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Bristol Poetry Festival 2013

Monday 30th September to Sunday 6th October

Click on the brochure image below to browse the festival programme. 

 

This is the Bristol Poetry Festival 2014 anti-clash diary.

The orange boxes represent events that are already programmed. (there is also an event on the evening of Friday 5th September)

If you would like to organise or submit an event to be included in the festival diary, please try very hard to avoid programming your event to

clash with any of the programming below.

If you would like to have an event included in the Bristol Poetry Festival 2014 programme and brochure, please send your event details to the

festival director at info@poetrycan.co.uk.

We are happy to include any events that fall between or around Weds 10th September and Sun 21st September.

If your event falls outside of these dates, contact Poetry Can to discuss the inclusion of your event. 

 

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Sponsors Wanted For Bristol Poetry Festival 2013

 

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Poetry Can invites companies and organisations to become sponsors of

Bristol Poetry Festival Monday September 30 to Sunday 6 October 2013

 

Would your company or organisation like to sponsor Bristol Poetry Festival?

Do you know of a company that would enjoy sponsoring the Poetry Festival?

 

Poetry Can presents the most entertaining, inspirational and award-winning poets and performers from the UK and around the World at Bristol

Poetry Festival & Bristol Spring Poetry Festival each year. Bristol Poetry Festival is now in its eighteenth year. Bristol Spring Poetry Festival was

introduced by popular demand in 2010. Poets, performers amd speakers who have performed at Bristol Poetry Festival include:

the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage, Germaine Greer, Roger McGough, Brian Patten, Alice Oswald, Penelope

Shuttle, Wendy Cope, Helen Dunmore, Sean O'Brien, Fleur Adcock, John Hegley and Ian McMillan.

 

Bristol Poetry Festival 2013 Events include: Louis de Bernieres, Author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, launches his new collection of poetry:

Imagining Alexandria; An Assortment of Sibyls featuring Prunella Scales & Leo Aylen; Bristol book launch ofThe Echoing Gallery featuring poems

from over thirty Bristol poets; Liberated Words : Poetry Film Festival; Bristol Poetry Festival Poetry Slam: Bristol vs Leeds; Martin Figura's poetry

play: Whistle, poetry readings from Helen Ivory, Rachael Boast, David Briggs, Deborah Harvey, and much more.

 

Bristol Poetry Festival 2013 also sees the introduction of The Poetry Can South West Poetry Awards : these awards will be madeduring

this year's Festival to poets, performance poets, organisations, groups and individuals working in the poetry sector who have made a significant

contribution to poetry, performance poetry and poetry development in the South West of England between the dates: April 1, 2012 and March 31,

2013.



Your company could sponsor one of the following six awards:

  • The Poetry Publication Award

The Poetry Publication Award celebrates the work of poetry publishers based in the South West.

 

  • The Poetry Work With Children and Young People Award

The Award for poetry work with children and young people celebrates poetry development work undertaken with children and/or young people.

 

  • The Contribution to Poetry Development Award

The Contribution to Poetry Development Award goes to an individual or organisation making an important contribution to poetry development in

the South West.

 

  • The Individual Poet Award

Awarded to an individual South West based poet to celebrate a significant acheivement in poetry or major piece of work.

 

  • The Individual Performance Poet Award

Awarded to an individual South West based performance poet to celebrate a significant acheivement or major piece of work.

 

  • The Special Recognition Award

Awarded to any individual based in the South West who has made a distinguished contribution to poetry over at least twenty years.

 

Your organisation may choose to sponsor Bristol Poetry Festival for a variety of reasons:

 

Association with two of the best poetry festivals in the region,

Our events offer direct visibility to thousands of people with an interest in the arts,

Supporting the arts for the benefit of the community,

Raising of your company profile,

Increasing awareness to potential employees,

Association with creativity, vitality, expansion,

Visible support of the arts.

 

Sponsorship opportunities

 

We offer a range of exciting opportunities for individuals and local and national businesses to invest in the festival promoting brands and raising

corporate profiles to the wide audience of this flagship poetry event.

 

With packages ranging from £500 to £1,000, opportunities for sponsoring the festival events and activities are grouped into three main strands:

General; Events; The South West Poetry Awards.

 

Benefits and options of sponsorship include:

 

Logo on sponsors' page and against event in the brochure/s

Logo on Poetry Can website and link to sponsors' web-site

Logo in Poetry Can monthly newsletter and link to sponsor's web-site

Company name on a South West Poetry Award

Complimentary tickets to the sponsored events

Profiled in relevant event media releases

Logo placement on specific print ads

National and local media profile

 

If you would like to sponsor Bristol Poetry Festival please contact:

Colin Brown, Director of Poetry Can

12 Great George Street,

Bristol, BS1 5RH.

Tel: 0117 933 0900

Email: admin@poetrycan.co.uk

 

Bristol Poetry Festival is organised by Poetry Can

 

POETRY CAN is one of the very few poetry development agencies in the UK, and its annual showcase events Bristol Poetry Festival and

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival are among only a handful of festivals dedicated exclusively to poetry.

Based in Bristol, Poetry Can is a registered charity and provides and promotes an exceptional contemporary programme of events in major Bristol

venues such as the Arnolfini and Bristol Old Vic, it also provides creative learning, and participation initiatives in our local and regional communities,

including: working with a wide range of individuals and community groups, placing poets in schools, and supporting work aimed at young people.

We also work to enhance and support the artistic and professional development of poets, whatever the stage of their development, and to provide

information, advice and support on all aspects of poetry and to provide details of all poetry events and activities happening in the South West of

England.

 

Poetry Can supports excellence in poetry thanks to the involvement, support, enthusiasm and generosity of public bodies, arts and other

organisations, private individuals and poetry enthusiasts. Your support enables us to excite a new generation of poets and audiences, transform

lives, and provide great experiences for all.

 

 

 

 

 

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival Director's Review

 

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2013 had a different feel this year,

its impact seemed even more intimate, even more immediate somehow.

 

 

Colin Brown Festival Director

Colin Brown, Festival Director
 

Arnolfini Stage

The Arnolfini Stage
 

Colin and Ewan

Colin Brown and the marvellous Ewen McCloud, Arnofini tech.
photo: Ed Martin
   photo: David Bloomfield   photo: Dru Marland

 


 

Acoustic Night  
  photo Dru Marland  

Acoustic Night at Halo Cafe/Bar on Gloucester Road set the tone, it's Bristol's longest running spoken word / open mic event, and one of the best organised and run, it is regularly frequented by some of the most interesting and inspiring poets and poetry enthusiasts in Bristol, though it's very relaxed with the feeling of a really good "local" it is very welcoming to new-comers and especially those performing for the first time. Julian Ramsay Wade is the front man of the Acoustic Night team and is a skilled host easing the night along with just the right blend of poetry, song, humour, informed banter, introduction, encouragement and appreciative encouraging of applause... more than readily forthcoming for special guests Jo Bell and Bohdan Piasecki, excellent and engaging performers who would grace any poetry event anywhere at all.

 

 

 


 

Ian McMillan's performance at the Arnolfini elicited an appreciative "Stand-up verse is a big hit"9/10 review for his show Talkin' Myself Home in the Bristol Evening News. On the night Ian paid tribute to the people, places, and life circumstances that have made him into the kind of community writer and popular performer he is, and he is very popular, his way with the audience, which feels like he's talking to someone he's known for years, created a warm everyday kind of intimacy, he was irresistibly endearing and funny and had the audience laughing from beginning to end...

Totally brilliant evening with one of the funniest, most perceptive, engaging and charming people one could ever hope to  meet. Emotion depth and poignancy interspersed with the hilarity. Fabulous event! Thank you." FEEDBACK FORM – Ian Beech

Ian MacMillan Audience   Ian MacMillan   Ian MacMillan

 photo Ed Martin

 

Photo Dave Bloomfield

 

photo Ed Martin

         
 Ian MacMillan    Ian MacMillan    Ian MacMillan
 photo: Dave Bloomfield    photo: Dave Bloomfield    photo: Ed Martin


 

Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About
poetry play written by and starring: Stephen James Smith, Kalle Ryan and
Kalle Ryan Colm Keegan and Stephen James Smith 3Colm Keegan.

Special guest reading from Pete Mullineux.

Pete Mullineux, originally from Bristol, now living in Galway, opened the show with readings from his three poetry collections, after the break Stephen, Kalle and Colm, three poets from Dublin, performing on a simple but beautifully designed set told interweaving stories in verse about life, love, family, relationships, loss and redemption and showed just how beautiful, powerful and engaging performance poetry can be.
One of the highlights of the Festival, the audience certainly felt so:
"This was a stunning evening of material about masculinity with Pete Mullineaux guesting in the first half. I arrived late from work, to walk into a poem about singing. I am a singing teacher - this was a great start. Warm words about fatherhood and fathers followed, and then the performance of a show about a male perspective on 21st century life and relationships. I was stunned by the passion of the words and the delivery, and the raw honesty and power that was crafted into the performance. The story of the loss of a parent or the end of a relationship has a predictable sort of trajectory and is utterly universal but the imprint of each was personal and moving and I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of that intimacy.
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FEEDBACK FORM – Frith Trezevant

 


 

Readings from: Penelope Shuttle, Deryn Rees-Jones, Kapka Kassabova, Pat Simmons.

Pat Simmons is one of Bristol's best poets, she has come relatively recently to writing poetry, it was only when she retired that she found the courage and the time to write, since then she has had poems published in several anthologies and has won various awards. On a night of beautiful readings from some of Britain's most talented poets Pat read first and looked very much at home there on the stage, reading her poems with the care and style they clearly deserved and talking to the audience with confidence. Kapka Kassabova is originally from Bulgaria and has lived and travelled all over the world, she is based now in the Scottish highlands. Kapka brought an a multiplicity of international perspectives to the Festival which ran like a thread through her magical realist poems.

Deryn Rees-Jones was short-listed for the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and it was a pleasure to welcome such a skilled and inspired poet to the Festival and a privilege to hear her read.

Penelop Shuttle is, of course, one of the very best poets we have, Poetry Can is very fortunate to have her as a patron and the Poetry Festivals are always lucky when she agrees to read in Bristol. Penelope read from her latest book Unsent: New & Selected Poems 1980-2012 which includes poems from ten collections published over thirty years, plus new work.

 

Audience   Pat Simmons   Kapka Kassapova

photo: Ed Martin

 

Pat Simmons photo: Dru Marland

 

Kapka Kassapova photo: Dru Marland

         
 Deryn Rees-Jones

Penelope Shuttle

Deryn Rees-Jones   photo Dru Marland

Penelope Shuttle   photo: Dru Marland

 


Film: We Are Poets

WE ARE POETS POSTER s

 

"It was such an interesting and uplifting experience to see the stories of the young poets told and all the young people at the slam in the US, I thoroughly enjoyed it!"  FEEDBACK FORM Becky Carron

We Are Poets is a film made by Alex Ramseyer-Bache & Daniel Lucchesi it follows the fortunes of four young performance poets, from Leeds Young Authors as they represent the UK at Brave New Voices, the most prestigious poetry slam competition in America. This film was another highlight of Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, from its impressive opening sequence right through to the final credits it drew gasps, cheers, laughter, sighs and cries of delight from the audience. The decisions made by the film makers are fascinating to see and to think about – this film could have been made to be like an extended t.v. reality talent show but it is so much more, it's the kind of experience you can keep thinking back upon long after you have left your seat in the auditorium.

 

 

 

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The Rememberers

Kenny Baraka brought his classic tale of good versus evil, told through rap, narration, lyrics, music and projection. We haven't had anything like this at the Festival before and it was an intriguing and compelling way to enjoy an evening of performance poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events Around Bristol included BLAHBLAHBLAH at the Bristol Old Vic, WRITE SPACE – POETRY WORKSHOPS at Maitreya Social, THE LANSDOWN POETRY WORKSHOP PRESENTS at The Lansdown, Clifton; THE ARTS HOUSE OPEN MIC at Stokes Croft; CAN OPENERS at  Foyles Bookstore.


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The final event, organised with Bristol Festival of Ideas, was Alice Oswald at the Watershed. Alice Oswald is an amazing poet to read and an astonishing poet to see/hear.

Many people there said that this was one of the most amazing poetry events they had ever attended. Alice read poems from almost all her collections, with an extended reading from her most recent book Memorial... Actually she didn't really read, she'd learnt the poems she was going to do by heart, as performance poets will happily tell you, this removes the last barrier between poet and audience, and it meant she was able to be more expressive and to create a much more immediate and intimate atmosphere that amplified the emotional-intellectual-aural-impact of the poetry.

 

 

 


 

Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2013 was an exciting and wonderful poetry time. I look forward now to the next Bristol Poetry Festival, Monday 30 September to Sunday 6 October 2013 which will include: the launch of The Echoing Gallery an anthology of Bristol poems by Bristol poets including Helen Dunmorea day long Poetry-Film Festival; Bristol Poetry Festival Slam; An Assortment of Sibyls with Prunella Scales and Leo AylenMartin Figura's poetry play Whistle; readings from Louis de Bernieres, Helen Ivory, Deborah Harvey, Rachael Boast and David Briggs;  Inner Skin: a poetry-visual arts exhibition which documents the experiences of the Chinese community in Bristol... and much, much, more, see you there!

 

 


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Bristol Poetry Festival Wall of Poets!

 

Below are some of the poets and performers who have appeared at Bristol Poetry Festival and Bristol Spring Poetry Festival over the past years.

To find out how to apply to be part of future festivals, click here: Bristol Poetry Festivals

 

PaulSummerswall Claire Williamson lizgreenfieldwall wendymillarwall andycroftweb Pameli Benham Benjamin Zephaniah JoBellwall Nick Moore
Angie Belcher Robyn Bolam robgeewall FrancescaBeardwall David Briggs Benita Johnson Ophelia McCabe Indigo Williams Peter Bearder
Rembrandt Clarke Liz Bentley Sasha Dugdale DavidJohnsonwall Rita Ann Higgins Peter Bennet Matthew Barton Anna Freeman Vanessa Kisuule
Tina Sederholm Menna Elfyn Shiela Yager johnhegleywall Rachel Bentham Carol Ann Duffy TamarYoseloffwall Dennis O'Driscoll John Cummins
Romola Garai Anne 'Ellie' Evans sophiehallwall PaulDurcanwall Katy Evans-Bush Simon Armitage Katharine Towers W N Herbert helendunmorewall
Poetry Slam A F Harrold Carol Rumens damianfurnisswall Roddy Lumsden Matt Harvey Ben Mellor Elaine Feinstein Patrick Brandon
Phil Bowen Graham Chilcott Rebecca Tantony Jonathon Davidson jamesbuntingwall Ann Grey Rachael Boast Lucy English Mark Niel
Sean O'Brian Ros Martin Maggie Harris SallyJwall harrybakerwall Lydia Beardmore Glenn Carmichael Robin Cairns Hollie McNish
Malika Booker George Szirtes emmawardwall jfpwall Rowan McCabe Michael Wilson David Wooley Jean Sprackland Kit Wright
Dan Eggs Helen Gregory stephenjamessmithwall elviswall Elayne Harrington Annie Freud Byron Vincent Brian Patten Penelope Shuttle
Pat V T West Ash Dickinson jackdeanwall benlawrencewall Kathryn Simmonds Tim Liardet Roger McGough Owen Sheers Chris Redmond
Shamshad Khan Tim Gibbard bennorriswall elcrisiswall Carrie Wilde Kiran Singh Ruth Fainlight Philip Gross Mac McFadden
Douglas Dunn OneNess hazelhammondwall steveduncanwall Clare Shaw Cynthia Hamilton Dorothea Smartt Byron Wallen Edson Burton
Alan Summers Annie McGann Brendan Cleary Ian Sills Ian Duhig Jane Yeh Jane Draycott Jason Yarde Helen Ivory
Helen Farish Gabeba Baderoon John Davies John Agard Linda Lamus Liz Lochhead Maura Dooley Medbh McGuckian Jive Poetic
Michael Rosen Moniza Alvi Murray Lachlan Young Paul Farley Alicia Stubbersfield Alyson Hallet Andrew Fusek-Peters Bertel Martin Jean Binta Breeze
Bram Gieben Brendan Kennelly Caitriona O'Reilly Chloe Poems Ciaran Carson David Harsent Denise McSheehy Dike Omeje Graeme Hawley
Elizabeth Whyman Emma McGordon Ester Morgan Filipa Leal Fiona Hamilton Germaine Greer Glyn Maxwell Joan Davis Jenny Lindsay
Greta Stoddart Gwyneth Lewis Heather Imani Isobel Dixon Jacob Polley Jan Blake Mahogany L Browne Milton Balgoni Michael Symmons Roberts
Lawrence Pettener Libby Houston Marcus Moore Martin Figura Matthew Sweeney Peter Finch Paul Scott Paul Farley Peter Hunter
Neil Rollinson Nick Fisk Pascale Petit Patience Agbabi Richard Carter Realitie Robin Robertson Ros Barber Ralph Hoyte
Pierre Ringwald Polly Clark Polly Peters Rosie Lugosi Rosemary Dun Rosy Carrick Rustum Kozain Ruth Padel R V Bailey
Sally Pomme Clayton Sarah Maguire Sarah Law Shagufta Iqbal Shonaleigh Cumbers Soul Thomas Evans Stacy Makishi Steve Rooney Rose Cook
Steve Tasane Sundra Lawrence Tim Turnbull U A Fanthorpe Valerie Bloom Frances Leviston Rosemary Harris Wilf Merttens Rose Flint
Sonia Hendy-Isaac Nathan Filer Michaela Morgan Rose Cook Pascale Petit Nigel McLoughlin Molly Case Medbh McGuckian Gwen Seabourne
Matthew Caley Liz Brownlee Julian Ramsey-Wade John Terry Jeanne Ellen Jade Oldfield Imtiaz Dharker Alison Brumfitt Alphonse
Glyn Maxwell Gerard Benson Feur Adcock Emma McGordon Dreadlock Alien Catherine Smith Ian McMillan Kapka Kassabova Alice Oswald
Agatha Knowles Pat Simmons Pete Mullineaux Bohdan Piasecki Deryn Rees-Jones Grace Palmer Dan Holloway Deborah Harvey Fiona Lindsay
Kalle Ryan, Collum Keegan, Steven James Smith Sue Hardy-Dawson Cathy Benson Atilla the Stockbroker Sara-Jane Arbury Tim Cumming Brenda Read-Brown
Aaron Kent Agatha Nahual Sir Andrew Motion Leo Alwyn Martin Figura Prunella Scales Nick Lovell Robert Garnham Sam Boarer
Grafitti Poet Sharamel Sulman Sid Sherwin Stewart Carswell Tim Vosper John Osborne Katie Grant John Christopher Wood Seth Hampshire
Stephanie Dogfoot Alasdair Paterson Katie Bonna Matt Merritt Patience Agbabi Trevor Carter Mike Scott Robin Kidson Mir Mahfuz Ali
Jonathan James Simon Armitage Sara-Jane Arbury Louis de Bernieres Alyson Hallett Robert Minhinnick Lucy Lepchani Megan Chapman Melanie Brant
Vidyan Ravinthiran Victoria Field Claire Trevien Kate Firth Dikra Rhida Nadine Bourne Jasmin White Heidi Murphy Daniel Haynes
Lou Bell Nick Lovell Tim King Lloyd Fletcher Abi Newman Gillie Harries Paul Hawkins Joan Michelson Harry Baker
Jeremy Toombs Jonny Fluffypunk Adam Kammerling Clare Pollard Bethany W Pope Jose Solo Emily Wills Caleb Parkin Becky Cherriman
Amy Mason Angie Belcher Rosie Jackson John Hegley Lucy Furlong Tim Clare Kate Tempest Pru Fowler Sarer Scunthorne
Alison Brackenbury Ben Banyard Ben Ray Bethany W Pope Beth Ford Caroline Smith Carrie Etter Chris Redmond David Briggs
David C Johnson Deborah Harvey Gillian Clarke HelenMortweb Sally Jenkinson (photo Ian Drake) Jemima Foxtrot John Greening jonnyfluffypunkweb Knotbrook Taylor
Zaffar Kunial (photo Kevin Lake) Matt Duggan Matthew Barton Matthew Caley Melanie Branton Natasha Borton Niall Campbell Pat Simmons Paul Hawkins
Rachael Boast Rebecca Tantony Rob Gee Rosie Jackson Sam Smith Sarah James Sarer Scotthorne Scott Tyrrell Simon Williams
Stewart Carswell Tim Burroughs Toby Campion Vahni Capildeo Bob Beagrie Claire Williamson Dru Marland Hannah Davies Helen Dewberry & Chaucer Cameron
Helen Ivory Karen MaCarthy Woolf Martin Figura Liz Berry Lois P Jones Lucy English Lydia Towsey Paul Scott Kyra Pollitt
Rishi Dastidar Sarah Howe Tara Bergin Elvis McGonagall Jackie Juno Sam Boarer Megan Chapman Andy Brown Kathryn O'Driscoll

 

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