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.
“Very enjoyable”, “excellent standard of poets” and “a great atmosphere” was the feedback we received from our audience. They loved the inclusiveness of our event.
Open Word is held at The Grosvenor, in the beautiful town of Stockbridge, Hampshire. The Open Word Café runs from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, every 4th Sunday of the month
It was a reading of two halves.Cat Randle performed the sacrificial poem and played with the audience while educating them about technology with The purple fantastic feels like elastic spangled and plastic ray gun.
Rosey our poet from Mencap, read her power point poem called Taxi. When she talked about taxi’s she couldn’t get into we saw taxi’s in a very different way.
Mike Rogers proved he didn’t need the microphone. We loved his retelling of Greek myths. He took the theme of families and re-created a gripping story . My favourite lines were “Blood is thicker than water. Do you have to shed it to find out.”
David Robinson included us in his artistic process. He’s found a picture for his poem Genesis. His familial look at Adam and Eve’s first year away from the garden. He also took us to the time of protest in 60’s London and how it impacted his hitchhiking home. “It was yesterday, it was years ago,”
David Hubble An embarrassment guide to the Chinese was a well constructed clever list poem. A fabulous reply to Boris Johnson’s comment about what the Chinese contributed to culture. Quite a lot if you carefully listen to David. Cat was taken with his poem about cats regrets. Finally, Michael Gove was the subject of David’s bile as his poem insulted him in beautiful Shakespearian-style language.
Caro Reeves was greeting with an introduction about 5 lovely things Cat appreciated about her. Her Bird watching in Waitrose comparing the current hoi-poloi to birds of prey. Her poem Grand found an inspiration in nature was about being taken down a peg or two. “If you’re unique you’re not alone.” Her poem in praise of fracking was a hymn for any eco-warrior and a wake-up call. Her set finished with Great moths reminding us of why we need our countryside
Syd Meats introduced himself as an ego warrior which explained his tee shirt and how this movement was created to help uphold people’s self-esteem. He read 4 poems in the first half The penultimate question version 1. His witty post-Brexit poem was short and a crowd pleaser. He read one of my favourite environmental poems, reminiscent of Edward Lear in its absurdity and swift in its brevity; If. His 4th poem I must not took us from cradle to grave through one man’s life defined by what he must not do.
Charlotte Sherwood was able to fit us in before she moves west. Charlotte is a lyrical poet who helps us appreciate nature in its grand and intimate moments. Her first poem line “know you have been and remember.” was very comforting. She then took us to The Ham on New Year’s day which is a place in Tewksbury and we walked with her family in the cold. Her final poem Remember had some lovely twists of word play which ensorcel us in her idyll spell.
We ask for feedback at the end of each session and we were asked if the guest poets and musicians could play in the first and second half.
Guest poet, Duncan Green after introducing one of his signature poems, Why create used his first half to take us on a journey into the world of early fatherhood. He examined the father’s relationship with a child in his poems Gravity,Reveal and I’m Father Christmas. He subtly captured the emotional roller coaster of early parenthood. In the second half, he explored Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. He experimented with slam and non-slam rhythms varying pace which helped us take on all the intricate concepts inside his writing.The second set is still young. Once completely learnt by heart, he will edit the poems into an even more powerful offering. He is a capable philosopher poet and this cycle is an excellent exploration of Maslow’s pyramid.
Les Kazoos D’Amour. We questioned was it love of kazoos or kazoo love. We fell in love with Matt and Janet’s energy, stage banter and wonderful choice of energetic, wistful, uplifting, catchy, funny songs. Their own particular verve and personal spin lift these show tunes, songs, ditties, old and new and give them a snazzy jazzy life. I particularly loved Ivor Cutlers; Go and sit upon the grass.This is the magic of Les Kazoos D’Amour, their sets are like being greeted by a long lost friend who is happy to see us again. We finished off their second set with a song medley involving a lot of 60’s songs and Jeremy Corbyn. I love them and they deliver joy, fun and a darn fine sing along.
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:
As it’s now over 6 months since the fundraiser for accessibility improvements, here is an update based on information provided this week by Rum’s Eg’s manager, Andrea Hancock.
A grant from Test Valley Borough Council for £25,000 has been approved, and an application for a further £25,000 from Hampshire County Council is currently in progress. The TeaPoet Collective raised £155 from the event in May 2015, in addition to over £80 raised at our pilot event in May 2014. We have asked Rum’s Eg for the total raised from additional donations, and we hope to be able to report this soon.
Rum’s Eg has received a number of quotations for a lift, all of which come to around £128,000 + VAT. It is hoped to have the funds in place by late summer 2016, with a view to starting work in the autumn.
The TeaPoet Collective is very grateful for your help with fundraising. Although our contribution is a drop in the ocean when looking at the total cost, the event in May did a lot to raise awareness of the need for accessibility improvements not only at Rum’s Eg, but at other venues.
We hope to keep you posted over the coming months on the planned improvements at Rum’s Eg, and we look forward to supporting similar projects in future.
In the mean time, it would be helpful to contact Rum’s Eg’s Community Project Development Team
(Siriol Sherlock , Mavis Sawdy, and Jill Searle) with any information or messages that would help support further funding for the lift project. They may be emailed via firstname.lastname@example.org , or write to Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey SO51 8GY.
Thanks once again to anyone who has helped in any way with the fundraising for this project,
on behalf of The TeaPoet Collective