Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2012

wednesday april 18 - saturday april 21


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Arnolfini Box Office0117 917 2300 / 01


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 Events at other venues around Bristol

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

For open mics get there early if you want to perform, otherwise just turn up at the start time.

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



Portcullis Poets

Eugenie House, 1-3 Royal York Crescent, Clifton, Bristol (Avon Gorge End)

Thursday 12 April, 7.50 for 8.00pm start

Optional donation of £1 towards wine

The group meets monthly to read their own poems or those of others and comment on them, if they wish.

Anyone interested in poetry is welcome to attend.

Optional theme: April Fool.


Siren Says

Starbucks, Park St, Bristol

Tuesday 17 April 6.30pm

Admission Free

A relaxed open mic for 16-25 year olds in the cosy downstairs room.

Hosted by James Bunting and featuring special guests


Palace of Poets

The Arts House, 108a Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU

Wednesday 18 April 8.30pm


The Palace of Poets features out of town poets as well as local talent as special guest performers and provides a space for

other poets to perform during the open mic portion of the show.



Wednesday 18 April       7.30pm

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Admission  £5 / £3 concs


Hosted by Bristol performance poetry legend Tim Gibbard.

Tim Gibbard   Hollie McNish

with special feature guest Hollie McNish

Expect thrills and spills, verve and vigour, cheering, whooping and wild applause and the thunderous stamping of feet

as twelve of Bristol's next generation of performance poets strut their stuff in the excitement of the slam arena.



Thursday 19 April······ 7.30pm

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS 4QA 

Admission· £7 / £5



Rob Gee
Chris Redmond
Ben Mellor

Comic, poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee presents his unmissible show Fruitcake - a userfriendly guide to losing the plot.

It's the night shift on an acute psychatric ward, and the Voice of God gives a nurse ten benevolent commandments to help him

through his shift

Chris Redmond is a performance poet and musician. His work has been featured on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 and SKY Arts.

Gigs range from pubs to festivals to London's Southbank Cebntre and Shepherds Bush Empire.

Ben Mellor is one of the UK's most charismatic spoken word artists, entertaining and transfixing audiences across the country.

He is an award-winning slam poets, w=inning the Bristol Poetry Festival Slam in 2011 and BBC Radio 4 Slam in 2009



Friday 20 April       7.30pm

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA 

Admission: £7 / £5

An Evening with Matt Harvey & Special Guest Lucy English

Matt Harvey
Lucy English

Matt Harvey is a poetical national treasure. He is host of Wondermentalist - Radio 4's comedy-infused,

musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret and author of The Whole In the Sum of My Parts and

Where Earwigs Dare. He is the self-proclaimed enemy of all that's difficult and upsetting.

Lucy English is Bristol's much loved Queen of Performance Poetry. She has toured the world, from Edinburgh

to India, from Texas to Taiwan, she has built a national and international reputation as one of the foremost

and respected exponents of performance poetry.

Maitraya Social

This show is kindly supported by Maitreya Social and other local independent traders.



Saturday 21 April    7.30pm

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA·

Admission: £7 / £5 


Carol Rumens

Sacha Dugdale
Pameli Benham

"Long may this voice keep singing it's truthful, funny, vigorous, movi ng song ..."

Carol Rumens is one of Britain's most admired, influential and entertaining contemporary poets.

The winner of numerous awards, she has published fourteen collections of poetry, edited a number of anthologies and has

a popular weekly poetry blog on the Guardian online. SHe writes with bravado, inventiveness and with an often wicked sense

of humour; delighting in form, she makes form sing. Her poems sound like everyday language dancing.

One of the most original poets of her generation, Sasha Dugdale is a poet and translator. She worked for the British Council

in Russia, where she set up the Russian New Writing project with the Royal Court Theatre. She has published two collections

of translations of Russian poetry and three collections of her own poetry. To read her latest collection Red House, is to step

into a dark, unforgettable fairy tale from the heart of Europe.


Pameli Benham is an actor, director, teacher and poet. In Plentifull as Blackberries she looks at how an enduring passion

for theatre has hsaped her life. Expect beauty, expect giggles, expect a cast of prima-donnas, riggers, dancers and menders

of tights, young hopefuls, old has-beens, theatrical ghosts, shifters of scenery, wielders of tickling sticks and many more.



Sunday 22nd April      11.00am - 5.00pm

Maitreya Social, 89 St Mark's Rd, Bristol, BS5 6HY 

Admission FREE but please book in advance


If you'd like to write some poery during the festival, you will be very welcome at Maitreya Social. Polly Moyer brings

her on-line class to the real world with structured sessions including writing prompts to create new work and/or the chance

to read and review your existing poems.

Ffi and to book a place email:

Maitraya Social



Acoustic Night

Halo Cafe/Bar, 141 Gloucester Rd, Bristol

Monday April 23    8.00pm


Olympic Themed open mic session

Bring a 100 meter haiku, synchronised sestina, renga relay, long-jump lament.

With special Gold Medal Guest

To perform, register from 7.45pm


Lansdown Poetry Anthology 3 Book Launch

Grant Bradley Gallery, Bedminster Parade, Bedminster

Friday 27 April    7pm


Featuring: Charles Thompson, David Cook, David Whitwell, Cathy Keal, Tim Burrows,

Mark Sayers, Robin Kidson and Tony D'Arpino.

Diana Taylor will be showing films of poems written by the poets.

Book a seat by calling Charles Thompson on 07969 987102


Park Street Poetry

Boston Tea Party, Park St, Bristol

friday 27 April      7.30pm

free entry (buy a drink)

Hosted by David Briggs

With special guests Ian Duhig and Tim Cumming

Ian Duhig Tim Cumming


Wednesday 2 May    7.30pm

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Admission· £7 / £6 concs

Paul Durcan

Paul Durcan        Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being

Extraordinary and Unforgettable

Paul Durcan is one of the greatest poets of our time. Anyone who has ever attended one of Paul Durcan's electrifying, hilarious

poetry readings and been reduced to hysteria (this happens often) will tell you that here is a poet you should not miss.

Paul reads from his new collection: Praise in Which I Live and Move and Have My Being.

Advanced booking advised