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Poetrywivenhoe, established 2007, presents readings by established poets and by local readers; and as well the popular ‘Out of the Hat’ Open Mic session, when budding poets have the chance to air their skills, on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Poetrywivenhoe is an open event, you don’t need club membership, just pay at the door.
Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe.

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Poetrywivenhoe’s next event will be on Thursday 26 January 2017 at the RBL Wivenhoe. Our guest readers will be Victor Tapner (from Billericay) and Nancy Hughes (from Wivenhoe).

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Coming up quickly after that, 10-12 February, is an important Brightlingsea event at which Poetrywivenhoe will have a modest presence.
Many of you local to Wivenhoe will have seen the article in the Chronicle covering the forthcoming Brightlingsea WinterFest which is being held in aid of the organisation Mind to promote mental health and wellbeing. This is the festival’s third year.

Poetrywivenhoe will make an appearance in the WinterFest Words programme on the Saturday afternoon. Mike Harwood has a solo spot and we will also field a small group of 4 readers from Powiv (Martin Bewick, Judith Wolton, Sylvia Sellers, Peter Kennedy).

The programme starts at 2.00pm. Admission is free. The organisers would love to see some visitors from Wivenhoe in the audience, and they ask that where possible people stay for the whole event. So do pop the date in your diaries!

At the Rosebud on Hurst Green, on Saturday 11 February

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Poetry in aid of the homeless
Colchester Community Poetry Project

Colchester writer and historian Alice Goss asks if Wivenhoe poets might wish to contribute poems for this charitable project. “This is a project by the people for the benefit of the people, with poems, articles, photos and illustrations to produce a quality, hard back souvenir style poetry book.”
Alice is hoping for a hundred or more poems. The book will be sold in local bookshops, and there may also be a grand launch in Colchester.
“The finished book will be a hardback, of around 200-250 pages and all the profits generated will go to help fund homeless projects (through Emmaus – although this is still to be finalised) within the town to help our homeless.”

So Poetrywivenhoe: shall we do what we can to help?

Poems should be sent by email to: alice555uk@yahoo.com

Closing date for submissions: 28 February 2017.

One submission per person

Poems should be about an aspect of Colchester.

Up to 50 lines (excluding title) in any font 12, as a Word document.

Poems must be your own original work and in English.

Poems must not have been previously published.

All poems will be attributed to their author (do not send anonymously).

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POETRYWIVENHOE CALENDAR 2017 (PROVISIONAL)

DATE/ VENUE/ GUEST READER ….. SUPPORT READER

Jan 26 RBL: Victor Tapner ….. Nancy Hughes

Feb 08 Nottage: Akenfield film with poetry

Feb 11 Brightlingsea Winter Fest: TBA –

Feb 23 RBL: Elvis MacGonagall ….. Mike Harwood

Mar 23 RBL: Maura Dooley ….. Alex Toms

Apr 27 RBL: Katrina Naomi ….. Pam Job

May 25 RBL: Martin Figura / Helen Ivory ….. M W Bewick

June 22 RBL: Luke Wright –

July 27 RBL: Out of the Hat –

August ON HOLIDAY – –

Sept 28 RBL: TBA ….. TBA

Oct 26 RBL: Jack Underwood ….. TBA

Nov 23 RBL: Ian Griffiths ….. TBA

Dec 7 (or 14) RBL: Out of the Hat –

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