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.