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Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2017 begins on Thursday 4th May

27 Apr

CPF brochure 2017It’s just one week until the Cheltenham Poetry Festival kicks off with appearances from UoG’s own D.D. Johnston and Tyler Keevil. They’ll be talking from 7pm to 8pm at Smokey Joe’s on Thursday 4th May, and you can book your tickets here.

But, wait, it gets even better. Stick around! After that, it’s the turn of some of our many talented students. They’ll be reading flash fictions full of laughs and tragedy, in the same venue, on the same night, from 8:30pm. Admittance to that event is free, but space is limited so please reserve your place here.

And that’s just the first night of the 2017 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! Here are three other UoG-related events to look out for: on Thursday 5th May, English Literature lecturer John Hughes will be discussing how to analyse poetry, in Oxfam Bookshop at 11am; on Wednesday 10th May, there’s a chance to see PhD student Howard Timms’ play Oscar Wilde’s Women at 7:45pm at the Cheltenham Playhouse; and on Thursday 11th May, Anna Saunders (an alumni of our Creative Writing MA and the Festival director) will be reading alongside three other poets at the Cheltenham Playhouse at  8pm.

But that’s just a small sample of what’s on. The Poetry Festival runs until May 15th, with an exciting and eclectic range of big stars and local talents. So be sure to check out the full list of events here.

 

 

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Celebrating the rich tradition of poetry at the University of Gloucestershire

11 May

Rarely a month goes by without happy news of our poets’ success, and now congratulations are due to Lesley Ingram (an alumni of our MA programme), Sam Kemp (a current student on our MA programme), and Angela France (one of our lecturers).

scumbled-upload-coverLesley has just published her debut collection, Scumbledwith CInammon Press. She won the 2013 Ludlow Fringe Poetry Competition and has previously been published in various places including Mslexia, The Flea, Dead Ink, iota, Under the Radar, Writers Abroad, and Angle. You can hear Lesley reading from her much anticipated collection at a special (and free!) poetry event being held on Saturday 6th June as part of the UoG Creative Writing Fringe Festival.

Also reading at that event will be Angela France, whose many achievements include winning the Lightship International Poetry Prize. Angela has just published two new poems: her work features in the new issue of Angle and in a new Bloodaxe anthology, Hallelujah for 50ft Women.160pp D8vo

And congratulations are also due to Sam Kemp – an exciting new voice – whose poetry appears in the current Angle as well as in Dreamcatcher.

Angle Issue7If you’d like to hear some of our great poets, then don’t forget our celebration of poetry on June 6th, featuring Lesley, Angela, Anna Saunders, Mantie Lister, and Nigel McLoughlin. Please see the Facebook event page for more information.

The 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival is here!

21 Apr

2015 poetry festival logoIt’s spring, the sun is shining, trees are blossoming, and it’s time for the 2015 Cheltenham Poetry Festival! This wonderful event is back with another varied and imaginative programme, and student tickets are available from a discounted rate of £4. There’s loads to see and hear, and the full programme is available via this link, but here are some of our picks if you’re not sure what to attend.

Wednesday April 22nd: Cheltenham Poetry Festival Launch Event 6pm-7:30pm in Smokey Joe’s. See a performance piece described as ‘a work of genius’ by John Cooper Clarke, hear some 50s songs, and listen to poetry from Rick Vick. Plus, perform your own poetry and short prose at the launch’s open mic!

Friday April 24th: Little Machine, 8:30pm-10pm at The Wilson. This is an amazing way to experience poetry – Little Machine are a poetry band described by Carol Ann Duffy as ‘The most brilliant music and poetry band I’ve seen in decades.’

Saturday April 25th: The Other Side of Sleep, 2:30pm-3:30pm at Oxfam. The Other Side of Sleep is an anthology that explores the narrative poem, and the event will feature readings from contributors, including our own Angela France.

Saturday April 25th: The Minotaur is Not a Monster – Myra Schneider & Anna Saunders plus the launch of Dear World, 4pm-5:15pm at Oxfam. Another of our high-achieving alumni, Anna Saunders (‘a poet of quite exceptional gifts’), will be reading at this event, which also includes the launch of an anthology of poems on environmental themes.

Saturday April 25th: The Contradictions of Flesh – Sonia Hendy-Isaac & Clare Ferguson-Walker, 7:30-8pm at Smokey Joe’s. It’s a chance to complete a hat-trick of UoG alumni poets in one day! Sonia Hendy-Isaac, who previously studied and taught at the University of Gloucestershire, will be reading from her debut collection which has been described as ‘fiercely sensual, shamelessly witty, drunk with life’ (Alison Brackenbury).

Saturday April 25th: Hip Hop & Freestyle Cabaret with Martin Daws, Petra Vita, and Davey Evans, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. One of our very top picks from the festival, this night promises laughs, beats, music, and wordplay. There’s a UoG connection too – Brandon Landis, one half of Petra Vita, will be known to many of our Creative Writers, and the evening will be hosted by our own Davey Evans.

Monday April 27th: Nine Arches – Jo Bell & Robert Peake, 6pm-7pm at The Strand. This hour of poetry comes with special recommendation – not to be missed!

Wednesday April 29th Chris Hemingway & Myfanwy Fox – Sarcasm and Stanzas plus open mic, 9pm-10pm at Smokey Joe’s. This event explore sarcasm and poetry and affords all the chance to perform their own work, whether it be sarcastic or sincere.

Friday May 1st: Nine Arches Poetry Show Case – Bobby Parker, Dorothy Lehane, 1pm-2pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is another event that comes with special recommendation – two exciting voices from the spoken word scene. If you don’t have a class at that time then this is the place to be!

Friday May 1st: Joe Duggan & Rowan Middleton, 5pm-6pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. One of our very top picks from this year’s festival – an absolute must! Joe’s work chronicles Irish pub life, politics, bingo, and failing exams. He’s joined by one of our tutors (and graduates) – the brilliant Rowan Middleton. Rowan’s work mixes myth and modernity to muse on landscape and environmental issues.

Saturday May 2nd: Lines of Return – the Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Others, 3pm-4pm, The Everyman Studio Theatre. Poet and critic Stephen James unlocks the secrets of poetic craft – a great event for poets and students of literature.

Saturday May 2nd: How to Perform your Poetry, with Elizabeth Tyrell, 6pm-7:30 at The Everyman Studio Theatre. This is useful, not just for poets, but for any authors looking to improve their stage presence and performance skills

Saturday May 2nd: Breaking Bard – The Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam 8pm-9:30pm at The Everyman Studio Theatre. 12 poets go head to head in an exhilarating X-factor style poetry battle!

Check out the full programme and find booking links here 🙂

2014 Cheltenham Poetry Festival

17 Mar

Cheltenham Poetry FestivalThe Cheltenham Poetry Festival is back with another brilliant line-up for 2014. The festival will run from 28th March to 6th April, and once again it will star many poets with connections to the University of Gloucestershire.

The Poetry Festival has become an annual highlight in the cultural life of Gloucestershire; Poet Alison Brackenbury described at as a ‘triumph’ in its first year, and it has continued to delight audiences ever since. As Anna Saunders, the Festival founder and Executive Director, explains: ‘Since our launch in 2010 we have aimed to give you an all-singing, all-dancing festival – one that fuses poetry and music, film, drama and visual art. This year is no exception; we have award winning plays, cabaret nights, specially commissioned poetry cinema, poetry bands and much more.’

Anna is a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire’s MA in Creative and Critical Writing, and connections between the Festival and the University run deep. Check out the full 2014 programme here, and in the meantime here’s a guide to the events starring students, alumni, and staff (past and present) from the University of Gloucestershire:

Friday 28 March at 8:00pm  at Copa
A Matter of Life, Death and Poetry
A number of poets including MA alumni Avril Staple

Saturday 29 March at 1:00pm at The Everyman Other Space Studio
John Goodby and former UoG lecturer Kate North plus open mic 

Saturday 29 March 2014 at 4:30pm at Francis Close Hall
Laurie Lee – a celebration of a Gloucestershire poet’s work.

Hosted by UoG lecturer and graduate Angela France

Monday 31 March at 9:30pm at The Strand
Women’s Words 
With Angela France, current students Dani Schlosser and Emmy Summers, graduate Lizzie Rogers – MC, current student Adam Magee

 Tuesday 1st April 9.30pm-10.30pm at The Muffin Man
The University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing Showcase
H
osted by Adam Magee, with headliners Caitlin Clarke and Josh Martin

Thursday 03 April at 8:00pm at Copa
Anna Saunders & Jeremy Page – Struck
Launch of Anna Saunders’s New collection

Friday 04 April at 8:00pm at The Strand
Poetry Factory – Images from the Museum of Light 

A poetry collective which includes  MA graduate Chaucer Cameron, Anna Saunders and Avril Staple

Saturday 5th April 12.30pm-1.30pm at Copa
Poetry Pairings
Including Anna Saunders, Angela France, Adam Magee

Saturday 05 April 2014 at 5:00pm at Tailors
Peter Carpenter & Lesley Ingram – Being In Bed With Philip Larkin

Well Versed: University of Gloucestershire poets in action this Wednesday

1 Mar

WELL VERSED MARCHWell Versed is a monthly spoken word and music event sponsored by the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. The events feature a cherry-picked line-up of local poets, plus nationally acclaimed headliners, and this month’s show is starring two poets with University of Gloucestershire connections.

Anna Saunders, a graduate of our MA in Creative and Critical Writing, is the author of two collections of poetry. Her first collection, Communion (Wild Conversations Press), was praised for its ‘lush imagery and music’ by Nigel McLoughlin and as ‘moving poems of flesh and spirit, from ears…finely tuned’, by Alison Brackenbury. Anna’s second collection, Struck (Pindrop Press) has been described as ‘a bold and beautiful collection’ by Flarestack author David Clarke and as full of ‘dazzling and intoxicating images’ by award winning poet James Knox Whittet.

Appearing alongside Anna will be final year BA student, Adam Magee. Adam’s work has recently received widespread praise and he was selected as the first beneficiary of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival mentoring scheme. He is a regular performer on the local poetry festival as well as an organiser of the UoG Creative Writing students’ Open Mic nights. Last year he performed with the university’s slam team and his poetry appears in the newly published Fire anthology. The Cheltenham Poetry Festival has described him as ‘Hugely talented…the lyricism of Dylan Thomas with the bite of Charles Bukowski.’

The event is at The Muffin Man, at 7pm, on Wednesday 5th March. Tickets are priced at £3 for concessions and it would be great to see as much UoG support as possible.

Meanwhile, the brilliant annual Cheltenham Poetry Festival is under a month away, so please check out the events listings here, and look out for information on the many performers with University of Gloucestershire connections.

 

Alumi News – keeping up with our poets

24 Sep

We’re always keen to hear what our graduates are up to – we miss you! – so if you studied creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire and have writing news to share in our alumni updates (or if you just want to say hi) drop us an email at alumni@newwriting.org. Meanwhile, here’s news of what some former students are up to on the poetry front:

liberatedwordslogoMA students were treated at induction to a brilliant poetry film, There is Nothing in the Garden, made by Helen Dewberry and UoG MA graduate Chaucer Cameron. The good news is that there’s more of their work showing soon at the Liberated Words Poetry Film Festival, on National Poetry Day – Thursday, 3rd October. The bad news is that the festival’s in Bristol, at the Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts. But if you live in Bristol, or fancy visiting for the day, Chaucer and Helen will be screening three films as part of the festival: The Shipwright’s Love Song, Take Me to the City, and Sloat Thrit.

lesley-ingramOn the subject of poetry, thanks and congratulations to the latest additions to our alumni hall of fame: Lesley Ingram and Anna Saunders. Lesley is a graduate from the University of Gloucestershire MA in Creative and Critical Writing. She has been published in various places including Mslexia, The Flea, Dead Ink, iota, Under the Radar, Writers Abroad and Angle and her first collection will be published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. She won the 2013 Ludlow Fringe Poetry competition.

anna-saundersMeanwhile, Anna Saunders, also an MA graduate, has written two collections of poetry and launched a poetry festival. Her first collection, Communion, published by Wild Conversations Press was praised for its ‘lush imagery and music’ by Nigel McLoughlin and as ‘moving poems of flesh and spirit, from ears…finely tuned’, by Alison Brackenbury. Anna’s second collection, Struck, will be available from Pindrop Press in March 2014. Struck has been described as ‘a bold and beautiful collection’ by Flarestack author David Clarke and as full of ‘dazzling and intoxicating images’ by award winning poet James Knox Whittet. Anna is also the founder and executive director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, which was described as a ‘triumph’ when it was launched, and which continues to go from strength to strength.