EVENTS PAGE UPDATED 11 DECEMBER 2019

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POETRYWIVENHOE EVENTS diary for 2020
– all events are at the Royal British Legion, Wivenhoe Quay, 7.30 for 8.00pm

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Thur 12 Dec: CANCELLED: NO MEETING

Thur 23 Jan: BOOK LAUNCH: Poetry of the Holocaust AT THE NOTTAGE (details soon)

Thur 27 Feb: CLOSE READING – STEPHEN NOVY

Thur 26 Mar: LUKE WRIGHT

Thur 23 April: MARTIN NEWELL AND THE HOSEPIPE BAND

Thur 28 May: ANNE BOILEAU AND BELINDA KING: Dreams of Flight

Thur 25 June: PHILIP TERRY

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SOME PAST EVENTS

Come together: Thursday 28 November 2019

I need not have been anxious about the idea of having a whole evening of bringing people together to read their own poems at the microphone – it was an enjoyable success. It was 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

Poetrywivenhoe made a leap of faith in more ways than one with a Close Reading of ‘Cimitero ebraico’ (“Jewish Cemetery’) – trailed as a forerunner for our launch in January of Poetry of the Holocaust. Our in-depth discussion of the poem, in its Italian original 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, and people were keen to participate. Out of the Hat was also a success, and it was nice to have two new voices – Cass and Ian – stepping up to the microphone with their poems.

One sad note crept into the evening, as I announced the recent death of our old friend Martyn Carrick.
R I P Martyn.

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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 visible 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; Rik is a spoken word artist, a phenomenon; they and Phil were a really effective combination. 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. A cento, 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.

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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