EVENTS PAGE UPDATED 27 NOVEMBER 2020

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Poetrywivenhoe has entered the world of Zoom.

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Thur 10 Dec: STEVE POTTINGER will be our guest reader on Zoom – details in due course.

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SOME PAST EVENTS

Inside the Wave: Thursday 27 February 2020

Stephen Novy teased out the meanings of the two Helen Dunmore poems during his Close Readings, and encouraged the audience to participate; almost everybody there had something to say.

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Poetry of the Holocaust: Thursday 23 January 2020

Thank you Marian de Vooght for the magisterial anthology Poetry of the Holocaust. We disproved Adorno’s dictum. A report of the event has been published in Wivenhoe News (No.23 Spring 2020)

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Come together: Thursday 28 November 2019

An enjoyable success. Good to see some new faces. Top marks to everyone who stepped up to the mic. We shall do it again some time.

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Cimitero ebraico: Thursday 24 October 2019

The Close Reading of ‘Cimitero ebraico’ (“Jewish Cemetery’, in both its original Italian and its English translation, was sensitive and empathetic, while going a long way to revealing its metaphor and its underlying message.

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Paradise saved: Thursday 26 September

Our new season started with a Close Reading of ‘Paradise saved’, an intriguing sonnet by A D Hope. Discussion of the poem was lively. At Out of the Hat it was nice to have two new voices – Cass and Ian – stepping up to the microphone with their poems.

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Our Rik and Phil evening on 25 July:

A little before we started, a small group near the bar, cool drinks in their hands were staring out of the rear door at a sudden and ferocious downpour of hail. The darkening sky above us had in an instant unzipped itself and let fall a cascade of icy white grapeshot. The din of the huge hailstones was tremendous; they were hitting the roofs and the streets all around, bouncing and hopping, and very quickly Anchor Hill had become a rushing torrent of water headed for the Quay. Two young men were seen in the pouring hail, one struggling to stay upright on a unicycle. It was Fellini.  They came in but they were already soaked.

The evening was under way, with Phil Easteal giving us his best, and his best was very good indeed. We welcomed Rik the Most back to Poetrywivenhoe after a four-year hiatus; Rik is a spoken word artist, a phenomenon; they and Phil were a really effective and exhilarating combination. The Out of the Hat presentations were stimulating and well-crafted; thanks to all you stalwarts – good to see Anna Mae back at the mic again.

Before the end of the evening, Rik took one line from each of the Open Mic readings and then swiftly combined them into a short verse on the theme of the sea. A cento, cleverly executed.

Here’s a heartfelt word of thanks to Jeannie (door) and Pat (bar) who have been so loyal and helpful all these years – and a thank you too for those stout colleagues (not stout obese but more like stout Cortez) who help with the tables and chairs. I am most appreciative.

Happy holidays,
::Peter

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Thur 27 June:
The evening went extremely well, with Peter Ualrig Kennedy who read from his (unpublished) collection of Dreams and Rainbows and Antony Johae who presented, with multiple readers (Nancy, Karen, and Peter), pieces from his new book After-Images: Homage to Éric Rohmer published by Salzburg Poetry.

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Thursday 25 April 2019:
Marian de Vooght gave us an exceptional evening of readings from the powerful poem ‘Song of Stars (Sterrenlied)’ by Guus Luijters. Her translation from the Dutch of ‘Song of Stars’ was a winner last year of an English PEN Award – a real accolade for Marian.

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28 February 2019:
We were entertained by Grevel Lindop and Karen Dennison, together with a handful of excellent Out of the Hatters. Grevel is an accomplished poet and also a beautiful reader; he gave us “a pizzicato of exploding stars”.
Karen read from her new collection ‘The Paper House‘. Quoting from her poem ‘Crow’ in the Poetrywivenhoe/Mosaic anthology ornith-ology she said “I’ve sacrificed words for wings”. But Karen your words have wings.

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