Poetry in performance

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was visit more literary events in Portsmouth, NH. So a couple of weeks ago I went to Beat Night for the first time, at its new and possibly temporary home at 3S Artspace. As soon as I walked in (late), I knew it wasn’t the(…)

Next Winchester Poetry Café – a chance to beat the queue!

I’ve had advance notice of the next Poetry Café at Winchester Discovery Centre! It will be on Wednesday February 9th, at the usual time of 7:30. If you want to take part, call Angela the Literature Officer on 01962 846018, or email her. Poets must pre-register to take part –  and last time the slots filled(…)

Creative Writing reading at the Hyde Laundry

So,  on Thursday the 22nd, we the Hyde Writers did our bit at the Creative Writing event at the Laundry. And it went very well. There was a hefty audience who were very appreciative, and from the talk afterwards I think they enjoyed a taste of some (but by no means all) of the heady(…)

Is Carol Ann Duffy the best Poet Laureate ever?

I was lucky enough on National Poetry Day to be in the audience for Carol Ann Duffy’s reading at Winchester University, arranged by the estimable English Project. And, apart from feeling a certain smugness that our little city has won bragging rights as the first place to host the new Laureate on NPD, I also(…)