Sunday, March 12, 2017

Next Buzzwords Sunday 2nd April

Next Buzzwords Sunday April 2nd

7pm - workshop lead by Dawn Gorman and Rosie Jackson
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Dawn Gorman and Rosie Jackson

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

Dawn Gorman is a freelance editor and arts events organiser. Her pamphlet This Meeting of Tracks was published in the Pushcart Prize-nominated four-poet book Mend & Hone (Toadlily Press, 2013). Her work has appeared in literary journals such as The Rialto, Iota and The Interpreter’s House, and in anthologies including DE4 | A1 (Templar Poetry, 2016), Salt on the Wind (elephantsfootprint, 2015) and The Book of Love & Loss (Belgrave Press, 2014). In 2015, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, together with 250 schoolchildren, wrote a symphony based on her poem Replenishment; a film poem devised as the overture appeared at Cannes Short Film Festival that year. For the past two years she has worked as a poet in residence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She works with poetry with adults and children in community settings and runs a monthly reading series, Words & Ears, in Bradford on Avon. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath  



Rosie Jackson lives in Frome and runs creative writing workshops. Her poetry pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014) was followed by her first collection The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016) and her memoir The Glass Mother  (Unthank, 2016). Her poetry has been published in Acumen, Ambit, Frogmore Papers, Tears in the Fence and other journals and anthologies, set for GCSE, and used for a large copper sculpture in the grounds of a Dorchester hospital. She won joint    first prize in the Bath Poetry Competition 2015, Second Prize in Battered Moons 2015, 1st and 2nd    prizes in the Berkshire Festival in both 2016 and 2017. She is a Hawthornden fellow 2017 and has taught in many educational and community venues including the University of East Anglia, Bethesda Writers’ Centre Washington DC, Skyros Writers’ Lab and the Open College of the Arts. Her books of prose include Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion, Frieda Lawrence, Mothers Who Leave and she    has won awards for her short stories. www.rosiejackson.org.uk

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Next Buzzwords Sunday 5th March



Next Buzzwords Sunday 5th March

7pm - workshop lead by Maggie Butt
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poet: Maggie Butt

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


Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC TV producer, turned poet and novelist. Her
poetry collection Degrees of Twilight (The London Magazine, 2015) follows the
illustrated, themed books Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints and Ally Pally
Prison Camp, her book of pocket-sized poems petite and her first collection Lipstick.
She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Kent and an Associate
Professor at Middlesex University where she’s taught creative writing since 1990.
Her poems have escaped the page into festivals, choreography, a geo-locative mobile
phone app, live musical accompaniment, and her website: www.maggiebutt.co.uk,
which includes videos and recordings

Friday, February 3, 2017

Next Buzzwords Sunday 12th February

Next Buzzwords Sunday 12th February

7pm - workshop lead by Isobel Dixon and Greg Leadbetter
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: Isobel Dixon and Gregory Leadbetter

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



Isobel Dixon was born in South Africa, where her debut Weather Eye won the Olive Schreiner Prize. She studied in Scotland and now lives in Cambridge. Her fourth collection Bearings was published by Nine Arches in April 2016, with re-issues of A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator forthcoming in 2017. Her pamphlet, The Leonids, was published by Mariscat in August 2016. She is currently working on a project about D H Lawrence with the Scottish artist Doug Robertson, linked to Lawrence’s collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers.


Gregory Leadbetter was born in Stourbridge in 1975. His debut full-length poetry collection, The Fetch, was published by Nine Arches Press in October 2016. His pamphlet The Body in the Well was published by HappenStance Press in 2007. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The North, MagmaThe Rialto, on BBC Radio 4, and in CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets (Smith/Doorstop, 2014), as well as other journals and anthologies. His book of literary criticism, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English (formerly CCUE) Book Prize 2012, and he has published essays on Wordsworth, Keats, Charles Lamb, and Ted Hughes. He has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013. He currently teaches at Birmingham City University, where he is Reader in Literature and Creative Writing. www.gregoryleadbetter.blogspot.co.uk

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Next Buzzwords Sunday 8th January

Next Buzzwords Sunday 8th January

7pm - workshop lead by Angela France
8pm - open mic and guest readings
Guest Poets: June Hall and R V Bailey

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



R V Bailey has published six poetry collections.  An academic all her life, she was also contributed as extra voice (and other necessary noises) in her late partner UA Fanthorpe’s poetry readings; together they also led poetry courses, and judged a range of poetry competitions etc. throughout the UK and overseas. RVB has also recently edited a couple of contemporary poetry anthologies, and is a regular reviews poetry for Envoi and other magazines.
June Hall lives in Bath and is married to the novelist, Greg Hall.  She has published two collections, The Now of Snow (Belgrave Press, 2004) and Bowing to Winter (Belgrave Press, 2010). Uncharted is her third (Belgrave Press, 2017).  She also co-edited The Book of Love and Loss (Belgrave Press, 2014) with R V Bailey.  Her poems have also appeared in a wide variety of poetry magazines.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Next Buzzwords Sunday 4th December

 Next Buzzwords Sunday 4th December

Workshop, led by Jacqueline Saphra 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet
Jacqueline Saphra



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



Jacqueline Saphra The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye) was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. The Saboteur award-winning If I Lay On My Back I Saw Nothing But Naked Women was published by The Emma Press in 2014 and All My Mad Mothers is due from Nine Arches Press in 2017.  She teaches for The Poetry School.
 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Next Buzzwords Sunday 6th November

Next Buzzwords Sunday 6th November


Workshop, led by Anne-Marie Fyfe 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poet
Anne-Marie Fyfe

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


Anne-Marie Fyfe’s fifth poetry collection is House of Small Absences (Seren Books, 2015). Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Anne-Marie lives in London where she works as an arts organiser. She has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings & classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997, is Poetry Co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Ireland, & is a former chair of the UK’s Poetry Society. www.annemariefyfe.com

Monday, September 12, 2016

Next Buzzwords Sunday October 2nd

Next Buzzwords Sunday October 2nd

Workshop, led by David Clarke and Cliff Yates 7pm
Guest readings and open mic 8pm
Guest poets: David Clarke and Cliff Yates


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


David Clarke's first pamphlet Gaud won the Michael Marks Award in 2013. His first full collection, Arc, was published by Nine Arches in 2015 and was longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. Recent poems have appeared in magazines such as Long Poem Magazine, MagmaBare Fiction and Tears in the Fence. He currently teaches on-line for The Poetry School.

Cliff Yates’ latest collection, published by smith|doorstop in 2016, is Jam. His various collections include Henry’s Clock, winner of both the Aldeburgh first collection prize and the Poetry Business book & pamphlet competition, Frank Freeman’s Dancing School (Arts Council England Writer’s Award) and Selected Poems, a smith|doorstop ebook. He wrote Jumpstart Poetry in the Secondary School during his time as Poetry Society poet-in-residence, following the success of his students at Maharishi School in poetry competitions. He has led courses and workshops for the Arvon Foundation, the Poetry Society, the British Council, universities and schools in the UK and abroad.