Loose Muse, ANGEL POETRY AND 'TIME FOR SONG' LAUNCHES
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 Taylor – poet, 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 April – L'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.
Agnes Meadows - Host and fellow poet