Thursday, May 16, 2024

Next Buzzwords June 9th

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday June 9th

 

 Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Jean Atkin 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Jean Atkin

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

 

Jean Atkin’s third full collection ‘High Nowhere’ is newly published by IDP.  Her poetry has won competitions, been commissioned, anthologised, and featured on BBC Radio 4. She often works in collaboration with other artists, and on residencies - in October 2024 she undertakes a month’s residency in the Writers’ House in Ventspils, Latvia. Jean has also been BBC National Poetry Day Poet for Shropshire and Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival. Since 2010 she has worked as a poet in education and community. 
Matthew Stewart, reviewing 'High Nowhere' on ‘Rogue Strands‘, writes – ‘I dare you to finish reading this book and emerge indifferent to the role of humans in the plight of the Earth. That’s the mark of Atkin’s success.’

 

 

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Next Buzzwords: change of guest

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday May 12th

 Our scheduled guest cannot now join us so we have Rachael Clyne instead:

 Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Rachael Clyne 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Rachael Clyne

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

 

Rachael Clyne from Glastonbury, is widely published in journals and anthologies. She has been a professional actor and a psychotherapist. Her prizewinning collection, Singing at the Bone Tree (Indigo Dreams), concerns our broken connection with nature. Her pamphlet, Girl Golem (4word.org) explores her Jewish migrant heritage. Her new collection, You’ll Never Be Anyone Else, reflects Rachael’s understanding of what it takes to reconcile otherness and expands on themes of identity to include: childhood, Jewish heritage, LGBTQ+, relationships and ageing. Rachael’s poems use a variety of forms and she treats even dark topics like domestic violence with wit and colourful imagery. A distinctive voice from someone who’s spent a life learning self-acceptance and as a psychotherapist, helping others to do similar. https://www.serenbooks.com/productdisplay/youll-never-be-anyone-else  https://rachaelclyne.blogspot.com/

 

…A potent exploration of heritage and self (and how the two are inextricably intertwined) – Julia Webb.

 

Monday, April 22, 2024

Next Buzzwords Sunday May 12th

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday May 12th

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Rosie Jackson 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Rosie Jackson

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

 

ROSIE JACKSON lives in Teignmouth, Devon. Widely published, she has won many awards, including Commended National Poetry Competition 2022, 1st prize Teignmouth 2021, joint 1st prize Hedgehog Press 2020, 1st prize Poetry Space 2019, 1st prize Wells 2018, 1st prize Stanley Spencer Competition 2017. A Hawthornden fellow in 2017 and nominated for the Pushcart prize 2021, her latest collection is Love Leans over the Table (Two Rivers Press, 2023).

Moniza Alvi: ‘rare, nourishing poems, open and vulnerable, spiritually aware and with an acute sense of beauty and struggle.’  

Other works include Light Makes it Easy (2022), Aloneness is a Many-headed Bird (with Dawn Gorman, 2020), Two Girls and a Beehive: Poems about Stanley Spencer and Hilda Carline (with Graham Burchell 2020).

www.rosiejackson.org.uk

 

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Next Buzzwords Sunday April 14th

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday April 14th

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Angela France 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Chaucer Cameron

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

 

Chaucer is the author of In an Ideal world I’d Not Be Murdered (Against the Grain 2021). She has been published in: Poetry Wales, Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg, The North and Tears in the Fence, and was shortlisted for Live Canon 2021 International Poetry Competition. Chaucer is creator of Wild Whispers poetry film project and co-editor of the online magazine Poetry Film Live. Chaucer’s poetry film collection adapted from her book,  is now touring nationally and internationally.      

Website:
www.chaucercameron.com

Twitter Chaucer @ChaucerCameron

 

 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Next Buzzwords Sunday, March 3rd

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday March 3rd

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Martyn Crucefix 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Martyn Crucefix

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

 

Martyn Crucefix is a poet, critic and translator. His collection, Between a Drowning Man, has just been published by Salt. Cargo of Limbs appeared with Hercules Editions in 2019. These Numbered Days, translations of poems from the German of Peter Huchel (published by Shearsman Books) won the 2020 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize. His selected translations from across Rilke’s career will be published by Pushkin Press early in 2024 under the title, Change Your Life. Blog and website at http://www.martyncrucefix.com

 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Next Buzzwords Sunday February 11th

 

Next Buzzwords Sunday February 11th

Upstairs at the Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Workshop lead by Clare Best 7pm

Open mic and readings 8pm

Guest poet Clare Best

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

 

Clare Best has published a ground-breaking prose memoir, The Missing List (Linen Press 2018) as well as three full collections of poetry and several pamphlets and collaborative works. Her new collection Beyond the Gate (Worple Press 2023) has been described in The Frogmore Papers as her ‘richest collection to date’ and in London Grip as ‘warmly intelligent, questioning’. In 2020-21 Clare held a Fellowship at Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she co-created three chamber operas and a song cycle. She teaches Creative Writing for The Open University.