Good luck Roy

All our best wishes go to one of our founding members Roy Chatfield. His play will be at The Lights tonight.

You still have time to see Alfred v the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake-off, the secret of modification triple-X, a starring role for an Iceberg and more, as three actors romp through Hampshire’s history. More happy than horrible histories. A family show suited for all ages.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

It happened in Hampshire

Roy Chatfield’s new play premiere at The Lights, don’t miss it.

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.

It happened in Hampshire

 

 

First Loose Muse of 2019 has been cancelled.

I’m so sorry but I have to cancel this month’s Loose Muse (Monday Jan 14th) due to ill health!  It’s all a bit of a shock but as Katrina Naomi was coming to stay with me I don’t really have any other option.  I feel really bad as I have never had to cancel Loose Muse before.  I hope you will all come along next month when I should be fine again.

Regards
Sue Wrinch

The first Loose Muse for 2019 has been cancelled.

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a good Christmas?  Why not start the New Year with poetry – come to Loose Muse at the Discovery Centre in Winchester on Monday 14th January, 7.30pm – 9.30pm £6 on the door and begin the year with two guest poets, Katrina Naomi and Janine Booth plus our very popular Open Mic.

I had the good fortune to meet Katrina Naomi last year at Kim Moore’s Poetry Residential in St. Ives and hear her read.  She was excellent so I swiftly set about acquiring her for Loose Muse where I am delighted to say she will start our New Year in style!
Katrina Naomi is a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic. She received a commission from BBC Local Radio for National Poetry Day 2018. She has just been awarded a 2018 Authors’ Foundation grant from the Society of Authors for work on her third poetry collection, which is due in June 2020 from Seren.
Katrina Naomi
Katrina’s Japan-themed pamphlet ,’Typhoon Etiquette’ will be published by Verve Poetry Press in April 2019. She wrote these poems on an Arts Council-funded writing trip to Japan.
Katrina’s poetry has appeared in ‘The TLS’, ‘The Poetry Review’, ‘Modern Poetry in Translation’, and on BBC Radio 4 (Front Row and Poetry Please).Her poem ‘The Bicycle’ features in The Forward Book of Poetry 2017.
Her most recent full collection is The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016).
Katrina tutors for Arvon, the The Way the Crocodile Taugh me book cover Katrina Naomi2018Poetry School and Ty Newydd, and runs Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths (her research is on violence in contemporary poetry). In 2016, Katrina was writer-in-residence at the Arnolfini and in 2018 at the Leach Pottery.  In 2015 she became a post-doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths and was made a Hawthornden Fellow. She has also received an award from the Royal Literary Fund.
Hooligans, is Katrina’s 2015 pamphlet (Rack Press), and is inspired by the Suffragettes. It is Rack Press’s best-selling pamphlet. Her first full collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council Award. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, which resulted in the pamphlet Charlotte Bronte’s Corset (Bronte Society). She is a previous winner of the Templar Poetry Competition, with her pamphlet, Lunch at the Elephant & Castle (Templar Poetry). Katrina was born and raised in Margate, Kent and lives in Cornwall.
Janine Booth is a poet, tutor, Marxist, social feminist and an advocate for Autism Equality in the Workplace.
Janie Booth 2018Apart from her poetry Janine has had three books published; including, ‘Autism Equality in the Workplace: removing barriers and challenging discrimination’ (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016).  Janine was part of the ranting poetry movement in the 1980s, but gave this up at the end of the decade. In 2014 she began performing again, as ‘an angry middle-aged woman poet’.  Her three poetry books, ‘ Mostly Hating Tories’, ’The 3Rs: Ranting Rhyming Revolting: more poems by Janine Booth and ’16: the age of discontent’. are published by Hastings Press. Her recent book ‘Minnie Lansbury, Suffragette, Socialist, Rebel Councillor’ was published in November 2018.
Janine is a well known figure in her trade union (RMT), Chair of the union’s Disabled Members’ Advisory Committee, co-Chair of the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee.  As part of her disability campaigning she runs training and gives presentations to trade unionists about Autism in the Workplace. She lives in Hackney with her partner, three kids, two cats and a dog. Janine has performed her work in many venues over the years one of which was Loose Muse in London and Agnes Meadows particularly recommended that I book her for Winchester.
Two very different poets to kick-start the year, come and see what you make of them.  There will also be sessions of Open Mic so please bring your poems and flash fiction along to share.
Looking forward to welcoming you,
All best wishes,
Sue Wrinch

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