Welcome to Bristol Poetry Festival 2016

Saturday 1 October to Saturday 15 October 2016

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MatthewCaleyweb DavidBriggsweb RachaelBoastweb AlisonBrackenburyweb RosieJacksonweb carrieetterweb matthewbartonweb stewartcarswellweb melaniebrantonweb

Poetry readings from: Gillian Clarke, Penelope Shuttle & John Greening, Helen Mort, Zaffar Kunial, Vahni Capildeo, Niall Campbell, Deborah Harvey, Matthew Caley, David Briggs, Rachael Boast, Alison Brackenbury, Rosie Jackson, Carrie Etter, Matthew Barton, Stewart Carswell and Melanie Branton.

The amazing and ever popular Bristol Poetry Festival Poetry Slam featuring 18 poets battling it out for your love and £100 first prize.

Rob Gee's unforgettable poetry show Forget Me Not: An Alzheimer's Whodunnit

The Magnetic Diaries with Vey Streker

And a host of regular and special Bristol events taking place: Keys, Chords and Uncommonplaces; an erbacce-press showcase; Blahblahblah; Berkeley Square Poetry Revue; a tribute to Bristol poet Charles Tomlinson; Twenty Poets Perform; All the Journeys I Never Took by Rebecca Tantony; The Crypt Sessions; SPEL; The Spoke on the Water; Lansdown Poets to the Public; Poetry Unlimited; Hammer & Tongue, Bristol; Indigo Dreams Poets on Tour; Satellite of Love; Liberated Words Poetry Film Workshops; Milk @ Tobacco Factory and more.

For full information about the events and how to book tickets, you can use the links on the calendar below to jump straight to event information or take a leisurely scroll down the page to see what's happening when. Enjoy.

Also, do take time to enjoy the names of the readings written in quotation marks. These are lines from songs by the illustrious Tom Waits, because Tom likes poets and poets like Tom.

  Mon 19 Sept Tues 20 Sept Wed 21 Sept Thur 22 Sept Fri 23 Sept Sat 24 Sept Sun 25 Sept

PM

                         

Eve

       

Keys, Chords and Uncommonplaces

         

erbacce-press poets

   
  Mon 26 Sept   Tues 27 Sept   Wed 28 Sept   Thur 29 Sept    Fri 30 Sept   Sat 1 Oct   Sun 2 Oct
PM                

Charles Tomlinson
Celebration

 

 Twenty Poets Perform

All the Journeys I Never Took

  All the Journeys I Never Took
Eve Blahblahblah  

Berkeley Square Poetry Revue

          Charles Tomlinson
Celebration
  Crypt Sessions  

 The Magnetic Diaries

SPEL

  Mon 3 Oct   Tues 4 Oct   Wed 5 Oct   Thur 6 Oct   Fri 7 Oct   Sat 8 Oct   Sun 9 Oct
PM    

Poetry Unlimited

         

Festival Can
Openers

       
Eve

The Spoke on the Water


Lansdown Poets to the Public

   Never Trust a Scarecrow
   Hammer & Tongue Slam
  Wasted and wounded
      Forget Me Not
   Indigo Dreams Poets
  Mon 10 Oct   Tue 11 Oct   Wed 12 Oct   Thur 13 Oct   Fri 14 Oct   Sat 15 Oct    Sun 16 Oct
PM                  Poetry Film-making Workshop Pt1
   Poetry Film-making workshop Pt2
   
Eve     I made a wish
  Satellite of Love    It ain't no sin
   A head full of lightning
 

Bristol Poetry Festival Slam

   
 
Mon 17 Oct
Tue 18 Oct
Wed 19 Oct
Thur 20 Oct
Fri 21 Oct
Sat 22 Oct
Sun 23 Oct
PM                          
Eve             Milk @ Tobacco Factory            

 

Please take time to enjoy the names of the readings written in quotation marks. These are lines from songs by the illustrious Tom Waits, because Tom likes poets and poets like Tom.


Weds 21st Sept 7.30pmBackweb
The Grant Bradley Gallery, St Peters Court, 1 Bedminster Parade, Bristol, BS3 4AQ

Keys, Chords and Uncommonplaces

£7 / £6
Tickets on the door

  AshDickinsonweb    DavidCJohnsonweb    BethFordweb

Warming up the poetic vibe of Bristol.
Featuring the amazing original poetry of:
Ash Dickinson an extraordinary mesmeric performance poet.
David C Johnson witty elder statesman of stand-up verse.
plus the sweet music of
Beth Ford who has wowed audiences in the UK and Canada.
A stunning evening of silver words and golden notes in the wonderful Grant Bradley Gallery Bedmister Bristol

Ffi: dcjpoet@gmail.com or call 07771900583

 


 

Sat 24th Sept     7pmBackweb

Bloom & Curll Bookshop, 72 Colston St, Bristol, BS1 5BB
erbacce-press poets
Free entry (buy a book)

NatashaBortonweb  samsmithweb  MattDugganweb  sarerscotthorneweb

knotbrooktaylorweb  PaulHawkinsweb  timburroughsweb

A special evening of erbacce-press poets featuring readings from
Natash Borton, Sam Smith, Pascale Gouverneur, Matt Duggan, Sarer Scotthorne, Knotbrook Taylor and Paul Hawkins plus guest Tim Burroughs.
www.erbacce-press.com // www.hesterglock.com
Ffi: hesterglock@gmail.com

 


 

Mon 26th Sept     8pmBackweb

Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DF

Blahblahblah

£7 (+ booking fee)

Tickets: www.bristololdvic.org.uk/blahsep

SowetoKinchweb    IanDrakephotoSallyJenkinsonweb    tobycampionweb

MOBO award winning saxophonist and charismatic fireball Soweto Kinch is joined by the heartfelt grit and beauty of Sally Jenkinson and funny, ridiculously charming Poetry Slam winner Toby Campion for a night that will take you from hip hop to hilarity.

Hosted by Anna Freeman

Soweto Kinch is an MC and an award winning alto saxophonist. He's been nominated for a Mercury Prize, won two UMA Awards and been awarded two MOBO's for Best Jazz Act. As a hip hop MC he's supported KRS ONE, Dwele and Ty. He's collaborated with Goldie and performed all over the world.

Sally Jenkinson's work is gorgeously wrought, swings between laughter and loss, and leaves you bubbling with feeling. She is the author of two poetry collections, both published by Burning Eye Books, has performed all over the UK, taken her acclaimed poetry and music show, Folly, on a tour of Australia to rave reviews and won the Bristol Poetry Festival's 2013 Poet of the Year award.

Toby Campion is sharp as hell and very funny. He placed second in the country at the UK Poetry Slam Championships 2016, and is an award winning playwright and poet. His whose work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, E4 and BBC1's Sunday Politics. Toby has performed across the UK and America and was UK representative at the Capturing Fire International Poetry Slam & Summit 2015.

Ffi: www.bristololdvic.org.uk/blahsep

 


 

Tues 27th Sept      8.30pmBackweb

The Square Club, Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB

The Berkeley Square Poetry Revue

£4 / £2 concs.
Pay on the door

DavidBriggsweb   sarerscotthorneweb    KeithHyettweb

with poets David Briggs, David Cook, Sarer Scotthorne

And musician Keith Hyett on guitar.

Ffi: Charles Thompson 07969987102

 


 

Fri 30th Sept    1.30pm - 6pmBackweb

Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Charles Tomlinson (1925 -2015) A Celebration I

Free (booking required)

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charles-tomlinson

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The Bristol Poetry Institute of the University of Bristol stage two eventsin celebration of the life of the poet Charles Tomlinson, CBE.

Charles Tomlinson was an internationally acclaimed poet and translator, artist, and literary scholar. This event, staged at the University of Bristol, in whose English Department Charles taught for thirty-six years, seeks to clelebrate and think about different aspects of the large legacy of this hugely and variously talented man.

Both events are free and open to the public but seperate booking is required.

EVENT 1: REFLECTING ON CHARLES TOMLINSON: AN AFTERNOON OF TALKS

A series of talks reflecting on Charles Tomlinson. Speakers will include: Ian Brinton, David Hopkins, David Morley, Peter Robinson, Michael Schmidt, Julian Stannard, Richard Swigg and Lucy Tunstall.

To attend the talks, please register for the afternoon ticket.

Ffi: www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/events/2016/september/charles-tomlinson

 


 

Fri 30th Sept    6.30pm-8pmBackweb

Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Charles Tomlinson (1925 -2015) A Celebration II

Free (booking required)

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charles-tomlinson

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The Bristol Poetry Institute of the University of Bristol stage two eventsin celebration of the life of the poet Charles Tomlinson, CBE.
Charles Tomlinson, CBE, was an internationally acclaimed poet and translator, artist, and literary scholar. This event, staged at the University of Bristol, in whose English Department Charles taught for thirty-six years, seeks to clelebrate and think about different aspects of the large legacy of this hugely and variously talented man.

Both events are free and open to the public but seperate booking is required.

EVENT 2: A CELEBRATORY READING OF CHARLES TOMLINSON'S POETRY

The second event, an evening of readings from Charles Tomlinson's poetry, will follow the afternoon session. Speakers will include: Elaine Feinstein, David Morley, Peter Robinson, Michael Schmidt, Julian Stannard and Lucy Tunstall.

To attend the readings, please register for the evening ticket.

Ffi: www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/events/2016/september/charles-tomlinson

 


 

Sat Oct 1st    Midday - 3pmBackweb

Bristol Central Library (cafe), College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL

Twenty Poets Perform
Free

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Ffi: Mark Sayers jdms@hotmail.co.uk

 


 

Sat Oct 1st     Every 30 minutes between 1pm & 7pmBackweb
Secret location ( meet at Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DF)
All The Journeys I Never Took

£5

Tickets: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

 

AlltheJourneysweb

An intimate, one-to-one, immersive spoken word show written and performed by Rebecca Tantony, in conjunction with Bristol Poetry Can

In a secret location in the heart of the city, All The Journeys I Never Took is an immersive spoken word show has been created for one audience member at a time.

With the cityscape framed, the audience become a voyeur to the bustle around. Here we take the time to be, to listen, to let our senses roam. A personal story. A story that explores what it is like to leave behind the middle man – lover, father, priest – and discover our place in the world. A space that echoes with unravelling journeys, break ups, first dates, family, confidences. Here we ask the audience to take an active role. Here we mutter poems of love, of loss, of the human. The city provides our actors and backdrop. Here the everyday is elevated.

Written by Rebecca Tantony and directed by Raquel Meseguer.

This performance is at a secret location near The Wardrobe Theatre so please arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before your performance start time to be taken there. Show duration 25 minutes.

 

Artist's Website
Connect on Twitter

 


 

Sat Oct 1st      7.30pmBackweb
The Church of St John the Baptist, Broad St, Bristol, BS1 2EZ

Crypt Sessions

£5 (booking essential)

Booking: www.eventbrite.co.uk/crypt-sessions

SarerPaulweb   RunLoganRunweb   KitWilliamsFegradoeweb

An evening of avant-garde music and performance poetry by acts from Bristol's underground.

Featuring instrumental sets from Run Logan Run and Kit Wilmans Fegradoe plus poetry and martial art poetry by Sarer Scotthorne and Paul Hawkins.
Refreshment provided by Nourish Me.

Ffi: www.runloganrun.com/dates



 

Sun Oct 2nd       Every 30 minutes between 1pm & 7pmBackweb
Secret location ( meet at Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DF)
All The Journeys I Never Took

£5

Tickets: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com

AlltheJourneysweb

An intimate, one-to-one, immersive spoken word show written and performed by Rebecca Tantony, in conjunction with Bristol Poetry Can

In a secret location in the heart of the city, All The Journeys I Never Took is an immersive spoken word show has been created for one audience member at a time.

With the cityscape framed, the audience become a voyeur to the bustle around. Here we take the time to be, to listen, to let our senses roam. A personal story. A story that explores what it is like to leave behind the middle man – lover, father, priest – and discover our place in the world. A space that echoes with unravelling journeys, break ups, first dates, family, confidences. Here we ask the audience to take an active role. Here we mutter poems of love, of loss, of the human. The city provides our actors and backdrop. Here the everyday is elevated.

Written by Rebecca Tantony and directed by Raquel Meseguer.

This performance is at a secret location near The Wardrobe Theatre so please arrive at the theatre at least 15 minutes before your performance start time to be taken there. Show duration 25 minutes.

 

Artist's Website
Connect on Twitter


 

Sun 2nd Oct         7pmBackweb

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

The Magnetic Diaries

£9 / £8 concs

Box Office: 0117 973 5171

 

MagneticDiariesweb

With Vey Streker as Emma Bailey, a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she leaves her family behind to embark on a course of pioneering brain therapy, documenting her journey through raw, beautiful poetry.
Based on Sarah James’s poetry collection, which was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2015, the narrative springs to life through subtle physicality where every environment is evoked, from train carriage to art gallery, kitchen sink to sterile clinic.
Introspection and the powerful rhythms of poetry reveal that beauty and tenderness can exist even in pain.
Malvern-based Reaction Theatre Makers have been creating touring work since 2011. Reaction’s work is best known in the West Midlands, though their last piece, ‘FishHead’ toured nationally to consistently five-star reviews.
The company’s work has a filmic style, combining abstract architecture with emotional realism and a tendency to move forwards and backwards in time. Practicing artists and facilitators alike, the Reaction team are inspired by the link between health and creativity.
Collaboration is an important part of their creative process and they work with a range of artists to develop our style of work. This collaborative intent also transfers to working with writers and poets outside of the company in the development of their new writing for stage.

Ffi: www.almatavernandtheatre.co.uk


 

Sun 2nd Oct     8.30pmBackweb

The Bristol Fringe Cafe Bar, 32 Princess Victoria St, Clifton, BS8 4BZ

SPEL

Free

SPELweb
Alternative poetry and music open mic.

Turn up early to guarantee a slot

Ffi: Tim Burroughs timburroughs@tiscali.co.uk

 


 

Mon 3rd Oct     7.45 (doors 7pm)Backweb

The Pavilion (above Spitfire Barbecue), 1 Hannover Quay, Harbourside, BS1 5JE

The Spoke on The Water with guests Caroline Smith and Sarah Moody

£3 / £2 concs (on the door)

 

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Top Bristol poetry quartet, The Spoke, round off a year of successful publication and competition awards in a deep purple mood with new poems, new collaboration and a new venue.
With stunning views over the water from Harbourside’s new community venue, Lizzie Parker, Paul Deaton, Claire Williamson and Bob Walton will present a selection of their latest distinctive poems of places, passions and people - as well as featuring London-based poet Caroline Smith reading from her beautiful, deeply compassionate collection, ‘The Immigration Handbook’ (Seren, 2016). With music from the brilliant innovative cellist Sarah Moody, it will be a night of poetry and music to remember.

Ffi: waltoncobra@aol.com

 


 

Mon 3rd Oct      8pmBackweb

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

Lansdown Poets to the Public

£3 (pay on the door)

thelansdownweb

10 great poets with 2 great poems each plus poetry films and a little great music

Ffi/to book: Charles Thompson 07969987102

 


 

Tues 4th Oct      11.30amBackweb

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

Poetry Unlimited
Free (buy a drink)

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Bring a couple of poems to share, another poet's or your own. (Please try to keep each poem to 3 minutes or less, to include your introduction.)
This month's theme: Fall (this is a guide and not manditory.)

Ffi: mandd@gentlyblown.co.uk 

 


 

Tues 4th Oct     7.30pmBackweb

The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Rd, BS8 1SR

"Never trust a scarecrow wearing shades after dark."

£8 / £6 concessions

Tickets: never-trust-a-scarecrow.eventbrite.com

Penelope Shuttle & John Greening, Alison Brackenbury, Melanie Branton

pennyshuttleweb   JohnGreeningweb   AlisonBrackenburyweb  melaniebrantonweb


Penelope Shuttle & John Greening read from Heath
‘Alone on the heath, under the constellations of aircraft holding patterns, and with only these eloquent, shape-shifting poems as our guide, we encounter highwaymen, witches and ghosts, follow the tracks of the last wolf in England, and find ourselves incanting the heath’s calendar of spells and enchantments. Heath speaks to us, sings its own centuries-old song of seasons; both born and raised in its shadow, Shuttle and Greening’s deep connection of memory to this place brings forth a remarkable cycle of magical and bitter-sweet poems.’

Alison Brackenbury 'loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet.' - National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke

Melanie Branton 'The pleasures of her poetry are many and not least her seemingly effortless capacity to surprise and delight.’ – Colin Brown, Poetry Can

More on Heath, Penelope Shuttle & John Greening: www.ninearchespress.com

Alison Brackenbury's own website can be found at www.alisonbrackenbury.co.uk

Melanie Branton’s blog can be found at www.melaniebranton.wordpress.com

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Weds 5th Oct    7pmBackweb

The Small Horse Social Club, 15 Small St, Bristol, BS1 1DE 

Hammer & Tongue Bristol Slam
£6 / £5 students

Pay on the door

 

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A monthly open poetry slam, this month with special feature guest Scott Tyrrell

The slam is open but arrive early to sign up to compete.

Slammers get in free.

Ffi: www.facebook.com/groups/652736428105311

 


 

Thurs 6th Oct    7.30pmBackweb
The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Rd, Bristol BS8 1SR

Wasted and wounded, it ain't what the moon did'

£8/£6 concessions

Tickets: wasted-and-wounded.eventbrite.com

Matthew Caley, David Briggs, Rachael Boast, Rosie Jackson

MatthewCaleyweb   DavidBriggsweb   RachaelBoastweb   RosieJacksonweb

Matthew Caley’s new collection, Rake is irresistible …it can appear as if we are leafing through the oblique diary of an immortal time-travelling rake, one who is seeking his ‘one true beloved’ through an heroic tally of amorous encounters, desperately trying to get beyond appetite; or possibly a number of parallel immortal time-travelling rakes; or maybe even someone, having drunk too many espressos, imagining themselves to be such a rake. 

Rosie Jackson’s new collection is The Light Box: ‘stonking good poems’  Jo Bell

David Briggs’ new pamphlet Vision Helmetis full of moments of shock and awe, phrases and words that creep up undetected to catch you at the throat and rip the stillness from the room.’ Aaron Kent

Rachael Boast, winner of Bristol Poetry Prize 2015, is author of Sidereal and Pilgrim’s Flower

 

For more on Matthew Caley: www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/category/matthew-caley

More on Rosie Jackson: www.rosiejackson.org.uk

More on David Briggs: www.david-briggs.com

More on Rachael Boast: www.poetryarchive.org/poet/rachael-boast

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Fri 7th Oct     MiddayBackweb
The Dance Studio, The Station, SIlver St, Bristol, BS1 2AG
Can Openers

Free

Pat Simmons

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

Open platform for poetry with special guest reader Pat Simmons

Come along to listen or share.

Hosted by Colin Brown

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Sat 8th Oct     7.30pm (doors 7pm)Backweb

Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY

Forget Me Not - An Alzheimer's Whodunnit

£8/£6 concessions

Tickets: rob-gee.eventbrite.com

Rob Gee

 RobGeeweb

Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective and he smells a rat. He’s determined to solve one last murder. The problem is he also has dementia.
It’s a case worthy of the greatest detective mind... but Jim's will have to do.
Written and performed by comic, poet and ex-psychiatric nurse Rob Gee

“A witty, skilful storyteller” Chortle

Forget Me Not has just completed a sold out run across Canada.

 

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Sun 9th Oct     7.30pmBackweb

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

Indigo Dreams Poets on Tour!

£3

Pay on the door

mabjonesweb  simonwilliamsweb  BenBanyardweb  bethanywpopeweb  BenRayweb

Join Mab Jones, Simon Williams, Ben Banyard, Bethany W Pope and Ben Ray for a memorable evening of poetry from the award-winning Devon-based publisher.

Ffi: bbanyard@yahoo.com

 


 

Tues 11th Oct     7.30pmBackweb

The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol, BS8 1SR.

I made a wish on a sliver of moonlight. A sly grin and a bowl full of stars”

Tickets: £8.00 / £6.00 concessions

Booking:i-made-a-wish.eventbrite.com

 

Gillian Clarke, Niall Campbell, Deborah Harvey

GillianClarkeweb   NiallCampbellweb    DeborahHarveyweb

Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales - 'Gillian Clarke is one of the most widely respected and deeply loved poets in the world' - Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Niall Campbell poet/author of Moontide ‘Through poems which are in turn darkly lyrical, atmospheric, humorous and moving, Campbell proves himself an important new voice and a genuine talent to be reckoned with'John Glenday.

Deborah Harvey poet/author of: Communion; Map Reading For Beginners; and Breadcrumbs. ‘Her honesty draws you in because Harvey knows that honesty is itself an art form. It needs to be strongly crafted; it is a crafted matter; and she makes a persuasive poetry from the matter of experience.’  - David Morley

 

For More on Gillian Clarke: www.poetryarchive.org/poet/gillian-clarke

For more on Niall Campbell: www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/moontide

For More on Deborah Harvey: www.indigodreams.co.uk/deborah-harvey-breadcrumbs

 

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk


 

Weds 12th Oct     8.30pm Backweb

The Greenbank Pub, 57 Bellevue Rd, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6DP

Satellite of Love

Free (Donations)

 

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A monthly showcase with feature guests plus open mic.Sign up from 8.15pm for open mic.
This event raises money for local charities.

Ffi:  www.facebook.com/groups/1506646746311682

 


 

Thurs 13th Oct     7.30pmBackweb

Spike Island Café-Bar, 133 Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX

"It ain't no sin, to take off your skin and dance around in your bones”

Tickets: £4.00

Pay on the door

Carrie Etter, Matthew Barton, Stewart Carswell

carrieetterweb   matthewbartonweb   stewartcarswellweb

Matthew Barton launches his new collection Family Tree: “Poems which sensitively and economically work their way through captivity, frustration and anger, and emerge with a moment of truth…”Anthony ThwaiteSunday Telegraph

Carrie Etter is an American poet/author ofThe Tethers; Divining for Starters; and Imagined Sons - shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.


Stewart Carswell
poet/guitarist, reads from his pamphlet: Knots and branches, newly published by Eyewear Publishing… powerful and atmospheric poetry, shaped by the Forest of Dean.

 Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Fri 14th Oct   10am – 4.30pmBackweb

The Conference Room, YHA Bristol, The Grain House, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Liberated Words Poetry Film-making Workshop Pt1

£10 (Supported by Bath Spa University)
Booking:
chaucer.cameron@gmail.com

 

With Helen Dewbury and Chaucer Cameron

LibwoWorkshopimageweb1In this workshop we’ll explore poetry film – what it is and how to create it.

The workshop covers:

  • understanding what poetry film is or can be

  • viewing poetry films from around the world

  • knowing where to find still and moving images

  • creating images and film yourself

  • where to find music and sound or get it made

  • putting it all together

  • where to send/show finished work

We will finish day one of the workshop making a group poetry film together. On day two, with support and collaboration, you will have the opportunity to make a poetry film of your own. We will include using archive material, still images and moving film, and using words on the screen and voiceovers. You will be encouraged to bring your own ideas and skills, and push into new realms of what poetry and poetry film can be.

It is useful, but not essential, for you to bring a laptop, and camera or mobile phone capable of taking video. If you do not have a laptop you will not be able to make your own poetry film – but there is still plenty you can learn and experience – so don’t let that put you off.

An online practical handbook is available for all participants.

Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks are available in the YHA café.

Chaucer and Helen have been making poetry films since 2011 under the poetry film label of Elephantsfootprint, and their poetry films have been screened at: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival in UK, Visible Verse Poetry Film Festival in Vancouver, Sadho Poetry Film Festival in New Delhi, The Lighthouse Film Poem competition in Poole. They have also screened at events in: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, University of Gloucestershire, Dymock Poets Conference, Film Weston, Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, Writers in the Brewery, The Tivoli and Swindon Festival of Poetry.


Booking:
to reserve a place contact Chaucer by email: chaucer.cameron@gmail.com 

 

 


 

Fri 14th Oct     7.30pmBackweb

The Mackay, Bristol Grammar School, Elton Road, Bristol BS8 1SR.

Got a head full of lightning, a hat full of rain.”

Tickets: £8.00 / £6 concessions

Booking: head-full-of-lightning.eventbrite.com

Helen Mort, Zaffar Kunial, Vahni Capildeo

HelenMortweb  KunialZaffarKevinLakeweb  vahnicapildeoweb  

Vahni Capildeo’s new collection is Measures of Expatriation, it is shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection and is a 2016 Poetry Book Society Choice.

‘It is like being brought up hard against an unmoveable rock amidst all the torrents of counterfeited poetry when you catch hold of any poem by Capildeo.’ Rod Mengham

Helen Mort is among the brightest stars in the sparkling new constellation of young British poets’ - Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection Division Street was shortlisted for the Costa Prize & the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her new collection No Map Could ​ShowThem is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She writes a blog called 'Freefall.' Helen is also a runner and the author of Lake District Trail Running.

Zaffar Kunial's first collection of verse was published as part of the Faber New Poets series in 2014.

‘Zaffar Kunial is a real find. His poems are precise, startling in their originality, full of grace. Kunial traces the roots in language to then track the roots in his mixed race identity, effortlessly transporting the reader from one place to another.’Jackie Kay

More about Vahni Capildeo: www.forwardartsfoundation.org/poet/vahni-capildeo

More about Helen Mort: www.helenmort.com

More about Zaffar Kunial: www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/zaffar-kunial

Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Sat 15th Oct   10am – 4.30pmBackweb

The Conference Room, YHA Bristol, The Grain House, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Liberated Words Poetry Film-making Workshop Pt2

£10 (Supported by Bath Spa University)

Booking: chaucer.cameron@gmail.com

With Helen Dewbury and Chaucer Cameron

LibwoWorkshopimageweb1In this workshop we’ll explore poetry film – what it is and how to create it.

The workshop covers:

  • understanding what poetry film is or can be

  • viewing poetry films from around the world

  • knowing where to find still and moving images

  • creating images and film yourself

  • where to find music and sound or get it made

  • putting it all together

  • where to send/show finished work

We will finish day one of the workshop making a group poetry film together. On day two, with support and collaboration, you will have the opportunity to make a poetry film of your own. We will include using archive material, still images and moving film, and using words on the screen and voiceovers. You will be encouraged to bring your own ideas and skills, and push into new realms of what poetry and poetry film can be.

It is useful, but not essential, for you to bring a laptop, and camera or mobile phone capable of taking video. If you do not have a laptop you will not be able to make your own poetry film – but there is still plenty you can learn and experience – so don’t let that put you off.

An online practical handbook is available for all participants.

Please bring a packed lunch. Coffee, tea and snacks are available in the YHA café.

Chaucer and Helen have been making poetry films since 2011 under the poetry film label of Elephantsfootprint, and their poetry films have been screened at: Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival in UK, Visible Verse Poetry Film Festival in Vancouver, Sadho Poetry Film Festival in New Delhi, The Lighthouse Film Poem competition in Poole. They have also screened at events in: Cheltenham Poetry Festival, University of Gloucestershire, Dymock Poets Conference, Film Weston, Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, Writers in the Brewery, The Tivoli and Swindon Festival of Poetry.


Booking: to reserve a place contact Chaucer by email: chaucer.cameron@gmail.com




 

Sat 15th Oct    7.30pmBackweb

Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA

Bristol Poetry Festival Poetry Slam

Tickets: £8/ £6 concessions

Booking: bristol-festival-slam.eventbrite.com

 

Hosts: Claire Williamson & Glenn Carmichael

Alex Rhodes  Ciaran Hodgers  Claire Guest  Connor Mcleod  Eliza Burmistre  Grace Cohen

Hannah Davies  Imogen Bowles  Kathryn ODriscoll  Polly Denny  Rob Casey  Sam Grudgings

Sanket Shrestha  Sarah McCreadie  Sven Stears  Tim King  Tim Ledwitch  Hammer & Tongue Oct Slam winner

£100 PRIZE – WINNER TAKES ALL

With Poetry Slammers from Bristol, the South West and the UK

Alex Rhodes, Ciaran Hodgers, Claire Guest, Connor McLeod, Eliza Burmistre, Grace Cohen,

Hannah Davies, Imogen Downes, Kathryn O'Driscoll, Polly Denny, Rob Casey, Sam Grudgings,

Sanket Shrestha, Sarah McCreadie, Sven Stears, Tim King and Tim Ledwitch, Hammer & Tongue October Slam winner


Ffi: info@poetrycan.co.uk

 


 

Thur 20th Oct  7.30pmBackweb

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Milk @ Tobacco Factory

Tickets: £7

Booking: www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/milk

With Jemima Foxtrot's Melody plus Chris Redmond

JemimaFoxtrotMelodyweb   chrisredmondweb

Milk graces the stage at Tobacco Factory Theatres to bring their signature taste of word magic, and this time they'll be doing this a little differently.
Jemima Foxtrot will be bringing her spoken word show Melody to the proceedings.
Winner of Buxton Festival Fringe's Spoken Word Award,
Melody fuses spoken word and song to explore how music attaches itself to memories, people and places. From funk and soul to folk music, in her unique and distinctive style Jemima tells a funny, poignant story of childhood, displacement, growing up, love, migration, heartbreak and joy.

“a glittering show, a gem in every sense, a shining thing” - THE STAGE

There'll also be the coolest man in poetry, creator and frontman of Tongue Fu, Chris Redmond.
Poet, musician, performer and producer. A regular at music and literature festivals both nationally and internationally, Chris has been featured on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, XFM, CBBC and Sky Arts. Chris’s debut collection
Let The Pig Out is published by Burning Eye Books. Sometimes he goes deep (ish). Other times he’s content to splash around happily in the shallows. Like a poetry narwhal, but skinnier and without the prongy bit.

‘…a wordsmith wizard whose sublime art of storytelling in verse is impossible to ignore” The Poetry Book Society

Plus there'll be two exciting emerging artists to show what they've got: Sam J. Grudgings and Amani Z. Saeed.

Ffi: 0117 902 0344

 


 

POETRY CAN WISHES TO EXTEND APPRECIATIVE THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS TO:

Bristol Grammar School for all its support and in particular for allowing us to use the Mackay Theatre this year.

The University of the West of England for sponsoring the Bristol Poetry Festival 2016.

Arts Council England for its continuing funding of Poetry Can.

All those people who have become members of Poetry Can and whose contributions directly help to fund Bristol Poetry Festival.