Shindig I expect headline poets who are going to interest me, entertain me and challenge me. As usual, I was not disappointed . The bar in which the performance was taking place … Continue reading

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June Poems Update

Two topics have caught my attention this month. Firstly, Suz Winspear from Worcester has a signature poem entitled “Evil Trees”. I think she has been a little harsh, so have penned a reply. Secondly, the retrospective obsession in popular music … Continue reading

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