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

Syd Meats musician poet and BBC songwriter

Syd Meats is our guest at the Andover Afternoon Cafe on March 28th. Here are some interesting facts about him.

Romsey songwriter and poet Syd Meats has been confusing the public with his musings for longer than he cares to remember. As well as writing and performing parodies of popular songs, he brings to musical life such unlikely themes as the life of a mayfly, the trials and tribulations of an oversleeping cockerel, and doing battle with Arctic prawns

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

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.

He runs the popular Teapoet Collective, a Sunday afternoon poetry cafe at Rum’s Eg in Romsey.

At this stage in his career he has achieved the status of a walking, rhyming, inaccurate encyclopaedia.

“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.

Syd Meats having a cup of tea.

Syd Meats having a cup of tea.

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.

 

Performance opportunity at Michaelmas Fair

IMAG3489The Travelling Book fair will be at Michaelmas fair, Weyhill Fairground on Saturday September 20th from 12-4pm and Sunday September 21st form 12-4 pm. We’ve negotiated 8 outdoor performance slots of 15 mins just for you. Music, poetry, funny skits and comedy is what is needed. Remember its family friendly so nothing naughty or rude. Outdoor performing is hard work but people at the fair are friendly and fun.

All money raised will go to our two new projects, the performance and poetry cafe and a marketing pilot to find out what book groups want to read.

Interested? Email us at bigupwords@gmail.com and tell us what you’d like to perform and which day.

When The Lights Went Off In Europe

A young mother watches a newsreel
Moonlight floods the trenches
A soldier dreams of his girl
A firing squad shoots a deserter
A munitions worker celebrates good wages

Rupert Brooke to Wilfred Owen; Robert Graves to e e cummings –
25 poems by 25 poets giving their experience of a world at war.

A free event at Chapel Arts, Andover, at 7.30, 11 September 2014.  To reserve a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-the-lights-went-out-25-world-war-1-poems-by-25-world-war-1-poets-tickets-12203907215

This is one of a series of free events presented by Big Up Words at Chapel Arts. Others are:-

9 September – Poetry open mic for poets to read poems inspired by WWI

To book to read click – http://doodle.com/wip3azs9sbnc7bt3

 To reserve a place to listen click –  http://bit.ly/1owhvCl

12 September – Premier of Duncan Dreams, a prequel to Macbeth, written by Roy Chatfield and performed by John Baxter.

To reserve a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duncans-dreams-a-one-act-play-by-roy-chatfield-tickets-12395618629

The Travelling Bookstall at Appleshaw St Peter’s Fete

On Saturday from 12pm till 4, we are going to be up at Appleshaw School. This time as well as all the children’s books, we are taking ALL the pre-loved (second hand) books we’ve been donated. 50p a book or 3 for a £1.00. Bargain

Our aim is to raise enough funds to be able to hire the hall at the Wellington centre. Cat’s Writing Room is helping us run the poetry cafes there one Saturday a month. We don’t want to clash with the poetry nights put on at The Lamb at all which is why we are calling them performance cafes.

Our focus will still be poetry but there are other word forms and we are looking at Pop Up Bar de Arts as our role model. They have short theatre pieces and monologues and short comic skits which makes the evening varied and fun.

Why the Wellington Centre? Easy access from town, easy access if you have a wheel chair, a price that isn’t too steep and not a pub. Younger members of Big Up Words have pointed out, they have no where to perform and they can’t go to a pub.

So there you go, pop along to Appleshaw St Peter’s and pick up a bargain and support our local authors and writers.

50p for culture

A survey carried out by Ipsos Mori on behalf of a consortium of arts industry bodies finds that 63% of people think at least 50p per person per week is a reasonable amount for a local authority to spend on the arts and heritage. Only 12 % said councils should spend nothing.

50p compares to an average of 16p per person per week in 2013/2014. Only three councils exceed 50p – City of London, Exeter and Middlesborough.

A 50p for Culture Campaign shows the cultural spend of all 326 local authorities at http://www.50pforculture.org.  Test Valley and Hampshire between them spend 15p – less that the national average. In contrast in Basingstoke the spend is 29p.

The site provides a facility for everyone to contact their local councillors to tell them voters want them to support the arts.

Of course,surveys are notorious for asking government to spend more money while we remain reluctant to give them any more to do so. However, spending is  about priorities. If enough voters want the arts to be supported, it will move up the priority list. Please support the campaign by writing yourself and urging others to do so. Remember, councillors interpret silence as agreement with what they are doing.

 

The poets of the Steampunk pirates and poets party.

The party has an open mic and we can now announce that Mr Carrot aka Ivor Bundell, Paul Owens (one of this years winners of the Andover poetry competition), Steve Scholey (1st prize in 2012) and David Gandy have all booked slots. We do have about 4 spaces but that doesn’t incude the ones we will have reserved on the night. So the poets are all in force. Waiting to hear back from the pirates.

Paul Owen when he's not a pirate

Paul Owen when he’s not a pirate

Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of  National Poetry Day
Steve reading out his poetry at Andover Celebration of National Poetry Day

Ivor sailing the high seas!

Ivor sailing the high seas!