Welcome to the November 2012 Poetry Can Newsletter

Poetry Can is pleased to be able to congratulate Bristol poet Rachael Boast on being awarded the 2011 Felix

Dennis Award for Best First Collection for her publication Sidereal. Other poetic winners in October were John

Burnside who received the Forward Prize for his collection Black Cat Bone and the late R F Langley who was

awarded Best Single Poem Prize for his work 'To a Nightingale'.

Internationally, the Nobel Prize for Literature also went to a poet, Tomas Transtromer of Sweden.

On a much sadder note, we are sorry to report the death of Rosemary Metcalfe a much loved member of

Bristol's Polygon Poets. Some of Rosemary's poems can be found here.

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


John Burnside wins The Forward Prizes for Poetry

Bristol poet Rachael Boast wins Felix Dennis First Collection Prize

The winners of the 20th Forward Prizes for Poetry were announced on Wednesday, 5th October 2011.

Always the Forward Prizes bridesmaid but never the bride - until now - prolific poet and author John Burnside

wins the Forward Prize for Best Collection for Black Cat Bone after being shortlisted for a fourth time.

Rachael Boast wins the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for Sidereal. The late R F Langley,

wins the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for To a Nightingale

This is the first time that John Burnside, has won the Forward Prize for Best Collection.

One of the most admired poets of his generation he has been shortlisted three times for the Best Collection

prize, the most times that a poet has been shortlisted and not won.  The judges describe John as 'a great

colourist' and Black Cat Bone (Jonathan Cape) as having a ‘vitality of language, an undertow of complexity and an evocative

dream logic’.

Rachael Boast has won The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, worth £5,000, for Sidereal, published by

Picador. Sidereal is an adjective meaning of or pertaining to the stars.  The debut collection was described by the

judges as ‘extraordinarily accomplished, wise without being pompous, compassionate without being sentimental’.

Rachael’s collection has been much acclaimed and was recently shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize,

and longlisted for the Guardian first book award.

The Forward Prize for Best Single poem, worth £1,000, goes to ‘To a Nightingale‘ by the late R F Langley,

published by London Review of Books.  The judges much admired the poem describing it as ‘superb’ and

recognising how every word was ‘charged’ and calling it a ‘a masterclass in precision’.

From Shadow into Light - A Bereavement Art and Writing Group

If you have been bereaved and feel that you would like a special space for your thoughts…come and be part

of a new group to work gently in fresh ways to find your own words and pictures; working with an artist, a poet,

and also a Bereavement Counsellor who will be attending all sessions. Free and no experience necessary.

10 weekly meetings: 5 before and 5 after Christmas

Fridays 18/25 November & 2/9/16 December 2011

Fridays 6/13/20/27 January & 3 February 2012

9.45am -12noon

Group leaders: Eleanor Glover (artist) and Claire Williamson (poet)

Venue: A meeting room at Bedminster Family Practice Surgery, Regent Road, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 4AT

- next to ASDA, approx. 15 minutes walk from Temple Meads station.

Free parking at ASDA car park for up to 3 hours.

If you would like to take part please contact

Claire Williamson at 0777 999 7661, or Eleanor Glover at  0777 3925 411       or landline 0117 9719755 leaving

your name and telephone number.    COME AND HAVE A GO!

Orchard courses in creative writing and reflective practice

Next course: Weekend 9-11 December 2011

Beautiful setting, environment integrated with creative writing, time to reflect and discuss with others.

All levels of experience and none - courses are tailored and built on understanding that every individual has stories.

CPD certificate for those developing professional skills using writing in work with others.

Tutors are experienced practitioners, teachers and facilitators.

Find out more at www.orchardfoundation.co.uk

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer awarded Nobel prize for Literature 2011

Tranströmer has become the eighth European to win the world's premier literary award in the past 10 years,

following the German novelist Herta Müller in 2009, the French writer JMG le Clézio in 2008 and the British novelist

Doris Lessing in 2007.

Sweden's most famous poet becomes the 104th literature laureate, and is the first poet to take the laurels since

Poland's Wislawa Szymborska in 1996.

Praised by the judges for his "condensed translucent images", which give us "fresh access to reality",

Tranströmer's surreal explorations of the inner world and its relation to the jagged landscape of his native country

have been translated into more than 50 languages.

For full article click here: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011

Calling Bristol-based poets and spoken word artists!

Are you a performance poet/spoken word artist based in Bristol? Do you perform regularly in the city?

Lizzie Richardson, a PhD researcher, is looking for Bristol-based poets to take part in her research exploring

participation in and the diversity of Bristol’s performance scene. She is looking to set up a number of short

informal interviews with both experienced and inexperienced performers to discuss how poets get involved,

why they perform and what they think about the opportunities for spoken word available in Bristol.

If you are interested in taking part in the research or hearing more about it, please email Lizzie on



The Poetry Book Society shortlist for the 2011 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry.

Judges Gillian Clarke (Chair), Stephen Knight and Dennis O’Driscoll have chosen six collections from the

104 books submitted by publishers, which join the four PBS Choices to make up the ten collections on the shortlist:

John Burnside        Black Cat Bone Jonathan Cape

Carol Ann Duffy        The Bees Picador

Leontia Flynn           Profit and Loss Jonathan Cape

David Harsent           Night Faber

John Kinsella            Armour Picador

Esther Morgan      Grace Bloodaxe

Daljit Nagra    Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! Faber

Sean O’Brien            November Picador

Bernard O’Donoghue    Farmer’s Cross Faber

Alice Oswald        Memorial Faber

For full details on the shortlist and deatils about other T S Eliot Prize projects visit: www.poetrybooks.co.uk

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

An international poetry competition run by the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, www.munsterlit.ie

is currently open for submissions.

Winners will be published in Southword Journal which has previously showcased Billy Collins, Sinéad Morrissey,

Martín Espada, Greg Delanty, Tess Gallagher, Matthew Sweeney and Brian Turner amongst many other respected

literary figures.    Competition details here: www.munsterlit.ie

Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity Conference call for papers

Mix: Merging Intermedia X11 Conference will take place at Bath Spa University’s postgraduate centre at

Corsham Court from 16th-18th July 2012.  The aim is to bring together practitioners and theorists working with

writing in digital media to create a core of both practical and theoritical research knowledge. The conference will

present academic papers and also presentations and workshops by current digital practitioners.

Submissions of 300 words for 30 minute presentations and/or 90 minute woprkshops are welcomed from those

who work in digital media, concrete poetry, text art, poetry and performance, poetry and film, film poems, digital

poetics, poetry and art, poetry and music, digital narratives, game writing, intermedia poetry, transmedia writing,

language art, visual writing and installations.

Deadline Friday 30th Dec 2011. Conference booking opens 9th January 2012.

Please get in touch with Lucy English l.english@bathspa.ac.uk for further details.



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.

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


Independant Traders and Service Providers Initiative

Poetry Can is supporting an Independent Traders and Service Providers initiative for the Spring Poetry Festival

and would like to acknowledge the following organisations for contributing to sponsorship for this festival.


Trauma Awareness                                        Jenny Life Gallery


To find out more about this initiative please contact polly.moyer@gmail.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

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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



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.


Poetry Unlimited - Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Date: Tues 1st Nov      Time: 11.30am     Price: Free

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

Theme of the month: Lies

Ffi: mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk


Seasoned - The Brewery, The Tobacco Factory, 291 North St, Bedminster, Bristol

Date: Tues 1st Nov      Time: 8.15pm      Price: £9 / £7  (£5 on opening night)

Seasoned is based on Edson Burton’s published collection of poems of the same name.

Mixing outrage and tenderness, monologue and lyric, this is an unflinching and humane

exploration of the roots and modern day experience of ‘multicultural’ Britain.

Running every night until 12th November

Box Office: 0117 902 0344


Word of Mouth - The Thunderbolt, Bath Rd, Bristol

Date: Weds 2nd Nov       Time: 8.00pm        Price: Free

A night of poetry and music featuring poets Claire Williamson, David C Johnson

and musician Mike Scott.

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

Date: Thurs 3rd Nov    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 Susan Richardson

Hosted by Claire Williamson

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk


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

Date: Thurs 3rd Nov     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 7th Nov      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

A Net of Golden Threads: Itzak Manger - Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Rd, Bristol

Date: Tues 8th Nov     Time: 7.30pm     Price: £3 members / £5 non-members

Dr Helen Beer from University College, london, will be talking about Iztak Manger - Master of the Written Word

who's work is considered to be amongst the greatest Yiddish poetry.

Ffi: www.itzikmanger.com

Email: lesleyjane54@yahoo.co.uk


Bearly Audible Slam - The Wardrobe Theatre, The White Bear, 133 St Michaels Hill, Bristol

Date: Weds 9th Oct            Time: 8.00pm           Price: £3 / £2

An open poetry slam with guest poet. Sign up form 7.30pm to compete.

Ffi: liz.online@gmail.com


Bath Spa Uni Stand Up Poetry - BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Date: Thurs 10th Nov      Time: 7.30pm     Price: £7.50 / £5 concs

A reading by celebrated poet Iain Duhig.

Bath Spa Undergraduates and Staff are admitted free.

Come along for an evening of wine and poetry


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

Date: Thurs 10th Nov      Time: 7.50 for 8.00pm        Price: Free (£1 donation)

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.

Take it or leave it topic: Cold Feet

Ffi: jdms@hotmail.co.uk

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

Date: Thurs 10th Nov      Time: 8.30pm        Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org


First World War Poetry - Pierian Centre, 27 Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol

Date: Fri 11th Nov           Time: 11.00am              Price: Free

After the 2 minutes silence, 5 poets, including David C Johnson, will read  poetry of the First World War.

There will also be an art installation around the theme of the War.

Ffi: www.pierian-centre.com

Severn and Somme - Pierian Centre, 27 Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol

Date: Fri 11th Nov······ · · Time: 7.30pm · ·········· Price: £5 (plus concessions)

Showing of Redcliffe Film Productions evocative film drama documentary about Gloucestershire's

creative genius, poet and composer Ivor Gurney who ended in an asylum after the First World War.

Ffi: www.pierian-centre.com

Poetry Pulpit - The Left Bank, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol

Date: Sun 13th Nov        Time: 8.30pm         Price: Free

Tina Sederholm and Lucy Ayrton plus music from Jim Evans

Sign up to perform from 8.00pm

Hosted by Liz Greenfield and Sally Jenkinson

Ffi: liz.online@gmail.com


Poetry & a Pint - St James Wine vaults, off Julian Rd, Bath

Date: Mon 14th Nov        Time: 8.00pm         Price: £2 / £1

Monthly open mic with guest feature poet Susan Richardson reading

from her new collection Where the Air is Rarified.

Ffi: Richard Carder 01225 313531


ASP Poetry Circle - Kelston St entrance, Broadlands School, St Francis Rd, Keynsham

Date: Thurs 17th Nov · · · Time: 7.30pm · ·· Price: Free

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

Theme this month: Bells



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

Date: Thurs 17th Nov       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 21st Nov      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


Word of Mouth - Bristol Old Vic, King St, Bristol

Date: Monday 21st Nov······ Time: 8.00pm······· Price: £8 / £6

Poetry and performance with Eric Gregory Award-winning Luke Kennard

and Bristol poet and playwright Tom Phillips

Box Office: 0117 987 7877



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

Date: Thurs 24th Nov      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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