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 ( 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.


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