Wenlock Poetry Festival #3 : The Busk, The 52-ers, The Gazette, The Finale

Wenlock Poetry Festival is so good on new things – and in 2015 a great New Thing was the Poetry Busk.  Designed and compered by the wonderful Liz Lefroy, the Poetry Busk packed in ten hours of non-stop poetry, in which so many voices were heard ‘below the Sheet’.  Here’s Liz in front of the Sheet. Here, in order of appearance, is everyone who read: … Continue reading Wenlock Poetry Festival #3 : The Busk, The 52-ers, The Gazette, The Finale

Wenlock Poetry Festival #2 : a Cabinet of Curiosities, Luck’s Weight and That Ambulance at Priory Hall

Volunteers cluster around the miracle-worker Emergency Poet, aka Deb Alma, on Saturday morning, as she sets up the Ambulance, ready for dozens of poetic consultations during the weekend.  Cake is likely to be applied, and tea. I was delighted by the beauty and intricate detail of The Cabinet of Curiosities, created by six artists and poet (Sue Challis, Jacqui Dodds, Julie Edwards, Jill Impey, Ann … Continue reading Wenlock Poetry Festival #2 : a Cabinet of Curiosities, Luck’s Weight and That Ambulance at Priory Hall

Wenlock Poetry Festival #1: under the stars and out of doors

 In two and a half jam-packed Festival days afloat on words, everyone who could wangle a ticket clambered into the planetarium which housed E-X-P-A-N-D-I-N-G the Universe in 45 minutes.  Two poets, Nadia Kingsley and Emma Purshouse, an astrophysicist, Professor Trevor Ponman and musician Giancarlo Facchinetti have made something breathtaking.  You lie on your back in the dark, the baroque ceiling opens to the stars, and you’re away. ‘Before the … Continue reading Wenlock Poetry Festival #1: under the stars and out of doors

Wenlock Poetry Festival : Poetry is wakeful, in plain view

Well, only days to go before Wenlock Poetry Festival!  The Festival launches on Friday 24 April with Kei Miller, Hannah Lowe and Luke Kennard, with Mia Cunningham – and it sweeps to a close on Sunday night 26 April when the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Queen’s Gold Medallist Imtiaz Dharker, Little Machine and, er, me, take to the stage in the Finale. As Poet in … Continue reading Wenlock Poetry Festival : Poetry is wakeful, in plain view

‘How I trained my woodlouse’…

Yesterday my group of home-educated kids came round and we wrote poems to woodlice.  There was a lot of kindly louse handling, and not a few moments of losing them in the sofa or capturing them as they made for the safety of Under the Rug.  We talked about their habits, their food, the length of their lives and the pleasing fact that a mother … Continue reading ‘How I trained my woodlouse’…

Read in front of the fire,/ read out in the shed./ Read in bed.

Originally posted on Southwater Reads:
Robert Harper from Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza Last Saturday was a wonderful day!  Thank you the great staff at Southwater Library, and also West Midlands Readers’ Network. Southwater Readers’ Day involved sharp-witted teenagers writing a Doctor Who radio play with Birmingham-based writer William Gallagher; Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza came over for the occasion and performed at the foot of Southwater’s escalators, drawing… Continue reading Read in front of the fire,/ read out in the shed./ Read in bed.

Southwater Readers’ Day : Saturday 11th April

I’m looking forward to Southwater Readers’ Day, next Saturday, when the library will be packed with happenings all celebrating the written word!  The event will complete my winter’s residency at this buzzing new library in Telford – but I’m sure I’ll be back!  The residency has been developed and managed by Southwater Library in Telford and West Midlands Readers Network.  We are grateful for funding support from Arts Council … Continue reading Southwater Readers’ Day : Saturday 11th April