Welcome to the Poetry Can Newsletter for October 2011.

A very appreciative thank you to all the poets, performers, audiences, organisers, volunteers and

workers who made Bristol Poetry Festival such a success. There were many extraordinary, highly

entertaining and inspiring events, from those organised by local poets and promoters featuring local

poetry, to the Arnolfini events featuring national poets over the main festival weekend.

To read a full overview of the festival click here.

For more info about poetry in the South West visit www.poetrycan.co.uk


Notices

National Poetry Competition 2011 Deadline 31st October

First Prize: £5000    Second Prize: £2000   Third Prize: £1000     Seven Commendations: £100

The top three winning poems will be published in Poetry Review

and, along with the commended poems, on the Poetry Society website.

The winner will also be invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Judges: Colette Bryce, John Glenday, Jackie Kay

For full details of the rules and how to enter apply click here


2012 series of Bath Poetry Cafe Olympiad Writing Days at the BRLSI

Bath Poetry Society are seeking poets to take part in an Olympic project.

There will be six writing days limited to 12 participants. These days will be on

Saturdays 4th February, 14th April, 16th June, 4th August, 6th October, 3rd November 2012

There will also be a website promoting the participants and the opportunity for participants

to perform their work.

For more details of the project click here or email Sue Boyle: jimboyle@gotadsl.co.uk


Poetry School Winter Courses 2011

The Poetry School announce their 2011 winter programme.

Including courses in Bristol with Rachael Boast, Andy Brown and Katrina Naomi; a course

in Plymouth with Hannah Silva; courses in Exeter with Roselle Angwin and Hannah Silva

and a course in Bridport with Greta Stoddart. Download a course programme here.


The Great Poetry Postcard project - South Gloucestershire

Centred in libraries in Cadbury Heath, Filton, Patchway, Staple Hill and Yate, Sara-Jane Arbury

will be running writing sessions with schools and groups and encouraging residents to write short

poems about their favourite local places on specially commissioned postcards. These will be

displayed in exhibitions in the libraries during October.

If you live or work in any of these five areas and want to add your words to the project, please

contact Sara-Jane for more details on sjarbury@gmail.com or 07814 830031.


Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011 Shortlist announced

Bristol poet Rachael Boast's collection, Sidereal, is shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection

Prize 2011.

From 74 entries, the shortlist for the 2011 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize – one of the most

influential and established poetry prizes in the UK – highlights five distinctive new voices as

‘ones-to-watch’ amongst the next generation of UK poets.

Rachael Boast Sidereal (Picador)

Tom Duddy The Hiding Place (Arlen House)

Nancy Gaffield Tokaido Road (CB Editions)

Ed Reiss Your Sort (Smith Doorstop)

Jacqueline Saphra The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (Flipped Eye Publishing Ltd)

For full details of the shortlist click here: Aldeburgh


Torriano Poetry Competition - Closing Date: Wednesday 25th January  2012

No entry form required.

• Poems should be written in English up to a maximum of 40 lines, typed on a single side of A4

paper.

• Poems must be original, unpublished and not accepted for publication.  No translations allowed.

• A separate sheet of A4 should contain the titles of poems, name and email or postal address

and phone number of entrant.

Entry fees: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.  Cheques payable to  Torriano Support Fund

Judges: Wendy Klein, and Susan Utting.  Poems will be read by both judges.

First Prize £250       Second Prize £150      Third Prize £75  

Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebrations on

Sunday  4th  March 2012 at Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town,

London NW5 2RX.

Entries to:  Patricia Griffin, 4, Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA.

Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or ail: june.english@btinternet.com


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



Links

Poetry Society Arvon Foundation Cyprus Well Poetry Library Poetry Book   Society
Poetry Archive Writers and Artists Yearbook Asian Arts Agency

Young Poets Network

Write Out Loud
Poetry Bookshop Contemporary Writers Apples and Snakes

 

Events

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.

Events listing as accurate as possible at time of publishing using information received.

 

Windmill Hill Arts Trail Poetry - 3 Somerset Terrace, Windmill Hill, Bristol

Date: Sat 1st Oct······· Time: 2.00pm, 3.00pm. 4.30pm···· Price: Free

Poetry readings in an open home that is part of the arts trail.

Windmill Hill Arts Trail Poetry - 3 Somerset Terrace, Windmill Hill, Bristol

Date: Sun 2nd Oct······· Time: 2.00pm, 3.00pm. 4.30pm···· Price: Free

Poetry readings in an open home that is part of the arts trail.


Poetry Unlimited - Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Tues 4th Oct ··· Time: 11.30am···· Price: Free

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

Theme of the month: Wheels

Ffi: mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk

 

Bristol Can Openers - Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol

Date: Thurs 6th Oct···· Time: Midday···· Price: Free

A chance to listen to and meet with poets in a relaxed atmosphere.

Open platform for poetry with special guest reader Frances-Anne King

Hosted by Claire Williamson

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 

Stand Up Poetry - BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Date: Thurs 6th Oct······ Time: 7.30pm···· Price: £7.50 / £5 concs

Celebrated US poet Dennis Nurske will be reading. Dennis has published numerous collections

including Rules of Paradise (2001), The Fall (2003) and The Broder Kingdom (2008).

His collection, Voices Over Water, was shortlisted for the 2011 Forward Prize for Best Collection.

Come along for an evening of poetry and wine.

 

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

Date: Thurs 6th Oct ·· Time: 8.30pm····· Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org

 

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

Date: Mon 10th Oct · 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


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

Date: Thurs 13th Oct ··· Time: 8.30pm····· Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org

 

Portcullis Poets - Eugenie House, 1-3 Royal Yorke Cresent, Bristol

Date: Thurs 13th Oct···· Time: 7.50 for 8.00pm ····· Price: Free

Anyone interested in poetry is invited to attend, whether or not they write their own poetry and

whether or not they wish to read a poem or two.··

Entry is free but a £1 donation towards wine is welcome.

Ffi: jdms@hotmail.co.uk

 

Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think of You - Bristol Old Vic, King St, Bristol

Date: Monday 17th Oct····· Time: 8.00pm····· Price: £8 / £6

Molly Naylor performs her funny and frank crtically acclaimed, four-star reviewed,

one-woman poetry play about her experiences during and after been caught up in the 7/7 terrorist

attacks in 2005 and how her life was changed forever.

Supported by Jonny Fluffypunk.

Jonny is a seasoned performer at gigs, festivals, schools, DSS offices and, on one occasion, in the

bowels of a de-commisssioned Navy minesweeper.

Book tickets from Old Vic Box Office on 0117 987 7877

Ffi: www.bristololdvic.org.uk

 

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

Date: Thurs 20th Oct ··· 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 - Kelston St entrance, Broadlands School, St Francis Rd, Keynsham

Date: Thurs 20th Oct ···· Time: 7.30pm···· Price: Free

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

Theme this month: Engines

mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk

 

Lyrical Minded: Freedom - Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol

Date: Sat 22nd Oct····· Time: 7.00pm······· Price: £10 / £7

3rd annual Ujima Radio sponsored celebration of of poetry, spoken word and music.

Featuring poetry from vocal pugilist David J; Talking Tekla the Narrata, Vanessa Kisuule,

Steve Duncan, Rebecca Tantony and music from Linda B and Celestine. Hosted by Milo.

A lyrical extravaganza to offset the recessional vibe and to complement Black History Month.

Ffi: 07411 553310 / 07954 374709


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

Date: Mon 24th Oct · 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


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

Date: Thurs 27th Oct · Time: 8.30pm····· Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org


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