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At a Loose End in Chichester Tonight?

A quick plug for a poetry event in Chichester tonight It’s at the Victoria Institute – starts at 7.30 PM – more details below https://www.thevictoriainstitute.com/event/arts-junction/?fbclid=IwAR2jtMwj8EeJd6B_IzYF-qP–zDmRVgAu6KJppj0h5VdSExKfukZRw—0w I can’t make it – I have tickets to a gig in Southampton. Any local Bob Mould / Sugar / Husker Du fans, I may see you there (!)

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Poetry Events – Whats On

Not going to have time today for one of my usual rambling posts, as I am spending my poetry time editing and submitting poems to various publications, so I thought I’d plug some local events that are coming up. First up there’s Chichester Poetry; On June 23rd Grace Nicholls & John Agard are reading at the Poetry & Jazz Cafe On July 5th it’s the turn of Roger McGough at Chichester Cathedral These should be…

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Celebrating the Bard

A quick post to mention that I am reading at an event to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday. It’s part of the South Downs Poetry Festival, (of which more anon), and is hosted by my publishers, (it still, even after three years feels weird to write that!), Dempsey & Windle. I shall be reading Sonnet 50 alongside a very short poem of my own that links to the theme of that particular poem. Eventbrite link here should…

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The Front Room

A brief post to plug an event I am involved with tomorrow evening. The Front Room run spoken word & live music events in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. These are usually held in the (excellent) Hunter Gatherer in Southsea, but obviously at the moment are online. You can pick up the event via the Front Room’s Facebook page. I am contributing three poem films – it’s the first time I have done anything like…

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Snow Q – Reimagining the Snow Queen

Last week I was at a world premiere (not something I get to say very often!), held at the Square Tower in Portsmouth . Three Polish-connected artists, namely poet Maria JastrzÄ™bska, fine artist Dagmara Rudkin and composer Peter Copley came together to collaborate on a project inspired by The Snow Queen story by Hans Christian Andersen. Held at the Square Tower, in conjunction with Tongues and Grooves, I thought it was excellent. I didn’t understand…

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Learning the Wild Geese

I’m not very good at memorising my poems, and am in awe of those poets and spoken word performers who can stand on stage and recite their work without having a paper prompt.. Despite having read some of mine 30+ times I remain unconvinced that my memory is good enough, and always have a safety net to hand. I am therefore beginning to regret my decision to be part of an event on March 1st…

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An Interview with a Poet

I’ve just started reading (and very much enjoying) We Are The Lizards, Margaret Jennings first published poetry collection. Margaret is also published by Dempsey & Windle, and I will be interviewing her as part of Portsmouth Bookfest on February 17th – in fact, it’s the first event of Bookfest this year – no pressure then! If anyone has any particular questions they would like asked, please let me know in the comments below Details on…

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