Thursday, May 08, 2008


Hi gang,


I think there’s definitely something happening out in the ether that is making everyone have to work a hundred times harder than normal, and causing horrible delays in every aspect of life, broken relationships, disturbance and mayhem.  Or is that just a side-effect of getting older!!?  All of this is a convoluted way of getting to the point, which is that when I arrived back in the country from my recent US tour, I hit the ground running, and have been trying to send this mail-out for the past 3 nights without absolutely no success.    So here it is at last, late, but perfectly formed and a glorious banner of poetry and poets to come. 


Atlanta, Austin and San Antonio were fab, and I would urge you all if you can to register for next year’s Austin International Poetry Festival, as it’s a brilliant event with hundreds of poets from all over the US, leavened by a good sprinkling of internationals to liven things up. 


But before that, we have the usual bevy of poetic beauties to add May-time shine to our calendar, so why not check out the following gigs if you want to be inspired, stimulated and stirred.   First, on Wednesday, May 14th  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 May will be Adrienne Dines, international novelist coming all the way from Walton to share the pros and cons of actually getting that novel onto the page and published.   Also featuring on that night will be the multi-talented Sara-Mae Tuson, who as well as being a very gifted poet is also Acting Editor of The London Magazine and Trespass, so will have a wealth of information on getting published to share.  Special Guest Poet joining us all the way from Spain is Ellen Zaks, with her own brand of poetic verve and passion. 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 15th May  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 young Persian actress, performer, and now poet Maryem Hashemi, reading her own work for the first time at Angel Poetry, followed by fabulous West Country mistress of the spoken word in both English and Cornish Sue Johns, and last but not least another chance to see Ellen Zaks bring her poetry all the way from Andalucia to the Angel. There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.    


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


And now for some adverts:


1. Inspiring Wells - 5 day poetry workshop by renowned poet Mimi Khalvati,

September 15 - 20, 2008, In the spectacular location of Nafplion, Greece.

Contact Margaret Eddershaw,


2. 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 next edition coming out later this summer with a definite Arabic flavour – deadline 1st June  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. 




Love, always


Agnes Meadows

Host and fellow poet


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