Monthly Archives: September 2012

Shindig, Western PH, Leicester

The formidable Shindig flexed its bi-monthly poetic muscles for its September offering hosted by the effusive Jane Commane and the urbane Jonathan Taylor. As is the custom, four diverse guest poets had been hand-picked, and an open mic of amongst … Continue reading

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Poetry@ The Shrewsbury Coffee House, Shrewsbury

One of the only downsides of being amongst a very few reviewers of Midlands poetry is that my own performance is rarely commented upon. I am grateful to Liz Lefroy for giving her time in this regard on the occasion … Continue reading

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Spire Writes, Havana Whites, Chesterfield

Not only was this my first visit to Spire Writes, but also my first visit to Chesterfield. I was sufficiently inspired by Jo Bell’s glowing endorsement of host Helen Mort’s poetic credentials to make the effort to check out Spire … Continue reading

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Poetry at the Abbey, Polesworth Abbey, Polesworth

“What is poetry?” is a question beloved of teachers, lecturers and workshop leaders. It invariably elicits a myriad responses , each one a little less sure than the one just offered. It lies all around us in different forms, guises, … Continue reading

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Parole Parlate, Little Venice, Worcester

Parole Parlate will always have a special place in my affections. When I first ventured beyond the Birmingham conurbation poetry scene the organisers were friendly, warm and welcoming, both as an audience member and performer. Two years on that hasn’t … Continue reading

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September 2012- What’s On, Midlands Spoken Word

Birmingham Artsfest – 7th-9th http://www.artsfest.org.uk/ Wirksworth Arts Festival, Derbys 7th-23rd Sept http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/ Stafford Arts Fest 15th http://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/live/Documents/Regeneration/Stafford-Arts-Festival-Timetable.pdf Warwick Words 28th Sept – 7th Oct http://warwickwords.co.uk/ Wellington Literary Festival , Shrops29th Sept- 20th October http://www.wellington-shropshire.gov.uk/literary-festival/ —————————————————————————————————————————- Saturday 1st Simon Fletcher will … Continue reading

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July August Poems

These months have been dominated by the Dig at Polesworth but a few others have crept in, taking in Bradley Wiggin’s tour de France triumph, and a moving visit to the German War Cemetery at Cannock Chase In A Clearing … Continue reading

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