Two good poets in one night: Robin Houghton and Miranda Pearson

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 20th March, upstairs at the Vittle & Swig on Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells as usual.   There will be a short Open Mic – and then, in place of the advertised one poet, we have TWO! Unfortunately Gram Joel Davies cannot make it, so we have been lucky to get two well-published poets in his place: Robin Houghton and Miranda Pearson.
Robin Houghton is prize-winning poet who has had poems published in many magazines, including Agenda, Bare Fiction, Envoi, Magma, Poetry News and the Rialto. She won the New Writer competition in 2012, the Hamish Canham Prize in 2013, and the Stanza Poetry Competition in 2014. In 2017 she won the Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet competition, and her latest pamphlet, All the Relevant Gods, has just come out.
Miranda Pearson was born in Kent, but has lived in Canada since 1991. Her poetry has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and she is the author of four collections: The Fire ExtinguisherPrimeThe Aviary and Harbour.

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Tom Sastry

Tom Sastry

Our next meeting at the Swig and Vittle, on Feb. 20th., is devoted to  Tom Sastry.
Tom was one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy.

He was born in 1974.  He is a second generation Original, his mother being Originally English and his father Originally Indian. He grew up in Buckinghamshire and has lived in Bristol since 1999. He thinks that not belonging is more interesting than belonging. He has spent most of his life in bedrooms, classrooms and offices. He enjoys having to deny that he is an anarchist. Complicity is his first pamphlet, and reviewer Jacqueline Saphra praises his “fresh, original voice”.

Join us for what promises to be an enjoyable feast of poetry, with a prompt start at 8.00pm.  The evening will begin with poems from the floor.  See you then!

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2018 and Happy New Year! 3 Poets in 1 night! Competition alert!

Readers

Although it doesn’t seem long since we ushered in last year’s poetry programme, here we are again in a new January, with our popular Home Grown evening. 3 of our members are sharing their poetry with us:  Marjory Caine, Louisa Campbell and Abegail Morley.   The evening will start promptly at 8.00 pm, with time for a New Year drink at the Vittle and Swig beforehand.  Come along to support our readers and get us off to a rousing start in 2018!

Competition

And don’t forget, time is running out for entries to our national competition, judged this year by Helen Ivory, with a top prize of £1,000!  Closing date 31st. January 2018.

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TPB international book & pamphlet competition

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December 20, 2017 · 4:20 pm

Christmas 2017

Venue 
We didn’t manage to book the V&S for December – it is their very busy season of course  – but we have an alternative venue just off Camden Road – the Church of Christ on Commercial Road. Cliff, the Minister there, kindly said he can put out teas and coffees for us, and we are welcome to bring wine.  So bring along some drink, nibbles if you want, and festive cheer!
There will be a quiz, in teams round tables, and an open mic session.  We are also having a poetry book Secret Santa, so bring along a wrapped poetry book if you want to take part.
Come and join us to celebrate poetry at Christmas!  Prompt start at 8.00, so you can arrive at 7.45 onwards.

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Members’ News

Members readings and launches 
 
We have an extremely talented membership, so several members have launches and readings in the next few weeks to which you are welcome.  Coming up in November are:
 
Saturday November 4th – Against the Grain Launch, Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX
A new press set up by Abegail Morley, Jess Mookherjee and Karen Dennison has its launch, with reading from its first pamphlet by Anna Kisby, and additional readings by Sarah James, Sean Magnus Martin and Jane Lovell.  
 
Thursday 9th November – Louisa Campbell’s new pamphlet, Happy Bus, launching at the Javabean Cafe at 8pm which also features readings by Ira Lightman and John McCullough
 
Tuesday 14th November – Caroline Price’s new collection is being launched by Shoestring Press at 8pm at Tonbridge Old Fire Station, TN9 1BH, also featuring readings by Hubert Moore and Mary Gurr.
 
Thursday 16th November – Steve Walter’s London launch of When the Change Came, which will be 8pm at the Poetry Cafe (as above), with music by Steve Antioni and more poetry by John Paul O’Neil.
 
Wednesday 29th November – Abegail Morley’s launch of her new collection In the Curator’s Hands, 7:30pm at the Vittle & Swig, with additional readings by Sara Barnsley and Jill Munro.

 

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Susan Utting


We have another enjoyable evening in store for you in Tunbridge Wells on November 21st. 2017, when Susan Utting is our guest.
Susan Utting is an accomplished poet whose latest collection, Half the Human Race, came out in March 2017.  Work from her earlier collection, Houses Without Walls, (Two Rivers Press) was featured in the Independent on Sunday, was widely and warmly reviewed, with a poem included in the best single poem category of the Forward Book of Poetry.
 
Her work has won many awards. In 2015,  Self-Portrait as a Ticked Box won 2nd Prize in the McLellan Poetry Competition. Other prizes include a Poetry Business Prize for the pamphlet Something Small is Missing and the Peterloo Poetry Prize for Under the Blue Ball. She was selected for The Times newspaper’s best love poem prize 2010 and has twice been shortlisted for the Arvon Poetry Prize. Susan’s work has also appeared in The TLS, The Independent, New Welsh Review, The Mirror, The Forward Book of Poetry, The North, The Interpreter’s House and The Poetry Review. Her first full collection, Striptease, was published in 2001 by Smith/Doorstop Books   

Susan runs poetry workshops country wide and taught poetry & creative writing at Reading University for 17 years. She was appointed Community Laureate for Southern Arts’ Year of the Artist and received a Creative Writing Fellowship from Reading University’s School of English & American Literature.

Her work was selected by The Poetry Library to be recorded for Poetry International at the South Bank Centre in London, and was broadcast along with other international poets’ work, at the Royal Festival Hall and South Bank Centre.

Please do come and bring friends/guests to the Vittle & Swig, Camden Road, for a prompt 8pm start.  There will be an Open Mic session at the start of the evening, so bring a poem with you too.

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