Monday, January 19, 2015

Next Buzzwords - Sunday 1st February

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 1st February

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 and lives in Kidderminster, England. Publications include the critically acclaimed experimental books Ghost Town Music and Comberton, both published by The Knives Forks & Spoons Press. He will be reading from his new Nine Arches Press collection, Blue Movie.
His poetry, artwork and photography have appeared in various reputable magazines in print and on-line. He writes a poetry column for The Quietus. His reading style has been described as “Gripping, weird, relatable but alienating, emotional, totally fantastic poetry.”- CafĂ© Writers.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Next Buzzwords, Sunday 4th January 2015

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 4th January
Workshop, led by Jenny Lewis 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
Jenny Lewis

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

Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright and songwriter who specialises in cross-arts collaborations combining poetry with visual art, music and dance. Her first collection, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996/ Bilingua, Russia, 2002) was dramatized, widely toured and broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour. Her recent collections are Fathom (2007) and Taking Mesopotamia (2014) published by Oxford Poets/ Carcanet, and two pamphlets in English and Arabic, with the Iraqi Poet, Adnan Al-Sayegh, Now as Then: Mesopotamia-Iraq (2013) and Singing for Inanna, (2014) both published by Mulfran Press. Jenny has also had seven plays and poetry cycles produced at major UK theatres including After Gilgamesh a verse drama for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford and a major Arts Council-funded programme of new writing, workshops and performances at the British Museum, Iraqi Cultural Centre, Keats House and other venues. Jenny teaches poetry at Oxford University, is a Core Writing Tutor at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford and a Tutor for the Poetry School. In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Hawthornden Fellowship.


Five of the excellent reviews Taking Mesopotamia has received to date:

[Taking Mesopotamia] is compulsory reading, even for those who don’t normally read poetry: an eloquent rejoinder to those who say poetry can’t, or shouldn’t, concern itself with public matters.”   Bernard O’Donoghue.

“Taking Mesopotamia is a stunning collection, one that sticks to you like a burr after you’ve read it. It is as if in writing it, Jenny Lewis has stumbled across one of the marvels contained within the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of its groves of jewels – and laid it out across the page for us to look at.” Laura Scott, The North

“Jenny Lewis’ Taking Mesopotamia is a brilliantly conceived and executed, very moving book…This is a modernist route – we will see more poetry collections built on these lines.” Dilys Wood, Artemis Poetry

“[Taking Mesopotamia] is a lyrical collection of poetry, witness statements, interviews, diary entries and reports that have been meticulously researched…Lewis will take many on the search with her, such is the overwhelming poignancy of the work, which is testimony that there is a place for poetry in politics.” Jane Fraser, New Welsh Review

Taking Mesopotamia by Jenny Lewis (Carcanet) is a stunning collection interweaving myth, history and poignant biography. The story of Lewis's father (a Welsh officer in the Mesopotamia campaign in WW1) is offset against past and present wars in Iraq, the history of Lewis's mining ancestors, and the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh. Beautiful, intricate and humane.” The Poetry Society


 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Next Buzzwords, Sunday 7th December

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th December
Workshop, led by Angela France 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
John Clegg

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

John Clegg was born in 1986. His first collection, Antler, was published by Salt in 2012. In 2013 he won an Eric Gregory award for a manuscript provisionally entitled The Actively Planning Silence of a North German. Earlier this year, the Emma Press made a handsome pamphlet of his long poem, Captain Love & The Five Joaquins. His work has been included in Best British Poetry 2012 and Best British Poetry 2013. He works as a bookseller in London.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 2nd November

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 2nd November
Workshop, led by C L Dallat, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
C L Dallat,

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
 £5 waged, £3 unwaged
 
C.L. Dallat, poet, musician and critic, was born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, and now lives in London where he has reviewed literature and the arts for the TLS and Guardian among others, and has been a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review since its inception in 1998. His first poetry collection, Morning Star, was published in 1998, he won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition in 2006 and his latest collection is The Year of Not Dancing (Blackstaff Press, 2009). www.cahaldallat.com
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 5th October

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 5th October

Workshop, led by Alicia Stubbersfield, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: Alicia Stubbersfield


Alicia Stubbersfield’s fourth collection The Yellow Table (Pindrop Press) was published in 2013 and described as ‘a humane collection about human vulnerability’ by Gillian Clarke. Michael Laskey said ‘A light touch and luminous clarity characterise these grown-up poems.’ She lectured in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Aberystwyth and regularly tutors for The Arvon Foundation. Now that she is back in Cheltenham, she is Writer-in-Residence at Gloucester Academy as part of a collaboration between Cheltenham Festivals and First Story.  

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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th September

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th September

Workshop, led by Peter Wyton, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: Peter Wyton

Please note: To mark the WWI commemorations, Peter will be reading war-themed poetry, his own and other peoples. If anyone would like to read a favourite war poem at the open mic instead of their own work, please do (but it isn't compulsory!)

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

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 6th July

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 6th July
 
Workshop, led by Anna Saunders, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poets: Wendy Klein and Anna Saunders

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


Wendy Klein was born in New York and brought up in California.  Disillusioned with U.S. politics and the Vietnam War, she left, never to return, in 1964. She has lived in Sweden, France and Germany, coming to roost in England in1971. She has won and been commended in many poetry competitions (notably The Ware 2009 and The Torriano 2010) and is published widely in magazines and anthologies.

Her two collections from Cinnamon Press have been praised by Peter Carpenter: ‘Wendy Klein’s poems ponder the tugs of the past on collision course with distinctive rhythmic control and technical finesse.’  ‘There is,’ says Myra Schneider ‘a great immediacy in her writing and the way she brings to life the experiences, characters and complex feelings of people.’ Her material ranges from the intensely personal, a family background skewed and disrupted by her mother’s early death, her travels to Cuba, Vietnam, Mongolia and India, to her love of dogs, dance and her daughters.  

Jane Draycott comments that ‘several continents run richly in Wendy Klein’s blood, and with her strongly cinematic imagination and energetic, delicate musicality, she maps and sings them powerfully.’ She is currently musing on a 3rd collection.


Anna Saunders is the director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival and the author of two collections of poetry – Communion (Wild Conversations Press ) and Struck, ( Pindrop Press).


Communion was praised for its ‘lush imagery and music’, by Nigel McLoughlin and was described as comprising of ‘moving poems of flesh and spirit from ‘ears finely tuned’ by Alison Brackenbury.
Anna’s second collection, Struck, weaves myth, art, autobiographical material and fantasy in an journey through love, grief and heartache. 


Struck has been described as ‘a very fine, beautifully sustained collection by a gifted poet whose work is unfolding in remarkable directions’ by Nick Drake and she has been described as ‘a poet of quite remarkable gifts’ by Bernard O’Donaghue. 


Anna’s work has been published in journals and anthologies which include Ambit, The North and Amaryllis. She has recently completed a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of Gloucestershire.