Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Loose Muse, ANGEL POETRY AND 'TIME FOR SONG' LAUNCHES

Hi gang,

Spring is definitely springing, the daffs are bellowing poetically on every patch of grass in the country, Obama's in town (!) and there's even a hint of warmth in that sunlight.  There's something about the air of April that brings out the smile in all of us, and there's a truck load of events to be whetting your poetic appetite this month, so if you're not inspired by any of the following I'll be amazed and dumbfounded.

 

Don't forget that the Angel Poetry readings are no longer at the Borders book shop, but are now at the very nice Waterstone's on Islington Green instead.  The staff there treated us with enormous grace so I'm actually really pleased that we've made the move.  Anyway, here are the event details, and do try and make it to one of them….you won't regret it.  

 

First on Wednesday, 8th April we have LOOSE MUSE at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden).  This is London's only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a warm and wonderful open mike sharing session, plus two featured writers each month.  First we have the gloriously talented Heather Taylorpoet, actress, playwright, film-maker – is there no end to this woman's talents.  Here she shares insights on how best to translate poetry to the stage or screen.  Not to be missed.  And then we have the marvelous Maggie Butt, a poet of great perception bringing us a range of pieces from her latest collection to open our eyes to life in the creative fast lane. The night starts at 8.00 p.m -  £5.00/£3.00 concs.  And there are plenty of chances for you to come read your own work in the open mike readings from the floor.   

 

Then as usual on the second Thursday of the month we have ANGEL POETRY on Thursday 9th April starting as usual at 7.00 p.m., now at Waterstone's Bookshop, 11 Islington Green, N1 2XH – just one bus stop further up either Upper Street or Essex Road or 2 minutes walk Angel tube station.    This month we have the usual triple bill of fantastic featured poets, each sharing their special words and their unique own way of seeing the world.  First we have poet Phil Ruthen, whose words are not to be taken light, and never to be ignored.  Phil is followed by the indomitable Maggie Sullivan, who writes with a poignancy that makes her words hard to forget, reaching the parts other poets often cannot reach.  And finally another multi-talented performer,  Fiona Curran , a favourite on the performing scene, whose poetry is both a celebration and a stark commentary on life, both dark and glowing.  One of my faves.   There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.    

 

And then there are two other gigs I'm involved in, which I hope you might like to support:

 

TIME FOR SONG – TERMYN RAG KAN

Following two launch events down in Penzance and Truro at the end of March, this book of contemporary Cornish poetry featuring Bert Biscoe, Pol Hodge, Patric Cunnane, Sue Johns, Bob Devereux, and Agnes Meadows, is now launching in London on:

 

Friday 3rd AprilL'Osteria 57 Wine Bar, 57 Grays Inn Rd, WC1 – 7.30pm

(Chancery Lane tube)

 

Saturday 4th April – upstairs at The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, WC2 – 7.30pm (Holborn or Covent Garden tube).

 

Both events are free, so I do hope you're able to make it.  Come share the passion, share the joy. 

 

Love, always

Agnes Meadows  - Host and fellow poet


Thursday, January 29, 2009

LOOSE MUSE, ANGEL POETRY AND OTHER GIGS

Hi gang,

 

First I think I owe a lot of you a real apology – if anyone turned up for January’s Angel Poetry at Borders at the Angel to discover it had been cancelled, I can only apologise.  Having called the events team there at 4.00 p.m. on the day of the gig to make sure all was well, and being told it was all under control, I was then called back by a grovellingly apologetic Manager to say there had been a flood that had got into their basement, elevator, PA System and goodness knows what else, so he was having to cancel event.  AAAAAAAAAAAAArgh!!! Was my first reaction, but by then it was too late to late anyone know, so if you did turn up…I really am sorry for your wasted journey, and promise it will be better in February.  Honest!!!   

 

Listed first this month are a couple of gigs I’m involved in at the beginning of the month:

 

Tuesday 3rd February

Private View of FREEZE FRAME an exhibition of painting and mixed media running until 8th February at Candid Galleries, 3 Torrens St, EC1V 1NQ (directly behind Angel Tube – 6.30-9.00 p.m.  Coordinated by talented new artist Lucy Nicholson.  With a special poetry element at 7.30 p.m. linked to some of the pictures being exhibition with Agnes Meadows and Naomi Woddis – be there or be hare!!

 

 

Wednesday 4th February

Agnes is reading both old favourites and new material at the first arts event of the Oriental Cultural Forum, a new organization promoting culture and the arts.  Hosted by Yasmin Ahamad, with sensational oud player Ahmed Muktar.  8.00 p.m. at the Poetry Café. Probably £5 entry.

 

And then on Wednesday, 11th February we have LOOSE MUSE at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2 (closest tube = Covent Garden).  This is London’s only regular event for women writers of all genres, with a warm and wonderful open mike sharing session, plus two featured writers each month.  First we have the multi-talented writer and performer Saleena Godden, bringing you the most irreverent, cheeky, witty, and humorous poetry anywhere in the capital, sharp as a tack and twice as driving.  And then we have Naomi Woddis, one of my favourite poets bringing her unique Poetry Mosaic concept to Loose Muse, as well as reading from her work. The night starts at 8.00 p.m -  £5.00/£3.00 concs.  And there are plenty of chances for you to come read your own work in the open mike readings from the floor.   

 

Then as usual on the second Thursday of the month we have ANGEL POETRY on Thursday 12th February starting as usual at 7.00 p.m.  This monthly poetry reading is at Borders Bookshop at the Angel in the N1 Centre Parkfield Street, London N1 – the shopping mall opposite Angel tube station.    This month we have a triple bill of fantastic featured poets, each sharing their special words and their unique own way of seeing the world.  First we have the wonderful Greta Sykes, bringing her gentle Gaia-centric poetry as well as her thoughts on the world and how’s it’s run these days.  Then we, a newcomer to Angel Poetry, Louise (Lexi) McCudden, sharing her thought-provoking words to inspire us all, and finally the gifted James Byrne, editor of The Wolf, one of London’s best contemporary poetry magazines, reading from his own intense and forceful work.

 

There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.    

 

 

Hope to see you at one of these events – come share the passion, share the joy

 

Love, always

 

Agnes Meadows

Host and fellow poet

 

 

 

Agnes Meadows

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