SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL: POETRY AND MUSIC
CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1PX.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6.30pm
A celebration of poetry and music in the atmospheric setting of the Cathedral. Join distinguished poet Robyn Bolam, with South Downs poets Stephanie Norgate and Barry Smith for a stimulating reading of new poetry alongside classic Sussex poems read by professional actors. Live music by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar.
Robyn Bolam was awarded an Eric Gregory Award and won the Cheltenham Prize. She held an Hawthornden International Fellowship. Her first book of poetry The Peepshow Girl was followed by several others including Raiding the Borders and New Wings: poems 1977-2007. Her latest collection is Hyem (Bloodaxe).
Gareth Williams has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre. He was formerly a singer with the million-selling pop group, The Flying Pickets. His latest film is Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh. He is currently touring the UK in an Agatha Christie mystery.
Stephanie Norgate is a Bloodaxe poet. Her most recent collection is the Blue Den. She is also a dramatist. She is tutor on the Creative Writing M.A. at the university of Chichester.
Tickets £6; students £4. Disabled access.
Tickets are available from The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH. 01243 816525 www.thenovium.org/boxoffice.
PART OF THE SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL 2018
Scroll down for details of Open Mic Poetry at New Park Centre and the Poetry & Jazz Cafe at Edes House with Louis de Bernieres on June 28th 2018, as part of the Festival of Chichester.
POETRY & JAZZ CAFÉ with LOUIS DE BERNIERES
EDE’S HOUSE, WEST STREET, CHICHESTER, PO19 1RW.
Thursday, June 28th, 2018, 7.30pm.
Acclaimed author and poet Louis de Bernières and jazz duo Jo Fooks with Ted Beament entertain and inspire. Louis will read from his collection of poems, Of Love and Desire. Enjoy a delightful mix of words and music with complimentary home-made cake in the splendid setting of grade I listed Edes House. Louis de Bernieres is the internationally acclaimed author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, now made into a major feature fim.
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.
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. 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