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Poetrywivenhoe: a 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date / venue / guest reader / support reader

May 25 RBL Martin Figura / Helen Ivory; M W Bewick

June 29 RBL Luke Wright –

July 27 RBL Kate Foley –

August – – –

Sept 28 RBL ESSEX POETRY FESTIVAL: Mervyn Linford

Oct 26 RBL Jack Underwood; TBA

Nov 23 RBL Ian Griffiths; TBA

Dec 14 RBL The Hosepipe Band & Martin Newell

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OUR MAY POETS:

Martin Figura and Helen Ivory, with M W Bewick

Aren’t we fortunate to have such fantastic guest poets!

Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay
Thursday 25 May 2017
7.30 for 8.00pm
£5 / £3 on the door

Lucky Poetrywivenhoe! more details to come later …

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HAIKU AND TANKA WORKSHOP

at the Munnings Museum, Dedham

POETIC PICTURES: Writing Workshop (adults)
Saturday 13 May 2017, 10.00am – 2.00pm
£35.00

Led by Poetrywivenhoe supporter Dr Tim Gardiner, ecologist, poet and children’s author and the museum’s poet in residence in 2017.
Learn how to write short poems (1-5 lines) inspired by the art of Sir Alfred Munnings. This workshop which will enable you to develop skills at writing haiku and tanka poems (Japanese poetry) inspired by Munnings’ paintings of the Dedham Vale and the River Stour. Tuition will be followed by an opportunity to select pictures and write on your own. Should you wish to share your poems, they will be displayed alongside the paintings during this season.

For all abilities.

Dr Tim Gardiner has had haiku published in Blithe Spirit, Frogpond and the Heron’s Nest. His first collection of poetry Wilderness was published by Brambleby Books in 2015 and a debut children’s book The Voyage of the Queen Bee was released by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2016. He has written many scientific papers on natural history and several books including one about glow-worms.  
   
Call the office on 01206 322127
or email bookings@munningsmuseum.org.uk  to book a place.

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Orni-thology

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Ornith-ology

Our anthology editor Tim Cunningham made his selection of 30 poems from a total of 72 poems submitted anonymously for our new publication on birds. He remarks that it is a nicely varied selection with some great stuff. ‘I really feel this anthology is an absolute delight and hope it will be very successful.’ In his introduction to the anthology he comments on some individual poems.

The anthology incorporates illustrations by local wildlife artist Richard Allen; Charlotte Bernays and Janie Grote, local Wivenhoe artists, and Sheena Clover and Karen Dennison, artists and poets, both of whom have poems in the anthology.

In producing this anthology we sought to celebrate the work of local poets, those who regularly attend our monthly Poetrywivenhoe live event and who take part in our very successful ‘Out of the Hat’ open mic sessions.

Mosaic, the local Poetry Society Stanza group, which meets in Colchester monthly and hosts lively poetry critiquing sessions plus themed presentations and workshops, is our Associate in this latest publishing initiative and Mosaic members will be also be found within the pages of this anthology.

Congratulations to all the poets who have generously contributed their work to this venture, and grateful thanks to the artists. Any profits from the anthology will go to Poetrywivenhoe and Mosaic. ies, so keep on writing!!

Pam Job

January 2016 event

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Our event on 28 January was another huge success … Luke Wright was at his inventive best, and he was well supported by Martin Newell who gave us a premier reading of his new poem The Green Children (of which more details very soon). There was a real buzz to the evening, and the Open Mic readers were as capable as ever.

PLUS do take a look at this fascinating video on how the wonderful Newell and Dodds book The Green Children was made …

MORE UPDATES TO COME …

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AN IMPORTANT EVENT FOR WIVENHOE’S ELIZA KENTRIDGE:

Eliza Kentridge will be in conversation with neuropsychologist Mark Solms at: Word & Image (Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival 2016) presented by the Poetry Society in association with the Freud Museum on Saturday 12 March at the Freud Museum, London.

What a performance …

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It was a win-win evening at poetrywivenhoe for Martin Newell and The Hosepipe Band on December 10: impeccable poetry from Martin (Black Shuck in the first half, Song of the Waterlily in the second), magical and original music from the Band, and a receptive and respectful audience.

“What a great evening at poetrywivenhoe,” wrote Alex Toms, “listening to Newell’s haunting pieces Black Shuck and Song of the Waterlily, which were accompanied by the brilliant Hosepipe Band.”

What a shame that a different atmosphere prevailed at Firstsite the following evening – when Song of the Waterlily should have been a delightful companion piece to the compelling James Dodds exhibition Wood to Water. The Band were not well served by being crammed up into the far end of the gallery, beyond the bar. Despite Martin’s best efforts to persuade the drinkers to move down and further away, the punters at the bar ignored the poetry and the music, and continued their loud chatter throughout the whole performance.

Some may say that public performers have to become inured to such behaviour, but if only Firstsite management had thought to give Martin and the Band a better location – the auditorium perhaps, or the entrance foyer – then maybe they would have been received with a bit more respect.

Please don’t imagine that I am just being a fusspot – the performers themselves felt undervalued. Comment from Simon of the Band: “It wasn’t easy on Friday – unlike the delightful night we had with you on Thursday. You’re right – we were in the wrong place. The other thing was nobody [in charge] made the link explicit between the Waterlily poem and the James Dodds exhibition.”

And from Martin: “It was quite hard and I wish that the Poetrywivenhoe gig had been the one we’d gone out on, rather than Firstsite … yes, we were placed next to a bar rather than in the entrance foyer Oh and our playing times were changed…
Nelson [bass] and I, veterans of rock bands, are well-versed in such ignominy if not actually inured to it. It still stings sometimes, however. I was more indignant on behalf of those other members of the Hosepipes from the more genteel folk fraternity. They were genuinely shocked by the bad behaviour of all these grown-ups supposedly  attending a flagship cultural event.  Still, no victims, only volunteers, as we say. It wasn’t an entire disaster. There were people enjoying, or at least attempting to enjoy the event under the racket. I encountered such situations often in my early years and more often in Colchester than in any other town. A bit chastening to experience it again, so far down the line.
I sometimes think that Firstsite will be doomed whatever it does. And yet, there is something about the place, which is good and, like a lot of rough places encourages robust art and characters.”

Well said. But finally, a note of good cheer from Simon and the Hosepipes: “… to give you advance notice – some time in the New Year we may be doing music for Martin’s new poem, The Green Children of Woolpit. All good fun.”

Simon – poetrywivenhoe looks forward to it.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
::Peter

That was a great evening!

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Yes, the combination of two very different poets at our poetrywivenhoe event on 22 October proved to make the evening really exciting and stimulating.
Antony Johae treated us to a selection of thoughtful poems from his new collection Poems of the East (launching next week in Colchester), while Rik the Most had the whole audience in thrall to his quick-fire, sure-footed (sure-tongued) and heartfelt performance poetry: and what a performance it was. At the finish, the audience was on its feet in a standing ovation, which I think was a first for powiv …
And we had an characteristically high quality Open Mic section – the poetrywivenhoe Hat had been left behind, but “Out of the Hat” compere Archie Duncan made a strong showing as the Man with the Bag.