Thursday, January 10, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday February 10th

Next Buzzwords Sunday, February 10th

7pm - In a change from our usual writing workshop, Robin Houghton will be facilitating a discussion/ Q & A on getting your poetry out to poetry magazines. She will have her new book 'A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines' with her.

8pm - open mic and guest readings

Guest Poet:
Robin Houghton

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Waged £5, unwaged £3

Robin Houghton is widely published in magazines and in numerous anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). Her pamphlet All the Relevant Gods (2018) was a winner in the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition. She was awarded the Hamish Canham Prize in 2013 and competition wins include the Stanza Competition in 2014.  Her first poetry pamphlet The Great Vowel Shift (2015) was published by Telltale Press, the poets’ publishing collective she co-founded. A former Nike marketer, for the last eighteen years Robin has worked in online communications and she's the author of a number of books on blogging and social media. Most recently she wrote 'A Guide to Getting Published in UK Poetry Magazines'. Her poetry blog is robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Next Buzzwords, Sunday January 6th

Next Buzzwords Sunday, January 6th

7pm - workshop led by David Calcutt
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet:
David Calcutt

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Waged £5, unwaged £3
 
David Calcutt is a playwright, poet and novelist based in the West Midlands. He has written many plays for the theatre and for BBC Radio, several of which are frequently repeated on Radio 4 Extra. He is co-director of Regional Voice Theatre, his most recent work for the company being "The Darlaston Dog Fight", and he is also writer-in-residence for Midland Actors Theatre, for whom he has written several touring and community productions. He is the author of six books for young people, several short stories, and four collections of poetry, the most recent of which are "The Old Man in the House of Bone", for V. Press, and "The Last of the Light is not the Last of the Light" for Fair Acre Press."

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Next Buzzwords Sunday, December 2nd

Next Buzzwords Sunday, December 2nd

7pm - workshop led by Ann Drysdale
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet:Ann Drysdale

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Waged £5, unwaged £3



All About Ann Drysdale. (Well, nearly…)

Ann was born near Manchester and brought up in London. She has lived in places as disparate as a narrowboat in the Midlands and a smallholding on the North York Moors where she learned stockmanship by experiment and brought up three children as a single parent. During this time she wrote one of the longest-running by-line columns in the provincial press. She now lives in the highest terrace of a mining town in South Wales.

In 1988 she started a degree course in English Literature at York, but having left formal education in the sixties she had not realised that the language of critical theory had developed along entirely different lines from that of literature itself and her vocabulary proved inadequate. She was later awarded an MA in the teaching and practice of creative writing, has been a visiting lecturer at Cardiff University and spent eighteen months as writer-in-residence at UWE, Bristol. She has taught at all levels, from Arvon to special needs primary schools and collaborated with photographer Tim Collier on a book of poems celebrating the changing face of the South Wales valleys as well as writing a gonzo guidebook to the city of Newport as part of the “Real Wales” series from Seren.

She is an accomplished and popular reader of her own and other people’s work, once reaching the final of the Cheltenham All-comers’ Slam. Her first volume was shortlisted at Aldeburgh in 1995. Individual poems have won prizes in the Manchester, Cardiff, Peterloo, Housman Society, Bridport and National poetry competitions and she is the current (last!) holder of the Dylan Thomas Prize for poetry in performance.

Her first five poetry collections, Between Dryden and Duffy, The Turn of the Cucumber, Gay Science, Backwork and Quaintness and Other Offences have been joined by Miss Jekyll’s Gardening Boots (which is dedicated to loyal listeners at Buzzwords). All of these are rolling round in the collective memory of the Muse and a seventh collection is in progress and accreting nicely.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Next Buzzwords Sunday November 4th

Next Buzzwords Sunday November 4th


7pm - workshop led by Graham Burchell
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet:
Graham Burchell

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Waged £5, unwaged £3

Graham Burchell was born in Canterbury and now lives in South Devon. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Following his Pindrop publication, ‘The Chongololo Club’, his third collection ‘Kate' and his fourth ‘Cottage Pi’ (one of the winners of the inaugural Sentinel poetry book competition) were published in 2015. He was the 2012 Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year, a 2013 Hawthornden Fellow, winner of the 2015 National Stanza competition, runner up in the BBC Proms Poetry Competition 2016 and third prize winner in the 2017 Bridport Prize. His poem ‘Resurrection’ was also highly commended in the best single poem category of the 2018 Forward Prizes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Next Buzzwords Sunday October 7th

Next Buzzwords, Sunday October 7th
7pm - workshop led by Rebecca Gethin
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet: Rebecca Gethin

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3


Rebecca Gethin lives on Dartmoor in Devon.  In 2017 two pamphlets were published: A Sprig of Rowan by Three Drops Press and All the Time in the World by Cinnamon Press who also published an earlier collection called A Handful of Water and two novels.  She has been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2018 she jointly won the Coast to Coast Pamphlet competition and has been awarded a writing residency at Brisons Veor.   www.rebeccagethin.wordpress.com 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Next Buzzwords, Sunday September 2nd

Next Buzzwords, Sunday September 2nd

7pm - workshop led by Ross Cogan
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Ross Cogan and Alison Brackenbury


Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3




Alison Brackenbury’s tenth collection is ‘Aunt Margaret’s Pudding’, (HappenStance Press, 2018). Its poems were one of the ingredients of a recent Radio 4 programme and were featured in ‘Pick of the Week’. ‘Gallop’, her Selected Poems, will be published by Carcanet in February 2019. 


Ross Cogan has published two collections, Stalin’s Desk and The Book I Never Wrote, with Oversteps; a third, Bragr, was published by Seren in July 2018. His verse play, Achyncourt, was performed in Cheltenham and Wantage and broadcast on local radio. works as a writer/researcher, as well as being a Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. A Gregory Award winner, he has won the Exeter, Frogmore, Cannon Sonnet and Staple Prizes, and been placed in others. His poetry has appeared in The Guardian, Poetry London, PN Review, and a number of other journals.