A wonderful evening of poetry was enjoyed when Liane came to read for us at the Camden Centre from her accessible and innovative writing. There was a good turnout, and many had come prepared for “poems from the floor,” providing a wide range with food for thought, feeling and humour. It was great to see some new faces in the audience, and we hope they will return next month.
Liane Strauss was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is the author of Leaving Eden(Salt Publishing, 2010) and Frankie, Alfredo, (Donut Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner and Magma. She is the Head of Poetry in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and lives in London with her two sons.
Liane received second prize in the Cardiff International Poetry Competition for her poem ‘It’, in July 2014. Come along and take advantage of the opportunity to listen to Liane on Tuesday, 17th. February at the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells.
Our April meeting at the Camden Centre has been moved to 28th. April. This is the meeting when Mario Petrucci will be presenting the winners of our annual open competition. We hope this will not be inconvenient for anyone.
Our first meeting at the Camden Centre this year will be a triple bill – 3 of our own members will be sharing the reading time. This has become an annual event and is enjoyed by participants and audience alike.
This year’s trio: Steve Walter, Marion Hobday and Giles de la Bedoyere.
Have a look at our programme for 2015, and do come along to join us! £3 admission only, with a free drink of wine or juice thrown in.
Mara Bergman, a long-time member of the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, is the winner of the Mslexia 2014 Women’s Pamphlet Competition with “The Tailor’s Three Sons and Other New York Poems”, which will be published by Seren in 2015. Look at the bright skies – she’s still up there floating!
There was a good turnout and a warm and friendly atmosphere for the battle of the poets last Wednesday. We were treated to a wide variety of voices and topics, with all participants on top form. Hopefully there will be another opportunity to participate in one of these friendly bouts. A head-to-head event, with no casualties, and no losers!
Mir Mahfuz Ali
On Tuesday 18th November we welcome Mir Mahfuz Ali to the Camden Centre in Tunbridge Wells. Originally from Bangladesh, he has worked as a male model, chef and actor/dancer as well as a writer. Highlights amongst his readings include the Royal Opera House and Radio 4. Midnight, Dhaka is his first full collection of poetry, and is published by Seren. Mir Mahfuz Ali has written of his poetry, “I want the taste to linger in the readers’ mouths and on their skin.” Come and listen to an unusual voice in more than one sense: Mir Mahfuz Ali was shot in the throat in a public demonstration, and now has a huskier sound, as well as the voice of his unique and often shocking experiences, thoughts and feelings. We are delighted to have such a challenging and passionate reader bringing us his poetry this month.
Bring along one of your own poems as we will have a short open mic slot at the start of the evening. Start 8 pm.
Another big event in November: on Wednesday 19th Kent & Sussex take on Brixton in one of the series of “Stanza Bonanza” readings at the Poetry Café in Betterton Street in London. Each of these two Stanzas will be represented by six poets, our flag-wavers being Mary Gurr, Graham Mummery, Mara Bergman, Caroline Price, Garry Ely & Clive Eastwood. The readings begin at 7.30pm. Do come along. For those who haven’t yet been there, the Poetry Society headquarters is a friendly, cosy venue with café for light refreshments.