Friday, December 31, 2010

Buzzwords, 9th January

The next Buzzwords is Sunday, 9th January

The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Guest Poet: Cliff Yates

7pm Workshop led by Cliff Yates

8pm - Guest readings and open mic

Entrance: minimum £3, £5 if you are able

Cliff Yates' latest collection of poems is ‘Frank Freeman’s Dancing School’ (Salt). His previous collections have won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition and an Arts Council England Writer’s Award. During his time as Poetry Society poet-in-residence he wrote 'Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School.’

“Cliff Yates is one of my favourite poets. If he was in a band that band would produce hit singles that would linger in your head for years and if he was a greengrocer his vegetables would always be startling shapes. There’s childhood here, and love, and a way of seeing the world with the wrappers off that is, ultimately, Yatesian.” Ian McMillan

"A sort of martial art: it stands there looking slight and friendly but in reality it’s using the reader’s own strength against herself till she ends up flat on the mat not knowing what’s hit her" Janet Fisher

“Jumpstart is the best aid to the teaching of poetry writing since Sandy Brownjohn’s work of the 1980s.” Gordon Wilson in The Teacher

'Frank Freeman’s Dancing School' (Salt Publishing, 2009)
'Emergency Rations' (poetry pamphlet: Smith/Doorstop, 2004)
'Henry's Clock' (Smith/Doorstop, 1999)
'14 Ways of Listening to the Archers' (poetry pamphlet: Smith/Doorstop 1994)
'Jumpstart Poetry In The Secondary School' (Poetry Society, 1999, 2nd ed. 2004)
'Oranges: Poems from Maharishi School' (ed) foreword by Andrew Motion (Maharishi School Press, 2001)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Call for volunteers for our 2011 Poetry Competition

In 2011 Buzzwords will be holding a poetry competition in order to raise funds for the costs of running our meetings. We hold regular poetry readings/work-shopping sessions with guest poets and open mic for anyone who wants to read out a poem or two of their own.

If you wish to volunteer as part of our efforts to publicise this competition please contact the site administrator from the link on the right of this page.