Sunday, 10 January 2016

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Leicester, London, Manchester

House of Verse, Leicester

Goodness me! It's turning out to be a busy January already! This month I'm doing poems in Leicester, London, Nottingham, *and* Manchester, as well as doing workshops in schools and organising some events for later in the year. It's all go!

So, if you're interested in where I'm gigging for the next thirty days, here's a list:

Sat 16th Jan - I'll be down in Leicester at House of Verse, an amazing multidisciplinary performance night - with music, comedy, poetry, and everything in between - hosted by awesome poet and compère Hibword. The show starts at 7pm and you can find all the details here.

Sat 23rd Jan - I'm heading down to East London to take part in Cabaret of Cunts, a fantastic feminist festival put together by all-female cabaret group Pussy Patrons. There'll be music, art, theatre, poetry, comedy, and a bunch of DJs, and it's going to be really cool. Everyone's welcome, so check out the event page for more information.

Thurs 28th Jan - I'll be doing poetry for two hundred eleven-year-old boys as part of a days of poetry workshops at a school in London. I've already written a poem about dinosaurs, so I'm pretty much sorted with the preparation, and I'm really looking forward to it!

Sun 31st Jan - I'm going along to support the DIY Poets with their Lace and Steel event, showcasing poetry from poets in Nottingham and in Sheffield. Unusually, this is an afternoon gig (3pm - 6pm) so they'll be plenty of time afterwards to chat and drink with all the poets. And there's rumours that there might even be a band playing in the evening! Sound lush, right? More info about the event can be found here.

Thurs 4th Feb - I'm off to Manchester to take part in the Thursday Lates series at the Whitworth Gallery. The evening will feature ten poets from across the north of England, and is hosted by the marvellous Sarah Dixon aka The Quiet Compère. The whole night is free, so you should definitely come along if you're free! Details here.

And, if all that wasn't enough - February sees the return of 28 Sonnets Later, our sonnet-a-day writing project, which is now in its fifth year! This time, Andy Bennett, Russell J Turner, Adam Warne, and I will be writing sonnets about works of art. They'll be poems on famous paintings, sculptures, architecture, and artefacts, as well as poems based on obscure or unfamiliar stuff too. I'm really looking forward to it this year, so keep your eyes peeled for the first sonnet, coming on 1st Feb!

Finally, I need to remind you all that the Fenland Poet Laureate Competition is still open! So, if you live, work or study in the Fens, you can enter a poem, and be in with a chance to be crowned Fenland Poet Laureate for 2016! How cool would that be?

In order to enter the competition, you'll need to check out the rules on the Atelier East website. The deadline is 29th January. Good luck!

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