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Poetry Can is one of the few dedicated poetry development agencies in the UK.

Poetry Can is the poetry charity organisation working to promote poetry in the South West of 
England.

We are dedicated to supporting the creative and professional development of poets of all ages and levels of experience, and to increasing and 
promoting opportunities for everyone to take part in and enjoy poetry.

We present and support a range of high profile events each year, including
Bristol Poetry Festival (supported by University of the West of England) bringing International and National poets to the region and providing opportunity for local poets to read and perform, and our monthly open platform for poets, Can Openers.

Bristol Poetry Prize, and open and affordable poetry competition attracting entrants from around the world.

We organise poetry projects and activities with schools, and with a wide and diverse rang
of organisations and community-based groups. 

Aside from income generated by its activities, Poetry Can now has just one main source of arts funding, Arts Council England, which covers core costs and a few essential activities.

 

Just to give you an idea of some of our costs: 

  • the average cost of an event at Bristol Poetry Festival would be £750;
  • placing a poet in a school for a morning or an afternoon would cost £150;
  • a poet working for a morning, an afternoon or an evening with a community group would also cost £150.

 

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All money raised will directly fund Poety Can's work including Bristol Poetry Festival and our education activities.

Members entering the Bristol Poetry Prize will be entitled to two free subsequent entries and also, up to three poetry surgeries

(cost for non-members £15 per surgery) per year  without charge.

For full details and to join please visit Poetry Can membership page .
 


 

Bristol Poetry Prize is launched on National Poetry Day each year.

Competition judges have been Penelope Shuttle (2014), W N Herbert (2015) and Liz Berry (2016).

The entry fee is £6 per poem, with two free subsequent entries for subscribers to the Poetry Can Membership Scheme.

The first prize is £600, plus the chance to read your poetry at the Bristol Poetry Festival.

The second prize is £300 and the third prize is £100.

For full details and how to enter please visit the Bristol Poetry Prize page


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Welcome to the 19th Bristol Poetry Festival

Wednesday 10 September to Sunday 21 September 2014

Bristol Poetry Festival brings together the most entertaining, inspirational and award-winning poets and performers from Bristol, the South West,

the UK and the World in an annual celebration of language, imagination and life.

Fleur AdcockRobert MinhinnickVidyan RavinthiranMir Mahfuz AliAlyson HallettFiona HamiltonPete The Temp  Poetry Slam

HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR INCLUDE:

At the ArnolfiniFleur Adcock, Robert Minhinnick, Vidyan Rabinthiran and Mir Mahfuz Ali, a fantastic combination of poets that

promises a beautiful night of poetry readings. For something a bit more rambunctious, The Bristol Poetry Festival OPEN Poetry Slam might

well be the most exciting poetry slam of the year. Ahead of Bristol's year as European Green Capital 2015, we look at how poetry might engage

people in green issues in PETE (the Temp) VERSES CLIMATE CHANGE, which takes a satirical look at climate change and our attempts to tackle

it in an effort to capture hearts and minds on this most crucial of issues.

 

At the Tobacco Factory:

We are proud to present an amazing, remarkable event called Bite Sized. Told in poetry and dance,it's a show about anorexia.

If you think this sounds like it might make for a depressing night out, please be assured it's anything but. Fiona Hamilton has written a show that is

warm, engaging, informative, moving, even funny at times, and overwhelmingly beautiful. Poetry Can is very proud of this Bite Sized; we believe it's

a show that is going to be talked about for a long time.

 

Events Around Bristol:

There are many wonderful poetry events happening all around Bristol this September, including

The Spoke poetry group– Paul Deaton, Lizzie Parker, Sarah Rudston, Claire Williamson and Bob Walton – together with award winning

traditional Irish singer Marianne McAleer at Spike Island Café Bar ... and it's FREE.

And there's a great looking poetry show at The Cube: The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trevien: a critically-acclaimed, surreal, playful 

one-woman performance that blends poetry with theatre with myth and magic.

We always want to say that EVERY event is a Bristol Poetry Festival highlight.

 

HOW TO BOOK

FOR EVENTS AT ARNOLFINI

Arnolfini Box Office

Telephone: 0117 917 2300 / 01

Email: boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk

Online: www.arnolfini.org.uk

Or in person: Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

You can pay at the time of the event but events do sell out, sometimes very quickly, so advance booking is recommended to

avoid disappointment.

 

FOR BITE SIZED AT THE TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE

Tobacco Factory Theatres Box Office

Telephone: 0117 902 0344

Email: tickets@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

Online: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/book/

Or in person: Tobacco Factory Box Office, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

 

FOR EVENTS AT OTHER VENUES AROUND BRISTOL

Please see individual event details

For all free events, just go to the venue for the start time.

For Acoustic Night at Halo Cafe Bar, get there early if you have a poem to submit and perform, otherwise just turn up at the start time.

For all open mic events where you wish to perform, early arrival is advised.

 


 

Quick link calendar. Click the event title to jump to the event or scroll down to find events.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
     

Dead Poets Slam
7pm

Can Openers
12 noon

Twenty Poets Perform 
12 noon

Write Space Workshops
10.30am - 12.30pm

8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Lansdown
Poetry 
7pm

 

Pete the Temp
vs
Climate Change
7.30pm

SIX!
7.30pm

Festival
Poetry Slam
7.30pm

Liberated Words
2pm

Poets Reading
7.30pm

 
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
 

The Spoke 
on Spike

7.30pm

   

 Liberated Words
12-1pm

1pm-2pm

Hydrazine
7pm

Liberated Words
Masterclass
10am - 4pm

 Isambards
11am - 12
2.30pm - 3.30pm

 Bite Sized
7.30pm

22 23 24 25 26 27 28

 Acoustic Night
8pm

     

 Map Reading
for Beginners
7.30pm

 The Shipwrecked House
8pm

 
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Thursday 4 September  8PM

THE LANSDOWN, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF

BRISTOL DEAD POETS SLAM

Admission: £5 advance / £6 on the door

Hosted by Trevor Carter

Trevor Carter

Performers call on the spirits of dead poets in one of the most delightfully idiosyncratic poetry slams of the year. Last year the BDPS was won by

Mark Darkside with an inimitably raunchy interpretation of Chaucer.

For further information: 0117 966 5514 / 07954 147 464 / www.windmillbard.co.uk

 


 

Friday 5 September 12 NOON – 1.30PM

FOYLES, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BU

CAN OPENERS

Admission: FREE but donations welcome

Hosted by Claire Williamson

Special Guest: Lloyd Fletcher

AND OPEN MIC

Lloyd Fletcher

 

Bring along a poem to read or just come to listen to the readings at one of Bristol's longest running and best poetry events.

 


 Saturday 6 September 12 NOON – 3PM

BRISTOL CENTRAL LIBRARY, Cafe, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL

TWENTY POETS PERFORM

Admission: FREE

Hosted by Mark Sayers

Readings from some of Bristol's liveliest local poets

 


 Sunday 7 September 10.30AM – 12.30PM, and/or 1.30PM – 3.30PM

GREENBANK - VENUE DETAILS available on booking at the email address below

WRITE SPACE – POETRY WORKSHOPS

Admission: donations welcome, but please book in advance

The theme for the morning session will be ... DEATH. The afternoon session will be for reviewing and workshopping existing work.

For further information and to book, please email: polly.moyer@gmail.com with Write Space in the subject line.

 


 

Monday 8 September  7pm

THE LANSDOWN, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF

LANSDOWN POETRY WORKSHOP

Hosted by Charles Thompson

Admission: FREE

Bring a poem to share.

For further information, contact Charles Thompson on 07969987102

 


 

Wednesday 10 September 2014, 7.30 PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

AHEAD OF BRISTOL'S YEAR AS EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL 2015 POETRY CAN IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:

PETE (the Temp) VERSES CLIMATE CHANGE

Tickets: £7.00 / £5.00 concessions

Pete the Temp vs Climate Change

Pete the Temp is a poet, a lover and a damn fine administrator! Watch him solve climate change using only his mouth!

Pete tells the story of some of the sticky situations he gets into on his quest to stop climate chaos. This spoken word show takes a satirical look

at climate change and our attempts to tackle it in an effort to capture hearts and minds on this most crucial of issues.

"Timely, funny, intelligent, refreshingly angry and often moving... Pete The Temp has us leave the Theatre wanting change and feeling there is

serious fun to be had by joining those making it happen"  Cockpit Theatre

This event is part of a tour produced by renaissance one www.renaissanceone.co.uk

with support from Arts Council England

 


 

Thursday 11 September 2014, 7.30 PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

S I X !

An evening of powerful, funny, moving, stimulating and contrasting poetry from six very talented poets with something to say and the skill and

the style to say it laldy.

Featuring

ALYSON HALLETT LUCY LEPCHANI VICTORIA FIELD DIKRA RIDHA KATE FIRTH SHAGUFTA IQBAL
Alyson Hallett Lucy Lepchani Victoria Field Dikra Ridha Kate Firth Shagufta Iqbal  

Tickets: £7.00 / £5.00 concessions

Alyson Hallet's poetry collections include: Suddenly Everything; Six Days In Iceland and The Stone Library.

Lucy Lepchani has two poetry collections: The Beckoning Wild, a pamphlet and a full collection Ladygardens published by Burning Eye Books.

Victoria Field has published three collections of poetry: Olga’s Dreams,Many Waters and The Lost Boys. She also co-authored a pamphlet,

October Guests with Caroline Carver and Penelope Shuttle.

Dikra Ridha's poetry collection is called There are no Americans in Baghdad's Bird Market.

Kate Firth's debut poetry collection is Venus Reborn.

Shagufta Iqbal is the author of the poetry play JAM IS FOR GIRLS, GIRLS GET JAM.

 


 

Friday 12 September 7.30PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL OPEN POETRY SLAM

Hosted by: Glenn Carmichael and Claire Williamson

Tickets: £7.00 / £5.00 concessions

WITH SLAMMERS FROM BRISTOL, THE SOUTH WEST AND THE UK:

Melanie Branton Megan Chapman Graham Chilcott Steve Duncan Robert Garnham  
Melanie Branton Megan Chapman Graham Chilcott Steve Duncan Robert Garnham  
Gillie Harries Daniel Haynes Mark Jones Tim King Nick Lovell   
Gillie Harries Daniel Haynes Mark Jones Tim King Nick Lovell  Jennifer Lee
Abi Newman  Saskia Tomlinson Jasmin White  Heidi Murphy Nadine Bourne   
Abi Newman Saskia Tomlinson Jasmin White Heidi Murphy Nadine Bourne Danny Lake

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£100 PRIZE - WINNER TAKES ALL

Four judges score the poets but ultimately it's the enthusiasm of the audience that decides who wins.

"HUGELY ENJOYABLE, GREAT FUN, THE MOST EXCITING SLAM OF THE YEAR"

ADVANCE BOOKING STRONGLY ADVISED

 


 

Saturday 13 September 2.00PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

LIBERATED WORDS POETRY FILM FESTIVAL

Hosted by Sarah Tremlett

   White Crosses St Gregory's Catholic College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets: £5.00 / £4.00 concessions

Sarah Tremlett introduces and presents the poetry films from the finalists of the Liberated Words Poetry Film Competition

based this year on two themes: Memoryin commemoration of the anniversary of the 1914-18 war

and on Ivor Gurney's poem The High Hills Have a Bitterness

There will also be poetry films from years 9 and 10 of St Gregory's Catholic College, Bath based on the arresting poem Mametz Wood by Owen

Sheers; potent films on the theme of Memory by St Brendan's Sixth Form College; and a groundbreaking film, the astonishing The Golden Bird

Project, in conjunction with older patients at The Royal United Hospital, Bath and Art at the Heart, with resident artist Edwina Bridgeman and art

from young patients and musician in residence Frankie Simpkins
These films were all made with the assistance of poet Helen Moore and 

filmmaker Howard Vause.

 


 

Saturday 13 September, 7.30PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

POETS READING

Fleur Adcock Robert Minhinnick Vidyan Ravinthiran Mir Mahfuz Ali
Fleur Adcock Robert Minhinnick Vidyan Ravinthiran Mir Mahfuz Ali

Tickets: £8.00 / £6.00 concessions

Four exceptional poets bring together their individual talents, commonalities and contrasts to create a remarkable night of poetry.

 

FLEUR ADCOCK seems, in her poems and in her readings, to be the very definition of poise. Her matter-of-fact feminism, her remarkable dry

wit and her gift for fusing introspection and ice- cool imagery have made her one of Britain's most respected and best loved poets. The poet

laureate Carol Ann Duffy put it like this: 'Adcock has a deceptively laid-back tone, through which the sharper edge of her talent is encountered

like a razor blade in a peach.' Fleur's first poetry collection was published in 1964, her most recent collections are Dragon Talk, in 2010 and

Glass Wings, in 2013. She has a new collection, to be published in February 2015.

 

ROBERT MINHINNICK has been described by the Sunday Times as “the best Welsh poet of his generation.” He co-founded Friends of the Earth

(Cymru) and Sustainable Wales, and is an advisor to Sustainable Wales. The people, communities, places and landscapes of Wales are his

heart's-home and the root of his poetry but he has also travelled widely through the world and written on many other subjects, including

contemporary political events and issues. He has published nine collections of poetry, and has twice won the Forward Prize for best individual

poem.

 

VIDYAN RAVINTHIRAN was born in Leeds to Sri Lankan parents. He is a poet and a critic and reviews frequently in magazines such as Poetry

Review, Poetry London, PN Review, The Times Literary Supplement. His first impressive book-length collection, Grun-tu-molani, (“man must live”),

is shortlisted for this year's Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Sean O'Brien praises Vidyan's ability to bring “a light touch and a sometimes

damning elegance to subjects including MTV, a chair addressing Jackie Chan, the Tamil Tigers, militarism and the purpose of money.”

 

MIR MAHFUZ ALI was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1958 and moved to the UK in the 1970s. He has worked as a male model, a tandoori chef and

as a dancer and actor. He is renowned for his extraordinary voice: a rich, throaty whisper brought about by a Bangladeshi policeman trying to

silence the singing of anthems during a public anti-war demonstration. His first collection, Midnight, Dhaka, of which Pascale Petit said, “he brings

a Bengali lyricism - into English poetics, so that however dark the subject, his poems have a soaring quality”, is published this year.

 


 

Tuesday 16 September 7.30PM

SPIKE ISLAND CAFÉ-BAR, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

THE SPOKE ON SPIKE

Admission: FREE

So that’s Tuesday night spoken for! It’s an evening of top-notch poetry and song at Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Art.

Over a drink or two in the cool arts café ambience, you can enjoy the spiky, precision-crafted words and images of The Spoke -  Paul

DeatonLizzie ParkerSarah RudstonClaire Williamson and Bob Walton – together with some wonderful traditional Irish fireside

ballads from the haunting voice of Marianne McAleermulti-award winner at the All-Britain and All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.

See you there. For further information, please email: waltoncobra@aol.com

 


 

Friday 19 September 12 NOON – 1PM and 1PM – 2.30PM

WATERSHED Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

LIBERATED WORDS POETRY FILM FESTIVAL

Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival

WATERSIDE 3: Liberated Words: Freeing The Form: 12 NOON – 1PM

A panel discussion on the form of poetic filmmaking and just what makes a film a poetry film

Admission: £7.00 / £5.00 concessions

 

WATERSHED CINEMA 2

Liberated Words: Poetry Films And Forms 1.00PM – 2.30PM

A showcase of poetry films from around the world exploring the diversity of storytelling devices used within this genre

Admission: £7.00 / £5.00

 


 

Friday 19 September 7PM

Hydra Bookshop, 34 Old Market Street, Bristol BS2 0EZ

LAUNCH OF THE HYDRAZINE

Admission: £2 (includes copy of zine and glass of cider)

Hosted by Matt Duggan 

The Hydrazine

The launch of The Hydra Zine (issue 1), a zine with poems from the 'evening of Spoken Indulgence' events. 

With poems from M J Duggan, Paul Hawkins, Sara Scotthorn, Nick Lovell, Bethany W Pope, Julie Pritchard,

Jonners Davies, Will Ford and many others.

 


 

Saturday 20 September 11AM – 12.00 Noon and 2.30PM – 3.30PM

POETRY WALKS, CLIFTON TOLL BOOTH, Clifton Suspension Bridge

ISAMBARDS AT THE BRIDGE

Admission: Free - Booking Recommended: www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/events

Isambards

The IsamBards - four of Bristol’s own best poets, David Johnson, Deborah Harvey, Stewart Carswell and Pameli Benham – celebrate

the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the Bristol Suspension Bridge.

Join the IsamBards for a fact-filled poetry tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

 


 

Saturday 20 September 10AM – 4PM

THE YHA, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

LIBERATED WORDS: A MASTERCLASS WITH MARC NEYS

Cost: £25 / £20 concessions – limited places – must be booked in advance

Marc Neys aka Swoon

A rare chance to learn about poetry films by creating poetry films in this masterclass workshop with Marc Neys (also known as Swoon), 

one of the foremost poetry film-makers working today.

To book a place on this workshop and for further information please contact

Colin Brown by email at admin@poetrycan.co.uk or by telephone on 0117 933 0900.

 


 

Sunday 21 September,7.30pm

TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES

Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF

BITE SIZED

Box Office: 0117 902 0344

Tickets: £10.00 / Concession £8.00

www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/book/

tickets@tobaccofactorytheatres.com

A Bristol Poetry Festival event and Book Launch with Vala Publishingwww.valapublishers.coop

Written by Fiona Hamilton    Directed by Anna Farthing and Pameli Benham

Devised and performed by Laila Diallo, Helka Kaski and Fiona Hamilton

  Bite Sized    Laila Diallo      Fiona Hamilton

                                                          Laila Diallo                                Fiona Hamilton

A mother’s story of striving to nourish her child, who refuses to eat. A story of the monster that lurks close by all of us in the modern world -

the monster of ‘too much’ and ‘not enough’. Writer Fiona Hamilton performs this work-in-development with dancers Laila Diallo and Helka Kaski.

This is poetry of mind and body. Of threads that connect, entangle, unravel and stretch, between parents and children. Of a ravenous illness and

efforts to face it. Above all, it is about taking on monsters and trusting in the importance of love. There will be a conversation with the audience

after the interval, inviting responses, questions and comments which will inform the evolution of Bite Sized performances and workshops.

"To speak with clarity and sensitivity, in a language so free of the too-available response of guilt or blame, is in itself a kind of care” 

                                                                                                                                          Philip Gross, poet, author of The Wasting Game.                    

 


 

Monday 22 September 8.15PM start

HALO CAFE BAR, 141 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8BA

ACOUSTIC NIGHT – INSTANT ANTHOLOGY

Admission: £5.00

SPECIAL GUEST: LOU BELL

Lou Bell

Bring 45 copies of an A4 poem with a minimum 25mm left hand margin for binding, go home with a 2014 Anthology.

Submit copies of poems from 7.30PM, readings start at 8.15PM.

Please note this is not an Open Mic. If you want to perform, please remember to bring copies of your poem for the anthology.

 


 

Friday 26 September 7.30PM

BOSTON TEA PARTY, 75 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5PF

Deborah Harvey launches her new poetry collection

MAP READING FOR BEGINNERS

Admission: Free but please buy a drink

With LOU BELL

Map Reading for Beginners

Throw away the sat nav! Map Reading For Beginners, Deborah Harvey's eagerly awaited new poetry collection, will take you there by both

the direct and scenic routes simultaneously. Her poems have been widely published and have won several prizes. Her first collection of poetry,

Communion, was published by Indigo Dreams in 2011, followed by her historical novel, Dart, in 2013.

‘Deborah Harvey’s … poems are raw and true. She is the real thing.’ Hugo Williams

 


 

Saturday 27 September 8PM

THE CUBE, Dove Street South, Bristol BS2 8JD

THE SHIPWRECKED HOUSE BY CLAIRE TREVIEN

Admission: £6.00 in advance / £8.00 on the door

Book online at: www.cubecinema.com

  The Shipwrecked House      Claire Trevien

In a sparkling one-woman performance that blends poetry with theatre, Anglo-Breton poet Claire Trévien navigates a shifting maritime landscape.

Memory and myth from the Celtic fringe are transformed by her surreal, playful poetry – critically acclaimed, and longlisted for the 2013 Guardian

First Book Award. Produced by Penned in the Margins

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Can Membership

Thank you for considering becoming a Member of Poetry Can.

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Poetry Can is a charity organisation working to promote poetry in the South West of England.

We are dedicated to supporting the creative and professional development of poets of all ages and levels of experience and to increasing and promoting opportunities for everyone to take part in and enjoy poetry.

Individual membership costs £3 per month (you might think of it as buying poetry a cup of coffee once month!)

By becoming a member of Poetry Can you will be saying in a very practical way that you believe in the importance and possibilities of poetry.

 

You can become a member as an individual or as an organisation.

 

Choose your membership type below

 

 


 

 

Individual Membership

 

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Individual membership costs £3 per month.

You can pay this as a one off annual payment of £36 for one year's membership or smaller monthly payments of £3 by standing order.

Individual members entering the annual Bristol Poetry Prize will be entitled to two free subsequent entries (three poems entered for the price of one) and up to three poetry surgeries per year without charge. (Surgery cost for non-members is £15 / surgery) 

All money raised will directly fund Poetry Can's work including Bristol Poetry Festival and our education activities.

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To apply for your Poetry Can Membership:


Pay a one-off annual membership fee (£36)

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2) Use the Poetry Can bank details on the form to make a one off payment at your bank branch or through online banking or by phone. 

3) Fill in the form at the bottom of this page so that we have your details on our records.

When we have received your payment, and verified the details you have sent, we will issue you with a membership number by email.

 

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1) Use this PayPal button to set up a one-off annual payment (this includes an additional £1.47 PayPal fee)
    
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When we have received your PayPal payment, and verified the details you have sent, we will issue you with a membership number by email.

 

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3) Fill in the form at the bottom of this page so that we have your details on our records.

When we have received your first standing order payment, and verified the details you have sent, we will issue you with a membership number by email.

 


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Bristol Poetry Festival 2016 Thank you!

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There are no more appreciative audiences for poetry than in Bristol, be it for readings or for performance poetry or for poetry slams, and as always I would like to thank everyone who attended the Festival this year for your attention and your appreciation, because of you Bristol has a great nationwide reputation as a place where poets want to come to read and perform. Thank you too to the poets who came, and who were so inspiring, generous and giving.  A big thank you to all the people who worked and volunteered at Bristol Poetry Festival 2016. Thank you to the University of the West of England for sponsoring the Poetry Festival and to all the venues and their staff who hosted the events, I would like to thank Bristol Grammar School, in particular for lending us the wonderful MacKay as a base for four exemplary nights of poetry readings, great bar too!  I hope to see you next year!
Best Wishes, Colin Brown, Director, Poetry Can.


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Welcome to Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2014

HOW TO BOOK

ADVANCE BOOKING

FOR TICKETED EVENTS AT ARNOLFINI

Box Office & General Enquiries: 0117 917 2300 / 01

Email: boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk

Online: www.arnolfini.org.uk

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Hammer & Tongue 

 

Can Openers

 

Sun 6th

Mon 7th

Tues 8th

Weds 9th

Thurs 10th

Fri 11th

Sat 12th

 

 

 

Patchwork Poetry

Portcullis Poets

 

Park St Poetry

Aging Gracefully

 

Sun 13th

Mon 14th

Tues 15th

Weds 16th

Thurs 17th

Fri 18th

Sat 19th

 

     

Telling Tales

 

Lips in Sync

Count Me In

 

Spoken Sonata

  Simon Armitage

 Sun 20th

Mon 21st

Tues 22nd Weds 23rd Thurs 24th Fri 25th Sat 26th

Lansdown Poetry Workshop

Acoustic Night

   

Raise the Roof & Kiss the Sky Poetry Slam

   

Sun 27th

Mon 28th Tues 29th  Weds 30th  Thurs 31st    

Write Space workshop

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Wednesday 2 April, 8.00PM-11.00PM (doors open at 7:30 pm)

The Birdcage, 28 Clare St, Bristol BS1 1YE

HAMMER & TONGUE

Featuring John Osborne

Admission: £5.00

bristol@hammerandtongue.com

www.hammerandtongue.com

Hammer & Tongue is the UK’s most exciting facilitator of spoken word. Every month they host a poetry slam open to all

alongside showcasing top spoken word artists from across the country.

John Osborne

This month they have John Osborne who has written for Radio 4, had poetry published in The Guardian and a sold out

Edinburgh show 'John Peel’s Shed.'

Please arrive early to sign up for the slam.

 

 

Friday 4 April, 12.00 NOON – 1.30PM

FOYLES, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BU

CAN OPENERS

Admission: FREE

Poetry Can

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

Open platform for poetry with special guest reader John Forth

Come along to listen or share.

Hosted by Claire Williamson

 

 

Wednesday 9 April, 5.00PM – 8.00PM

LINK ROOMS 1-2, University of Bristol, 3-5 Woodland Rd, Bristol, BS8 1TB

PATCHWORK POETRY

Admission: FREE

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/research/poetry-institute/patchworkpoetry/

Patchwork Poetry

 

The word poetry comes from the ancient Greek word, poiēsis. As well as poetic composition, this word suggests production,

fabrication, creation, making...

The Patchwork Poetry project is about making poetry. The aim is to collaboratively make poetry in the form of material objects –

collections of words with rhythms and meanings and metaphors that emerge as ‘patchwork poems’ – put together, re-worked

and collectively arranged. On Wednesday 9th April MakingLearning, in association with the Bristol Poetry Institute, will be holding

a Patchwork Poetry making session. We like to keep these evenings quite informal, so please feel free to drop by, even if you only

have a short time to spare.

 

 

Wednesday 9th April, 7.50 for 8pm

EUGENIE HOUSE, 1-3 Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Bristol (courtesy of the residents)

THE PORTCULLIS POETS

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

The optional theme is HAPPINESS and anyone interested in poetry is welcome. 

A donation of £1 will be asked of those drinking wine.

 

 

Friday 11 April, 8.00PM

THE LANSDOWN, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol, BS8 1AF.

AGEING GRACEFULLY

Admission: £5.00 in advance / £6.00 on the door.

Further Information: 07954 147 464

Trevor Carter     David C Johnson     John Christopher Wood    Mike Scott

 

Following the success of their show in last year's poetry festival, The Bard of Windmill Hill, David C. Johnson and

John Christopher Wood are once again combining their finely-honed talents and formidable humour to present a show

suitable for a discerning mature audience. They will be supported by the inimitably witty songs of Mike Danvers Scott.

A memorable evening is assured. Expect lots of laughs and some food for thought. 

The Bard of Windmill Hill - Bristol Storyteller of the Year 2014, "hilarious poems and stories" - Warwick Folk Festival

David C. Johnson - internationally acclaimed performance poet and multi-slam winner

John Christopher Wood - internationally performed playwright, actor and poet, "the audience were in hysterics"  - Bristol Post

Mike Scott - 'wildly irreverent, melodiously witty' 

 

 

Friday 11 April, 7.30pm

UPSTAIRS AT BOSTON TEA PARTY, 75 Park St, Bristol, BS1 5PF

PARK STREET POETRY

Admission: Free, please buy a drink

Further Information: davidbriggs72@btinternet.com

Hosted by David Briggs

Special Guest Readers: Matt Merritt: Alisdair Paterson and Carrie Etter.

Matt Merritt     Alisdair Paterson    Carrie Etter 

 

Matt Merritt

The Elephant Tests (Nine Arches, 2013), the third collection of poems from Matt Merritt, takes sheer delight in the full

possibilities of language. It is a study of birds and natural history, travel, personal and universal memory, and even of

the occasional elephant too. In the process, it captures the quiet wonder of the fleeting moments that amaze, puzzle

and trouble us. Eco-poetry and exploration are met perfectly with myths and epiphanies; the wide, wild world outside

is precisely spoken for, just a moment before taking flight or merging into dusk. This is poetry unafraid of new territories;

Merritt pushes out the boundaries of each poem without ever once losing the humour, grace and gentle melancholy at

their heart.

 

Alasdair Paterson

Having won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1975 and published collections in the mid-1980s, including The

Floating World (Pig Press) and Brief Lives (Oasis Books), Alasdair Paterson returned to writing in 2010 with on The

Governing of Empires (Shearsman, 2010), and with Elsewhere or Thereabouts (Shearsman, 2014), a book that ranges

from Troy to Arcadia, along the high road to elsewhere and the low road to thereabouts, boards a ferry 'cross the Mersey

and hikes the Jurassic Coast, skates away on Duddingston Loch and dynamites the frozen rivers of Siberia, lured to the

summit and drawn to the edge. Alasdair Paterson plots a course at the cruising speed of the flâneur through the ruins

of empires, dreams and good intentions. Though pavement cafes still play a part...

 

Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter's first collection The Tethers (Seren, 2010) won the London New Poetry Prize for best first collection published

in the Uk and Ireland. Her second, Divining for Starters  (Shearsman, 2011) has also been critically acclaimed. In her third

book of poems, Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014) Etter reflects on her experience as a birthmother who gave up her son for

adoption, presenting dream-like encounters, full of suppressed regrets, between the poet and her son once he’s come of

age. Etter imagines a spectacular array of destinies for him from the mundane to the extraordinary and bizarre: a baker,

a surfer, Prince Charming, even the olive in her Greek salad. Dispersed among these narratives are the 'Birthmother's

Catechisms' laying bare the emotions of the narrator, in chorus-like laments for what might be or might have been.

 

 

Thursday 17 April, 7.30PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

TELLING TALES

PRESENTED BY PATIENCE AGBABI

Tickets £8 / £6 concessions

Patience Agbabi

"A pilgrimage of punks, badasses, broken hearts, beat poets, silver-tongued fixers, town criers, beauties, sinners.

A jostle of life... A poem on wheels. Inventive, risky, serious and fun." Jeanette Winterson

Award-winning poet Patience Agbabi retells Chaucer's TheCanterbury Tales for the 21st century. Mining Chaucer's Middle-English

masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, this boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain's most

significant works of poetry thrilling new life.

Patience Agbabi is the author of three collections, Bloodshot MonochromeTransformatrix  and R.A.W., and she is a former Poet

Laureate of Canterbury. Her poems have appeared on radio and TV around the world and she has toured widely with the British Council.

The event is part of the Telling Tales Tour produced by renaissance one www.renaissanceone.co.uk

 

 

Thursday 17 April, 8.00pm

Alma Tavern Theatre, 18-20 Alma Vale Rd, Bristol, BS8 2HY 

LIPS IN SYNC

Admission: £5 on the door

Further Information: angiebelcher@yahoo.co.uk

Angie Belcher    Katie Grant (photo Claudio Ahlers)

Belcher & Vibes present an evening of poetic performance and back chat starring Angie Belcher and Isadora Vibes.

Step inside the hearts and minds of Bristol’s mightiest maverick mistresses of poetic performance.

Join them as they share poems and tales of love, life and sexuality.

Adults only.

  

 

Friday 18 April, 7.30PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

COUNT ME IN

Tickets £8.00 / £6.00 concessions

starring SARA-JANE ARBURY, LUCY ENGLISH and GLENN CARMICHAEL

with THE GROWING CREATIVES, WINDMILL HILL

 Count Me In

Will it be your lucky night?

Maureen and Judi hope it will be. Every week, they place their trust in Don, the glamorous Bingo Master, to make their dreams

come true. But behind the magic numbers lie the real stories of their lives.

Maureen. 55, married with four grown-up children. A home-bird who dreads the day she’ll be left alone.

Judi. Librarian. Works 37.5 hours a week, eats 5-a-day and has systems in place. But is she losing control?

Don. Twenty years calling the numbers to change people’s lives. Drink, drugs, divorce. The 12 Step Programme isn’t working.

Eyes down for a full house…

Count Me In is an immersive spoken word theatre show about the numbers in our lives.

The show takes place during one night in the Bingo Hall. We all play the game and as the numbers are called, Don, Maureen and

Judi reveal their true selves – their memories, anniversaries, regrets, mistakes, joys, hopes and dreams.

But Count Me In is a show with a difference. It is about numbers and YOU.

Glenn Carmichael   Lucy English   Sara-Jane Arbury 

 

 

Saturday 19 April, 2.00PM – 5.00PM

REDLAND PARK UNITED REFORM CHURCH, 1 Redland Park, Bristol, BS6 6SA

SPOKEN SONATA’

Admission: £20.00

Further Information: spokensonata@gmail.com/07875 220879 www.jonpjames.wix.com/spokensonata

Jonathan James       Rebecca Tantony

Jonathan James and Rebecca Tantony join forces to create a workshop exploring musical ways into devising performance poetry.

The workshop invites those with an interest in writing to consider the musicality within language and to experience the alchemy

of the spoken word and music through improvisation, writing and performance.

 

 

Saturday 19 April, 8.00PM

A R N O L F I N I

16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Tickets £12.00 / £10.00 concessions

By popular demand Bristol Spring Poetry Festival is proud to present the most original poetic voice in the UK

SIMON ARMITAGE

Simon Armitage's website: www.simonarmitage.com

 Simon Armitage

 

 

Sunday 20 April, 7.00PM – 9.00PM

The Lansdown, 8 Clifton Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1AF

LANSDOWN POETRY WORKSHOP

Admission: FREE

Further Information: Charles Thompson on Charlesthompson8000@yahoo.co.uk

Bring two poems to share. Round table and supportive comments.

 

 

Monday 21 April 8.15PM (sign up to perform from 7.30PM)

HALO CAFE/BAR, 141 Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BA

ACOUSTIC NIGHT

Admission: £5.00

Further Information: anditrans@hotmail.com

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

With featured musical or poetry guests.

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival fringe special

Robert Garnham     Robin Kidson

Winding up the Poetry Can Spring festival fringe we welcome back the enigmatic, theatrical Robert Garnham

with support from poet Robin Kidson, voted best Geordie accent 2012-2013 plus the usual open mic.

Sign up to perform from 7.30pm

What a treat!

 

Thursday 24 April, 10.00AM – 12 NOON

ST GEORGE'S, BRISTOL

Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

RAISE THE ROOF KISS THE SKY

Bristol Primary Schools Poetry Slam

STARRING THE YOUNG POETS FROM ASHTON GATE, BISHOP ROAD,

ST MARY REDCLIFFE and WHITEHALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

ADMISSION FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ONLY, THIS EVENT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

With Raise The Roof & Kiss The Sky Mentors and Hosts: 

Sara-Jane Arbury, Glenn Carmichael, Jonny Fluffypunk and Claire Williamson

Sara-Jane Arbury    Glenn Carmichael    Jonny Fluffypunk    Claire Williamson

Four teams of four young poets from each school and cheered on by over four hundred of their school friends will raise the roof,

rapture the walls and rose-petal the floor of St George's, Bristol with their inspirational, surprising poems.

Poets Sara-Jane Arbury (St Mary Redcliffe), Glenn Carmichael (Whitehall), Jonny Fluffypunk (Bishop Road) and Claire Williamson

(Ashton Gate) have been working with the children in the schools, nurturing enthusiasm, kindling a fiery, eager excitement for words

and developing their skills and their confidence to write and perform poems with passion and with style.

The proud mentors will host the slam and exhort the audience to make the wild music of cheering and applause that is the red hot

rocking soundtrack to every great poetry slam. This will be a poetic experience the children will never forget.

Only one team can win the Poetry Slam cup for their school...

but every team can raise the roof and kiss the sky with a poem.

 

THIS EVENT COULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE WITHOUT A KIND AND GENEROUS PRIVATE DONATION

 

 

Sunday 27 April,10.30AM-1.00PM and 1.30PM to 3.30PM

GREENBANK, Bristol

WRITE SPACE WORKSHOP

Payment by donation

Writing sessions for poets and all other writers, facilitated by Polly Moyer, MA.

The writing sessions from 10.30am to 1pm will involve prompts and exercises and will be followed by a workshop

session from 1.30pm - 3.30pm

If you want feedback for your work in the workshop session, please bring a (short ish) piece of writing to read out loud.

All styles and forms welcome. If you want to bring some copies, that will help, but don't worry if you can't.

If you want to come and find out how we work shop, but don't have a piece to bring, no worries.

Payment by donation, but please only offer what you can afford.

 

 

Monday 28 April, 8.00PM-10.00PM.

BRISTOL OLD VIC basement, King St, Bristol, BS1 4ED

BLAHBLAHBLAH

Admission: £6.00

Hosted by Anna Freeman

Further Information: Box Office: 0117 987 7877 www.bristololdvic.org.uk/blahblahblah.html

Featuring:

Katie Bonna      John Osborne      Stephanie Dogfoot

Katie Bonna, whose poetry play Dirty Great Love Story, co-written with Richard Marsh, won a Fringe First Award at the

2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Laughs are frequent, unsignalled and brilliant.’ – Times    Warmly and fuzzily recommended.’ - Independent

John Osborne, whose first book Radio Head, up and down the dial of British Radio (Simon&Schuster) was broadcast

as Radio 4′s Book of the Week. His second book The Newsagent’s Window (Simon&Schuster 2010) won the East Anglian

Book Award.   Gentle without being dull, sharp but never sneering, witty but without a hint of the show-off' - Stuart Maconie.

and Stephanie Dogfoot, Singapore Slam Champion. 'Poetry for spiritual beings on a human journey'.

Hosted by Anna Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

 


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