WONDER OF WORDS is republished from https://suewrinch.wordpress.com with her permission

The first ‘Wonder Of Words’ was held at Winchester Discovery Centre on Thursday 28th July and fully lived up to its name.  It was an evening filled with a rich variety of inspiring words.


Steve Scholey

My inaugural ‘guest poet’, Steve Scholey entertained us with a  mix of both old and brand new poems.  So new in fact that he told me he was just putting the final touches to some minutes before going on!  I enjoyed these new poems in particular.  They were clever, concise and original, often having a wry twist or a word summing up the poem at the end. He also read poems reflecting his interest in geology and travels to Iceland.  A very enjoyable set.


There was plenty of time for Open Mic during the evening and we heard a wonderful variety of voices.  Poems, whether poignant, political or humorous were all interesting and affecting, showcasing a great wealth of local talent.  We were swept away by a tide of amazing words which is why I love setting up these evenings. ‘Wonder of Words’ will be held regularly on the last Thursday of the month and its main aim is to highlight and encourage local talent.  I may occasionally book an established poet – we shall see, but I’m really looking forward to hearing many more of your original and enthusiastic  voices over the coming months.

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.  .

The Travelling Bookstall is visiting Overton

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.

Battered Moons Poetry 2014 competition


I’ve copied this straight from the Arts Worlds Newsletter which comes from our poetry people in Swindon.

The fifth BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION opened on the 1st March 2014 to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Main judge David Morley, and Cristina Newton, will both read all the poems.

Steve Scholey one of our members was runner up last year. If you’d like a physical copy of their book, we have it for sale on The Travelling Bookstall.

Click on Battered Moons to go to their site and read more…

Steve Scholey or the best thing I found at Winchester Writers Conference 2012

“I’ve given up sending things to writing competitions,” said Steve Scholey. “When I send them off, they disappear and nothing ever happens.”

I was shocked. Steve had read an amazing poem at Winchester Writers conference’s open mic. It was clear to me that he was an amazing poet.

I was also shocked that he was letting the loneliness of the long distance writer stop him.  I pushed my chair’s card into his hand and unleashed my best uplifting talk. I think he promised to send something in, just so he could go home.

The next week a breathtaking poem called Grubby Fingers was entered into Andover’s poetry competition. 3 months later, he won and since then he’s been to Andover at least 3 times to perform, twice in front of the mayor.

Small threads.  This is what I want you to take away from this

1)   When you are at Winchester Writers conference, you may be talking to your next big career break. Winchester Open Mic is where I go to check out poets and writers for our upcoming projects.

2)   Send out everything (just not the first draft).

3)   Enter our poetry competition because you could win.

4)   Enter our poetry competition because you go on display even if you don’t win.

5)   Every writer needs a writing buddy or a good friend to talk to for writing support.

6)   Did I mention Winchester Writers conference has given many people the break in their career? Oh yeah, well it’s true.

This year Winchester Writers conference is June 21st-22nd-23rd at The University of Winchester. You can find our poetry competition under the Projects menu, title poetry. Steve’s winning poem is just below his picture.

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

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

Grubby fingers

She gathered up the ashes
of the spade,
the garden fork,
carefully planted roses
in the shed,

stamped on her
father’s urn,
more firmly
than was perhaps

tipped soil
and a full bucket of water
into the foot
of each green
wellington boot,

as it trickled from holes
altogether wider and deeper
than the muddied recollections
of her father,

gently placed
her tear-stained eyes
in her own deep pocket,
in the hope that
they might grow,

and dabbed
with grubby fingers
at her clean white handkerchief.

Steve Scholey