Teapoets are returning on September 10th!

We here at Big Up Words are excited because The Teapoets Cafe is returning September 10th.

Co founder Cat Randle gets very excited. “I look forward to meeting up with all the poet’s and finding out what they’ve done on their summer break.”

Here they are in their own words

Spetember 10th

 

 

 

 

 

To kick off our new season, we look forward to welcoming guest poet Peter Roe, and singer-songwriter Lisa Thorne.

We welcome one and all who enjoy poetry (either as audience or readers). Come along and have some listening fun, and maybe introduce a friend to the joys of the spoken word too. A warm welcome awaits.

Rum’s Eg gallery and cafe are open throughout.

Spoken word open spots may be booked in advance by sending an email to signup1709@teapoet.org.uk and we will keep some in reserve on the door.

About the guest-Peter Roe guest poet

Peter RoePeter Roe was born and raised a ‘Northern Lad’ in Buxton in the Peak District. He has served in the RAF and has worked with computers and emerging technologies in education.
Peter is a poet, writer, film-maker and self confessed Nerd who likes to shatter people’s pre and misconceptions about “Computer Geeks and Anoraks!”
Peter’s poems and stories come out of that bit of the world where technology meets people and have been well received at public readings both in the South West of England and The Netherlands where he was dubbed ‘The Techno-Poet’. As the Millennium ticked over he became embroiled in a Poetry War with his Father and his Siblings… as the words flew it created a schism within the family. ‘The War of The Words’ that followed was a breeding ground for many of his performance pieces.
Forced into early retirement with only a dictionary and a smartphone for company… He remains an eternal optimist and describes himself as “Disabled by Bread… Soft int’ head… Dad of Three… Addicted to Eye Tee… Poet and Writer… App Game Fighter…”
He is constantly rhyming and punning and is currently working on ‘Reunification’ a poetry event with his Brother to be premiered at The Buxton Fringe in 2018.

Musical guest-Lisa Thorne

Lisa Thorne has never looked back since her uncle introduced her to the music of Steeleye Span when she was a child. Working with an intuitive style, she refines songs until they ‘fit’ the images in her mind.
She is particularly interested in the narrative of the voice, using words to pin down a point of that narrative, rather then to express or describe.
“Folk is certainly an influence,” explains Lisa, “as I adore the melody lines, harmonies, and rhythms.” We are delighted to introduce Lisa to the TeaPoet Collective as we feel her songs deserve wider exposure, and we’re sure you will agree.

And finally news about becoming a member of Teapoets 

Teapoet membership card 2017-2018 (4)

 

 

 

 

 

Our membership cards for the next season will be available when we return to Rum’s Eg on Sunday 10th September. For £30 you will get:

  • Admission to 8 TeaPoet Cafes (September to April) for the price of 6
  • Admission for a guest to the above events for half price
  • The opportunity to sell your books etc. on our merchandise table

 

 

 

 

Open Word starts this weekend at Arundels

Open Words Arnudels (Ted Health’s house) SP1 2EN Cathedral Close Salisbury June 11th starting at 1.30-4.30 

Yes Open Word is back with 2 dates and loads of fun. We start this weekend at Arundels. This is our first event in a garden. Bring picnic blankets, chairs and lots of poetry. We will be having an open Mic so looking forward to your poems.

Poetry guest Paul Canon Harris 

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Paul is a poet and versatile writer based in Bournemouth. Published work includes two poetry collections, and non-fiction works on spirituality, leadership and communication. Recent poems have featured on Yellow Buses and in the PR for an aid convoy to Aleppo. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 2 and other stations and performs poetry at festivals and venues in the UK and abroad.
Guest Musician Steve Faulkner 
Steve is unique amongst performers in the Folk genre in that he has never, ever been even nominated for any award of any kind. He remains unconcerned by this, as awards for performing arts seem to him to be, “Comparing Chalk and Cheese and then giving the prize to an Avocado.” Hailing from Poole in Dorset, Steve is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with his own take on Traditional, Folk and Acoustic music. Playing Fiddle, Bouzouki, Low Whistles, Bodhrán and to everyone’s surprise (including his) Double Bass and Bass Guitar, he has worked over the past 20 or so years in a number of groups across the UK and Europe with wide ranging musical appeal as well as giving solo performances. Appearing on a discography of five album and one EP release, Steve can go from lively in-yer-face frontman to sensitive accompanist at will and anything in between.

With special guest MC

Dave reading from one of his books.

Dave reading from one of his books.

David is a regular at Teapoets and other open Mic around the South East. He has been guest at many open mic’s around the South East England David’s poetry has a strong connection to our world and his poetry helps us relate to our earth and ourselves in new ways.
The Travelling Bookstall will be available along with books by the performers and MC.

 

Andover 1st Rock music festival

Andover Rocks is an innovative music event which is being held on April 1st 2017 to raise much-needed funds for The Junction and music intervention in Adult mental health. The event consists of a whole day and evening of music and music related workshops being held across 5 venues around the town. The aim is to provide something musical for everyone from well-known acts such as The Torn off Strips and Jon Walsh through to more alternative events like the Gong Bath, Drum Running, Gospel Choir and Poetry. In addition String brokers are providing free 20-minute guitar lessons

Not only are you going to get brilliant music all day, you will get to see poetry from Dan Hooks, Syd Meats, Damian O’Vitch, Cat Randle and Just Us!

The Venues are:

  • The Methodist church
  • The Rock House
  • The White Hart
  • The Time Ring
  • The Hayward Suite (Wolversdene Club)Poetry from 5.30-7.30

Tickets – Tickets are £10 per adult, £2.50 a child, 5 and under’s are free, please note this is a roaming ticket and will get you access to all venues. Tickets are available from Stringbrokers, The White Hart, The Rock House, The Wolversdene Club, The Methodist Church, The Junction and MBE.

April 1st Andover Rocks

 

 

Wonder of Words to showcase Steve Scholey

Just to remind you that the first evening of the new ‘Wonder Of Words’ will be on Thursday 28th July at the Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester. SO23 8SB. 7.30-9.30pm, £5 on the door.
To encourage local talent there will also be ‘guest spots’.  The inaugural ‘guest poet’ will be Steve Scholey. Steve is a local poet and a ringleader of Not The Winchester Poetry Festival, a fringe event held alongside the official Festival in October.
Sue Wrinch aiming to use these events to highlight and celebrate local writing talent, whether male or female, so there will be lots of time to share your work in the Open Mic sessions.  Please come along with your poems, short stories, flash fiction or excerpts from a novel you have written or are writing and share in a warm, supportive atmosphere.

Please come along, hear Steve’s work and perhaps share your own or just listen to the wonderful variety of voices in and around

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

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

Winchester.  .

Dave Robinson visual poetry and music from Victor Salt at Open Word

On Sunday 19th of June, at The Grovsner Hotel, SO20,6EU in Stockbridge,

Dave reading from one of his books.

Dave reading from one of his books.

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.

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html

Boundary Stone from MoonTree Gallery http://www.moontree.org.uk/davids-landscapes.html

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.

 

Poeticka's Victor Salt His music is catchy, his lyrics poetic as he humorously captures the human condition and serves it to us with a side of empathy.

Poeticka’s Victor Salt His music is catchy, his lyrics poetic as he humorously captures the human condition and serves it to us with a side of empathy.

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

What the Open Word is all about

What the Open Word is all about

Romsey Teapoets help fundraising for Rum’s Eg

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 info@hampshireartandcraft.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,
Syd Meats
on behalf of The TeaPoet Collective

Beth needs help from Hampshire 27 writers.

IMAG5402So who is Beth and why does she need our help? Beth is our municipal liaison for Nanowrimo and she is the person who looks after England elsewhere on-line. When you sign into Nanowrimo you can sign up to a Nanowrimo Region. Currently Hampshire’s is England elsewhere. There is a group in Swindon and Southampton but not Hampshire. If 30 of us writers from Hampshire sign in then we can have it as our own region next year. So far we need 24 more people to sign up. So what do you have to do?

1) Sign up to Nanowrimo at http://nanowrimo.org/

2) Register your novel

3) Go Region on the top tool bar and scroll down the menu until you find Find a Region.

4) In the all regions search bar put in England and scroll down until you hit England elsewhere and hit the join this region button.

An that’s it. If you are having trouble pop into our at Andover library this Saturday between 2-3.30pm and we’ll guide you through the process.

And what will I get? Our support to help you write a novel in less than 30 days. Oh and an invitation to our party at the end. The last one was great, we have themed food and bats.

Halloween fun at Andover Library.

This week we will be having a small party to celebrate the start of Nanowrimo tomorrow.

Getting ready for a 'Come Write In' session

Getting ready for a ‘Come Write In’ session

Beth is bringing cake, Haribos and origami bats for us to make. I will be helping people register and push on with their plotting.  Sunday is the start of a month of dashing as fast as possible to 50k. Beth and Cat have been working hard and we have found some banks who are going to support our fundraising efforts by holding book selling stalls or helping us bag pack. Suddenly Beth’s goal of raising £1500 is coming closer.

Don’t forget to register for Nanowrimo. Beth needs 30 writers from Hampshire to register so we become our own region! Then we can help Beth set up the young writers program in England AND don’t forget our writing party-The Night of Writing Dangerously

And yes the Travelling Bookstall will be at the Library as well.

 

What is The Night of Writing Dangerously?

Our poster you'll sign on the night

Our poster you’ll sign on the night

The Night of Writing Dangerously is a cross between a raucous dinner party and a write-a-thon. Bring your glad rags and your lap tops to Lunar Hare and we’ll provide food and a drink to help you write the night away. We’ve also got some fun party games for your 15 min stretch times. This is a Hampshire Scribblers event to raise funds for the young writers program.

This Saturday from 2-3.30pm at Andover Library we’ll be continuing our novel preparation and Cat Randle will be going over some ways you can fund raise money to attend The Night of Writing Dangerously and other fun events we’ll be putting on during National Novel Writing month.

And we’ll have the Travelling Bookstall ready for you as well.

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What do you get from National Novel writing month?

Our new secretary was having trouble understanding what we won if we took part in National Novel Writing month.

“How do you win?” he says

“You win by writing a 50 thousand word novel.” I said.

“How do you get prizes?” he says.

“By registering. If you win you get discounts and cool writing stuff from people like Scrivener. If you don’t you still get discounts,” I said.

“How do they choose a winner?” he says.

I am beginning to see a problem here. Is he thinking its a competition when its actually a huge support group?

“Well you win when you upload your novel to the Nanowrimo site before Dec 1st, they’ll declaire you a winner” I said

“Do they read the novel?” he says

“No,” I said

“So I could just copy out a Sun newpaper into the registration and I’d win,” he says.

“Yes…you could but THE POINT IS you write an orginal amazing novel with a bunch of people who will help you finish,” I said.

“Ah its a support group,” he says.

“Yes but with fun things like cakes and blankets. No loneliness of the long distance writer for us this year. That’s why we have the ‘Come write in sessions AND a night of writing dangerously,” I said.

“What do you do get when you write danerously?” he said.

At this point we will walk away dear reader. Remember our goal is to help you write your first draft of your novel. So pop down to the library every Saturday between 2-3.30pm so we can help you win! (And have loads of support)

Nanowrimo sheildCat Randle is Chair of Big Up Words. She’s had loads of poems published in NZ and the UK and children’s short stories published by Scholastic and Random House. Her novel for Nanowrimo is Martial Arts Mama.