Sunday, 5 January 2014

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Coming Attractions

Hello, and welcome to 2014! A lovely, shiny New Year. And you know what that means, don't you? It's time to have a look at cool stuff that's happening in January!

On Tuesday 7th Jan, local arts network Creative Ely will be hosting another great meet-up event at the Poet's House, on St Mary's Street. This month's talk comes courtesy of the lovely Jo Gifford, who will be sharing advice and tips about blogging. Whether you're part of a creative small business looking to update your internet presence, an artist/photographer/crafter wanting to put your work online, or simply a creative person blogging for pleasure, this event will be right up your street. The talk begins at 7:30pm, and is open to all.

Then on Saturday 11th Jan, I'll be heading down to the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival - a traditional Fenland celebration, involving drinking, dancing, music, storytelling, and a procession through the streets of the town by a 'bear' made out of straw! (It's exactly as bizarre and amazing as it sounds!)

As part of the festivities, I'll be performing alongside Poets United at the Whittlesey Library. There'll be poetry from 12:30pm - 1:30pm, and again from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, so do come and have a listen if you're in the area!

The Wisbech and Fenland Museum is the setting for the next Fen Speak open mic event on Wednesday 15th Jan. This poetry and spoken word open mic night is free to attend, and it's a great chance for poets and writers to try out new material, or have a go at reading their work aloud. Performance isn't compulsory, but it is very much encouraged!

We'll be at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, Museum Square, Wisbech PE13 1ES from 7:30pm, and the open mic starts at 8pm. See you there! 

On Saturday 18th Jan, SHINDIG and Allographic Press are teaming up to present a rousing evening of music and poetry, all contained within the beautiful surroundings of the Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, Cambridge, CB1 1JW.

With poetry from the likes of Fay Roberts, Patrick Widdess, Nikki Marrone, Russell J Turner, and Daisy T-G, set to a glorious soundtrack by Norwich-based seven-piece band Wooden Arms, it's a night out not to be missed! 

There'll also be a full Spoken Word set by the wonderful Hollie McNish, and I'll even be doing a few poems too! Check out this interview I did with Slate the Disco to promote the show. Tickets are £6 on the door or £4 in advance, and the show starts at 8pm.

Finally, we have the Allographic: Other Voices event on Sunday 26th Jan, rounding off the month of January nicely. This open-hearted open mic is one of the best in the East of England, drawing talented performers from right across the UK, as well as supporting up-and-coming local talent. Located upstairs at The Fountain, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DW, the open mic starts at 8pm (with featured performance acts to be confirmed).

It all looks so good! See you soon!

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