Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Hi gang,


My God, there’s so much going on this month, you’re going to find it hard to fit it all in…must be something to do with the day’s getting longer, and the night’s becoming more inspirational!  As well as Loose Muse and Angel Poetry, there are three other events (count them…3) I’m featuring in + a few other things I’ve added in the ‘ads’ section.  So please read right through to the end – you’ll be really sorry if you don’t.


To start with on Wednesday, 11th June there’s 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.   Featured in June will be the ultra insightful poet and artist, the ever popular Valeria Melchioretto, coming to share some of the heart-warming work from her new book.  Also featuring will be the fabulous Niki Aguirre, with readings from her gripping series of short stories, and hot-off-the-press advice on how to make headway in this genre.  Special Guest for June, joining us all the way from Brisbane, Australia, will be Punk Poetess extraordinaire, Stefanie Petrik, to razor everything you thought you knew about poetry and the spoken word. Not to be missed. 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.   


Next we have ANGEL POETRY on Thursday 12th June 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.    We continue with our triple bill of feature poets in May, each with their unique own way of seeing the world and sharing their work.   First up is the award winning poet Rosemary Norman, who recently won a leading daily newspaper’s national poetry competition, with her own brand of perceptive work.  This is followed by an Aussie double –bill.  Cath Drake gives us her highly evocative & sharp poetry to take you far beyond Middle England into a different Antipodean world.  Cath shares the bill with Stefanie Petrik, another chance to see Brisbane’s Queen of Punk Poetry in action. There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.    


And as well as hosting the above two events, I’m also featuring in the following three, so get your diaries out. 


1. Wednesday 4th July, a free event celebrating 7 Years of Flipped Eye Publishing (my publisher), at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  To mark Flipped Eye’s 7th anniversary, Nii Parkes is putting on a marathon 11 hours of free readings, discussions and book signings in the basement of the Poetry Café.  Alongside a whole host of the capital’s best loved and most popular poets and writers – Niall O’Sullivan, Aoife Mannix, Jacon Sam-La Rose, and Malika Booker to name only a few – I will be sharing the stage with Inua Ellams, at 8.30 that night, in a session called ‘Generations’.  Inua and I will be reading together from a selection of new works as well as a few old favourites.  For a full programme contact Nii @ Flipped Eye.


2. Thursday 19th June, I’ll be a feature at “Voices of Experience”, reading alongside Dan Maitland and Aoife Mannix.   Hosted by the inimitable Heartsong, the gig will be upstairs at the Railway Tavern, next to Tulse Hill Rail Station, SE27 9BW – kick off at 8.00 - £3.00 entry.


3. Wednesday 25th June, I’m chairing a fantastic event at the Discover centre, in Stratford, E15.  This is The Great British Story Debate, featuring a panel of four eminent writers, story tellers and performers to discuss whether there really are any British stories, or have they all been borrowed from other cultures, other places.  If you’re interested in stories this is an absolute must. See the flyer below for full details.



And now for a couple of ads:


i) Graham Buchan has a fabulous photo Exhibition called “Simple Gifts” throughout June, at The Hub restaurant/bar attached to The Space, 269 Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs E14 3RS.  Definitely worth a look as Graham is both a fantastic poet and an exceptional photographer.


ii) Tresspass magazine is about to apply for an Arts Council grant, and desperately nee more subscriptions to make their application more viable.  A fabulous new magazine always on the lookout for new cutting edge stories, poems, art work, reviews, and excerpts of plays, so well worth investing in.  Download a subscription form from www.trespassmagazine.co.uk or talk to Sara-Mae Tuson on 0308-400-5882.  


iii) Poetry competition by Chapter One Promotions – top prizes £1,000, £500, £250 – max length 30 lines, must be unpublished, with a deadline of midnight Sunday 1st June 2008.  £5 per poem. Address – www.chapteronepromotions.com 


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


Love, always


Agnes Meadows

Host and fellow poet


PS : For a little while longer, if you want to please do contact me at my work e, agnes.meadows@discover.org.uk


Agnes Meadows

Development Manager

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