Thursday, December 23, 2021

Next Buzzwords January 9th


Next Buzzwords Sunday January 9th

(Pandemic allowing!)

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Clair Chilvers 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poets, two of our own Buzzwords people: Clair Chilvers and Belinda Rimmer

 pay on the door, £5 waged, £3 unwaged.


 Belinda Rimmer’s poems appear in print and on-line journals, including: Under the Radar, Ambit, Prole, Acumen, Strix, The Curlew, Confingo, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. In 2018, she came second in the Ambit Poetry Competition, and in 2019 in the Stanza Poetry Competition. Her pamphlet, Touching Sharks in Monaco, was a joint winner of the Indigo-First Pamphlet Competition (published, 2019). She is part of a Stroud Poets Pamphlet (Yew Tree Press, 2021) with poems and the photographs that inspired them. Holding On, her most recent pamphlet, was published in November by New walk Editions. Website

Clair Chilvers was a cancer scientist, and latterly worked for the UK National Health Service. She divides her time between writing and volunteering for the charity Mental Health Research UK that she co-founded. She lives in Gloucestershire, UK.
She has had poems published in online and print magazines including Agenda, Allegro, Amaryllis, Artemis, Atrium, the Ekphrastic Review, Impspired, Ink Sweat and Tears, Live Encounters. Poetry Atlas, Reach Poetry, Sarasvati and Snakeskin. She won second prize in the Poetry Kit Ekphrastic Competition 2020 and her poems have been longlisted or commended in the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Prize 2020, and Poetry Kit Competition 2020. Her first collection Out of the Darkness (Frosted Fire) was published in 2021. Her second collection Island (Impspired Press) is forthcoming.


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Next Buzzwords Sunday December 12th

 Next Buzzwords Sunday December 12th

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by John Greening 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet, John Greening


*please note* There is still a limit on numbers for safety, so please book a ticket on Eventbrite:

and pay on the door, £5 waged, £3 unwaged.


John Greening was born in 1954 in London and apart from a spell working for Hans Keller at BBC Radio 3 he has taught for much of his life (including two years with his wife in Aswan, Upper Egypt). He has published over twenty collections of poetry, most recently the pamphlets The Giddings (Mica Press, 2021), a Post Card to (Red Squirrel Press, with Stuart Henson), Moments Musicaux (Poetry Salzburg, 2020) and his two Carcanet collections, The Silence (2019) and To the War Poets (2013). Other books include various guides to poets and poetry (Ted Hughes, Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, the First World War poets and Elizabethan love poets) together with editions of Iain Crichton Smith (Carcanet, 2021), Geoffrey Grigson and Edmund Blunden, whose memoir Undertones of War he edited for OUP at the request of Blunden’s daughter. He has reviewed poetry for the TLS since the 1990s. The collected reviews and essays, Vapour Trails, appeared from Shoestring Press in 2020. There have been several anthologies, notably Accompanied Voices: Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt (Boydell, 2015), Ten Poems about Sheds (Candlestick, 2018) and most recently Hollow Palaces (a selection of modern country-house poems, edited with Kevin Gardner, Liverpool UP, 2021). There was a Heathrow collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, Heath, in 2016, and an Egypt Memoir, Threading a Dream, the year after. There is to be an American Selected Poems (edited by Kevin Gardner) in 2023: The Interpretation of Owls (Baylor UP). Musical collaborations include contributions to Roderick Williams’s Schubert Project for which he worked closely with composer Cecilia McDowall, and a libretto about the Niagara Falls for the Dunedin Consort, premiered at Wigmore Hall. He was until recently RLF Writing Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. He has won the Bridport Prize, the TLS Centenary Prize and received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Next Buzzwords Sunday November 14th

7pm - workshop led by Duncan Forbes
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet Duncan Forbes
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

As a welcome back, this one will have no entrance fee. However, because we need to be careful to avoid overcrowding, please book a free ticket through Eventbrite:

To help everyone feel safe, please wear face covering when you are not drinking or reading.


Duncan’s poems have been published by Faber, Secker and Enitharmon, who brought out a Selected Poems, Lifelines, in 2009. It was drawn from five previous collections. Awards and prizes include a Gregory Award, TLS/Blackwells Prize, two Stephen Spender Times Translation Prizes and a Hawthornden Fellowship. For his most recent collection of poems, Human Time (2020), see A painter as well as a poet, he read English at Oxford and has taught for many years. Now retired, he lives in Gloucestershire, U.K.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

May Buzzwords cancelled

Buzzwords is cancelled for May 3rd. We will see how the situation develops month by month and keep everyone informed.

Stay well!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

April Buzzwords Cancelled

Buzzwords is cancelled for April 5th. We will see how the situation develops month by month and keep everyone informed.

Stay well!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Next Buzzwords Sunday March 1st

Next Buzzwords Sunday March 1st

7pm - workshop led by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and Nancy Mattson
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and Nancy Mattson
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs is a semi-retired mathematician who is also poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip. His chapbook, Uneasy Relations (Hearing Eye, 2007) attempted to unite the two halves of his brain. Michael has published four poetry collections and five chapbooks of poems, the latest of which are, respectively, Poems in  the Case (Shoestring Press, 2018) which combines poetry with a  murder mystery ― and The Man Who Wasn't Ever Here (Wayleave Press,  2017) ― which speculates about the life of his Irish grandfather.  With Nancy Mattson he organizes the Poetry in the Crypt reading series in North London.

Nancy Mattson’s fourth poetry collection, Vision on Platform 2 (2018), reflects on her Canadian prairie childhood, life and love in England, encounters with art, nature, faith and history. Her previous collections are Finns and Amazons (2012), which begins with poems about early 20th century Russian women artists but moves to a search for her Finnish great-aunt who disappeared in Stalinist Russia; Writing with Mercury (2006); and Maria Breaks Her Silence (1989), shortlisted for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Award. Nancy has appeared at festivals and universities in the UK, Canada, the US, Finland and Russia. In 1990 she moved to London, where she co-organises Poetry in the Crypt in Islington.