Paul McGrane

 

Paul McGrane

NB CHANGE OF VENUE THIS MONTH

This month  we have pleasure in welcoming Paul McGrane.  For this month only, the event will take place in the upstairs room of The Rendezvous on Camden Road. The evening begins with a very brief AGM at 8.00, followed by Paul’s reading.

Paul McGrane is the co-founder of the Forest Poets poetry collective in Walthamstow and has also been The Poetry Society’s Membership Manager since 2006.  He runs the Poetry@3 open mic at the Poetry Café, London, on the first Thursday of the month.  In 2016 he was Highly Commended in the YorkMix Poetry Competition and Longlisted in the South Bank Poetry Competition.

His first poetry collection, Elastic Man, was published in  JULY 2018

“Paul McGrane’s voice is sexy, witty, humane. His poems are carefully crafted, often very moving, frequently laugh-aloud funny. Here is a confident, intelligent writer with a strong sense of social justice. A varied and accessible collection which deserves to do really well. I loved it.”                   Carole Bromley

 

We hope you will join us for a drink and a chat  before the evening activities formally begin.

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George Szirtes

George Szirtes  Image by Caroline Forbes

GEORGE SZIRTES

 Poetry’s only obligation is to the truth. Whether this truth is widely popular or not is irrelevant. It should be the best truth possible and that is the only quality that gives it any hope of survival.” – George Szirtes

George Szirtes was born in Hungary and emigrated to England with his parents—survivors of concentration and labour camps—after the 1956 Budapest uprising. His first book, The Slant Door (1979), won the Faber Memorial Prize. Bridge Passages (1991) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Prize. Reel (2004) won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and his New and Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has also translated, edited, and anthologised numerous collections of Hungarian poetry. For his translation work Szirtes has won several awards, including the Dery Prize for Imre Madach’s The Tragedy of Man (1989) and the European Poetry Translation Prize for Zsuzsa Rakovsky’s New Life (1994).

There will be an Open Mic session first – one poem each for everyone who wants to read.  It’s always a pleasure to hear new voices!

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Raine Geoghegan

We start off our autumn season of poetry with a visit from Herefordshire writer Raine Geoghegan, who draws on her Romany heritage in her poetry, monologues, prose and songs.  Raine has mixed Welsh and Gypsy Roma heritage and shares her love of the Bishops Frome area and the many memories that the place and hop-picking   evoke.

Join us for another feast of words at the Vittle and Swig on September 18th.  There will be a prompt start at 8.00pm, so arrive at 7.45 for a chat and catch-up first.  There will be an Open Mic slot, followed by Raine’s reading, which will give us a fascinating insight into a different world and way of life.

 

 

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Poetry Competition Now Open. £1000 first prize

Our annual competition is now open for entries. The adjudicator this year is the renowned poet, Ruth O’Callaghan. Click on the tab above for details.

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Enchanted July

This month’s meeting on July 17th. is at The Enchanted Place, by the Winnie the Pooh memorial, at 7.45 pm.

The theme is childhood innocence, or the loss of it – bring along a favourite poem or 2 by a favourite poet, related to the theme, to share with other members.

There is an 8-minute walk from the Gill’s Lap car park to the memorial, or you can take a shorter, less scenic path from Piglet’s CP, taking the path to the Right of the seat, then R onto the main path (2 mins.)  The meeting will start by the memorial, when we have all gathered there.

If you are driving, take
theB2110 from Tunbridge Wells, through Groombridge, then through Hartfield
Fork Left onto the B2026 towards Uckfield, driving up the hill onto the forest

Park at Gill’s Lap or Piglet’s CarPark

See you then!

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Jacqueline Saphra

June Meeting – Jacqueline Saphra and Open Mic
Our June meeting is as usual upstairs that the Vittle & Swig on Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells, on Tuesday 19th June at 8pm. We will have an open mic followed by a reading from Jaqueline Saphra.
Jacquline describes herself as a poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, but not necessarily in that order. She  is increasingly interested in genre-bending. You’ll find poems, prose poems and proems in her most  recent collection. She’s also an enthusiastic collaborator, working with composers, musicians and visual artists. She has collaborated on her book of prose poems, If I lay On My Back I saw Nothing but Naked Women with the illustrator, Mark Andrew Webber, and it has specially composed music by Benjamin Tassie to accompany the poems in performance. It won the Best Collaborative Work in the Saboteur Awards 2015. 

SheJacqueline was Poet in Residence for Good Housekeeping and a board member for Magma Poetry. She provides mentoring and also teaches poetry in all kinds of settings including work for the Poetry School.

Her latest collection, All My Mad Mothers was published by Nine Arches Press in 2017 and was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot prize. You can hear her reading some of the poems at the T.S.Eliot event on this You Tube extract, from about 4 minutes in.

July Meeting – Outdoor Poetry
Our July meeting will be our annual outdoor meeting. This year we are holding it in a very special place – the ‘Enchanted Place’ Winnie the Pooh memorial in the Ashdown Forest – a place where Christopher Milne had been with his nanny and his father, A.A.Milne, inspiring the end of House at Pooh Corner “They walked on, thinking of This and That, and by-and-by they came to an enchanted place on top of the Forest “. 
 
The annual outdoor meeting is an occasion when we bring our favourite poems by other authors to share around a theme. This year, in fitting with the A.A.Milne location, the theme is ‘Lost/Childhood/Innocence’ – so please all bring along a few poems to read closely or  loosely connected to that theme.
Directions to the  ‘Enchanted Place’ Winnie the Pooh memorial:
– take the B2110 from Tunbridge Wells, through Groombridge, to Hartfield.
– drive through the village, then fork left on B2026 towards Uckfield
– up the hill onto the Forest and park at Gills Lap car park.
– arrive at 7.45pm and we’ll walk the short distance to Gills Lap
If wet we repair to the Hatch Inn, Coleman’s Hatch, TN7 4EJ:
– through Hartfield, stay on B2110.
– At Coleman’s Hatch, immediately past sign, turn left towards Wych Cross
– Take left fork in road. The pub is on the right
Image result for winnie the pooh Shepard drawings

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Tamar Yoseloff and Folio results May 8th.

The May meeting presents the results of our own Folio competition  with a reading by the judge, Tamar Yoseloff.  Please note that the May meeting will be one week earlier than usual, on Tuesday May 8th, (which is the second Tuesday of the month) – 7:45 for an 8pm start, at the usual place, upstairs at the Vittle & Swig on Camden Road. It would be great to see as many members as possible so that those whose poems have been selected can read them at the meeting. After the folio announcements and adjudication report, there will be a  reading of Tamar’s own work.
Tamar Yoseloff
Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US in 1965. Since moving to London in 1987, she has been the organiser of the Terrible Beauty reading series at the Troubadour Coffee House,  Editor of Poetry London magazine, and from 2000 to 2007, has been Programme Coordinator for The Poetry School. She currently works as a freelance tutor in creative writing.

Her first pamphlet collection (Fun House, Slow Dancer Press, 1994) was followed by her first full collection, Sweetheart (Slow Dancer Press, 1998), which was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and the winner of the Aldeburgh Festival Prize. Her recent limited edition,  Formerly, with photographs by Vici MacDonald (the first publication from a new imprint, Hercules Editions) was published in 2012 and was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in New Poetry.

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