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
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 email@example.com and we will keep some in reserve on the door.
About the guest-Peter Roe guest poet
Peter 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
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
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.
On Saturday 2 July I led an intrepid team of poets onto Parchment Street in Winchester to take part in the annualHat Fair celebrations. Sorry it has taken me a week to get this up online (realise this sounds as if I think watching Andy Murray winning Wimbledon is more important … anyway, we’re here now).
Our line-up of fabulous local talent comprised: Joan McGavin, my predecessor as Hampshire Poet 2014; Syd Meats, Chair of Romsey’s Tea Poet Collective; Lynda O’Neill, a Winchester poet; Hugh Greasley, a painter-poet; Sue Wrinch, who runs two regular poetry/prose events in Winchester; Steve Scholey, a ringleader of Not The Winchester Poetry Festival; Rosemary Brook-Hart, currently studying for a languages degree; andCat Randle, a steampunk poet from Andover, who performed as her steampunk persona Merciful Grace the Mechanical Maid.
We played Hunt The Microphone at the beginning, braved rainstorms and wind gusts that threatened to overcome my clothespeg/music stand combo. At one point I was standing behind Steve, holding an umbrella over him and his poems. But our wonderfully enthusiastic audience stuck with us and enjoyed all our performances.
Here are a few pictures from our afternoon – again, apologies for not getting pics of all the poets as they performed (Rosemary and Syd). I was sometimes distracted by rain-management or microphone issues, or (in the case of Syd) too mesmerised by his Darlek impression and forgot to get my phone out.
You’ve been invited by Test Valley Arts Foundation to the launch of their first anthology, “Celebrate Youth Writing 2015”. The new book is full of poems, short stories and initial chapters of novels written by young writers aged 11-21. The launch will take place on June 16th starting at 7.30pm at The Lights. Everone who buys a ticket will receive a free copy of the e-book.
The books entries are varied and their themes range from playful comedy to poignant tragedy, from superheroes to the ordinary heroes of World War 1 trenches, from science-fiction-style alien invasions to animal stories.
The launch at The Lights will have a showcase of poems, sketches, and 4 short films by Testbourne School, monologues from Long Overdue theatre company, a dance from Ruby Slippers School especially made for the show and orginal music, all inspired by the anthology.
“We want to have a fun, party-style feel to the launch. We’re very keen to show how exceptional these young writers are. The stories in our book are teaching us what’s important to young people in the 21st century.” said organiser Cat Randle
20 young writers aged 11-21 were chosen out of entries from all over Hampshire.
Tickets to the celebration are on sale at The Lights. The books will be on sale from 7.00 onwards. The event and anthology are sponsored by BeWiser and supported by Test Valley Arts Foundation, Cat’s Writing Room and Bees’ Nest Books.
On Saturday April 12th the Big Up Words travelling bookstall will be joining Bees’ Nest Books at Overton Country Market, St Mary’s hall Overton in Hampshire. The market is open from 10am to 1pm. We will be selling and promoting word-related products produced by some of our members, including Margaret Armand-Smith, Bryan Beggs, Ivor Bundell, Elwyn Bull, Oonagh Pope, Cat Randle, River Anton Writers, Steve Scholey, Sally Startup and Ken Towell. Do come along to shop and say hello.
On Saturday 18th from 9.30 until 12.30, The Travelling Bookstall will be at St Paul’s Church Centre at Smannell Road, SP11 6 JP.
The Travelling Bookstall is made up of members books, cards and promotions. You can browse or buy if you like. We were invited to promote what we do around Andover. So we’ve asked some of our group to read from their works. Sally Startup, Bryn Beggs, Ken Towell and Cat Randle are going to read and if you have a children’s poem bring it along and we’ll slot you in.
We are focusing mainly on children’s and young adults books but if you want to catch us up for a chat about Big Up Words and what’s happening that’s a good time. We’ll also have members forms as well.
For more information click here http://www.mumsintheknow.co.uk/andover/2013/12/18/mitkandover-showcase-event/
Look forward to seeing you there.