Teapoet’s May 8th Fundraiser is helping young artist Dan Clayton

An amazing line up for an amazing cause

An amazing line up for an amazing cause

Romsey’s TeaPoet Collective presents its annual community fundraiser on Sunday 8 th May. It will take place at Rum’s Eg gallery in Bell Street, and it will be supporting a young artist, Dan Clayton.

Dan suffered a couple of brain tumours at an early age which affected his balance and hearing, but he discovered a complete freedom through painting and drawing.

The landscapes and wildlife of his childhood in Zimbabwe continue to inspire his work, and his achievements include completing a painting degree at Winchester School of Art. The money raised from this event will enable him to set up an exhibition of his work at Rum’s Eg.

The afternoon poetry cafe will feature guest poets Caro Reeves and Lesley Scott. There will also be music from Les Kazoo’s D’amour and Panda-monium, and some spoken word open spots. The event

starts at 1:30pm. Admission is £5, all of which goes directly to supporting Dan’s exhibition.

Open Word Poetry Cafe Stockbridge

The new Spoken Word (Open Mic) Café launches at The Grosvenor, in the beautiful town of Stockbridge, Hampshire.  on Sunday 24th April, with gusts Andover singer Hannah Cutts and Hampshire duo Least Worst Candidates.  Rob Casey and James Consterdine are Hampshire’s poetic version of Flight of the Concords, providing a combination of comedy spoken word and  modern music styles.

 

“We saw Hannah at The Rockhouse open mic and she’s gone on to wow audiences at Romsey’s Teapoets,” said co-organiser Cat Randle. “We are very lucky to have entertaining guest for our opening,”

 

The Open Word Café runs from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, every 4th Sunday of the month (third Sunday in June – full list of dates below).

 

Organisers Cat Randle and Gavin Ketchen have based the venture on the successful Teapoet Café in Romsey. Spoken Word Cafés are based on the ‘jam not slam’ model and Spoken Word participants of all ages, styles and genres are welcome.

 

“What amazes me,” says Cat Randle “is the consistently high standard of poems, short stories, jokes, shaggy dog stories and sheer variety of offerings that people bring to our Spoken Word Cafés. It’s a very supportive, friendly environment for people to present in, especially if it is their first time. In Romsey we have people of all ages come and read. It’s all about having fun.”

 

Gavin Ketchen added “Choosing The Grosvenor in Stockbridge was very important to us. The Grosvenor has wonderful facilities, is disabled friendly as well as having a superb menu and licensed bar. It’s perfect if you want to have an afternoon out with a friend or relative who has mobility requirements.”

 

The afternoon is a combination of open performance slots with two guests: One an acoustic musician and the other a performance poet. Cat says, “We pick guests who have wowed us in other Spoken Word Cafés throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire and Surrey. We’ve noticed there are amazing, inspirational poets like Ben Johnson, Bryn Studwick and Ricki Tart who have all performed one-person shows. Ben has a live robot speaking which is very exciting. We’d like to give them a chance to be seen in North Hampshire.”

 

You can simply come and listen or participate and read your own work or a story/poem that you might wish to share. For the more adventurous, we have use of a projector and screen – organisers Cat and Gavin are really looking forward to seeing if it proves to be popular.

 

Each month will feature a different theme. We’re not strict about it and we regularly veer well off course, but a theme adds to the fun. All you get is a title. How you interpret it is entirely up to you!

 

Dates and themes are as follows:

 

Sunday 24th AprilTheme: ‘New Beginnings’

Sunday 22nd May‘The Monarchy’

Sunday 19th June‘Mythical Beasts’

Sunday 24th July‘Families’

Sunday 28th August‘Driving’

Sunday 25th September‘Autumn Hues & Blues’

 

You can get the latest updates and feedback from the Open Word Facebook page:

Facebook.com/OpenWordStockbridge

 

For further information, please contact:

Cat Randle

BigUpWords@gmail.com

07760 993597

Gavin Ketchen

Gavin_ketchen@hotmail.com

07879 444345

 

 

 

New open mic stars Hampshire talent

Rob Casey and James Constendine in the paddling pool of life

Rob Casey and James Constendine in the paddling pool of life

The new Spoken Word (Open Mic) Café launches at The Grosvenor, in the beautiful town of Stockbridge, Hampshire.  on Sunday 24th April, with gusts Andover singer Hannah Cutts and Hampshire duo Least Worst Candidates.  Rob Casey and James Consterdine are Hampshire’s poetic version of Flight of the Concords, providing a combination of comedy spoken word and  modern music styles.

 

“We saw Hannah at The Rockhouse open mic and she’s gone on to wow audiences at Romsey’s Teapoets,” said co-organiser Cat Randle. “We are very lucky to have entertaining guest for our opening,”

What the Open Word is all about

What the Open Word is all about

The Open Word Café runs from 1.30pm – 4.00pm, every 4th Sunday of the month (third Sunday in June – full list of dates below).

Beautiful music from a beautiful singer

Beautiful music from a beautiful singer

 

Organisers Cat Randle and Gavin Ketchen have based the venture on the successful Teapoet Café in Romsey. Spoken Word Cafés are based on the ‘jam not slam’ model and Spoken Word participants of all ages, styles and genres are welcome.

 

“What amazes me,” says Cat Randle “is the consistently high standard of poems, short stories, jokes, shaggy dog stories and sheer variety of offerings that people bring to our Spoken Word Cafés. It’s a very supportive, friendly environment for people to present in, especially if it is their first time. In Romsey we have people of all ages come and read. It’s all about having fun.”

 

Gavin Ketchen added “Choosing The Grosvenor in Stockbridge was very important to us. The Grosvenor has wonderful facilities, is disabled friendly as well as having a superb menu and licensed bar. It’s perfect if you want to have an afternoon out with a friend or relative who has mobility requirements.”

Stock bridge high st

Stock bridge high st

The afternoon is a combination of open performance slots with two guests: One an acoustic musician and the other a performance poet. Cat says, “We pick guests who have wowed us in other Spoken Word Cafés throughout Hampshire, Wiltshire and Surrey. We’ve noticed there are amazing, inspirational poets like Ben Johnson, Bryn Studwick and Ricki Tart who have all performed one-person shows. Ben has a live robot speaking which is very exciting. We’d like to give them a chance to be seen in North Hampshire.”

 

You can simply come and listen or participate and read your own work or a story/poem that you might wish to share. For the more adventurous, we have use of a projector and screen – organisers Cat and Gavin are really looking forward to seeing if it proves to be popular.

 

Each month will feature a different theme. We’re not strict about it and we regularly veer well off course, but a theme adds to the fun. All you get is a title. How you interpret it is entirely up to you!

 

Dates and themes are as follows:

 

Sunday 24th AprilTheme: ‘New Beginnings’

Sunday 22nd May‘The Monarchy’

Sunday 19th June‘Mythical Beasts’

Sunday 24th July‘Families’

Sunday 28th August‘Driving’

Sunday 25th September‘Autumn Hues & Blues’

 

You can get the latest updates and feedback from the Open Word Facebook page:

Facebook.com/OpenWordStockbridge

 

For further information, please contact:

Cat Randle

BigUpWords@gmail.com

07760 993597

Gavin Ketchen

Gavin_ketchen@hotmail.com

07879 444345

 

 

Lesley Scott put the ‘oh’ in ode at The Art House

We’re fond of Lesley Scott . She was spotted at Moving Voices and the team of Syd Meats and  Cat Randle encouraged her to come to The Teapoets Collective. In our small supportive venue Lesley flourished. We were so proud of her when she competed in SO:Speak Slam at The Dancing Man on October 31st. Now she has her very first support gig. We here at Big Up Words are letting out a whoop whoop of encouragement that our Teapoet brethren are doing SO WELL
This is her event in her own words
Come and see Lesley’s Virgin Slot?!  Ummm, sorry that may give you the wrong idea.  I’m the girl whose car had sex (without my permission), who divulges the seedy undercover world of pensioners ( you’d be surprised at what they get up to!), the inside story of office meetings and all those characters you will recognise If you’ve ever suffered such a meeting, ducks (well, why not?! ), finding love in Asda and more.  I put the “oh!” in ode and the fun in “function”!  So come to my function and support my opening slot at on the 5th March 2016 at The Art House and then watch Rob Gee perform afterwards!
Lesley Scott wows audiences with her humour at her first slam

Lesley Scott wows audiences with her humour at her first slam

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

Glee and Cake fundraiser with open mic at Chapel Arts Studio

Glee & Cake!

Saturday September 12th, 2015 at September fundraiser at Chapel Arts Studio, St Mary’s Cemetary, SP10 1DP from 1pm to 3pm.

MC Dan Hooks will be hosting an afternoon of poetry, music and comedy sketches for all the family. Guests include local poets Bobbie Coelho and Damian O’Vitch; comedy sketches from prize winning young author Isaac Randle,poetry from Ella Simmons and music. Tea and cake included in the ticket price  will be served. We are child friendly and have disabled access at the venue.
Open mic.
Places are limited so we recommend booking early!

You can book via emailing BigUpWords@gmail.com or event brite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glee-and-cake-tickets-12395442101

 

Dan Hooks posing a few questions

Ivor Bundell returns with secret poetry.

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell musing on Meon Valley

Ivor Bundell former secretary for Big Up Words is the founder of Secret Poetry at www.secretpoetry.co.uk. It is a website which publishes free downloads, an occasional e-zine and sells poetry online.

Ivor was M.C at the Poetry cafe pilot at the Bridge in 2012. He’s best remembered for his humorous poetry about carrots.

Ivor has produced three albums with his brother Kevan and a solo album entitled ‘Heart & Stone’. A poet, singer-songwriter and near novelist, Ivor hails from the Meon Valley and writes about the natural world and local history.

His most recent work includes the newly discovered and translated ‘Winchester Tales’, a natural history of butterflies ‘Moments of Delight’ and ‘Randall –  A Triptych: Untold Tales, A Narrative Odyssey, The Existential Comedy’.

Andover Afternoon poetry cafe is held on the second Saturday of the month at The Rendezvous Cafe, 8 Union St, Andover, SP10 1PA. The first half of the afternoon is reserved for local poets, entertainers and acoustic musicians. The guest spots are after a tea break with cakes supplied by The Great British Tea & Cake company.

 

Over All winner of the Andover Poetry competition Graeme Sandford

 

Graeme Sandford Over all winner of the competition

Graeme Sandford Over all winner of the competition

 A Recipe for Sautéed Shakespeare

Take one Puck and griddle the Earth, mid-simmer, for forty minutes, with acorns to taste.
Add a pound of flesh, take arms, end them, use every man after his dessert, without waste
Insert your Guildenstern and your Rosencrantz heads first, as you must;

Ingrate a little Lear of Corn., preferably wind-blown from the heath, for the crust;

Sieve a freshly blooded Montague and a young Capulet into the mix, checking expiry dates.

Blend in, if you can, one ripe Caliban with water and berries, or if unavailable a Trinculo or Stephano (Caliban’s ‘mates’)

If the flavour seems somewhat sweet to you, a pinch moor of Othello’s handkerchief can be folded in

Dust nightly with a spot of Lady M. to garnish, or cheat by using leaves from Dunsinane.

Serve i’ the heat, accompanied with Caesar salad, Dogberry sauce and I pray you watch

How a rich and full-bodied Malmsey will accompany this nicely – but don’t serve with Scotch!

A few words about Graeme Sandford, by Graeme Sandforld

I ‘love’ words! I get great satisfaction from arranging and rearranging them to form exquisite poetry (in my opinion) and the performance of many of these poems has brought me (and others?) a great deal of pleasure.

I also ‘love’ Shakespeare – and any chance I get I purloin a phrase from the Bard to improve my works tremendously – He has said nothing on this – therefore I assume he approves.

 my words (or at least some of them) are available to taste on www.graemesandford.wordpress.com

Second place in the Andover section: Sharon Vennall

Second place in the Andover section: Sharon Vennall

Sharon Vennall 2nd Andover  prize winner BUW poetry 2014 The Table

Food at the table
Silence.
Not enough to share
Hunger.
United together
Love.

I have been writing poetry since I was about 20, alongside songwriting. I work at The Lights theatre and also perform as the lead vocalist of a Jazz group called JazzInc www.jazzinc.co.uk

I studied music and composition before I came to work at The Lights.

Performance opportunity at Michaelmas Fair

IMAG3489The Travelling Book fair will be at Michaelmas fair, Weyhill Fairground on Saturday September 20th from 12-4pm and Sunday September 21st form 12-4 pm. We’ve negotiated 8 outdoor performance slots of 15 mins just for you. Music, poetry, funny skits and comedy is what is needed. Remember its family friendly so nothing naughty or rude. Outdoor performing is hard work but people at the fair are friendly and fun.

All money raised will go to our two new projects, the performance and poetry cafe and a marketing pilot to find out what book groups want to read.

Interested? Email us at bigupwords@gmail.com and tell us what you’d like to perform and which day.