September's been a very busy month. I have a backlog of videos and pictures to edit and share, and some new projects for coming months that we're looking forward to working on. So this is about the past few weeks, as well as what's to come in the next month or two. And September's not over until we've launched our Pop Up Anthology at the Bar Des Arts in Guildford. That's on Tuesday 30th and it will include readings by the contributors, plus the fabulous Dirty Carols and open mic slots. It's a public event - here's the invitation.
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On 26th - last Friday - we were at Fourth Friday at the Poetry Cafe in Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, the music and poetry night hosted by Hylda Sims. This was a great opportunity to see Stephen Boyce, who's coming to read at the Bar Des Arts on October 21st, and also Alison Hill, who hosts (but seldom reads at) "Rhythm & Muse" at the Ram Jam Club. We'd spent the previous Saturday down in Winchester, where Stephen was one of the organisers of the very successful Winchester Poetry Festival. Fourth Friday was a really enjoyable evening, with music provided by the brilliant City Ramblers Revival. A highlight for me was their rendition of Tom Lehrer songs from the 1960's, including "Vatican Rag". All the poets were very strong, and we've resolved to go to this event more often. It was a lovely evening.
On Thursday 25th we were at the Ram Jam Club on Richmond Road in Kingston-upon-Thames. We've only recently discovered this wonderful venue, though it's been running monthly for seven years, founded and still hosted by Alison, herself an excellent poet, together with Nick Poole. We bought Alison's new book, "Slate Rising" next day at the Poetry Cafe.
The plan was to have a group photo taken by a photographer from Trinity Newspapers, to publicise the forthcoming launch. Seventeen supportive poets, including the Dirty Carols who are performing at the Launch, turned up at the Bar that Tuesday, half an hour before the event was due to start, epecially for the photo, which was duly taken. Most people stayed on to read that evening, so we had an absolutely brilliant night, with our talented feature readers and Tom V & friends' musical piece as well. Here's a snippet of part of Cathy Flower's performance that night. Cathy had travelled down from London to be there.
Richmond's open mic readers proved as exciting as our Guildford group, and just as varied in poetic approach. Dónall read his poems about his mother, which always draw smiles and tears in equal parts.
Mike has invited us back to host PoetryJam again, on October 17th and Alex de Suys will be the headliner that night.
Here's Jen McGowan, the winner of the contest that night, reading her winning poem (which has since been accepted for publication.)
Tom Vliestra, Grim Chip, Geoffrey Pimlott, Lorri Pimlott. Andy Low, Ingrid Andrew, Alex de Suys, Pete Jardine. Cat Randle, Karen Izod, Martin Jones, Kathy Tytler, Richard Alleyne, Bryan Baker and Mark Gilfillan
Everyone's welcome to come along and read, listen and enjoy the last 1000 Monkeys event for September 2014. More coming up in October.
Thanks for reading this far!