Thursday, January 9, 2020

Next Buzzwords Sunday February 2nd


Next Buzzwords Sunday February 2nd

7pm - workshop led by Jonathan Edwards

8pm - open mic and guest readings

Guest Poet: Jonathan Edwards

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


Jonathan Edwards's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), also received the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and in 2019 his poem about Newport Bridge was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. Jonathan is the editor of Poetry Wales, a Literature Wales Mentor of emerging poets, and a Gladstone's Library Writer-in-Residence for 2020. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales. 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday January 5th


Next Buzzwords Sunday January 5th

7pm - workshop led by Julia Deakin

8pm - open mic and guest readings
 
Guest Poet: Julia Deakin

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

JULIA DEAKIN was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north to Yorkshire via Shropshire, the Potteries and Manchester. Each of her collections is praised by leading UK poets. ‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ said Simon Armitage of her first; her fourth, Sleepless (Valley Press 2018) is commended by Gillian Clarke. When not writing, or editing Pennine Platform magazine, Julia enjoys walking and ice skating. A compelling reader, she has featured twice on Poetry Please. www.juliadeakin.co.uk

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday December 1st

Next Buzzwords Sunday, December 1st
7pm - workshop led by Jean Atkin
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet: Jean Atkin
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3
 

Jean Atkin's new collection 'How Time is in Fields' (May 2019) is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing.   Her previous publications include ‘Not Lost Since Last Time’ (Oversteps Books), and six poetry pamphlets.  Her poetry has been commissioned for Radio 4, featured on ‘Ramblings’ with Claire Balding, and added to ‘Best Scottish Poems’ by the Scottish Poetry Library.  She works as a poet in education, wellbeing and community. She is currently Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival, and BBC National Poetry Day Poet for Shropshire.  www.jeanatkin.com 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday November 3rd

Next Buzzwords Sunday, November 3rd
7pm - workshop led by Alasdair Paterson
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Alasdair Paterson
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3
 
Alasdair Paterson’s most recent collections are Elsewhere Or Thereabouts (Shearsman Books 2014), My Life As A Mad King (Oystercatcher 2016) and Silent Years (Flarestack Poets 2017). Born in Edinburgh, he is now retired after a career directing academic libraries in Britain and Ireland. He lives in Exeter, where he organizes and presents the monthly Uncut Poets event.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday, October 6th


 
Next Buzzwords Sunday, October 6th
7pm - workshop led by Brenda Read-Brown
8pm - open mic and guest readings

Guest Poets: Rachael Clyne and Brenda Read-Brown

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

 
RACHAEL CLYNE, from Glastonbury, is a psychotherapist & has published self-help books as well as poetry. She is well known on the poetry circuit. Her prizewinning collection, Singing at the Bone Tree, is published by Indigo Dreams. Her work appears in anthologies & journals including: Tears in the Fence, Prole, The Rialto, Under the Radar, The Interpreters House, Obsessed with Pipework, Lighthouse & Acumen.  Her pamphlet, Girl Golem is published by 4Word press
 
‘These thought provoking and deftly crafted poems are a playful and powerful examination of identity, sexuality, heritage and family dynamics’. Julia Webb


In 2001, BRENDA READ-BROWN gave up a secure career as a project manager to be a poet; it seemed a good idea at the time. Since then she’s won many poetry slams, and performed her poetry on Radio 4, and in Texas , Denmark , the House of Lords, the middle of the Atlantic , lots of festivals, and any number of low dives. She is the current Gloucestershire Poet Laureate, and has published two collections of her poems: Arbitrary edges (2013), and Like love (2018). She’s also a prizewinning playwright. So far, she seems to be getting away with it all, but she’s sure she’ll be found out some day soon.

The poems in Like love are uncluttered. They are simple, profound, and immensely touching. There is great empathy at work here, an empathy without which no real poems can exist. Read-Brown deserves a far wider readership than hitherto, and one hopes with this collection she will find it."
Brian Patten

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Next Buzzwords Sunday September 1st

Next Buzzwords Sunday, September 1st

7pm - workshop led by Martin Figura and Helen Ivory
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Martin Figura and Helen Ivory
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3


Martin Figura’s most recent collections Dr Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) and pamphlet Shed (Gatehouse Press) were both published in 2016.  The spoken-word show of Dr Zeeman began touring in 2016.  He was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the Best Spoken Word Show Saboteur Award for his previous show Whistle.  A new editIon of Whistle was published by Cinnamon Press in 2018.  

He’s performed all around the UK and abroad, including a number of leading poetry festivals, such as: Warwick Words, Stanza and Ledbury.  He’s performed at a number of Latitude and Port Eliot Festivals, Shambala, Bang Said The Gun, Book Slam and other events. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica.


www.martinfigura.co.uk

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist, her fifth Bloodaxe collection The Anatomical Venus and was published mid-May 2019.  Maps of the Abandoned City was published earlier in 2019 by New poetics.
She has won a Gregory Award and her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection, the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2014). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/Writers Centre Norwich online creative writing programme.  

Fool’s World a collaborative Tarot with the  artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work.  Hear What the Moon Told Me is book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems was published this year by Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

 www.helenivory.co.uk