Welcome to the May Poetry Can Newsletter.

Thank you to all the audience and poets who came to Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, it was a great

success seeing both page and stage poets reading and performing their work to delighted audiences.

Planning for Bristol Poetry Festival 2011 (September 12th to 18th) is now underway and The Poetry

Can is pleased to announce that  Simon Armitage, Sean O'Brien, Douglas Dunn, Rachael Boast,

Katherine Towers, Menna Elfyn, Owen Sheers and Ellie Evans have already been booked to appear.


Weddings have been in the air over the bank holiday weekend and to celebrate, Guardian Online have

published a list of ten wedding poems chosen by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

The full list can be found here: www.guardian.co.uk The list includes a poem by Bristol

poet Rachael Boast.


The Poetry Can new website is now live. It can be found at the usual address: www.poetrycan.co.uk

and features all the usual useful information, but it has a completely new look, however we are still

uploading information to some sections of the site, so please be patient if what you are looking for isn't

there yet.




 


Notices

Voices of the Pillars

A creative writing and performance project to be performed under the flyovers in Hotwells, Bristol

as part of the Upfest Festival on Saturday 4 June

Creative Writing Workshop

at The Rose of Denmark, Dowry Place, Hotwells on Wednesday 4 May, 7.30 - 9.30 pm FREE

An opportunity to write a monologue which will become part of a bigger piece to be presented by the

Spoken Voice Chorus underneath the Hotwells flyovers on Saturday 4 June.

Bob Walton will lead this free workshop that will give you ideas and inspiration to write a monologue

as the voice of a column.

No experience necessary. Give it a try. Just bring a pen or laptop.

Ffi from Bob Walton tel 9272922 or email waltoncobra@aol.com

 

Narrative Poets saught

Ralph Hoyte is putting together a poetry event in St Andrews Park/Bishopston on 10 July (afternoon only)

and needs 2 more performers who are into 'narrative poetry' (poems which tell a story in any form) to do

either their own (preferably) or other people's narrative poems. Being 'story poems' they would be expect to

be on the long side, about 15-20 minutes long. There will be a small fee.

If you are interested please contact Ralph at: ralphdhoyte@gmail.com

 

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

The closing date is 30th June.

The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be

published on the website.

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £150 plus publication               Second: £100                Third: £50

Full details and how to enter can be found on the website:

 www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse

 

Poetry School Summer Courses


Take a day-long dip in a new technique to broaden your skills, or fill in the gaps in your personal canon.

Editing workshop with Roddy Lumsden, London. How do poems get successfully shaped? What are

the common mistakes when sending poems out?

Roddy tackles these and other issues with you.

Found Poems & Free Translations workshop with A B Jackson, London. Sharpen your drafting

skills and creative choices with Andy, who's on a rare visit from Scotland.

Saturday Sessions with George Szirtes, Cambridge. Feedback on your work in progress - bring along

your draft poems.

Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes in London - a guided walk & talk round the locations where the two poets

once lived and worked, in the company  of Graham Fawcett.

Surprised into Writing workshop with Cliff Yates, Bristol. New writing exercises to give you shocks,

thrills and surprises.

 

Summer Courses

A new series of fortnightly courses in various locations this summer. A range of approaches, a choice of

things to read, write and think - and a great opportunity for some in-depth attention to your poems in

progress. From only £35 per course.

Cambridge with Jane Monson & Andrea Porter. Push yourselves and your poems a little bit harder.

Exeter with Hannah Silva. Improve your writing and performing skills.

Liverpool with Eleanor Rees. Explore image and metaphor, risk the ridiculous and find something new.

Middlesbrough with Bob Beagrie & Andy Willoughby. Experiement with form and content.

Newcastle with Carolyn Jess Cooke. Develop your formal abilities through discussion and feedback.

Nottingham with Matthew Welton. Focus on your writing and develop a strategy for getting published.

 

Orchard Foundation - Creative Writing for Wellbeing Courses

Creative writing for wellbeing courses and training with Fiona Hamilton and Nigel Gibbons at Glenfall

House Retreat and Conference Centre, Cheltenham, Gloucs.

For further details visit: www.orchardfoundation.co.uk

 

Weekend Residential Creative Wrting Course - Looe, Cornwall

A course for those wanting to reawaken a love of language, explore the imagination and develop

confidence as a writer. Led by award winning writer Hannah Silva.

Course dates: 17/18/19 June

For full details visit: www.plymouthcourse.com


Mere Literary Festival - Biennial Poetry Competition

Deadline- July 4th 2011

Senior judge: Dr. Charles Bennet

For full details and an entry form visit: www.merelitfest.co.uk

 

The Lightship International Poetry Prize

Judge: Jackie Kay

Prize: £1,000

Deadline: 30 June 2011

Entry fee: £8.00

For previously unpublished poems up to 200 words.

Open competition. One poem per entry fee. No restriction on the number of entries.

Full details on website: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk

Spoken/Written Bulletin SW website

Spoken/Written Bulletin SW covers the entire southwest region and contains a wealth of

information about all things live and literary.   Sign up now!

www.cartwheels-collective.co.uk/Spoken_Written_Bulletin.html

 

Professional Development Surgeries

The Poetry Can offers free professional development surgeries for poets in the region.

These will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

To book a surgery call Colin Brown, Director of Poetry Can,  on:  (0117) 933 0900

 

The Poetry Can address

The Poetry Can

12 Great George Street,

Bristol,BS1 5RH

Tel: (0117) 933 0900

website: www.poetrycan.co.uk

e: info@poetrycan.co.uk


Events (chronological)

 We would like to ask all events organisers to please update us whenever you can at:

info@poetrycan.co.uk or visit www.poetrycan.co.uk to submit your event to the website,

and your event will be added to this newsletter.


Bristol Poets Cabaret

Bristol Folk Festival, Fred Wedlock Stage (Hall 2), Colston Hall, Bristol

Date: Sun 1st May     Time: 3.30pm       Price: £45/£40 (Festival Day Ticket)

Trevor Carter hosts a spoken word cabaret including a poetry slam and comedy story telling.

Ffi: www.bristolfolkfestival.co.uk

Poetry Unlimited - Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Tues 3rd May     Time: 11.30am     Price: Free

Bring a couple of poems to share, another poet's or your own.

Theme of the month: Control

Ffi: mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk

 

Bristol Can Openers - Central Library, College Breen, Bristol

Date: Thurs 5th May      Time: 12.00      Price: free

Featuring: Sara-Jane Arbury.

Plus open floor - bring your own work to share.

A time to listen to and chat with other poets.

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 

Arts House Open Mic - The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Thurs 5th May    Time: 8.30pm      Price: Free

A poetry friendly unplugged open mic with alternating hosts Jeremy Toombs and Jules Landau.

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org

 

Performance Poetry Workshop

- Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Sat 7th May       Time: 4.00pm      Price: Donations

Rebecca Tantony runs a 1 hour workshop open to all.

Ffi: e2windsor@hotmail.com

 

Zanzibar Cats - Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Sat 7th May     Time: 5.00pm     Price: Donations

As part of the Anarchists Book Fair, Roy Hutchins performs the poetry of Heathcote Williams.

Ffi: Lisa Wolfe - 01273 736842 / 07761 453584


Poetry Pulpit - The Left Bank, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol

Date: Sun 8th May    Time: 8.30pm    Price: Free (donations)

With featured sets from Lucy English, Vanessa Kisuule.

Plus open mic (sign up from 8.30pm)

Hosted by Sally Jenkinson and Liz Greenfield


Acoustic Night -Halo Cafe Bar, 141 Gloucester Rd, Bristol

Date: Mon 9th May   Time: 8.15pm    Price: Free (donations)

Bristol's longest running open mic poetry and music night.

Sign up from 7.45 for a slot.

Ffi: anditrans@hotmail.com

Facebook: Fans of acousticnightbristol


Poetry and a Pint - St James Wine Vaults, off Julian Rd, Bath

Date: Mon 9th May    Time: 8.00pm    Price: £2 / £1

Open poetry slots- bring your own poems to share

Plus special guest: Ash the Rhymer, former Bard of Galstonbury reading from his epic poem Albion Rising.

Ffi: Richard Carder: 01225 313531

 

Hammer and Tongue Bristol - The Left bank, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol

Date: Tues 10th May      Time: 8.30pm      Price: £4

Open poetry slam, sign up on the night from 8.00pm

With special guests Mark Gwyn Jones and tbc

Hosted by Johnny Fluffypunk and Sally Jenkinson


Stand Up Poetry Series 2011 -  BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Date: Mon 11th April      Time: 7.30pm     Price: £7.50 / £5 concs

Pascale Petit reading as part of Bath Spa Universities Stand Up Series.

Ffi: standuppoetry@live.co.uk

 

Uni-verse celebrating international poets and poetry

- BRLSI, 16-18 Queens Square, Bath

Date: Weds 11th May     Time: 1.00pm    Price: £4 / £2

Ewa Marcinkowska on Contemporary Polish Poetry, and reading her own work.

Soft drinks available, bring your own snacks.

Ffi: nikkibennett27@hotmail.com

 

Portcullis Poets -  Eugenie House, 1-3 Royal York Crescent, Bristol

Date: Thurs 12th May   Time: 8.00pm    Price: Free or £1 towards wine

Open reading and discussion. Optional theme: Maybe or Perhaps

Bring your own poems or those of others, or just come to listen.

Ffi:jdms@hotmail.co.uk

 

Arts House Open Mic - The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Thurs 12th May     Time: 8.30pm      Price: Free

A poetry friendly unplugged open mic with alternating hosts Jeremy Toombs and Jules Landau.

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org


ASP Poetry Circle -Broadlands School, Keynsham

Date: Thurs 19th May      Time: 7.30pm      Price: Free

Bring a couple of poems to share, another poet's or your own.

Theme: Parodies

Ffi: mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk

 

Arts House Open Mic - The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Thurs 19th May     Time: 8.30pm      Price: Free

A poetry friendly unplugged open mic with alternating hosts Jeremy Toombs and Jules Landau.

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org

 

Word of Mouth - Bristol Old Vic, King St, Bristol, BS1 4ED

Date: Mon 23rd May         Time: 8.00pm      Price: £12/£10 concs

Spoken word performances from some of the UK's most renowned poets hosted by Byron Vincent.

Featuring: Polarbear and others

Ffi: www.bristololdvic.co.uk

 

Acoustic Night -Halo Cafe Bar, 141 Gloucester Rd, Bristol

Date: Mon 23rd May   Time: 8.15pm    Price: Free (donations)

Bristol's longest running open mic poetry and music night.

Sign up from 7.45 for a slot.

Ffi: anditrans@hotmail.com

Facebook: Fans of acousticnightbristol


Lansdown Poetry Night - The Lansdown, Clifton Rd, Bristol

Date: Tues 24th May       Time: 8.00pm      Price: Free

Round-the-table poetry and discussion group. All welcome to bring one or two of their own poems to read.

Ffi: charlesthompson8000@yahoo.co.uk

 

Arts House Open Mic - The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Thurs 26th May   Time: 8.30pm      Price: Free

A poetry friendly unplugged open mic with alternating hosts Jeremy Toombs and Jules Landau.

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org

 

Park Street Poetry - Boston Tea Party, Park Street, Bristol

Date: Friday 27th May     Time: 8.00pm     Price: -

First of a new series of readings featuring some of the finest poets in the language.

This month: Matthew Caley, Patrick Brandon, John McCullough and Rachael Boast

plus singer/songwriter Shaun McCrindle.     Hosted by David Briggs

Ffi: davidbriggs72@btinternet.com

 

Please remember to check the Poetry Can website for further events news.

The website is updated on a weekly basis.

Poetry Can is a poetry development agency based in Bristol UK.

Poetry Can believes that poetry has a unique power to explore and express the experiences of life: poetry affects everyone.

Poetry Can sees its role as enabling and encouraging as many people as possible across communities to get involved in poetry activity,

raising awareness and enjoyment of this powerful art form.

 

Park Street Poetry

Friday 27th May        8.00pm      Boston Tea Party     Park St        Bristol

The first of a brand new series of poetry readings featuring some of the finest poets in the language.

Featuring:

Matthew Caley - a London-based troubadour. His third collection, Apparently (Bloodaxe 2010) is a book 

luxuriating in the fabulous lie.

Patrick Brandon - a Bristol-based poet and painter. A Republic of Linen (Bloodaxe 2009) is his first collection

of poems and it has been shortlisted for the London Festival Fringe Award.

John McCullough lives and writes in Brighton. Jhon will be launching his debut collection The Frost Fairs (Salt 2011).

Rachel Boast is launching her first collection Sidereal (Picador 2011), a book 'dominated by astral influence

and  divine chance;  but, despite its celestial title, full of terrestrial concerns, the traffic and chaos of the human

and natural  worlds.'    This striking debut announces an important new voice in British poetry.

Also performing will be resident songsmith, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Shaun McCrindle.

Hosted by David Briggs, author of The Method Men (Salt 2010)

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