EVENTS PAGE UPDATED 25 JUNE 2020

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Our POETRYWIVENHOE EVENTS DIARY for 2020 is subject to unexpected change and cancellation until further notice … the DIARY will be updated as necessary.

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Thur 25 June: CANCELLED: PHILIP TERRY AND DAVID CANNING

Thur 23 July: CANCELLED: ANDRE MANGEOT

Thur 24 Sept: STEVE POTTINGER at RBL 8.00pm

Thur 22 Oct: CHRYS SALT at RBL 8.00pm

Thur 26 Nov: KATRINA NAOMI at RBL 8.00pm

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SOME PAST EVENTS

Inside the Wave: Thursday 27 February 2020

Stephen Novy succeeded in teasing out the meanings of the two Helen Dunmore poems during his Close Readings, and in encouraging 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 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; 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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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.  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 Poetrywivenhoe, to wish you:

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


::Peter Ualrig Kennedy

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