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Welcome to Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2014

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  Quick Links Calendar

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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

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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