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. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 1st June

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 1st June
Workshop, led by Kate Fox, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: Kate Fox

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

Kate Fox is a Northern stand up poet. Regular on Radio 4’s Saturday Live, she’s also been commissioned by The Verb on Radio 3, BBC2’s Daily Politics show and Chelsea Flower Show coverage, BBC1's Great North Passion, You and Yours, the Manchester Literature Festival, Humber Mouth Festival, BBC Online and many more. 
She can write to order at the drop of a stanza, but is also known for her energetic, comedic stand up sets and has performed everywhere from The Stand comedy clubs to the Latitude Festival, the Eden Project, Edinburgh and Prague Fringe Festivals. She's been Poet in Residence for the Glastonbury Festival, the Great North Run and a colostomy nurse's conference!
Her thoughtful, playful one woman shows about the news, running, Autism and not wanting children have been booked in venues across the country. Her poetry collection "Fox Populi" is published by Smokestack Books and has been described by Acumen as "Warm and witty", by Poetry Salzburg as "Funny, poignant and likeable" and  Critical Survey said 'Fox has a gift for anecdote, a lively ear that catches the nuances and shifting fashions of everyday speech, and a strong sense of rhythm and musicality.' 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 4th May

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 4th May

Workshop, led by Charles Bennett, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet: Charles Bennett

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

CHARLES BENNETT’s award-winning poetry has been published to wide acclaim. He has collaborated with musicians, photographers and artists, and seen his work translated into German and Spanish. His work as a librettist with choral composer Bob Chilcott featured in the 2012 BBC Proms. He was the first Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival and is currently Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Northampton where he leads the BA in Creative Writing.

His highly-acclaimed second collection, How to Make a Woman Out of Water established him as a poet concerned with marvellous transformations of the landscape. His poems have featured in over 125 poetry magazines including the TLS and The Times (as Frieda Hughes’s Monday Poem). The BBC made a short film about the poetry trail he created in a Herefordshire orchard, and he has given readings (described as ‘captivating’) at a large number of national and international festivals. Quickly becoming recognised as a significant librettist through his collaborations with choral composer Bob Chilcott, he has recently completed work on Soundings, a new non-fiction book which explores relationships of sound and place by discovering the source a North Norfolk river during the course of one spring.

His powerful new collection, Evenlode, is a is a river-journey which moves through a series of names – past considerations of healing places, magical birds, wise ancestors and herbal remedies – until in the end ‘it arrives where it needs to become’ at a healing destination of music and balance. Its emphasis on ecology and environment, combined with memorable evocations of places, people and wildlife, is rich in fresh images which evoke the song of landscape.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 6th April

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 6th April

Workshop, led by Carrie Etter, 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:  Carrie Etter

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

Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter spent thirteen years in southern California before moving to England in 2001. She has published three collections, Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011), and The Tethers (Seren, 2009), and edited the anthology, Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Statesman, Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Times Literary Supplement and many other journals in the UK and US. Since 2004 she has taught creative writing at Bath Spa University. Of her new book, Imagined Sons, Bernard O'Donoghue says, "This quite extraordinary book by a writer of great imagistic power and skill leaves a mark on the reader which is ineradicable. These are poems of the utmost importance."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday, 2nd March

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 2nd March

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

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

Peter Daniels has won first prize in a number of poetry competitions including the Ledbury (2002), Arvon (2008) and TLS (2010), and he has twice been a winner of the Poetry Business pamphlet competition. His first full collection Counting Eggs appeared from Mulfran Press in 2012, following a number of pamphlets since 1992 including three from Smith/Doorstop, and Mr Luczinski Makes a Move (HappenStance, 2011). The historically obscene Ballad of Captain Rigby, based on court records at London Metropolitan Archives, came out in 2013 with illustrations by Peter Forster. During a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2009 he began his translations from the Russian of Vladislav Khodasevich, now published by Angel Classics, which was the Poetry Book Society’s autumn 2013 recommended translation.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Next Buzzwords Sunday 9th February

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, February 9th
Workshop, led by Ros Barber 7pm

Guest readings and open mic 8pm

Guest poet: Ros Barber

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

£5 waged, £3 unwaged

Ros Barber is author of verse novel The Marlowe Papers, published by Sceptre (2012) in the US and St Martins Press (2013) in the US.   In 2013, The Marlowe Papers was awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize, jointly awarded the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award, and long-listed for the Women’s Prize (formerly Orange Prize) for fiction. In 2011, pre-publication, it was joint winner of the Annual Calvin & Rose G Hoffmann Prize 2011 for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe.

She has also written three collections of poetry; the most recent (Material, 2008)  a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.  She taught creative writing for the University of Sussex for twelve years, and is currently a lecturer on the MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, London. She is known for her vivid, engaging readings.

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