Good luck Roy

All our best wishes go to one of our founding members Roy Chatfield. His play will be at The Lights tonight.

You still have time to see Alfred v the Danes in The Great Wessex Bake-off, the secret of modification triple-X, a starring role for an Iceberg and more, as three actors romp through Hampshire’s history. More happy than horrible histories. A family show suited for all ages.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

It happened in Hampshire

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 


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.


A.F. Harrold; it’s for the kids

Kids say A.F. Harrold is very funny and he is which is why Andover Poetry café asked him to be the guest of the 1st Andover kid’s poetry café on August 10th at Long Meadow Centre in Cricketers Way.

“At the beginning a lot of parents asked if they could bring their kids to the poetry café,” said co-organiser Cat Randle. “So we decided to have a café in August just for kids and their grownups.”

As well as A.F. Harrold showing off and waving his beard about, there will be games like hunt the alphabet for the little kids, a quiz with prizes for the big kids and kids at heart AND Ivor will show all the children how to make up songs. There is a break for tea and cake half way through the fun times.

“Audience members have always had a lot of fun at our poetry cafes. Now we want to make the kid’s café even better,” said co-organiser Ivor Bundell. “Most grownups would miss out on seeing A.F.Harrold because the children see him during school visits. Now they can have some quality time laughing with their kids.”

The sponsors Big Up Words are all about having fun with words and the café organisers wanted to show the kids how much fun you can pack into one afternoon.

“We deliberately kept the costs down thanks to the help we’ve got from Andover Family and Learning. The adults are £2.00 but ALL the kids go free. I remember the holidays when as the parent who looked after the kids it was good to be able to go somewhere we could both enjoy at a reasonable cost,” said Ivor.

Kid’s poetry café will start at 1pm on Saturday August 10th at Long Meadow Centre Cricketers Way, Andover SP105 DE.


A man of adventure as well as a poet

A man of adventure as well as a poet