Hare Today Story club, Thursday, 13th October,7.45-10 pm in The Snug,The Lunar Hare, Weyhill Road,AndoverAdmission Free
Come and listen, come and tell
Run by Mike Rogers
Story, story! Who wants to hear a story? Everyone, of course.
“Once upon a time…”
“Come on! That’s just for kids!”
“All right – last Tuesday – ”
“… in a galaxy far, far away…”
Stories are stories, they pick us up and they take us away, sometimes into other worlds, sometimes inside ourselves, to places we’ve never been or didn’t know were there. They bring us face to face with new things and with old things, and often the old things turn out to be new things, because we’re looking at them from another side.
Reading is good. You can do it anywhere, anytime, if there’s enough light to see. It disturbs no one. But it is a solitary vice.
Listening to a story, on the other hand, is something social. There is an interaction with the teller – they notice the reaction of you, the listener, and they can adjust their story to it. Actors on a stage, in a normal play, would find that much harder. They usually have a text to stick to. A storyteller only has a story – and they can tell it in the way they feel like at that very moment. What occurs to them – what occurs to you – it can all find a place in that story.
I have been telling stories for fourteen years. I have been writing stories since I was eight, and when I first came to Southampton Story Club I used to read aloud the stories I had written. I had written them to sound as though they were being told, so they had digressions and interruptions and spaces for audience reaction. Sometimes I still like to perform my stories that way, because a written story can be a lot more precise and complicated and detailed than a told one – it’s the relationship between lace and knitting. But mostly I tell.
What do I tell? Stories I like. Stories that go into me easily, because they fit my nature. I tell Greek myths. I tell Norse myths. I tell wonder-tales from Russia, with the Firebird in them. I tell stories from Japan, sad ones and happy ones. I tell classic folktales from Europe, as written by Perrault or collected by the Brothers Grimm. [I can tell stories in French and German as well.] I tell Jewish stories. I tell stories from Afghanistan and stories from the Arabian Nights.
I also tell stories that are true, if they have the right shape and feel. I have told the story of the first maypole in New England, at Merrymount, and the trouble it caused among the devout New Englanders. I have told the story of George Vancouver and his conflict with Thomas Pitt, second Baron Camelford, and compared it with the behaviour of Maquinna, the chief of one of the tribes on Nootka Sound, which Vancouver explored and mapped. I have told the story of ‘Don Patricio’, the Irish international footballer and football manager, who saved Barcelona FC in the Spanish Civil War. I have told the story of Grayson Perry’s tapestry sequence, The Vanity of Small Differences.
There are stories everywhere. We make them up all the time. We change them and they change us. They are one of the ways in which we try to come to terms with the world.
I am always telling the same stories, and I am always hunting for new ones, and I am always thinking about how I can tell the old ones differently. I can also help people to tell stories – stories about themselves, about their lives up to now, about the way they would like their lives to be in the future. Imagination is the key to freedom – in the inner world and in the outer one.
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.
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.
Please come along, hear Steve’s work and perhaps share your own or just listen to the wonderful variety of voices in and around
We (Gavin especially) is very excited to bring you our guests to Stockbridge this month.
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:
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 .
On Sunday 19th of June, at The Grovsner Hotel, SO20,6EU in Stockbridge,
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.
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.
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
Romsey’s TeaPoet Collective presents its annual community fundraiser on Sunday 8 th May. It will take place at Rum’s Eg gallery in Bell Street, and it will be supporting a young artist, Dan Clayton.
Dan suffered a couple of brain tumours at an early age which affected his balance and hearing, but he discovered a complete freedom through painting and drawing.
The landscapes and wildlife of his childhood in Zimbabwe continue to inspire his work, and his achievements include completing a painting degree at Winchester School of Art. The money raised from this event will enable him to set up an exhibition of his work at Rum’s Eg.
The afternoon poetry cafe will feature guest poets Caro Reeves and Lesley Scott. There will also be music from Les Kazoo’s D’amour and Panda-monium, and some spoken word open spots. The event
starts at 1:30pm. Admission is £5, all of which goes directly to supporting Dan’s exhibition.
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,”
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).
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.”
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:
For further information, please contact:
Glee & Cake!
Saturday September 12th, 2015 at September fundraiser at Chapel Arts Studio, St Mary’s Cemetary, SP10 1DP from 1pm to 3pm.
MC Dan Hooks will be hosting an afternoon of poetry, music and comedy sketches for all the family. Guests include local poets Bobbie Coelho and Damian O’Vitch; comedy sketches from prize winning young author Isaac Randle,poetry from Ella Simmons and music. Tea and cake included in the ticket price will be served. We are child friendly and have disabled access at the venue.
Places are limited so we recommend booking early!
You can book via emailing BigUpWords@gmail.com or event brite
Yes the last ever poetry cafe will be at The Snug at The Lunar Hare, SP10 3AN.
We decided to move because our poetry community doesn’t need another poetry cafe. What we need are poetry workshops, critique sessions and a support group.
Alan and Helen at The Lunar Hare have a background in theatre. They understand the arts at the grass roots level needs support to thrive. Everyone one had to have started somewhere. As long as support them with tea, coffee and cake then they are happy to have us use The Snug.
What this means for Big Up Words is a little less fundraising and it will allow us to ask groups like Test Valley Arts foundation to bring up people like Dave Hubble and Matt West, who run excellent writing workshops. Plus Jonathon Jester of Yo Yo Goblin has offered us a workshop on how to perform in our Time Ring.
So our move makes sense…join us next Saturday for a intimate session of wonderful afternoon poetry.