Saturday, December 14, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday January 5th

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, January 5th
Workshop, led by Hilda Sheehan 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Hilda Sheehan

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Hilda Sheehan is a writer and arts events organiser based in Swindon. She has been a psychiatric nurse and Montessori teacher. Her first collection of poetry, The Night My Sister Went to Hollywood, is published by Cultured Llama ( And a pamphlet, Frances and Martine’  is due out in August 2014 from Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has been published in The Rialto, Poetry Salzburg Review, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, ArtemisPoetry, The New Writer, Ink, Sweat and Tears, South, and the BBC Website.

 “Like a firework set off in the heart of the culture’s kitchen”. William Bedford in Acumen 77

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday December 1st

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, December 1st
Workshop, led by David Morley 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: David Morley

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

David Morley’s collections include The Gypsy and the Poet (Carcanet, 2013), a PBS Recommendation, and Biographies of Birds and Flowers: Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2014). He published Enchantment (Carcanet 2011), a Sunday Telegraph Book of the Year chosen by Jonathan Bate. The Invisible Kings (Carcanet, 2007) was a PBS Recommendation and TLS Book of the Year chosen by Les Murray. He writes for The Guardian and Poetry Review. He was one of the judges of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Foyle Young Poets of the Year.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, November 3rd

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, November 3rd
Workshop, led by Bobby Parker 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Bobby Parker

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

BOBBY PARKER was born in 1982 in Kidderminster, England. He writes a column for popular on-line magazine The Quietus, and his poetry has been widely published. Publications include the critically acclaimed experimental poetry/art books 'Ghost Town Music' and its sequel 'Comberton' (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press). He is currently trying to find a home for 'Blue Movie', his first full-length collection of published poems, and something he considers to be his life's work.

''I love Bobby Parker's writing. Ghost Town Music was one of my favourite things of last year... an endlessly engaging mix-up of artifice, diary, fury, confessional, surrealism/cubism, art and photography. The post-it notes in Comberton are brilliantly funny, thought-provoking and sad ("WE WALKED AROUND AT NIGHT IN THE SUMMER LISTENING FOR COUPLES HAVING SEX WITH THEIR WINDOWS OPEN"), giving it something in common with the first. But it goes further. It's a collection of poems whose narrative outstrips most novels for depth, mystery and staying power.'' - Luke Kennard 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday, October 6th

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, October 6th
Workshop, led by Julia Deakin 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Julia Deakin

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

JULIA DEAKIN was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north via the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield. Widely published, she has read twice on Poetry Please and won several competitions. 
‘Crafted, tender poems, written with passion and purpose,’ said Simon Armitage of her first collection, Without a Dog (Graft, 2008). Anne Stevenson ‘read it straight through at a single sitting’ enjoying its ‘mature wit and wisdom’. ‘Real linguistic inventiveness’ said Ian McMillan. ‘Bold, irreverent and wickedly funny,’ said Alison Brackenbury of her Poetry Business Competition winner, The Half-Mile-High-Club.
Michael Symmons Roberts describes her second book, Eleven Wonders (Graft 2012) as ‘powerful, assured, elegant. Her formal skill and inventiveness make this a rich and eclectic collection. Those who, like me, have admired her individual poems in the past, will be struck by their cumulative strength and range, and this book deserves to win her many new readers.’
Julia lives near Huddersfield and teaches at the University of Bradford.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday September 1st

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, September 1st
Workshop, led by Penelope Shuttle 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Penelope Shuttle

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Penelope Shuttle has lived in Cornwall since 1970.  She is the widow of the poet Peter Redgrove (1932-2003).

UNSENT: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1980 – 2013, Bloodaxe Books, appeared in October 2012.

SANDGRAIN AND HOURGLASS, Bloodaxe Books, was published in October 2010, and was a Recommendation of The Poetry Book Society, and a poetry book of the year in The Financial Times.

In 2007 Shuttle was awarded a Cholmondeley Award for Poetry.

Her 2006 collection, REDGROVE’S WIFE, ( Bloodaxe Books)  was short-listed for the Forward Prize for Best Single Collection, and for the T S Eliot Award.

She gives numerous readings in the UK and overseas.


Monday, June 24, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday 7th July

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th July

Workshop, led by Philip Rush 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poets: Philip Rush and David Clarke

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Philip Rush lives in Stroud. He took a a degree in English at the University of London and another in drama at the University of Bristol and now works as a headteacher. His poetry has been widely published in journals such as Smiths Knoll, The North and The Rialto, and he has had poems published in the USA. He was in Carcanet's 'New Poetries IV'. Garlic Press published a pamphlet, 'Catching my Own Drift', in January 2012. He has a selection of short pamphlets from Yew Tree Press.

David Clarke was born in Lincolnshire and lives in Gloucestershire. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in several magazines, both in print and online, including Iota, Under the Radar, South Bank Poetry and New Walk. His pamphlet Gaud was one of the winners of the Flarestack Poets pamphlet competition in 2012. He blogs at 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Next Buzzwords, Sunday 2nd June

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 2nd June

Workshop, led by Matthew Stewart 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Matthew Stewart

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Matthew Stewart lives between Extremadura, Spain, and West Sussex, England. He took a degree in Modern Languages at St Peter's College, Oxford, and now works in the Spanish wine trade. His poetry has been widely published in journals such as London Magazine and The Rialto, etc, and he blogs at Happenstance Press published his first pamphlet collection, Inventing Truth, in April 2011, followed by a second chapbook, Tasting Notes, in September 2012

Friday, April 26, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday 5th May

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 5th May

Workshop, led by Angela France 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guests: Alison Brackenbury and Steve Ashley

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

The poet Alison Brackenbury and the singer-songwriter Steve Ashley will be bringing a carefully chosen selection of words and music to Buzzwords, with linked poems and songs alternating in each half of their programme.

Alison will be reading poems from her thirty years of published work, including poems entirely new to Buzzwords, and samples from her new collection, Then.  The Guardian recently included a poem from Then in its Saturday Review, which can be read online at

Steve Ashley has been described as ‘one of the country’s finest songwriters’. His much-loved work can be heard regularly on BBC Radio.  Steve will be singing classics from his award-winning back catalogue, together with new, thought-provoking songs. Details of Steve’s illustrious 40 year musical career, and his CDs, can be found at his website:

The evening will be a marvellous taster for Steve’s full-scale solo concert in Cheltenham Town Hall, on Thursday 26 September, 2013.

And, finally, Alison would like to mention that, if anyone would like to buy her new collection at Buzzwords, they will be rewarded for their loyalty by a bargain price of £6.50 – a third off the bookshop price, (and £2.46 cheaper than Amazon!)

 This is a never-to-be-repeated performance! An evening of fantastic music, and of new poems, at a bargain price!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday 7th April

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th April

Workshop, led by Chrissie Gittins 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Chrissie Gittins

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

CHRISSIE GITTINS was born in Lancashire and lives in London. Her poems have won prizes and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her first adult poetry collection Armature (Arc, 2003) appeared to critical acclaim: ‘Gittins’s deadpan tone and skewed perspective mark her out as a true original. – she has a genuine gift'. Jane Yeh, Poetry Review. Her second adult collection is I’ll Dress One Night As You (Salt, 2009).‘Her appealing poems reconnect a child’s wide-awake senses with an adult’s intelligence and passion.’ Alison Brackenbury, Poetry Review

Her three children’s poetry collections are all PBS Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf and two were shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. In 2012 Chrissie made a recording of her children’s poetry for the Poetry Archive. Her ‘New and Collected’ children’s poems ‘Stars in Jars’ will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2014.

Chrissie’s short story collection is Family Connections (Salt, 2007); ‘most of them carry an insidiously discomforting charge, Nicholas Clee, The Guardian. Her plays for BBCR4 include Starved for Love (starring Patricia Routledge), Life Assurance (starring Sorcha Cusack), and Dinner in the Iguanodon.

Chrissie is a Hawthornden Fellow; she has received two Arts Council Grants for the Arts, and awards from the Royal Literary Fund and the Author’s Foundation. In 2009 she was included in the British Council Contemporary Writers directory of the UK and Commonwealth’s 'most important writers'. Chrissie was resident writer on Shetland in September 2010, and in January 2010 she was appointed first honorary Writer-in-Residence in Lewisham.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Next Buzzwords Sunday, 3rd March

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 3rd March

Workshop, led by Sue Rose 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Sue Rose

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Sue Rose works as a literary translator and has published various novels, libretti and plays in translation. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies and she has been commended or placed in competitions such as the National Poetry Competition, the Peterloo and the Wigtown. She won the Troubadour Poetry Prize in 2009 and the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition in 2008. She is also a founder member of Scatterlings, a group formed to give readings in the Southeast and beyond. Her debut full-length collection, From the Dark Room, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2011, and a chapbook, Archives du Coeur, is forthcoming from Hercules Editions in late 2013.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Next Buzzwords: Sunday January 27th

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 27th January

Workshop, led by Peter Robinson 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet:
Peter Robinson
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

PETER ROBINSON (b. Salford, Lancashire, in 1953) has published many books of poetry, translations, aphorisms, prose poems, and literary criticism. He has been awarded the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His most recent and forthcoming titles include a collection of poems, The Returning Sky (Shearsman Books, 2012) and Foreigners, Drunks and Babies: Eleven Stories (Two Rivers Press, 2013). As well as poetry editor for Two Rivers Press, he is Head of Department and Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading.