Sunday, 22 December 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Christmas Fen Speak


I can't believe it's almost Christmas! I know it's a terrible cliché, but this year has gone by so fast! Luckily, we managed to squeeze in one more Fen Speak poetry open mic night before the end of the 2013!

Full House!

We were back in Ely for this month's event and despite the inhospitable weather, the Babylon gallery was full to bursting with poetry-lovers! In the end, twenty-one talented performers took to the stage to entertain us with their stories, poems and monologues.

Elaine and her Christmas Hat!
Elaine Ewart did a fantastic job hosting the evening - looking very festive in her Santa Hat and Christmassy earrings - and I assumed the role of official photographer. (So apologies for the quality of the pictures!)

I always really look forward to these open mic nights, and I'm always incredibly impressed by the breadth of literary talent in Fens. Whether something in the water makes Fen Folk natural wordsmiths, or whether creative people are drawn to the wide skies of Cambridgeshire I'm not sure, but it certainly makes for some pretty brilliant Fen Speak nights out!

And it was another fine evening of poetry and prose on Wednesday. We listened to tales love, depression, boredom and sex; political poems and protest poems, and poems about the strangeness of the Fenland landscape. Prose poems and storytelling, and poetry translated from twelfth century Latin! Rousing rhyming monologues, villanelles and couplets, and even a father and son poetry duo! There were cliffhangers and tearjerkers, and poems that made the audience erupt with laughter and gasp in surprise.

In short, it was amazing!

Thank you to everyone who came along, and a special thanks to all those who performed. Here are a couple of photos of the evening - see if you can spot yourself!




So that's it then. Almost the end of 2013.

But don't worry, there's still plenty of time to enter the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition. In fact, we'll be open for submissions right up until 31st January 2014. So if you're stuck for something to do over the Christmas holiday, why not write a poem for Fenland? We're really looking forward to reading all the entries in February!

In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and a peaceful, prosperous and poetic New Year!

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