A CELEBRATION OF POETRY
Thursday October 5th 2017 7.30pm, Chichester Library, PO19 1QJ.
Plus Open Mic Poetry.
Celebrate National Poetry Day with distinguished poet Jeremy Page reading from Closing Time (Pindrop Press), plus new poetry. Jeremy also writes fiction and plays as well as editing the acclaimed literary journal, The Frogmore Papers ‘Rich with imagery, fun and emotion’ Wendy Klein (The North)
Live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and open mic poetry combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music. Readers and listeners equally welcome.
Jeremy Page has edited The Frogmore Papers since 1983. His short stories have been widely published, and he is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Closing Time (Pindrop Press, 2014) and Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography (Frogmore Press, 2016). His translations of the Lesbia poems of Catullus were published as The Cost of All Desire by the Ashley Press in 2011. He has also written two plays: Loving Psyche, which was performed in Bremen in 2010, and Verrall of the White Hart (Lewes, 2014). In 2015 he co-edited an anthology of life writing, True Tales from the Old Hill. A novella, London Calling, will be published by Cultured Llama next year.
Tickets £5.00 (to include glass of wine) are available from Chichester Library, Tower Street, PO19 1QJ 01243 777351.
POETRY & JAZZ CAFÉ with FRIEDA HUGHES
EDE’S HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.
Acclaimed poet Frieda Hughes, and the Jamie Leeming Trio with Emily Dankworth, entertain and inspire. Frieda will read from her brilliant collection of poems and paintings, Alternative Values. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid setting of grade 1 listed Ede’s House. Part of the Festival of Chichester. www.festivalofchichester.co.uk
Tickets £15 from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, Chichester, 01243 816525, or www.thenovium.org/boxoffice
Part of the South Downs Poetry Festival www.sdpf.org.uk
NEW OPEN MIC POETRY SEASON
WELCOME TO 2017/18 OPEN MIC POETRY
We're all set for another great season of poetry with top guest poets and an open mic session for local and visiting writers.
Open Mic Poetry welcomes poets writing in any style and on any subject. All welcome. Listeners equally welcome.
We meet on the last Wednesday of most months - January, February, April, May, September, October and November - at New Park Centre, Chichester. 7.30pm. Sign up on the door to read.
We also offer A Celebration of Poetry with live music and a headline guest poet on National Poetry Day each October and in March.
Plus each June we run a spectacular Poetry & Jazz Café as part of the Festival of Chichester in Edes House, with a top name from the world of poetry and live jazz from brilliant musicians. Plus free cake!
Events autumn 2017 - Summer 2018
Wednesday 27 September 7.30pm, Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with poet Emma-Jane Hughes reading from her new collection, The Mechanics of Love. Emma teaches English/Creative Writing at Chichester University and Chichester College. Open mic.
Thursday 5 October 7.30pm, A Celebration of Poetry on National Poetry Day at Chichester library, with Jeremy Page reading from his collection Closing Time. With Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar. Complimentary wine. Open mic. Tickets from library, 01243 777351.
FURTHER 2017/2018 EVENTS TO BE CONFIRMED. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE!
2016-2017 events - historical listing.
Wednesday 26 October 7.30pm, Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Rosie Jackson reading from her latest collection, The Light Box. Open mic.
Wednesday 30 November 7.30pm, Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Irish poet C.L. Dallat reading from The Year of Not Dancing. Open mic.
Thursday 8 December 7.30pm The Festive Jazz Café at St John’s Chapel, St John’s Street, Chichester, PO19 1UR. With star of film/TV/stage Michael Jayston, actor Emily Rose Smith, admired Sussex poet Hugh Dunkerley and the fabulous Jazz Smugglers Band.
Wednesday 25 January 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Chichester poet Melanie Penycate reading new poetry. Open mic.
Wednesday 22 February 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Charlotte Gann launching her new collection, Noir. Open mic.
Thursday 23 March 7.30pm A Celebration of Poetry at Chichester Library. Distinguished poets John Greening and Penelope Shuttle read from their new joint collection, Heath. Plus live music from classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett, open mic section and complimentary glass of wine. Tickets £5 (includes wine) from Chichester Library, tel. 01243 777351
Thursday 4 May 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre. Acclaimed Irish satirical poet Kevin Higgins reads from Song of Songs 2.0 - New and Selected Poems. Launching in February in Washington DC and reprised in Chichester. Plus open mic. Don’t miss!
Wednesday 31 May 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre. Admired poet Susan Utting returns with her new collection, Half the Human Race. Plus open mic.
Thursday 29 June 7.30pm The Poetry & Jazz Café at Edes House, part of the Festival of Chichester. Frieda Hughes reads from her brilliant poetry and paintings book, Alternative Values. Live jazz from Jamie Leeming Trio with star vocalist Emily Dankworth. Plus supporting poets and Complimentary Cake. Tickets £15 from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, tel. 01243 775888 www.thenovium.org/boxoffice
Tuesday 11 July 6.30pm Paintings & Poems at Chichester Cathedral as part of the Festival of Chichester and the South Downs Poetry Festival. John Haynes, Stephanie Norgate, Barry Smith and Sam Meekings are guest poets. Paintings by Frieda Hughes - a major exhibition of 400 Days and Alternative Values. Plus live classical guitar from Linda Kelsall-Barnett. Tickets £6 from the Novium/TIC, Tower Street, tel. 01243 816525 www.thenovium.org/boxoffice or www.sdpf.org.uk
DON PATERSON HEADLINES AT POETRY & JAZZ CAFE
Acclaimed poet Don Paterson will make a welcome return visit to the Festival of Chichester to headline at the Poetry & Jazz Cafe at Edes House, West Street, Chichester on Thursday, 30th June, 2016. Starts 7.30pm.
Don will read from his brilliant new collection Forty Sonnets as well as revisiting some old favourites. The evening will also feature exciting live jazz, Sussex poets with new work and a cafe/bar serving complimentary homemade cake. Advance booking recommended.
Tickets (available from April) from Cloisters Shop, Chichester Cathedral, telephone 01243 813595 or visit www.chichestertickets.co.uk
Photograph by Caroline Forbes.
Hear great poets in action. Matthew Sweeney reads his latest work on National Poetry Day.
2015 – 2016 PROGRAMME
Guest poets launch each session, followed by an
open mic. Listeners equally welcome. Refreshments. Starts 7.30pm.
Thurs Oct 8 Matthew Sweeney Chichester library
- Acclaimed Irish poet celebrates National Poetry Day
Wed Oct 28th Alan Morrison New Park Centre
- Alan reads from new book Shadows Waltz Haltingly
Wed Nov 25th Anne-Marie Fyfe New Park Centre
- Reads from new collection House of Small Absences
Thurs Dec 10th Festive Jazz Cafe St John’s Chapel
- Seasonal special with Jazz Smugglers, Christopher Timothy, guest poet Stephanie Norgate and complimentary mince pies. Tickets from Cloisters Shop, Cathedral, 01243 813595 or www.chichestertickets.co.uk
Wed Jan 27th Denise Bennett New Park Centre
- Denise reads from new collection, Parachute Silk
Wed Feb 24th John Davies New Park Centre
- Poems from the amazing ‘Shedman’. Don’t miss!
Thurs March 17th David Pollard Chichester library
- David presents a poetical and visual encounter with Self-Portraits
Wed April 27th Steven O'Brien New Park Centre
- Steve reads his latest poems and from his back catalogue
Wed May 25th Audi Maserati and Camilla Lambert New Park Centre
- performance poet and professor of zany poetics Audi entertains