Zooming to Woking

A quick post this morning with a link to a recording of a poetry open mic that I read at last week – this was at the always excellent Write Out Loud Woking, which happens on the last Thursday of each month. I read four poems in total – it was supposed to be 5 minutes maximum, and with my waffle between poems I went over – having run open-mic events in the days before zoom I know how annoying this can be from the hosts’ perspective!

First up – The King of Stationery, Stage Diving at the Cathedral of Song and At Full Time

And separately, as I think it might get a bit more traction with the government’s oh-so generous NHS pay rise yesterday, is my poem Pieces, which I shared last week.

I only have one other Pompey shirt left to wear at a Woking reading…guess it will be Bird in Hand with my 1939 FA Cup final replica shirt, assuming I’m invited back!

Anyway, if you are looking for a friendly open-mic event to go to, you could do a lot worse than Write Out Loud, Woking. Make contact, book yourself a slot.

Football Poets Part 2

After Bird in Hand was published on the Football Poets website, it got a mention on an article on the Write Out Loud website. Which was nice. The article is primarily about Torquay United’s poet in resident. I wonder if Pompey have one? Perhaps I should offer my services…you can read all about the Bard of Plainmoor here

https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=112181&fbclid=IwAR0DJ8iAd39J2vkCews7sd1i1YWio5EOBcolmfyNYXh4qJblTUMslTVCJmQ

There’s a link in the article to a recording of me reading Followers, plus three other poems at the Write Out Loud Woking’s monthly zoom open mic – I wasn’t aware it was going to be shown on Youtube – I might have had a shave beforehand otherwise! Not the best readings I’ve ever given, still struggling a bit with technology, but anyway, they are available to view if you have a spare 5 minutes and nothing better to do…I know we’re in lockdown, but still…

Six viewings so far – including one by me, so whoever you are, thank you!

There’s a second Write Out Loud Woking article specifically about the Football Poets website which is definitely worth a read – it’s an interview with one of the founders and covers a brief history of a website that is now archived by the British Library as a site of excellence in 2008. It’s the largest football poetry website in the world. You can read the article here.

https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=112182

The football poets website is at

New poems there every day – so it’s always worth a look if football and poetry are of interest – I notice that the most recent poem is by Greg Freeman (of Write out Loud Woking, and the author of both the articles referenced in this post) – The Battle of Hastings, as Summarised by Roy Keane – I shall enjoy reading that one later!

Right, back to the day job!

…a quick further update – I have just heard that Bird in Hand has been accepted for the next edition of West Wilts Radio’s poetry programme. It will be going out at 4 PM on Sunday, 28th February. Link to the programme and previous episodes here;

https://westwiltsradio.com/shows/the-poetry-place/

Write Out Loud Beyond the Storm Competition

Second post today – this time to flag the deadline for Write Out Loud’s current poetry competition (which is today). The competition, which is free to enter , is looking for entries on the theme of the Covid-19 crisis. Donations are requested for the NHS Charities appeal should you decide to enter.

The competition can be found at www.writeoutloud.net/beyondthestorm

Landings – Fourth Review

The fourth, and as I write, last but one, review of Landings, was by Greg Freeman for the Write Out Loud website. Greg finished the review with the following summary;  yes, this is a collection about trains, and boats, and stadiums, and even stationery. But Richard Williams is capable of looking much further and often does; he has his eye beyond the shore of his “city by the sea”, gazing out to the horizon.

You can read the review here: https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=91579

Write Out Loud is an excellent resource for articles, competition listings and plenty of poetry collection reviews – have a trawl here: https://www.writeoutloud.net/