Open Word starts this weekend at Arundels

Open Words Arnudels (Ted Health’s house) SP1 2EN Cathedral Close Salisbury June 11th starting at 1.30-4.30 

Yes Open Word is back with 2 dates and loads of fun. We start this weekend at Arundels. This is our first event in a garden. Bring picnic blankets, chairs and lots of poetry. We will be having an open Mic so looking forward to your poems.

Poetry guest Paul Canon Harris 

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Paul is a poet and versatile writer based in Bournemouth. Published work includes two poetry collections, and non-fiction works on spirituality, leadership and communication. Recent poems have featured on Yellow Buses and in the PR for an aid convoy to Aleppo. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 2 and other stations and performs poetry at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad.
Guest Musician Steve Faulkner 
Steve is unique amongst performers in the Folk genre in that he has never, ever been even nominated for any award of any kind. He remains unconcerned by this, as awards for performing arts seem to him to be, “Comparing Chalk and Cheese and then giving the prize to an Avocado.” Hailing from Poole in Dorset, Steve is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with his own take on Traditional, Folk and Acoustic music. Playing Fiddle, Bouzouki, Low Whistles, Bodhrán and to everyone’s surprise (including his) Double Bass and Bass Guitar, he has worked over the past 20 or so years in a number of groups across the UK and Europe with wide ranging musical appeal as well as giving solo performances. Appearing on a discography of five album and one EP release, Steve can go from lively in-yer-face frontman to sensitive accompanist at will and anything in between.

With special guest MC

Dave reading from one of his books.

Dave reading from one of his books.

David is a regular at Teapoets and other open Mic around the South East. He has been guest at many open mic’s around the South East England David’s poetry has a strong connection to our world and his poetry helps us relate to our earth and ourselves in new ways.
The Travelling Bookstall will be available along with books by the performers and MC.

 

Andover 1st Rock music festival

Andover Rocks is an innovative music event which is being held on April 1st 2017 to raise much-needed funds for The Junction and music intervention in Adult mental health. The event consists of a whole day and evening of music and music related workshops being held across 5 venues around the town. The aim is to provide something musical for everyone from well-known acts such as The Torn off Strips and Jon Walsh through to more alternative events like the Gong Bath, Drum Running, Gospel Choir and Poetry. In addition String brokers are providing free 20-minute guitar lessons

Not only are you going to get brilliant music all day, you will get to see poetry from Dan Hooks, Syd Meats, Damian O’Vitch, Cat Randle and Just Us!

The Venues are:

  • The Methodist church
  • The Rock House
  • The White Hart
  • The Time Ring
  • The Hayward Suite (Wolversdene Club)Poetry from 5.30-7.30

Tickets – Tickets are £10 per adult, £2.50 a child, 5 and under’s are free, please note this is a roaming ticket and will get you access to all venues. Tickets are available from Stringbrokers, The White Hart, The Rock House, The Wolversdene Club, The Methodist Church, The Junction and MBE.

April 1st Andover Rocks

 

 

New open mic stars Hampshire talent

Rob Casey and James Constendine in the paddling pool of life

Rob Casey and James Constendine in the paddling pool of life

The new Spoken Word (Open Mic) Café launches at The Grosvenor, in the beautiful town of Stockbridge, Hampshire.  on Sunday 24th April, with gusts Andover singer Hannah Cutts and Hampshire duo Least Worst Candidates.  Rob Casey and James Consterdine are Hampshire’s poetic version of Flight of the Concords, providing a combination of comedy spoken word and  modern music styles.

 

“We saw Hannah at The Rockhouse open mic and she’s gone on to wow audiences at Romsey’s Teapoets,” said co-organiser Cat Randle. “We are very lucky to have entertaining guest for our opening,”

What the Open Word is all about

What the Open Word is all about

The Open Word Café runs from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, every 4th Sunday of the month (third Sunday in June – full list of dates below).

Beautiful music from a beautiful singer

Beautiful music from a beautiful singer

 

Organisers Cat Randle and Gavin Ketchen have based the venture on the successful Teapoet Café in Romsey. Spoken Word Cafés are based on the ‘jam not slam’ model and Spoken Word participants of all ages, styles and genres are welcome.

 

“What amazes me,” says Cat Randle “is the consistently high standard of poems, short stories, jokes, shaggy dog stories and sheer variety of offerings that people bring to our Spoken Word Cafés. It’s a very supportive, friendly environment for people to present in, especially if it is their first time. In Romsey we have people of all ages come and read. It’s all about having fun.”

 

Gavin Ketchen added “Choosing The Grosvenor in Stockbridge was very important to us. The Grosvenor has wonderful facilities, is disabled friendly as well as having a superb menu and licensed bar. It’s perfect if you want to have an afternoon out with a friend or relative who has mobility requirements.”

Stock bridge high st

Stock bridge high st

The afternoon is a combination of open performance slots with two guests: One an acoustic musician and the other a performance poet. Cat says, “We pick guests who have wowed us in other Spoken Word Cafés throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire and Surrey. We’ve noticed there are amazing, inspirational poets like Ben Johnson, Bryn Studwick and Ricki Tart who have all performed one-person shows. Ben has a live robot speaking which is very exciting. We’d like to give them a chance to be seen in North Hampshire.”

 

You can simply come and listen or participate and read your own work or a story/poem that you might wish to share. For the more adventurous, we have use of a projector and screen – organisers Cat and Gavin are really looking forward to seeing if it proves to be popular.

 

Each month will feature a different theme. We’re not strict about it and we regularly veer well off course, but a theme adds to the fun. All you get is a title. How you interpret it is entirely up to you!

 

Dates and themes are as follows:

 

Sunday 24th AprilTheme: ‘New Beginnings’

Sunday 22nd May‘The Monarchy’

Sunday 19th June‘Mythical Beasts’

Sunday 24th July‘Families’

Sunday 28th August‘Driving’

Sunday 25th September‘Autumn Hues & Blues’

 

You can get the latest updates and feedback from the Open Word Facebook page:

Facebook.com/OpenWordStockbridge

 

For further information, please contact:

Cat Randle

BigUpWords@gmail.com

07760 993597

Gavin Ketchen

Gavin_ketchen@hotmail.com

07879 444345

 

 

Melodic comedy at Andover Afternoon Poetry Cafe

Two comic Hampshire poetry giants, Syd Meats and Ivor Bundell are the March guest for the Andover Afternoon Poetry Cafe.

Ivor Bundell former secretary for Big Up Words is the founder of Secret Poetry at www.secretpoetry.co.uk. It is a website which publishes free downloads, an occasional e-zine and sells poetry online. Ivor was M.C at the Poetry cafe pilot at the Bridge in 2012. He’s best remembered for his humorous poetry about carrots.

Ivor has produced three albums with his brother Kevan and a solo album entitled ‘Heart & Stone’. A poet, singer-songwriter and near novelist, Ivor hails from the Meon Valley and writes about the natural world and local history.

Guest musician Syd Meats is Romsey songwriter and poet.  In Syd’s early career he worked for the BBC writing songs for Nottingham BBC local radio.

In the 90’s he fronted surreal indie band Meet The Vicar, and also wrote and performed a one man show Meats Saves The Planet which was a mixture of songs and spoken word.  During this period his brushes with the famous included having a cup of tea in the same room as Barbara Windsor and speaking to Ernie Wise on the phone twice.

His musical Christmas guest spot at the Teapoet Collective was called a triumph. In a recent street performance in Andover, he re-wrote the town’s history to include a Viking founder with the unfortunate name of Eric The Hippopotamus. Not only have Syd’s songs been heard on local and national radio, but they have also been used to teach English in the Sudan and Natural History in the UK.

“We’re really excited to have such a fantastic talent coming to Andover,” said organiser Cat Randle.

Andover Afternoon poetry cafe is held on the second Saturday of the month at The Rendezvous Cafe, 8 Union St, Andover, SP10 1PA. The first half of the afternoon is reserved for local poets, entertainers and acoustic musicians. The guest spots are after a tea break with cakes supplied by The Great British Tea & Cake company.

“We picked the Rendezvous Cafe because it is has excellent disabled access. We are able to accommodate wheel chairs because it’s all on the level. I’m amazed at how well it’s doing. The big surprise was the special needs poets. One lady, Rosie, has come to every cafe and last time got up and performed a poem from memory. She even wrote us all our own copy so we could understand what she was saying. It was brilliant! “ said Cat Randle.

The cafe organisers are grateful for the support of  Pat West councillor grant and Hampshire County Council.

Andover Afternoon Poetry Cafe, March 28th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Rendezvous Cafe, 8 Union St, Andover SP 10 1PA.

Syd Meats having a cup of tea.

Syd Meats having a cup of tea.

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell returns with secret poetry.

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell former secretary for Big Up Words is the founder of Secret Poetry at www.secretpoetry.co.uk. It is a website which publishes free downloads, an occasional e-zine and sells poetry online.

Ivor was M.C at the Poetry cafe pilot at the Bridge in 2012. He’s best remembered for his humorous poetry about carrots.

Ivor has produced three albums with his brother Kevan and a solo album entitled ‘Heart & Stone’. A poet, singer-songwriter and near novelist, Ivor hails from the Meon Valley and writes about the natural world and local history.

His most recent work includes the newly discovered and translated ‘Winchester Tales’, a natural history of butterflies ‘Moments of Delight’ and ‘Randall –  A Triptych: Untold Tales, A Narrative Odyssey, The Existential Comedy’.

Andover Afternoon poetry cafe is held on the second Saturday of the month at The Rendezvous Cafe, 8 Union St, Andover, SP10 1PA. The first half of the afternoon is reserved for local poets, entertainers and acoustic musicians. The guest spots are after a tea break with cakes supplied by The Great British Tea & Cake company.

 

Steampunks, pirates and poets party.

ANNOUNCING THE STEAMPUNKS, PIRATES AND POETS PARTY!

A fundraising event for Big Up Words On Thursday 27th February 2014

Upstairs at THE GLOBE, High Street, Andover at 7.30 pm

Readers and Poets open mic (limited places, pre-book to avoid disappointment)

Performances by Syd Meats, Mr Carrot and Blind Barbara Blunderbuss, Steampunk games, Prizes for creative costumes, The Travelling Book Fair, Live Music

Entry £5 (readers and poets £3, free for members of Big Up Words)

RSVP and open mic bookings by email to  bigupwords@gmail.com

Alton Music & Poetry – date for your diary!

On the last Wednesday of (nearly) every month there is a music & poetry evening at the Secret Garden Bistro in Alton.  This is hosted by Chris Sparkes, well known to many in Andover as both Guest Poet and as a judge on this year’s Andover Poetry Competition panel.

Ivor and Kevan Bundell will be performing their unique brand of music and poetry (with audience assistance) on Wednesday 27th November from just after 7:30 p.m.  Here’s a taster from a performance at Petersfield WriteAngle earlier in 2013: