Loose Muse June 10th Guests and news

Dear All,

The next Loose Muse at Winchester Discovery Centre will be on Monday, June 10th, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £6 and will be well worth turning up for as I have booked two amazing guest features.  They are poet, editor and academic, Rachel Bower with her poetry collection, ‘Moon Milk’ and acclaimed novelist, Louisa Treger bringing her second novel, ‘The Dragon Lady’ plus Open Mic!

My thanks to all who have sent me poems for both our Heritage Open Day Poetry Performance and our Loose Muse ‘Showcase’ in October as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival’s Poetry Day.  As I am working with Hilary Hares to choose the poems I have decided that you can now submit a maximum of 5 poems for each event.  The deadlines for submitting are 1st August for HOD’s and 1st September for the Showcase, so you still have plenty of time.  I’m really looking forward to reading your work!  If you are in need of some inspiration come along to the Loose Muse Poetry Workshop,  ‘Writing poems on People Power’ – Sunday 9th June, 11.15am – 1.30pm at the Discovery Centre, £18 run this time by Louise Taylor.  There are still places left so just email me if you would like to book.

Editors note this offer is for women who attend or have attended Loose Muse.

Rachel Bower

 

Rachel is a poet and academic. She is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.  She is the author of Epistolarity and World Literature, 1980-2010 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Moon Milk (Valley Press, 2018). Rachel is also the editor of the Verse Matters anthology with Helen Mort (Valley Press, Nov 2017), and the editor of a Special Issue of English Studies, with Jacob Blakesley, entitled “Tony Harrison: International Man of Letters” (January 2018). Rachel also co-edited a Special Issue of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature with Jarad Zimbler and Ben Etherington, entitled, “Crafts of World Literature“.

Rachel’s poems have featured in Magma, Stand, New Welsh Reader, Frontier, Wild Court, The Interpreter’s House, And Other Poems, Popshot Magazine, Strix, The Flambard Prize Winners’ Anthology 2017, Remembering Oluwale Anthology, Verse Matters Anthology, Peacock, Foxglove Journal, Laldy, Atrium, Visual Verse, Picaroon Poetry, Now Then and many others. Her work has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016, the Mslexia Poetry Prize 2017 and the Plough Prize. Rachel is currently working on a Poet in the City/ British Library commission, and has had previously had work commissioned by BBC Radio and Apples and Snakes. Rachel is a member of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre and a Trustee for the Ilkley Literature Festival.

Rachel has a PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and reviews for various journals and magazines. Rachel is also the founder of Verse Matters, a feminist arts collective in Sheffield.

Louisa Treger
 
 
Louisa Treger, a classical violinist, studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. She subsequently turned to literature, earning a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early-twentieth-century women’s writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship. Louisa’s first novel, The Lodger, was published by Macmillan in 2014 to wide critical acclaim. She lives in London with her husband, children, and dog.
You can find out more about Louisa here:Website: http://louisatreger.com/
Louisa’s second novel, The Dragon Lady, will be published by Bloomsbury on June 14th 2019.
I have arranged with the publisher to send advance copies for us which will be available to buy on the night at P&G Wells’s Book Table.  The Dragon Lady is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Virginia (Ginie) Courtauld, a glamorous, wealthy yet controversial woman with a dramatic snake tattooed on her leg and a mysterious past.  Opening with an attack on Lady Virginia Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story.  From the glamorous Italian Riviera before the Great War to the Art Deco glory of Eltham Palace in the thirties, from the secluded Scottish Highlands to sultry, segregated Rhodesia in the fifties, the narrative spans enormous cultural and social change. Lady Virginia Courtauld was a boundary-breaking, extremely colourful and unconventional character who rejected the submissive role women were expected to play.
Don’t miss these two excellent ‘Guest Features’ or the chance to read your own poems in our ever-popular Open Mic sessions!  I look forward to welcoming you.
Warmest wishes,
Sue

Save the date April 8th, Special Loose Muse Open mic!

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Dear All,

The next Loose Muse will be on Monday 8th April at the Discovery Centre, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, £6 on the door.  It will be a Special Open Mic as I will be away at Kim Moore’s Poetry Residential in St. Ives.  Louise Taylor will be my guest host and men will be able to read this time, so please bring along your poems, short stories and flash fiction to share as there will be plenty of time to hear more than the usual one from each!

I am registering our ‘Loose Muse Poetry Performance’ for Heritage Open Days and hope to acquire St. Lawrence in the Square for this like last time.  I will keep you informed about this and in the meantime poet, Hilary Hares has kindly offered to run a Poetry Workshop to help kickstart inspiration on the theme of ‘Writing Poems on Food and Drink’ which is the Winchester theme for Heritage Open Days alongside the National theme of ‘People Power’. 

The Poetry Workshop will be on Sunday May 12th, 11.15am – 1.30pm  in the Tower room at the Discovery Centre.  The price is £18 and a deposit of £5 payable at April’s Loose Muse is requested this time.  This is because people have put their name down for workshops in the past but then not turned up on the day.  This is disappointing especially as the last few workshops have sold out and so it prevented others from joining us.  These workshops are fundraisers for Loose Muse and help to cover the costs of booking the best poets so please come along if you can.  Hilary will be making a list of names and taking your deposits at Monday’s Loose Muse.

There is, of course, no need to go to the workshop in order to send me your poems to be chosen for our performance.  The only qualification is that you must have read your work at one of the Loose Muse Open Mic sessions.  I look forward to receiving your poems and expect great things – like last time!

Winchester Poetry Festival are undertaking market research and have asked me to involve Loose Muse as we are important to the local poetry scene.  This means that at April’s Loose Muse there will be a researcher who will talk for a few minutes to tell you their plans, hand out questionnaires and ask for your help.  There will be a follow up to this in May at Loose Muse when I’m back.

Looking forward to seeing you again in May.

Warmest wishes,

Sue

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

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/

POETIKA 57 – Sex, Sexuality & Gender

When we asked you to decide on this month’s theme, we were mildly surprised that last month’s audience were unanimously in favour of SEX…

OK that’s a great soundbite, but the real topic – sex, sexuality and gender – is a perfect prompt for a range of work and styles –  the world we know is created by ourselves, and we are created by… sex, sexuality and gender… so the world is your oyster for inspiration.

So bring along your new work or previous work on this theme – or any theme – and we’ll be delighted to hear your contributions as sexy or prudish as you like – we’re artists, so no holds barred!

Because of the theme we’ve chosen our sexiest member, Ria to host – so come along on Wednesday 18th July, 7.30 for 7.45, upstairs at The Pheasant, Salt lane, Salisbury. We ask a contribution of £2-3pp please towards expenses.

As usual 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.
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Not written by a member, but a sweet poem by e.e. cummings

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Lady,i will touch you with my mind.
Touch you and touch and touch
until you give
me suddenly a smile,shyly obscene

(lady i will
touch you with my mind.)Touch
you,that is all,

lightly and you utterly will become
with infinite ease

the poem which i do not write.

All the best, Ria, Nicky, John and Dave

Poetika are calling for poetry submissions for 2 different poetry festivals.

Salisbury Fringe Festival and Salisbury Literary Festival are both calling for poetry submissions.

 Poetika at the Salisbury Fringe: Call for Dramatic Poetry (closing date 30/9/2017)

Salisbury Fringe – the established festival of cutting-edge drama by local writers performed in a variety of informal venues during the first weekend in October. Poetika’s mission at the Fringe is to bring poetry to the drama. Poetika are seeking works of ‘dramatic poetry’ for the event, where they will be performed by professional actors.

Submissions close on  Saturday 30th September. E to email your pieces (5 mins max) to drama@poetika.org.uk .

To find out more about the Salisbury Fringe follow this link http://salisburyfringe.co.uk/

City of Poems’ (Salisbury Literary Festival ): Call for Poems about Salisbury (closing date 30/9/2017)

New this year- The Salisbury Literary Festival is  taking place over the last weekend of October it will be a feast of readings, talks and workshops, celebrating the best in literature by writers with a local connection and some from further afield.

Poetika has an event – City of Poems – as part of the festival, where in addition to presenting some of the best known poems written about the city, Poetika will be reading a selection of works specially written for the Festival by local people. Send Poetika Salisbury poems (max 5 mins) to be read at the event. Poetika is also creating a pamphlet of chosen poetry which will be on sale at the event and at other venues in town (all sale proceeds going to Poetika’s adopted charity, Childrens Chance).

You have until midnight on Saturday 30th September to email your pieces (5 mins max) to city@poetika.org.uk.

More about the Salisbury Literary Festival here: http://salisburyliteraryfestival.co.uk/

 

New venue for Salisbury’s poetry, prose open mic Poetika

Due to closure of the Cloisters Poetika has returned to the Pheasent Inn 19 Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1DT

The event will be found in the shoemaker’s hall-function room at the Pheasent Inn. Poetika starts its new season, in a new venue. The evening will premiere David King reading from his new collection ‘Strange Stranger’ Books will be on sale and donations from the book sale will go to the charity Children’s Chance.

The theme for the evening is Strangers and John Bruce and David Kind said

“We welcome all to come and present poetry or short pose, or perform acoustic songs, comedy or other performance – either their own or work they admire.”

Sign up is from 7.30pm on the night, performances begin at 7.45 – a small donation of £2.00 is invited towards room hire.

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