Thursday, February 6, 2020

Next Buzzwords Sunday March 1st

Next Buzzwords Sunday March 1st

7pm - workshop led by Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and Nancy Mattson
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and Nancy Mattson
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Waged £5, unwaged £3
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs is a semi-retired mathematician who is also poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip. His chapbook, Uneasy Relations (Hearing Eye, 2007) attempted to unite the two halves of his brain. Michael has published four poetry collections and five chapbooks of poems, the latest of which are, respectively, Poems in  the Case (Shoestring Press, 2018) which combines poetry with a  murder mystery ― and The Man Who Wasn't Ever Here (Wayleave Press,  2017) ― which speculates about the life of his Irish grandfather.  With Nancy Mattson he organizes the Poetry in the Crypt reading series in North London.

Nancy Mattson’s fourth poetry collection, Vision on Platform 2 (2018), reflects on her Canadian prairie childhood, life and love in England, encounters with art, nature, faith and history. Her previous collections are Finns and Amazons (2012), which begins with poems about early 20th century Russian women artists but moves to a search for her Finnish great-aunt who disappeared in Stalinist Russia; Writing with Mercury (2006); and Maria Breaks Her Silence (1989), shortlisted for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Award. Nancy has appeared at festivals and universities in the UK, Canada, the US, Finland and Russia. In 1990 she moved to London, where she co-organises Poetry in the Crypt in Islington.

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