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
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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

 


 

 

 

 

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