EVENTS PAGE UPDATED 27 JULY 2019

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Our Rik and Phil evening on 25 July:

It was an exciting and rousing finale to our summer season of poetry, and we had a decent crowd in the Royal British Legion hall despite the sweltering heat of the country’s most searing heatwave; I’d been prepared for a relatively small audience. The ventilation fan above the stage proved to be a lifesaver.

A little before we started a small group near the bar, cool drinks in their hands – poets are a thirsty lot – staring (yeah, stout Cortez and all his men) were staring out of the rear door at a sudden and ferocious downpour of hail. It was as if the darkening sky above us had in an instant unzipped itself and let fall this 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 like popcorn, and very quickly Anchor Hill had become a rushing torrent of water headed for the Quay. At that moment we could see two young men in the pouring hail, one struggling to stay upright on a unicycle. It was a scene from a Fellini film. We waved to them “Come in” we said “we’ll give you / shelter from the storm.” They came in but they were already soaked.

The evening was under way, with Phil East giving us his best, and his best was very good indeed. We welcomed Rik the Most back to Poetrywivenhoe after a four-year hiatus, and the audience took them to their hearts. Rik is a spoken word artist, a phenomenon, a true force of nature. They and Phil were a really effective combination. The two of them were so good in their very different ways. It was exhilarating. The Out of the Hat presentations were stimulating and well-crafted; thanks to all you stalwarts – good to see Anna Mae back and up at the mic again.

Before the end of the evening, Rik did an intriguing manoeuvre, taking one line from each of the Open Mic readings and then swiftly combining them into a short verse on the theme of the sea. Clever idea, cleverly executed.

I’ll finish with 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.

Now we have a break until September. I shall keep you informed of the proposed changes to the Powiv format, so do keep an eye on this page.

Happy holidays,
::Peter

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POETRYWIVENHOE EVENTS diary FOR 2019
– all events are at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay, 7.30 for 8.00pm

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*** ………. no event in August ***

Thur 26 Sept: “NEW DIRECTIONS”

Thur 24 Oct: “NEW DIRECTIONS”

Thur 28 Nov: “NEW DIRECTIONS”

Thur 12 Dec: TBA

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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 not only an immensely accomplished poet but also a beautiful reader; he gave us “a pizzicato of exploding stars” (now I’ve done that quote from memory so it may not be entirely accurate – but it’ll do!).
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” – to which the response was “But Karen your words have wings.”

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19 December 2018:
A Festive Message to all our supporters …

Poetrywivenhoe has experienced yet another successful year, packed with wonderful poetry. We have been entertained and uplifted by a succession of truly excellent guest readers.  We have heard a wide variety of really good poems in the Open Mic slots – our Out of the Hatters have been consistently developing and becoming more skilled in the presentation of their poetry as time has progressed.  We have been involved in the production and in the launch of Alice Goss’ remarkable collection Without Walls in aid of the homeless.  We have run two interesting and stimulating workshops during 2018 and we shall be hoping for more to be held next year. 
So it simply remains for me, on behalf of Team Wivenhoe, to wish you:

 A very merry Christmas and a poetic New Year to you and yours!


       ::Peter Ualrig Kennedy, Poetrywivenhoe

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