poetrywivenhoe’s next event has a change of local reader

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Our poetrywivenhoe event on Thursday 22 October at the Royal British Legion will now feature Rik the Most and Antony Johae. (Candyce Lange has been called away to the United States through family illness; we hope she will be back with us again at poetrywivenhoe soon).

Rik The Most (aka Rikki Livermore) takes inspiration from aspects of humanity to create pieces that explore and question the world in which we live. He is a well-known face on the London and South East Performance Poetry scene, and has featured at many of the main nights and festivals, as well as winning a number of slams. Last year he was commissioned by the BBC to write two poems for their World War One At Home UK tour.
To top it all off, Rik runs a successful spoken word night in London called ‘Forget What You Heard (About Spoken Word)’. Check out videos of him performing, and subscribe to his channel at:
Follow on Twitter: @RikTheMost
Search on Facebook for: RikTheMost
Hug him in person.

Local poet Antony Johae‘s poetic journey began in Kuwait, where he lived for 18 years, teaching literature at the state university. During that time he helped start a writers’ workshop which met weekly except for the summer vacation period. The poems that Antony wrote then have come together in his new collection Poems of the East (Gipping Press 2015). This poetrywivenhoe event will precede by one week the collection’s official launch in Colchester on 29 October … will Antony perhaps be reading a selection at poetrywivenhoe? Come and find out!

Thursday 22 October, Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay, 7.30 for 8.00pm

(This special poetrywivenhoe event marks the end of this year’s Essex Poetry Festival)


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The Essex Poetry Festival concludes with a special poetrywivenhoe event on Thursday 22 October at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay, 7.30 for 8.00pm featuring Rik Livermore (AKA Rik the Most) and Candyce Lange

The Big Day of Poetry took place on Saturday 3 October at the Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford. There were strong performances from Brendan Cleary and Rebecca Goss, and from Martin Newell (with The Hosepipe Band), all previous poetrywivenhoe guests at one time or another.
David Canning, Antony Johae and Peter Kennedy all shone at the Open Mic readings.

Essex Poets in Essex Libraries include Tim Cunningham, Cameron Hawke Smith, Derek Adams, Peter Kennedy, Rosie Sandler, and Colchester Mosaic.

With regards from the poetrywivenhoe team.

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Black Shuck

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Simon Haines of The Hosepipe Band writes:

“I thought you might like to know that we now have our CD recording of Martin Newell’s Song of the Waterlily and Black Shuck. We’re very pleased with the recording.

You can find out more about the CD at our new website where it can be purchased for £11 including postage.

We performed Waterlily at Folk East Festival at the weekend and went down very well.”


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Days begin


Buy ‘Days begin…’ and support an important charity …

With 42 poems by a stellar cast of well-known poets, ‘Days begin…’ is now on sale at The Wivenhoe Bookshop, at Red Lion Books, Colchester, at Caxton Books, Frinton, and at ink Xpress, Hythe Quay, as well as at Colchester General Hospital itself.

‘Days begin…’ takes its title from the poem by Penelope Shuttle. Other prominent poets featured include Jo Bell, Dean Parkin, Matthew Sweeney, Katrina Porteous, Kit Wright, Katrina Naomi, Rebecca Goss and many more – indeed they are ALL outstanding.

‘Days begin…’ retails at £10.00 – and income from the book will go to THE CANCER CENTRE CAMPAIGN, COLCHESTER HOSPITALS CHARITY.