A Falling Echo of POETIKA 58 with host Nicky Harris.

A Falling Echo of POETIKA 58

Our host this month was Nicky Harris.

After John made the usual announcements (poets for cubs – sounds like a good swap..), Nicky welcomed us and took us falling through autumn –  feeling like four seasons in one day –  the sun struggles to carry its weight – an audible wall of silence.  Ria continued this theme, saturated with senseless smell,  the wasps dance in prayer to the autumn sun.

David R pointed out that if you fall hard enough, you keep falling, until you are no longer falling but flying, then Susie brought us down to earth by suggesting we have lost our innocence – we know too much – we are despoiling the Garden of Eden with unoriginal sin…

Ian spoke of frost lurking around the corner (don’t be afraid of the ‘F’ word), and Catreminded us it was Talk Like a Pirate Day, before getting us all to sing along to her rendition of Space Oddity. Mike recalled fears past, the worst that could happen – many secrets beckon still to thee and me…

Then it was time for our guest, Lucas Shamanic, who after a little throat singing used words and music to enter the spiritual plain, love that keeps me going and allow to entertain. He closed our first half with some of his trademark beatboxing – “I live a crazy life”

The second half commenced with Nicky creating the drama of the century – we are art, scripture of our own religion, then a newcomer, Ross told us how he’s accidentally written a poem – a familiar stranger in my bathroom mirror (Ed: that’s his poem, not how I know him), before the beautiful Alison trod this landscape of dismay. This land holds fallen seeds in galaxies…

For Derek, storms of autumn take their toll, then Anna moaned about people using phones in a poem she read from her phone – it all start with a ping.

Then it was the turn of three more new Poetikees presenting poems that they’d each just written – Ben: all I came for was a beer, Vicky: you can’t get the yawn back, Amy: keep calm and carry on Salisbury!

Then Mike read a poem of Vicky‘s – my first thought was why me? – before Edwardfell through the looking glass into one of wonderful villanelles. Ria read the Mercury poem that won her the prestigious Carrie Carrie’s Inventorium Slam in August (I love my feverish way). Her prize is a slot at the next event – come along and support her on Tuesday 9th October from 7.30 at Chaplins Cellar Bar, Bournemouth.

Lucas returned to headline the evening, beatboxing classical music(!), using his words to open doors – he had lizards in his cortex and they hadn’t been fed! Thank you Lucas for entertaining and inspiring us in a way few others could!

So that was September, and before our regular meeting on Wednesday 17th October which is one of the opening events for this year’s Salisbury Literary Festival (and has the theme of festivals and literature), we have an event as part of the Salisbury Fringe.

It’s on Sunday 7th October at the new community venue @home (between Barclays and Wetherspoons). It will have a theme of dramatic poetry and a selection of work chosen from your submissions will be read by Fringe actors.

So send your dramatic poetry to drama@poetika.org.uk by midnight 30th September and yours may be included. Do also attend the event because the first half hour will be our normal style open mic – arrive early to bag a slot!

John
for Nicky, Ria, Ian and myself.

Salisbury Fringe program here: https://salisburyfringe.wordpress.com/
Salisbury Literary Festival program here: https://salisburyliteraryfestival.co.uk/brochureschedule/

National Poetry Day is celebrated on Love Andover Radio today

National Poetry Day 2018 is on Thursday 4th October 2018 and the theme this year is ‘Change’.

Andover Radio’s Poet Laureate Daniel Hooks (“The Alien Poet”) has recorded  budding poets from around Andover to take part.

“We will broadcast one poem every hour during National Poetry Day”.

Daniel has recorded a wide range of poets from all over Andover. So tune in to listen to the sound of Andover Poetry today.

Be broadcast on Love Andover Radio on National Poetry Day 2018

National Poetry Day 2018 is on Thursday 4th October 2018 and the theme this year is ‘Change’.

Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of amazing events across the UK – in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats – all celebrating poetry’s power to bring people together. Just look at our events listing to see what’s happening near you.

Andover Radio’s Poet Laureate Daniel Hooks (“The Alien Poet”) is asking budding poets from around Andover to take part.  “I would love to hear from people who want to get their poems broadcast.  

“Poets will be given the chance to submit poems for broadcast on Andover Radio.

“We will broadcast one poem every hour during National Poetry Day”.

Poems should ideally be 40 seconds long when reading out loud and they must have the theme of ‘Change’.  Poets are welcome to come to the Andover Radio studios on Andover High Street to record their works.

For further information or to submit a poem please send an email to daniel@loveandover.com

Author Dan Hooks
From Love Andover Radio

Winner of Andover Museums summer historical writing competiton

During the school summer holidays, Andover museum held a summer historical writing competition.

It was open to 5 – 15-year-olds. Children were invited to write a fictional piece of creative writing about a character found in the Museum. The historical facts had to be correct using information found in Andover Museum!

50 children signed up for this summer holiday challenge, only 9 children were shortlisted.

6 of those children were invited to  Andover museum Saturday, September 14th, 2018, treated to homemade lemonade and biscuits, before finding out the results of the competition.

Andover Town Mayor, Barbara Long and local children’s playwright Cat Randle awarded the prizes to the children.

The overall winner of the competition was Nicola Wheeler.

The judges were gripped by her creation of character and her illustration.

With 3 highly commended awards going to Lilla Stacey, Bradley Ware and Jessica Patterson. Lilla won because of her imaginative drawing, Bradley wrote non-fiction, this was not part of the requirements, however, the judges were taken with his writing style. Jessica’s created excellent lifelike characters and wrote about the Andover Workhouse.A.

Winchester Poetry Prize announce the long list for the Winchester Poetry Prize

Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 celebrating the best in new writing

We are pleased to announce that the following poems have been selected by our judge Liz Berry as the longlist for the 2018 Winchester Poetry Prize.

Eric Berlin – Futility the Beautiful
Isabel Bermudez – Serenade
Alan Buckley – Clocks
Sue Chamberlain – Remember those lessons you made me go to
Rachel Curzon – Jardin Des Tuileries
Harriet David – Eelcakes
Hugh Dunkerley – Rite
Alan Dunnett – Witch
Inua Ellams – Plight / Fantasy
Inua Ellams – Solider / Ants
Richard Evans – Murmuration
Niall Firth – Faith
Clifford Forde – The Letter Writer
Michael Fraser – Mary Fields
Nicki Heinen – Three Short Poems for Music
Rosie Jackson – An Anchorite Laments the Destruction of her Cell in Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the  Monasteries, 1537
Stephen Keeler – Imbolc
Joanne Key – The Dream Life Of Mr Woodbine
Ruth McIlroy – A Meant Thing To Tell
Paul McMahon – The Night-Birds
Margot Myers – 29 Ratcliffe Highway
Laurence O’Dwyer – Garage League
James O’Hara-Knight  – Lessons With Lilith
Cheryl Pearson – Collecting The Eggs
Katrina Porteous – Cubby
Mara Adamitz Scrupe –  A Birder’s Cacophony
Ellora Sutton – Remains

The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6 October 2018. Tickets for this event are free and can be booked via the Theatre Royal Winchester Box Office.

Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day.

Thank you to everyone who entered their work, and for supporting the Winchester Poetry Prize 2018.

Find out more about The Winchester Poetry Festival here 

Salisbury Fringe want scripts for monthly ‘Scratch Nights’

Hello
 Salisbury Fringe are creating monthly ‘Scratch Nights’ where you can test out new work in a safe and supportive arena. We have a venue – The Pheasant Pub, in Salisbury –  and we have actors. We just need some scripts. So it’s over to you…. It won’t cost you anything although you might want to buy an actor a pint afterwards.
Please read the attached document for details or visit our website salisburyfringe.co.uk or facebook page.
Salisbury Scratch Fringe
Author-Andrew Thackeray

“It happened in Hampshire,” a new play by Andoverian playwright Roy Chatfield.

The team that brought Andover ‘And Now We Tell Our Tale’ are returning to the Lights. Roy Chatfield’s new play  ‘It Happened In Hampshire’ will be staged there with a professional cast on Tuesday 5 February 2019.  It will also be visiting local schools.

Roy Chatfield

Roy Chatfield

It Happened In Hampshire’ is an irreverent romp through Hampshire’s past, incorporating music, rap and audience participation. Highlights include

  • Alfred defeating the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake Off
  • The Story of Edgar and Elfrida, as told by Jane Austen
  • A very civil Civil War.
  • Supernurse V the grime army
  • A starring role for an Iceberg
  • The secret of Spitfire modification XXX

The show is family friendly and you can book at The Lights.

 

 

Salisbury Poetika no 58 features Shamanic, Salisbury’s own beat box poet

POETIKA 58 –  feat. Lucas Shamanic

Wednesday 19th September, 7.30 for 7.45, The Pheasant,
Salt Lane, Salisbury 

We’re back for the new season with a bang!

This month we’re featuring Salisbury’s own Lucas Shamanic to finish off our first and second halves of spoken word and acoustic music open mic.

“Lucas Shamanic is a poet, beatboxer, MC and all-round vocal artist whose forays range from performing at Boomtown to busking the streets of Japan. With his wickedly whimsical wordplay, he will ignite righteous fire and lead you across mighty oceans, galaxies and psychedelic forests (don’t get lost!). He is a force of nature, uncontainable by any continent or country, and he is always ready to get on any mic and start freestyling with gusto. If you build it, he will come.” (Find out more at : www.facebook.com/shamanicvocalarts).

It’s the usual start at 7.30 for 7.45, upstairs at The Pheasant, Salt Lane, Salisbury. We ask a contribution of £2-3 please towards expenses.

Our theme this month is FALLING

We welcome everyone who wants to read or sing their own work or that of others as well as those people who prefer only to listen.

Stop me Falling

Now the weather’s changed
I slide less
the soles of my walking boots
are made from a much better compound
than my normal footwear

I can walk and feel grip on
the new plastic boardwalk along the river
where in the summer I skated
serendipitous elegance
from a desperation to stay upright

if you were to walk with me
would you let me hook my arm in yours?
I did try once, but you pulled away
as if to suggest
I was some kind of Neanderthal

But I was not demonstrating superiority
I didn’t offer my arm, but sought yours
It’s always been me, begging
support
from you

John Bruce

All the best, Ria, Nicky, John and Dave