Angela Chicken is looking forward to the experience of her first poetry reading in Andover.
“I want to hear what other poets are writing about and what their voices sound like. My hope is they’ll get something out of what I am bringing. I am very interested in aural history and family stories. “
Angela’s writing is urban and observational. It is a taste of modern city life in Southampton. She writes about ordinary life events around her home. Her poetry often starts from conversations that she’s heard on buses.
Although she was writing poetry as a teenager she didn’t consider her poetry career officially starting until four years ago.
“It all restarted after I had an operation. I was in bed for a while and writing poetry was a way of helping the healing process. It was a big awakening. I found poems in my coat pockets and books on my shelves.”
Angela likes to engage with poetry on a work level. She read Literature at Warwick University and when she saw contemporary poets, it changed the way she thought about poetry.
“Words fascinate me, like lyrics from pop songs. At University I got to see people like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Benjamin Zephaniah and Jackie Kay. I realised that poetry can be very intimate; it doesn’t have to be strict and straight laced. We don’t have to write poetry in old forms but we can use our own accent. So we shouldn’t be afraid of using our own voices.”
Angela now works with Ricky Tart as part of Writing with My Eyes project. She is a shadow poet or an emerging poet of interest. Angela goes into schools with a professional poet, teaches the teachers how to make films with ipads, helps the children create poetry content, films the children and then creates a permanent Ebook. Angela’s own Photo book HOME TOWN was selected for the EBook Exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery in 2013.
Angela will be the guest poet for Andover Poetry Cafe on Saturday July 20th at Cafe Bridge 31-33 Bridge St from 2pm to 4pm. There will be an open mic.