I can hardly believe that this is the last of my poetry bulletins for 2008, and that Christmas is only 20 shopping days away, and me without a single card sent or present bought! As usual it’s all going to happen at the last moment…but I guess I must enjoy all the hassle, crowds and endless lists otherwise I’d get my act together and start the process in July. And if you’re stuck for what to buy your best beloved, your granny, or your great aunt Bertha, there’s always a copy of my latest book “This One Is For You”, which was launched very gently into the world last month, and which (I’ve been assured) is an excellent read. Buy a copy on Amazon, or directly from Flipped Eye my publishers, or even from Borders….a bargain at only £6.00.
And if that wasn’t enough, December has a plethora of pre-festive poetic goodies to entrance. First off on Wednesday, 10th December 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 December will be actress, writer and performer Marlene Sideaway bringing us her acclaimed one-woman show “Cloak and Dagger” – a tale of three women all with murder in their hearts. And then we have the lovely Sandeep Parmar, a writer of extraordinary style and panache bringing a whole range of new work that focuses on jealousy and the intensity of love under the microscope. 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 11th December 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 a triple bill of featured poets winding up the year in December, each with their unique own way of seeing the world and sharing their work. First we have the warm and wonderful Fathieh Saudi reading from her latest fine collection of poetry, a first time feature at Angel Poetry. Then we have the gothically inclined Michael Wyndham sharing his hypnotic view of the world with words of power, also featuring for the first time at Angel Poetry, although Michael has been a regular sharing his work in our popular open mic spots. And thirdly we have the velvet voiced Beyonder, sharing his unique poetic take on existence, the universe, and everything else. There are also floor spots available on the night, so just turn up and let me know you want to read.
Then there are gigs and workshops I’m doing over the next couple of weeks – definitely worth checking out if you can.
1. Saturday, 6th December @ The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
I’m featured at this high quality centre in Cumbria, alongside superb New York poet George Wallace, and the breathtaking Geraldine Green in a night of high-octane words and poetic sharing. 7.00 p.m. start.
2. Tuesday, 9th December ‘Thinking Out of the Box; Workshop
Another opportunity to take part in a workshop that I’m leading as part of the Shepherd’s Bush Writer’s Junction, run by Anjan Saha and Dzifa Benson start @ Shepherd’s Bush Library, 7 Uxbridge Road, London W12 (Shepherd’s Bush tube). £2.00 6.00 p.m. start.
The “Thinking Out of the Box” Workshop
Writing poetry isn’t always a question of stating the obvious or of providing the listener/ reader with comfortable creative options. In this workshop I will guide participants towards alternatives to the self-evident, exploring how toget the best out of your writing by literally ‘thinking out of the box’.
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