Thursday, May 14, 2015

Next Buzzwords Sunday 7th June

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 7th June

Workshop, led by
Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
 £5 waged, £3 unwaged
 
Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton is a winner of the Poetry London and Hope Bourne competitions and commended at the Troubadour, Nottingham, and Gregory O’Donoghue (Strokestown).  Her poems appear in PN Review, Poetry London, Long Poem Magazine, Southword, The Interpreter’s House, Tears in the Fence, Exmoor Review and elsewhere. She has two collections in Spanish. Her first in English, Cry Wolf, received a Straid Award and is published by Templar Poetry.
As an organiser and co-judge of the Battered Moons Poetry Competition, alongside guest judges Alice Oswald, Michael Symmons Roberts, Lesley Saunders, and David Morley.

She is currently editing a book of recipes and poems called NOSH with contributions from outstanding British poets. She organises Poetry and Song events for International Women’s Day. Cristina also sings hondo flamenco, and conducts appreciation courses on poetry, flamenco and the arts.
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 3rd May

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 3rd May

Workshop, led by Stephen Boyce 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
Stephen Boyce

Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
 £5 waged, £3 unwaged
 
Stephen Boyce has been published widely in magazines and online and has won a number of awards. He is the author of two collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014) as well as the pamphlets In the Northland (TegArt 2011) and Something Persists (TegArt 2014). His work has been described as “intelligent, sophisticated and formally-assured…” and “... poignant, exquisitely phrased poems full of thoughtful observations of everyday life in which he makes unexpected connections.” Stephen is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival and co-directed the inaugural event in 2014.
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Next Buzzwords April 12th

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 12th April 
*please note, a week later than usual because of Easter*

Workshop, led by John Gallas 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
John Gallas


Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
 £5 waged, £3 unwaged
 
 John Gallas: Born and grew up in Nelson and St Arnaud, New Zealand. Came to England to study Old Icelandic, and stayed. Worked for Leicestershire Special Needs Education. Poem books published by Carcanet (10), Agraphia (2), Cold Hub New Zealand (2) and Magpie Press. Presently working on Love Poems, ‘Bodwin & the Beasts’, and a 21st Century ‘Divine Comedy’.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 1st March

Next Buzzwords - Sunday, 1st March

Workshop, led by John Greening 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet:
John Greening


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

John Greening was born in 1954 in London and has been based at various times in Mannheim, New Jersey, Aswan, Arbroath and Huntingdonshire, where he now lives with his family. He received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors in 2008 and has won the Bridport Prize and the TLS Centenary Prize. He has been a Hawthornden Fellow and is about to take up an RLF Fellowship. He has reviewed poetry for the TLS since the 1990s and regularly helps to judge the Gregory Awards.With Greenwich Exchange he has published Poetry Masterclass, and books on Ted Hughes, Hardy, Yeats, the Elizabethans and WW1 poets. He is currently editing Edmund Blunden’s Undertones of War for OUP,  to appear this summer, which is also when Boydell and Brewer will bring out his extensive anthology of music poems, Accompanied Voices: Poets on Composers from Thomas Tallis to Arvo Pärt. Following Hunts: Poems 1979-2009, which gathered together a dozen earlier books, two further collections of poetry have appeared: Knot (Worple Press) and To the War Poets (Carcanet/Oxford Poets). He and Penelope Shuttle have just finished a collaborative book of poems about Hounslow Heath and Rack Press are about to bring out a pamphlet of Egyptian poems.  
John Greening’s website is www.johngreening.co.uk

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.”- Café 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.