Poetry Can Newsletter  January 2012

Welcome to the January 2012 Poetry Can Newsletter

Happy New Year poets and poetry lovers!

Welcome to a brand new calendar year of poetic goodness. As far as Poetry Can is concerned we're already

looking forward to the Spring Poetry Festival in April with plenty already planned including open mics, workshops and

appearances by Rob Gee, Ben Mellor, Pameli Benham, Chris Redmond, Lucy English, Matt Harvey, and a

youth slam. And there's more to come...

But before we look too far into the future there's a couple of national awards to catch up on:

in December Jo Shapcott was awarded The Queens Gold Medal for Poetry, which rounded off a poetically great

year for her after she received the Costa Prize for her collection 'On Mutibility' in January 2011.

There's an article about the award here: www.guardian.co.uk/books

Oxford Professor of Poetry, Geoffrey Hill, received a knighthood in the New Years honours list. Hill has been

described as 'the greatest living poet in the English language' and is quoted as saying "Difficult poetry is the most

democratic because you are doing your audience the honour of supposing they are intelligent human beings."

So whether you like your poetry difficult or not, here's to an inspired and inspiring 2012!

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




Poetry Can is pleased to announce the first of a new monthly poetry open mic especially for young people:

Siren Says

The first Siren Says will take place in the cosy downstairs of Starbucks, Park Street, Bristol, BS8 1QE

on Tuesday, 17th January 2012 at 6.30 PM. Admission is Free

Hosted by James Bunting and featuring a special guest poet each month this event is funded and supported by

Poetry Can.

If you're aged 16 - 23 and a  poet, or if you're just starting to experiment with poetry or spoken word, or if you

like performance poetry, this is for you. In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere you can read or perform your

own poetry and listen to other young poets work.

After the January event Siren Says will take place on the third Tuesday of every month.

Poetry Can will be talent spotting at this and the Feb & Mar events, looking for 8 - 12 young people to take

part in a Young People's Slam in the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival (April) 2012 at the Arnolfini.

The top five scoring slammers, plus reserves, will go on to represent Bristol in a young peoples slam event

in the Bristol Poetry Festival, in September, where they will take on a national Apples & Snakes team of 16 - 23

year olds.  Both slams to be hosted during the Festivals by Tim Gibbard.

We hope that Siren Says will help support and develop young people's experience of performance poetry.

Over the coming months we will also be offering a range of opportunities for young people to get involved

in different sorts of poetry activities including open mics, poetry writing and performance workshops, arts

administartion training, volunteering, plus information and advice sessions on how to develop as a poet.

Information for events organisers about Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2012

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2012 will run between Monday 16 - Sunday 22 April but if you if you are planning

a poetry event between the Monday 9 and Sunday 29 April it can be included in the Festival brochure.

Deadline for entries in Bristol Spring Poetry Festival Brochure: Friday 3 February 2012

please email information about your event to info@poetrycan.co.uk

Remember to include: name of Event; name of Venue and address; Date and Time; Admission price (if any)

plus up to fifty words describing the event and a contact web address, email address or phone number for

further information.

If at all possible we don't want events to clash. Below is a guide to which dates we already have events for:


Date Monday 9th Tuesday 10th Wednesday 11th Thursday 12th Friday 13th Saturday 14th Sunday 15th


Date Monday 16th Tuesday 17th Wednesday 18th Thursday 19th Friday 20th Saturday 21st Sunday 22nd

3.00pm 12 -4.00pm
6.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm
Date Monday 23rd Tuesday 24th Wednesday 25th Thursday 26th Friday 27th Saturday 28th Sunday 29th

eve 8.00pm




Poetry Workshops - Folkhouse, Bristol

Ever fancied writing poetry, but don't know where to start? Been writing poetry and fancy writing more?

Then come along to this fun day's workshop run by prize-winning poet and host of Big Mouth Cabaret.

Prepare to be surprised and come away with a poem or two! Suitable for beginners.

Tutor: Rosemary Dun course code:  S74

Course begins: Saturday 24 March 2012

1 day course From: 10:00 to 16:00            Fee: Full fee £24.00  /   Over 60s £21.75  /   Benefits £15.50

Ffi: www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk

Ideas Tap offers anthology funding to members.

Deadline for applications - 11th Jan 2012

To celebrate all the creativity, collaboration and ambition of their members, Ideas Tap are launching a brand new

brief inviting groups of young people the opportunity to curate and create their very own anthology – an online

magazine/publication. As a group of three of more, the winning editorial team will pitch a theme and create an

online magazine of multi- disciplinary content by themselves, their collaborators and IdeasTap members.

The anthology could be a collection of poetry, an illustration zine, a photography journal, or all the above –

whatever tickles your fancy.

The winning group will be given £2,000, professional mentoring and three months to design and produce an online

readable PDF anthology. It can be as long as you like, but you must commit to whatever you propose in your

application. Deadline for applications: 11th Jan 2012.

For full details of the brief click here: www.ideastap.com

Eyewear Publishing announces its inaugural (2012) Melita Hume Prize for Poetry.

The Melita Hume Prize will be an award of £1,000 and a publishing deal for the best first full collection

(i.e. debut) of a young poet writing in the English language born in 1980 or later.

The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times, with a quality

publication in England and a helpful amount of money which can assist them in their studies, travel or

accomodation, for example.  This is open to any one of the requisite age, anywhere in the world.

More details will be announced in January on the Eyewear Publishing website.

Bristol Green Capital seeking artists/writers/performers

£1000 prize offered for submissions of ideas for artwork on the theme of what it means to be a 'green capital'.

The prize also includes workspace in The Create Centre, Bristol and exhibition opportunities.

For full details of the competition click here

Greenheart Poetry Competition - Deadline 21st Jan 2012

Leigh and Wigan Festival 2012 presents an open competition judged by Daljit Nagra with prizes

of £1000, £400 and £200.

For full competition details click 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

Call for submissions - Children's Poetry Anthology on Sports

Submission Deadline: March 31st, 2012

An independently published e-book anthology of children’s poetry dedicated to the wide world of sports is inviting

adults who write children’s poetry, including those who are emerging poets, to submit work.

They are seeking original, unpublished poems, written in English, aimed at 5 to 12 year-olds that deal with

various aspects of sports.

Poems can be written in a variety of forms including, but not limited to, the following: couplet, triplet, limerick,

haiku, tanka, cinquain, diamante, mask poem, apostrophe poem, list poem, etheree, palindrome, etc.

For full details and how to submit, click here.

Rialto / RSPB Nature Poetry Competition. Deadline 30 April 2012

Competition theme: Nature Poetry. Judges: Sir Andrew Motion and Mark Cocker.

Prizes : £1000, £400 and £300

For full details of the competition click here

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




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.


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

Date: Thurs 5th Jan · ·· Time: 12.00am · · Price: Free

The first Can Openers of the year with feature guests Bristol Random Women Poets

and open floor. Bring along your own poetry to share or just come and listen.

Hosted by Cathy Wilson

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

NB. Can Openers will be Moving to the Stalls Cafe, Bristol Old Vic in March


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

Date: Thurs 5th Jan· · Time: 8.30pm · · · Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org


Poetry Pulpit - The Left Bank Centre, Cheltenham Rd, Bristol

Date: Sun 8th Jan       Time: 8.00pm      Price: Free

With featured guests: poet Steve Duncan and musician Emma Hooper

plus open mic, sign up on the door.

Ffi: Facebook page

Portcullis Poets - Eugenie House, 1-3 Royal York Cresent, Clifton, Bristol

Date: Thurs 12th Jan · ·· Time: 7.50pm · · Price: Free (optional donation for wine)

Anyone interested in poetry is welcome to come and read or listen. Their own poetry or someone elses.

Take it or leave it topic: Man's Best Friend

Ffi: jdms@hotmail.co.uk


The Poets Voice Workshop - Murch Room, BRLSI, 16 Queen Square, Bath

Date: Sat 14th Jan       Time: 10.00am        Price:  --

Poetry workshops open to all to share their work and critique.

Workshop chair rotates.

For full details contact Duncan McGibbon at duncanmcgibbon30849@btinternet.com


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

Date: Mon 16th Jan······ Time: 8.00pm··· Price: £8 / £6

Spoken word and performance poetry showcase featuring Bristol's Lucy English and

Polish slam supremo Bohdan Piasecki.

Ffi: Facebook page

Box Office: 0117 987 7877


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

Date: Mon 16th Jan · ·· 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


Siren Says - Starbucks, Park St, Bristol, BS8 1QE

Date: Tues 17th Jan       Time:   6.30pm       Price: Free

A new open mic  hosted by James Bunting with featured special guest each month.

This month's guest poet: Sally Jenkinson - Bristol-based event organiser, festival regular and lyrical poet.

If you're aged 16 - 23 and a young poet, or if you're just starting to experiment with poetry

or spoken word, or if you like performance poetry this is for you.

Funded and supported by Poetry Can


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

Date: Thurs 19th Jan · · · Time: 7.30pm · ·· Price: Free

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

Theme this month: Local History (Keynsham)



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

Date: Thurs 19th Jan· · Time: 8.30pm · · · Price: Free

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

Ffi: www.theartshouse.org


Severn and Somme - Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol

Date: Sat 21st Jan          Time: 7.30pm         Price: £20 / £15 / £12 / £8

Redcliffe films present Severn and Somme, the story of WW1 Gloucester poet and composer Ivor Gurney.

There will also be performances of Gurney's orchestral pieces and songs.

Ffi: www.redcliffefilms.co.uk or Chris Worthington: 0117 944 5553


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

Date: Thurs 26th Jan · ·· 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 30th Jan      Time: 8.15pm      Price: Free (donations)

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

Feature guest poet: Danny Ford

Sign up from 7.45 for a slot.

Ffi: anditrans@hotmail.com Facebook: Fans of acousticnightbristol

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