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.
Wednesday 25 October 7.30pm, Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with rising star Jessica Mookherjee reading from her collection The Swell plus new poems. Praised by Gillian Clarke amongst
others. Open Mic.
Wednesday 29 November 7.30pm, Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre. Special double-header with Alan Morrison reading from The Tan Raptures and Kevin Saving
reading from A Want of Absence. Plus open mic.
Thursday 7 December 7.30pm, The Festive Jazz Cafe at St John's Chapel, St John's Street. Seasonal words and music with celebrity reader,
poet James Simpson, actor Emily Rose Smith and the evergreen Jazz Smugglers Band. Free mince pies. Tickets £12 (students £10) from Novium, 01243 775888, www.thenovium.org/box office
Wednesday 31 January 2018 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Sussex poet Geoffrey Winch returning to read from his latest collection, West Abutment Mirror Images. Plus Open Mic.
Wednesday 28 February 2018 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Patrick Osada reading from his fifth collection, Changes. Patrick is a Rosemary Arthur Award
winner. Plus Open Mic.
Thursday 22 March 2018 7.30pm A Celebration of Poetry at Chichester Library, Tower
Street, PO19 1QJ. Words and Music, with complimentary glass of wine. Distinguished poet Tamar Yoseloff reads from A Formula for Night: New & Selected Poems.
Tamar has published five highly praised collections and was nominated for the Ted Hughes Award. She is Chair of Poetry and Spoken Word for the Society of Authors. Plus Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar
and Open Mic Poetry. Tickets from the library 01243 777351 Part of THE SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL 2018.
Wednesday 2 May 2018 7.30pm Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with special double-header as Mandy Pannett reads from her extensive back catalogue and Hannah Brockbank reads from brand new collection
Bloodlines. Plus open mic. PART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL 2018.
Wednesday 30 May 7.30pm Open
Mic Poetry at New Park Centre with Matthew Stewart, who works in the Spanish wine trade, reading from his new collection, The Knives of Villalejo. Plus open mic. PART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS
POETRY FESTIVAL 2018.
Thursday 28 June 7.30pm The Poetry & Jazz Cafe at Edes House, West Street, with celebrated author of Captain
Corelli's Mandolin Louis de Bernieres reading from his latest poetry collection, Of Love and Desire. Top jazz from Jo Fooks (sax) and Ted Beament. Plus South Downs poets. Tickets (available from the Novium in Tower Street, tel 01243 816525
or www.thenovium.org/boxoffice £15 (includes comp glass of wine). On sale from April 19th. PART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL 2018.
Tuesday 10 July 6.30pm Poetry & Music at Chichester Cathedral with acclaimed poet Robyn Bolam reading from her latest collection Hyem, plus South Downs poets Stephanie
Norgate and Barry Smith. Linda Kelsall-Barnett plays classical guitar. Professional actors read classic poetry from the South Downs. A delightful mix of words and music in the splendid setting of Chichester Cathedral.Tickets (available from the Novium in Tower Street, tel 01243 816525 or www.thenovium.org/boxoffice
£6. On sale from April 19th. PART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL 2018.
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.
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