South Downs Poetry Festival 2018: Events March to November
A Celebration of Poetry with Tamar Yoseloff. Plus Open Mic Poetry!
Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm, Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QJ.
Enjoy a celebration of words and music with distinguished poet Tamar Yoseloff reading from A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems, plus favourite poems from her back catalogue. Tamar has published five poetry collections, has been nominated for the Ted Hughes Award and is Chair of Poetry & Spoken Word for the Society of Authors.
‘One of the best poets of her generation’ (Thomas Lux); ‘Filled with pleasure’ (Dame Gillian Beer).
Live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and open mic poetry combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music. Readers and listeners equally welcome.
Tickets: £7.00 (to include glass of wine) are available from Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QJ. 01243 777351.
Open Mic Poetry with Mandy Pannett
Wednesday 2nd May, Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester, PO19 7XY.
Mandy Pannett has published four full poetry collections, including All the Invisibles and Bee Purple. She has adjudicated several poetry competitions and been selecting editor for South poetry magazine. Plus open mic poetry – sign up on the door to read your own poetry, all styles and subjects welcome. Café/bar for refreshments.
Tickets: £4 on the door or online.
The Golden Thread: Story, Poetry and Prosecco
Friday 25th May 7pm, St Hubert’s Church, Finchdean, Waterlooville PO8 0BE
Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music in historic St Hubert’s Church with guitarist Geoff Robb, novelist Gabrielle Kimm and South Downs poets James Simpson, Barry Smith and Melanie Penycate. Described as an ‘outstanding guitarist’ by the Argus, Geoff Robb entertains with classical, Spanish and Celtic tunes. Gabrielle Kimm is the author of four well-received historical novels including His Last Duchess. James Simpson is a Jerwood/Arvon award winner with two full poetry collections – Hunting the Wren and The Untenanted Room – plus collaborations with artist Carolyn Trant. Melanie Penycate’s poetry publications include Feeding Humming Birds. Barry Smith’s poems have appeared in Acumen, London Grip and Frogmore Papers.
Open Mic Poetry with Matthew Stewart
Wednesday 30th May, Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester, PO19 7XY.
Matthew Stewart’s collection The Knives of Villalejo (Eyewear) stretches from suburban Surrey to the vineyards of Extremadura. He works in the Spanish wine trade and splits his time between West Sussex and Extramadura. He has previously published two poetry books, Tasting Notes and Inventing Truth (Happenstance).
Plus open mic poetry – sign up on the door to read your own poetry, all styles and subjects welcome. Café/bar for refreshments.
Tickets: £5 on the door.
Launch of SOUTH 57
Wednesday, May 16th 7pm for 7:30 start Room 204, St Alphege (off Milnthorpe Lane), University of Winchester (King Alfred Campus)near Sparkford Road,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 4NR.
SOUTH 57 Launch Readings with readings from contributors, the Profiled Poet, Kitty Coles, and the Selectors for this edition, Joan McGavin and Lynda O’Neill. The venue is about 15 minutes walk from the mainline train station. Map : https://www.winchester.ac.uk/media/content-assets/documents/King-Alfred-Campus-Map.pdf
Chichester Stanza: The Meeting House
Tuesday 5th June, Friends’ Meeting House, Priory Street, Chichester, PO19 1NX
Members of Chichester Stanza, a branch of the Poetry Society who meet monthly to share and perfect their writing, will present their poems, some of which will be from the new anthology ‘The Meeting House’. Many of the group have published collections and books will be on sale. The reading will be accompanied by a visual presentation.
The readers will be Adam Taylor, Richard Biddle, Camilla Lambert, Geoffrey Winch,
Jeff Vinter, Keith Massey, Melanie Penycate, Mike Cootes, Shirley Redpath and Yvonne Govan. The Chi Jazz trio will provide a musical interlude. Tea or coffee during the interval is included in the ticket price of £5.00. Tickets can be purchased on the door, or from the Novium http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
BINSTED ARTS FESTIVAL
WORKSHOP ON WRITING POETRY OF PROTEST led by MANDY PANNETT
Friday, June 8, 3.00pm- 5.30 pm THE POOL ROOM MILL BALL BINSTED LANE, BINSTED, BN18 0LJ
The workshop will look briefly at the history of protest poetry and consider themes that are relevant to the present day. Different styles and techniques (such as ballad, song, parody, rant), writing in tones of defiance or nostalgia, and approaching a theme obliquely or head on, will be discussed.. There will be time for participants to do their own writing. .Bring writing materials and any examples of poems, lyrics or quotations that fit the theme. The workshop is designed for writers at all levels of experience. Cost : £10.00
Mandy is a West Sussex poet, creative writing teacher, poetry editor, reviewer and experienced adjudicator
Limited number of places, booking essential.
BINSTED ARTS FESTIVAL
POETRY EVENING with COMPETITION PRIZE-GIVING and READING by JEREMY PAGE
Friday June 8th 7.00- 9.00pm ST MARY’S CHURCH, BINSTED LANE, BINSTED BN18 0LL
Winning entries in the Binsted Arts Poetry Competition, on the theme of ‘Country’, will be presented by the judge, Jeremy Page. The poems will be read, as far as possible, by the poets themselves, and Jeremy will read from his own work. There will be musical contributions and an anthology of prizewinning, and other poems entered in the competition, will be available. FREE EVENT. Jeremy Page has edited the bi-annual literary journal ‘The Frogmore Papers’ since 1983. He is the author of several collections of poems, and is currently Director of the Centre for Language Studies at the University of Sussex.
For more details see http://www.binsted.org/arts-festival
The Needlewriters, Lewes
Thursday 14th June. An exciting programme of Poetry Surgeries, Open Mic & Readings.
4pm – 6pm – Poetry Surgeries at The Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG
6.45pm – 7.45pm (doors open 6.30pm) – Open Mic upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, hosted by Barry Smith, director of South Downs Poetry Festival and Chichester Open Mic Poetry, as well as Co-ordinator of the Festival of Chichester. Reading slots limited – sign up on the door from 6.30pm.
8pm – 10pm – Readings from Ruth Valentine, Sue Roe, Stephen Plaice & Martyn Ford
Tickets: £12 all inclusive, or £10 for the afternoon only (Poetry Surgeries) and £5 for the Evening. An evening ticket is for both the Open Mic and Readings (same price whether you come to both or just one). To reserve your place please email email@example.com to give us an idea of numbers. Then, pay on the door and choose which table(s) you’d like to take part in. Follow the link for full details:
POETRY & JAZZ CAFE WITH LOUIS DE BERNIÈRES
Thursday, June 28, 7.30pm. EDES HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.
Acclaimed author (of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin fame) and poet Louis de Bernières appears alongside jazz duo Jo Fooks (sax) with Ted Beament (piano) to entertain and inspire. Louis will read from his collection of poems, Of Love and Desire. Plus South Downs poets. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid setting of grade I listed Edes House. Festival of Chichester. Tickets £15. http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
POETRY AND MUSIC AT CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL
Tuesday, July 10, 6.30pm. CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.
A celebration of poetry and music in the atmospheric setting of the Cathedral. Join distinguished poet Robyn Bolam (Bloodaxe & Hampshire Poet 2018), with South Downs poets Stephanie Norgate (Bloodaxe) and Barry Smith (SDPF director) for a stimulating reading of new poetry alongside classic Sussex poems read by professional actors. Live music by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar. Disabled access. Tickets £6; students £4. http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
WORDS & MUSIC FOR A SUMMER NIGHT
Tuesday 17 July, 7.00pm (doors open at 6.45pm) Littlehampton Library
Original poetry from the Silk Road Writers. The Silk Road Writers, now in their fifteenth year, have performed in many local festivals – at Arundel, Worthing and here on their home turf in Littlehampton. They have created several anthologies of work, the latest being Strands of Silk, which appeared last year. In association with the South Downs Poetry Festival, they will be presenting a newly-devised programme of original work taking a fresh look at the world we all know. Music to welcome you – and to entertain you at various points during the recital – will be provided by Tom Jeffers (guitar) and David Asher (recorder).
Tickets: £4.00 from the Library: 01903 716450 / firstname.lastname@example.org (Tickets are non-refundable.)
Winchester Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-18
As there is no South Downs Poetry Prize this year, we recommend Winchester.
FIRST PRIZE: £1000, SECOND PRIZE: £500, THIRD PRIZE: £250 There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. Judge for the competition is Liz Berry.
In addition to receiving cash prizes winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology. The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work
Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem and £4.00 for each subsequent poem. Contact: For full details see http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize
Performance Poetry at MADhurst Festival
Wednesday, 22nd August, 7.30pm, The Wheatsheaf, Wool Lane, Midhurst GU29 9BX
Join the Speechpainter at Upstairs at The Wheatsheaf for a fast-talking evening of Performance Poetry, with special guests Audi Maserati (professor of shade avoidance and skylarking at the wholly imagined paradoxical dada institute of disembodied poetics) and Jessica Mookherjee (introducing a measure of sanity by reading from The Swell, Joyride and her new Cultured Llama collection, Flood). Plus a Poetry Slam and live music. Fun guaranteed. Entrance free, with collection on the night. Sign up on the door to read. All welcome.
Smoke and Mirrors: Poetry Workshop at Arundel Festival
Friday, 24th August, 2-5.30pm Arundel Library, 2 Surrey Wharf, Arundel. BN18 9DW
Led by distinguished poet Anne-Marie Fyfe, the workshop will focus on the theme of Smoke and Mirrors. Illusion or reality, mirror images are everywhere – in stores, lifts & lobbies, in bathroom cabinets, periscopes, kaleidoscopes & powder compacts. A looking-glass world of image & imagination seen through rear-view mirrors, wing mirrors, mirrors in science & superstition, fairytale & fact, always replicating reality in reverse, dazzling, distorting, or, angled just right, multiplying images to infinity. A chance to explore the poetic potential of our much-mirrored world, to reflect on anything & everything – from a rain-puddle to a polished hub-cap to the mirror-walled office-block – that reflects us & the world around us! Join us & experience the creativity of Anne-Marie Fyfe’s themed writing workshops where tasks & talk, led exercises & sources of inspiration (from literature, the visual arts & a much wider world) will fire your poetic imagination & have you producing real results in terms of finished works & new drafts (& a head fizzing with new ideas, new directions!) … as well as time for read-back to, & positive feed-back from, energised fellow-writers. Please book by 18th August.
Tickets £26 Novium http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
Poetry, Paintings & Prosecco at Arundel Festival with Anne-Marie Fyfe and C.L. Dallat
Friday 24 August, 7.30pm, Andy Waite’s Studio, 54 Tarrant Street, Arundel, BN18 9DN
Enjoy a stimulating mix of words, music and amazing art with acclaimed poet Troubadour’s international poetry award winner, Anne-Marie Fyfe and Troubadour musician and poet Cahal Dallat, plus South Downs poets, all set against the stunning backdrop of artist Andy Waite’s incandescent summer exhibition. (Studio access via steps.)
Tickets £11.50 (includes wine) email Andy Waite – email@example.com
Eco-poetry Walk and Workshop at MADhurst Festival
Sunday, 26rd August, 2-4pm Old Library, Knockhundred Row, Midhurst GU29 9DQ
Join poet Hugh Dunkerley for an eco-poetry walk and poetry workshop, starting from the Old Library at Midhurst. Leader: Dr. Hugh Dunkerley, Poet and Reader in Creative Writing and Poetry, University of Chichester. After an introduction to eco-poetry and its concerns, Hugh will take you on a short guided walk from St. Anne’s Hill through woodland and by the River Rother to The Ruins, stopping along the way to make observational notes. Back at the Old Library, Hugh will guide you through forming a first draft poem from your rough notes. The aim is to generate some new nature poetry and materials to take away. Some rough walking is involved and therefore not suitable for those with mobility issues. Tickets: £15 from Midhurst Festival or the Novium http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
WRITING POETRY AT THE WEALD & DOWNLAND MUSEUM
Wednesday 12 September 2018 10:30am-5:30pm
Poetry Workshop at the Weald and Downland 10-30- 5.30
In the atmospheric setting of Weald and Downland Living Museum, we will use the houses and implements on display as source material to develop notebook entries and then more sustained first drafts of poems. The emphasis will be on how observational writing develops a metaphoric power. We will experiment with the emotional resonance of language concerned with making, building, cooking, gardening and clothes, as we explore notions of home and work drawing on the rich sources of the Museum and our own lives. Creative methods will include: discussion of poems, observational writing tasks, poetry experiments and some celebratory sharing of work at the end of the day.
The one day course is suitable for writers of any level of experience as the focus is on creating new material. Coffee, tea and cake are provided, and you can buy lunch at the café or bring your own picnic.
Tutor: Stephanie Norgate, poet (Bloodaxe Books) and playwright (BBC Radio 4) is a very experienced creative writing tutor, who particularly enjoys working on location. Her poetry residencies include the Barbican’s Fann Street Wildlife Garden and Otter Gallery.
Poetry and music evening 6.30: guest poet Maura Dooley will read with Barry Smith and Stephanie Norgate.
TICKETS: Book for whole workshop day and evening reading, or one or other. Workshop: £48 per person, this includes tuition, teas and coffees. Your ticket will also include entry to the evening poetry readings and music from 6:30pm. Weald & Downland Museum. www.wealddown.co.uk 01243 811363
POETRY AND MUSIC, South Downs Poetry Festival at the Weald & Downland Museum
Wednesday, 12th September, 2018. 6.30pm.
A delightful mix of words and music in the atmospheric setting of the Weald & Downland Museum, with distinguished poet Maura Dooley, South Downs poets Stephanie Norgate and Barry Smith, film/TV/stage actor and singer Gareth Williams and classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett. Maura, who has been nominated for the Forward Prize will read from her collection The Silvering; Gareth will read classic South Downs poetry. Tickets: £11, with £10 for Weald & Downland members/students, plus £5 Museum volunteers. (Free for poetry workshop participants – see website for details.) Weald & Downland Museum. www.wealddown.co.uk 01243 811363 or Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH, 01243 816525 www.thenovium.org/boxoffice
BLAKEFEST, Regis Centre/Alexandra Theatre, Belmont St, Bognor Regis, PO21 1BL
Saturday 15th September 2018, Midday onwards
An eclectic mix of words and music set in the Sussex seaside town of Bognor Regis. William Blake lived in the adjoining village of Felpham from 1801-1803, where he saw visions of angels, was inspired to write Jerusalem and was placed on trial for sedition after an altercation with a soldier outside an inn. Poetry events are curated by the South Downs Poetry Festival. Music includes: Music of George Harrison by the 10 piece All Things Must Pass Orchestra, led by Alex Eberhardt, Lena Lovich Band, Jamie Leeming Jazz Trio, featuring Emily Dankworth on vocals, Olivia Stevens, Mister Solo and Lem and the White Fire.
SURREAL MAN and the NUTTER in the SHRUBBERY: Ciaran O’Driscoll and Margaret Farrelly with John Davies (aka Shedman) 2.45pm, Studio. Irish wit and wisdom meet itinerant poet Shedman for an hour of scintillating poetry interspersed with lyrical Celtic sounds from Margaret Farrelly. Ciaran O’Driscoll is one of Ireland’s most distinguished poets with several collections to his name. John Davies has just published Jizz – New and Selected Poems as well as touring festivals with his shed.
JOY: POETRY & JAZZ with Sasha Dugdale, Niall McDevitt, Naomi Foyle , Barry Smith and Jamie Leeming (guitar) 4.15pm, Studio
The genre-crossing compositions of Jamie Leeming (Heartsong) with strong roots in the jazz tradition, but with folk-influenced imagery and textures meet the Blake-inspired words of South Downs poets culminating in Sasha Dugdale’s vocalising of Catherine Blake. Sasha Dugdale won the Forward Prize for Joy (Carcanet) and a Cholmondeley Award. Naomi Foyle is a novelist and poet, The Night Pavilion being a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Barry Smith is director of the South Downs Poetry Festival.
Also: The Practical Visionary, a collaged dialogue, inspired by Blake’s visions, between Sophie Hexheimer and Chris McCabe and A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry edited by Naomi Foyle.
Tickets: Full festival 15th Sept £16.50; Alexandra Theatre events £12.50; Studio £8.50 from https://alexandratheatre.co.uk/event/blakefest-2018/ or tel 01243 861010 www.blakefest.co.uk
AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC at TORTINGTON
Friday, 12th October, 2018. 7.30 p.m. St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Ford Road, Tortington, near Arundel, BN18 0BG.
Set in the lovely 12th century Norman church, the evening features Northamptonshire poet James Vollmar, supported by the Silk Road Writers with Tom Jeffers (guitar) and David Asher (recorder). James is a well-respected poet and playwright. His latest collection PEACETIME (Matador Books) draws on experiences both of his native Northamptonshire and of his travels to other parts of the world. The locally-based Silk Road Writers’ group, now in its 16th year, has performed in several local festivals including Arundel, Worthing, Chichester and Littlehampton. All the poets will be reading their own original work. To welcome you and at various points during the evening, a selection of charming music will be provided by Tom Jeffers and David Asher. Refreshments will be available at the west door of the church.
Tickets: £6 from the Novium, http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525
The Blood Jet of Poetry at the Square Tower, Portsmouth
Sunday 28 October 6.30pm, the Square Tower, Broad Street, Portsmouth PO1 2ND
A celebration of words, music and song from the acclaimed and multi-prizewinning Spring Poets, with live music from Les Kazoos D’Amour and WordBass. Spring Poets are Marianne Barber, Denise Bennett (Inaugural Hamish Canham Prize), Robyn Bolam (Bloodaxe & Hampshire Poet 2018), Lydia Fulleylove (Two Ravens Press), Eve Jackson (The Frogmore Prize), John Haynes (Costa Poetry Prize), Ruth Marden (Happenstance), Joan McGavin (Hampshire Poet 2014), Stephanie Norgate (Bloodaxe & Forward shortlist), Maggie Sawkins (Ted Hughes Award 2013), Chris Sparkes (Kissing through Glass).
WordBass – winsome words with double bass performed by Maggie Sawkins and David Jordan. Les Kazoos D’Amour – a lively and quirky mix of Swing to Folk, Jazz to Pop, Music Hall to Rock ‘n’ Roll, with a touch of Ivor Cutler for good measure. Performed by Janet Ayers and Matthew Parsons on banjolele, guitar, ukulele, percussion, vocals and violins … and of course, kazoos. Guaranteed to make your toenails twinkle!
Tickets: £7.00 are available from http://www.thenovium.org/boxoffice Tel 01243 816525