WONDER OF WORDS is republished from https://suewrinch.wordpress.com with her permission

The first ‘Wonder Of Words’ was held at Winchester Discovery Centre on Thursday 28th July and fully lived up to its name.  It was an evening filled with a rich variety of inspiring words.

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Steve Scholey

My inaugural ‘guest poet’, Steve Scholey entertained us with a  mix of both old and brand new poems.  So new in fact that he told me he was just putting the final touches to some minutes before going on!  I enjoyed these new poems in particular.  They were clever, concise and original, often having a wry twist or a word summing up the poem at the end. He also read poems reflecting his interest in geology and travels to Iceland.  A very enjoyable set.

 

There was plenty of time for Open Mic during the evening and we heard a wonderful variety of voices.  Poems, whether poignant, political or humorous were all interesting and affecting, showcasing a great wealth of local talent.  We were swept away by a tide of amazing words which is why I love setting up these evenings. ‘Wonder of Words’ will be held regularly on the last Thursday of the month and its main aim is to highlight and encourage local talent.  I may occasionally book an established poet – we shall see, but I’m really looking forward to hearing many more of your original and enthusiastic  voices over the coming months.

Amazing music and stunning poetry at Stockbridge open word on July 24th

We (Gavin especially) is very excited to bring you our guests to Stockbridge this month.

Duncan Green sharing his mobile phone poem

Duncan Green sharing his mobile phone poem

We saw Duncan Green at Gavin’s very first open word. Duncan’s poem about his life to date had a standing ovation. I’ve just seen him at June 2016 open mic where he gave us a glimpse of what is coming. The room went silent and roared into applause when he’d finished. Don’t miss this one, it’s going to be a groundbreaker.

This is what Duncan says about himself

Southampton based writer Duncan Green developed his performance style through amateur dramatics, entertaining his bored sister, counselling and regular attendance of open mic nights around London.
Duncan will be debuting two pieces at Open Word:

Les Kazoo D'amour, these two won't hurt a fly honestly

Les Kazoo D’amour, these two won’t hurt a fly honestly

1) Dear You: a fictional account of a father’s relationship with his child.
2) Function of Living: a poem loosely based on Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
Duncan Green hopes to see you all there so he can talk to you about writing, families and bored sisters.

Les Kazoo D’amour, is a two-piece musical duo who musical repertoire is full of funny, witty, wistful ukelele music. They charm audiences and give us enough time between songs to let us catch our breath. You need to because these accomplished musicians make you laugh and cry and cry because you are laughing so hard.

I know it’s my job to say come along, however, trust me, you really don’t want to miss this musical guest. Amazing just doesn’t do them justice. Bring a friend you’ll be glad you did.

Open Word is at The Grovsner Hotel, Stockbridge SO20 3EUon July 24th, doors open at 1pm and sign up for the Open mic is at 1pm .

Hat Poets 2016 by reveiw by Hampshire Laureate Isobel Rogers

Hat Poets 2016

by isabelrogers

streetOn Saturday 2 July I led an intrepid team of poets onto Parchment Street in Winchester to take part in the annualHat Fair celebrations. Sorry it has taken me a week to get this up online (realise this sounds as if I think watching Andy Murray winning Wimbledon is more important … anyway, we’re here now).

Our line-up of fabulous local talent comprised: Joan McGavin, my predecessor as Hampshire Poet 2014; Syd Meats, Chair of Romsey’s Tea Poet Collective; Lynda O’Neill, a Winchester poet; Hugh Greasley, a painter-poet; Sue Wrinch, who runs two regular poetry/prose events in Winchester; Steve Scholey, a ringleader of Not The Winchester Poetry Festival; Rosemary Brook-Hart, currently studying for a languages degree; andCat Randle, a steampunk poet from Andover, who performed as her steampunk persona Merciful Grace the Mechanical Maid.

We played Hunt The Microphone at the beginning, braved rainstorms and wind gusts that threatened to overcome my clothespeg/music stand combo. At one point I was standing behind Steve, holding an umbrella over him and his poems. But our wonderfully enthusiastic audience stuck with us and enjoyed all our performances.

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon – again, apologies for not getting pics of all the poets as they performed (Rosemary and Syd). I was sometimes distracted by rain-management or microphone issues, or (in the case of Syd) too mesmerised by his Darlek impression and forgot to get my phone out.

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lynda

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hat fair

National Flash Fiction day celebrated by Dave Hubble with a workshop at The Art House.

Dave Hubble is holding a Flash fiction workshop to celebrate national flash fiction day.  Flash fiction Part poetry, part narrative, flash fiction–also known as suddenfiction, micro fiction, short short stories, and quick fiction—is a genre that is deceptively complex. At the same time, writing these short shorts can be incredibly rewarding.

So join the fun with Dave at The Art House click here

Dave Hubble is a steampunk artist as well as a writer

Dave Hubble is a steampunk artist as well as a writer

to book your tickets

 

Dave Robinson visual poetry and music from Victor Salt at Open Word

On Sunday 19th of June, at The Grovsner Hotel, SO20,6EU in Stockbridge,

Dave reading from one of his books.

Dave reading from one of his books.

Open word poetry guest David Robinson is bringing audiovisual poetry. Musical guest will be Andover’s country and western singer Alex Kruppa.

David Robinson is a poet and artist from Barton-on-Sea. On Facebook David has described his intentions for his guest slot.

“Because a lot of my visual art pieces incorporate my words, I shall be making this an Audio-Visual Experience, complete with projector and screen. Oh, the miracles of modern technology”

Born in London and brought up in the Sussex Downland, David studied at the University of Durham and at Bristol. He taught in Cornwall and in Kent for many years, resigning from his post as Head of Modern Languages in 1999 to spend more time pursuing the elusive goal of becoming an artist and writer.

A poet and visual artist, David works with words, with photography, found objects,pressed flowers, gold leaf, etc, to create images and 3D pieces. Themes are drawn from ancient mythologies and archetypes, from English folk traditions and from the interplay between the spirit of Nature and the human spirit. He is influenced too by surrealism, by a sense of the deep absurdity and beauty of life and all its contradictions, and by the belief that an appreciation of the human form is hard- wired into all of us, and is the beginning and inspiration for all art.

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html

David has published two books of poetry and images: “The Book of Paper Dreams”(2013), and “This Deep Moment” (2015). Visual work has been exhibited in galleries in Kent, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, and at MOMA Wales.

David is a founder member of Folk Theatre Company “Rabble”, based in Kent, performing street theatre, mumming plays and traditional English music and dance.

With his artist wife, Deborah, David founded and ran The Moontree Gallery in Boscombe, Dorset, from 2007 till 2012. He lives in Hampshire, between the forest and the sea, with Deborah, two cats, and a tame Thesaurus.

 

Poeticka's Victor Salt His music is catchy, his lyrics poetic as he humorously captures the human condition and serves it to us with a side of empathy.

Poeticka’s Victor Salt His music is catchy, his lyrics poetic as he humorously captures the human condition and serves it to us with a side of empathy.

Victor Salt is a regular at Poetika in Salisbury. His music is catchy, his lyrics poetic as he humorously captures the human condition and serves it to us with a side of empathy.

An advocate of live local music he organises fringe events such as Salisbury XL.

Doors will open for Open Mic sign up at 1.00pm. Open Words welcomes all forms of spoken word, from novel readings, flash fiction, story tellers, musicans, songs, and poems long and short. Cost is £5.00

What the Open Word is all about

What the Open Word is all about

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

 

 

Andover comes alive at The Lights

Come along to The Lights 10 February 2016 to see five professional actors bring alive Andover in the

1960’s, a decade that changed the town for ever.

Based on the memories of local people, And Now We Tell Our Tale was originally written by Roy

Chatfield as a youth theatre piece for fifty-four children and young adults successfully staged last

February. Roy has now rewritten it for five professional actors, and includes additional stories from

the interviews.

The five actors selected are

Nick Bull

Charlotte Ellis

Verity Hewlett

Sharon O’Leary

Fraser Wilson

Director John Baxter is looking forward to working with this enthusiastic and experienced team of

actors. ‘It is an event in itself that we’re bringing professional actors into local schools. That it’s a piece

of theatre about Andover and created wholly in Andover makes it unique.’

In addition to the public performance, the cast will be giving performances and workshops in local

schools.

The Performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 (concessions £3), obtainable from The Lights.

There will also be a Q & A session with the cast and team after the performance.

The project is supported by HCC, TVBC, Test Valley Arts Foundation and The Lights.

Beth needs help from Hampshire 27 writers.

IMAG5402So who is Beth and why does she need our help? Beth is our municipal liaison for Nanowrimo and she is the person who looks after England elsewhere on-line. When you sign into Nanowrimo you can sign up to a Nanowrimo Region. Currently Hampshire’s is England elsewhere. There is a group in Swindon and Southampton but not Hampshire. If 30 of us writers from Hampshire sign in then we can have it as our own region next year. So far we need 24 more people to sign up. So what do you have to do?

1) Sign up to Nanowrimo at http://nanowrimo.org/

2) Register your novel

3) Go Region on the top tool bar and scroll down the menu until you find Find a Region.

4) In the all regions search bar put in England and scroll down until you hit England elsewhere and hit the join this region button.

An that’s it. If you are having trouble pop into our at Andover library this Saturday between 2-3.30pm and we’ll guide you through the process.

And what will I get? Our support to help you write a novel in less than 30 days. Oh and an invitation to our party at the end. The last one was great, we have themed food and bats.

What is National Novel Writing Month?

Nanowrimo sheildNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

It doesn’t matter if you finish and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never written before. Beth Hanson has founded Hampshire Scribblers to help you reach your goal.

On October 17th at Andover Library between 2 and 3.30 Beth and our chair Cat Randle will be holding a workshop on how to get ready to write your 50K words. Practical advice, fun games and demonstrations on how to register. All for free.

So come along and find out what its all about….