Ok. So let's start with the bad news: the national final of the Hammer and Tongue Poetry Slam has been postponed.
The show was originally due to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 21st June, but the organisers have been experiencing some major technical difficulties, so the competition has been rescheduled for later in the year.
And while it is a little unfortunate, there are several big positives:
1. The competitors get three more months practise time
2. The organisers get the chance to fix the technical issues
3. It gives us all something to look forward to in the autumn
A definite case of Silver-Lining Overload!
Now I have a bit more time before the competition, I think I'm going to write something new to perform. I've got the seeds for several ideas, but I just need to see if any of them grow. Three months is a pretty good incubation period, so we'll see what happens.
Anyway, the new date for the Hammer and Tongue Slam Final is Saturday 27th September. If you've already bought tickets, they will be honoured for the new date, or you can contact the Royal Albert Hall box office for a full refund. Their telephone number is: 020 7589 8212.
On Friday, I spent a sunny summer's evening at the Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) for the third annual Pimms and Poetry event, hosted by the very lovely Elaine Ewart.
The event was staged in the visitors' centre café, which is a beautiful first floor space with huge windows and panoramic views across the Fens.
And it was a fantastic show, with poetry provided by local poet Emma Danes, Fenland Poet Laureate Poppy Kleiser, and Elaine Ewart, as well as a demonstration of moths during the interval (courtesy of Emma from WWT Welney) and free glasses of pimms for every member of the audience.
|Me, Poppy, Elaine and Emma|
I even got the chance to read a couple of my own poems, and it was nice to be able to read a few pieces that don't normally make it to my usual set list. I can't wait for next year's event!
Next Wednesday, we'll be back at the Babylon Gallery in Ely for another round of Fen Speak, the only dedicated poetry and spoken word open mic in the Fens!
This month, Fen Speak is proud to be part of the Ely Arts Festival and to celebrate, we've invited three of our young Fenland Poet Finalists to perform their poems as part of our regular open mic.
It's going to be a great show, so please do join us if you can. Doors to the Babylon Gallery open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. See you there!