Sunday, 24 November 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Fen Speak Wisbech and Fenland Poet Laureate Comp

This week Elaine and I hosted our second Fen Speak poetry open mic night in Wisbech, in the wonderfully atmospheric surroundings of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum.

An audience in the library
It was probably the first time many of our poets and writers had performed in front of a giant stuffed Albatross. Luckily this particular feathery onlooker proved to be a very attentive audience member!


We had just under twenty (human) attendees for the open mic, with several performers coming from as far afield as Cambridge and even Norwich! Now that is dedication to spoken word!

Diane Moules
The open mic was fantastic, with some wonderful performances from poets of all ages and abilities, as well as several talented story tellers. I was really impressed by the high standard of writing and it was also really good to see people chatting and making friends during the interval. One of the main aims of Fen Speak is to give local writers the opportunity to meet and share ideas, so it was really nice to see this happening on Wednesday night.

A big thank you to David Wright, the curator of the Wisbech and Fenland Museum for letting us use the venue, and thanks also to ADeC for their continued help and support. Finally, big thanks to Poppy for helping out with the refreshments - and for reading her beautiful poetry too!

Russell J Turner

Next month, Fen Speak will be back at the Babylon Gallery in Ely. Doors open at 7:30pm on Wednesday 18th December, and the open mic starts at 8pm. We really hope to see you there!

For more pictures of the shows, or for further information on the Fen Speak programme, why not check out our facebook page?


 And if you've been reading my blog thinking, "Being Fenland Poet Laureate looks like fun, I fancy a go at that title!" Well, now's your chance!

We've just launched the competition to find next year's Fenland Poet Laureate! Could it be you?

Check out out details of the competition here, and who knows? Maybe you could be Fenland Poet Laureate 2014! Good luck!


Photos courtesy of Elaine Ewart and Fay Roberts - reproduced with permission

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