Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Hi gang,

I thought I’d do my mail-out a little earlier this month, as there are a few extra’s I’d like to plug for later this month, as well as what Loose Muse and Angel Poetry have to offer in February.  There’s quite a lot to share, so here goes:


First, on Wednesday, February 13th there’s LOOSE MUSE with a real humdinger of an event, 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.   Featured in February there will be Rosemary Norman, a poet of piercing observation, whose work has been widely anthologized and set for GCSE, and also filmed and toured internationally.  Also featuring will be one of London’s favourites, the powerful  Ruth O’Callaghan, who has been published in an avalanche of anthologies and magazines both at home and abroad, and has been translated into both Italian and Romanian – how cool is that!  And, just by way of a change yours truly, Agnes Meadows, will also be reading some of her work, and sharing some of the things she has both seen and felt since becoming a poet.  Ruth, Rosemary and I will also be performing a piece we’ve collaborated on entitled “What Not to do about the War…” which explores the horror, chaos and despair of conflict wherever it takes place, as well as the unexpected moments of comfort and life’s celebration against all odds.  

Loose Muse starts at 8.00 p.m -  £5.00/£3.00 concs.  And there are also chances for you to come and share and explore work in open mike readings from the floor.


Next we have ANGEL POETRY on Thursday 14th February, kicking off 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.   February features three poets with very different styles and approaches to poetry - first we have Alan Bainbridge, whose extraordinary work explores broad landscapes of emotion and literary muscle.  Then we have the perceptive Josh Ekroy, with words that will both stir and inspire you with their power.  And finally, featuring at Angel Poetry for the first time Lyn White, bringing us her finely honed poetry of insight and grace.  It’s a free event that also includes an open mike …all poets welcome. 


In both cases you can just sign up on the night or e me at before if you want a floor spot.

And both Loose Muse and Angel Poetry are growing in popularity, so come along and share the passion and the joy.


And now we have the adverts!


1. SHORTHAND - A Fantastic Opportunity for your work to reach a new audience.

Apples & Snakes in conjunction with the Poetry Book Society present SHORTHAND.  If you have high quality recordings of your work on CD they can now be sold on the PBS website.  Please email Naomi at for more details.


2. MANNIX STREET PREACHERS – Come and see Aoife Mannix strut her stuff at The Albany in Deptford, on 25th January.  A one-off show hosted by Aoife with a line up that includes Dzifa Benson, Polar Bear, Joe Duggan, and Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee.  Show starts at 8.00 p.m., tickets £7/£5.  Book your tickets now via the Albany box office – 020-8692-4446.


3. THE LONDON MAGAZINE and TRESPASS MAGAZINE – two excellent opportunities to get your work  published.  First, one of the capital’s oldest poetry/literature and arts magazines, submit articles, fiction, poetry or reviews to The London Magazine for the February/March edition coming out on 1st March.  Deadline 16th February.  Also submit to London’s newest and most colourful poetry magazine, TRESPASS – a journal with real bite and sex appeal.   Contact Sara-Mae Tuson on 020-8400-5882 or e her for more information about both magazines. 


4. A POEM in the MOUTH: PERFORMANCE & POETRY for DIVAS – A 6-week programme run by the inimitable, the luscious, the multi-talented Queen of the Ripe Mango, Ebele herself.  Ebele is looking for suitable places to run this fabulous sounding programme, suitable for schools, women’s groups, or arts spaces.  Contact Ebele on


That’s always for this month.  Hope to see you somewhere poetical very soon.


Love, always


Agnes Meadows

Host and fellow poet


PS : Again, until I’ve moved back into my old flat, and sorted out AOL once and for all, do contact me at my work e,  




Agnes Meadows

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