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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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The 2016 Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Featuring UoG Staff, Students, and Alumni!

28 Apr

There are so many amazing events going on in the last few weeks of term we’re going to have to bombard this blog with announcements.  To start with, we wanted to shout about this year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival, since you can grab discounted tickets if you pick them up in advance.  The fest runs from May 6th to 15th and is organized by UoG Creative Writing Alumni Anna Saunders.  The fest always features a stellar line-up of professional poets, and Anna has been brilliant about including past and current students; this year schedule maintains the tradition of featuring Team UoG on the bill.  Below you’ll find some festival highlights, well worth checking out, and if you want to find out more or pre-book those discounted tickets, follow this link.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • Saturday 7th May, 5pm, St Andrew’s Church hall Paul Innes is giving a talk on Shakespeare’s Roman Plays £6/4
  • Sunday 8th May, 2pm at The Strand, MA alumni Lesley Ingram will read from her Cinnamon Press poetry collection ‘Scumbled’. Reading with novelist Martin Lytton. £6/4
  • Monday 9th May, 8pm at The Strand, Angela France will read new poetry exploring Cheltenham’s radical heart. Reading with novelist Kim Fleet. £6/4
  • Tuesday 10th May, 8pm at Smokey Joe’s, Tania Hershman with UoG students give a micro-fiction showcase £6/4
  • Thursday 12th May, 11am at the Oxfam bookshop, John Hughes to give a talk on Bob Dylan £7/5
  • Thursday 12th May, 6.30pm at The Frog and Fiddle, Lania Knight reading poetry with Pete Mullineaux and Alice Merry. £6/4
  • Thursday 12th May, 8pm at The Frog and Fiddle, MA alumni and Poetry Festival founder/director Anna Saunders will read from her new collection as part of an Indigo Dreams showcase £7/5
  • Friday 13th May, The 6th Cheltenham Poetry Festival Slam, 8pm at Smokey Joes. Performers include UoG students Mathias Pedersen and Dani Shlosser £7/5
  • Saturday 14th May, 3.30, Oxfam bookshop, Nigel McLoughlin is giving a talk on the WB Yeats poem ‘Easter 1916’ £6/4
  • Saturday 14th May, 6.30pm at The Wilson, a poetry reading by Nigel McLoughlin and George Szirtes £8/6

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UoG lecturer Angela France appointed as Cheltenham Poet in Residence

30 Oct

angelaCongratulations to poetry star Angela France who on National Poetry Day was announced as Cheltenham’s new Poet in Residence. It’s the first time Cheltenham has appointed a bard, and they couldn’t have chosen anyone better. Angela is Cheltenham born and bred, much of her previous work draws on her relationship with the town, and at present she’s working on a sequence of poems that explores the Leckhampton riots and Cheltenham’s radical past. Angela studied her MA and PhD at the University of Gloucestershire, and is now a popular member of our teaching team. She’s the author of three poetry collections and has won many prizes including the Lightship International Poetry Prize. She’s a major figure in the local poetry scene and runs the popular Buzzwords poetry evening.

Speaking to the Gloucestershire Echo, Anna Saunders, the director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, said:

“Angela has very strong links to Cheltenham and is a major figure on the local poetry scene but is also an internationally acclaimed poet with a strong record of publishing.

“Her work isn’t comic verse or performance poetry, but it’s very accessible and it often deals with real people at its subjects; her current work celebrates the rebellious nature of Cheltenham people in a very interesting way.”

And as Angela puts it:

“Poetry still has a place. People turn to it at moments of crisis or emotion – a wedding or a funeral, so it’s still important to people.”

Angela’s formal inauguration will take place at the the Civic Mayoralty event at the Town Hall in May.

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 🙂

Celebrating poetry at the University of Gloucestershire

1 Apr

Cheltenham Poetry FestivalAs part of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, there’s a chance to see some of the University’s rising stars at The Muffin Man tonight. The University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing Showcase will be hosted by Adam Magee and headlined by Caitlin Clarke and Josh Martin. Also Performing will be Emmy Summers, Dani Schlosser, Sam Last, Lesley Ingram, and more. The event starts at 9:30pm, Tuesday 1st April, so come along, treat yourself to some fresh poetry, and support our talented writers.

It’s a great time for poetry at UoG, with many publishing success stories to report. Third-year poetry students Rosanna Riches and Adam Magee have both secured their first publications outside university. Rosanna has had three poems accepted by Angle Poetry Journal: ‘Scales’ and ‘Trending Beheading’ in issue 5 and ‘Meteorology’ for issue 6. Adam has had four poems accepted for Black Light Engine Room: ‘Crabbing’, ‘The lane behind my street’, ‘Degatano farm’, and ‘Anwn’.

Meanwhile, lecturers Angela France and Nigel McLoughlin have each had four poems accepted by Black Light Engine Room. Nigel McLoughlin also has new poems forthcoming in The Interpreter’s House and The Honest Ulsterman and Angela France has three poems in an anthology edited by Rosie Bailey and June Hall as well as an article in Litro magazine, ‘Gender Disparity in Poetry Publishing: it’s about more than the numbers’ which can be read 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.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival

3 Apr

The Cheltenham Poetry Festival starts on April 20th, offering you the chance to experience poetry in all it’s manifestations: there are world class poets performing in intimate venues, exciting new fusion events which blend poetry with visual arts, workshops, films, rap, food events, and even a little animation. Cheltenham Poetry Festival was described as a triumph in its first year, and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Check out the brilliant lineup at their website.

Deserving of special mention are the events involving University of Gloucestershire students and graduates:

Katie-Hammond-Picture-Dead-InkTuesday 23rd is new voices night, a showcase of emerging talent. The poets on show include award-winning new voice Katie Hammond, who holds a first-class honours degree from the University of Gloucestershire, where she is now studying for her MA. To hear Katie and other stars of the future, get along to The Muffin Man on Crescent Terrace. The event is from 6pm to 7:30pm, and again it includes an open mic section.

On Thursday 25th, there’s a chance to see a fusion of stunning film photography and haunting, lyrical poetry by Chaucer Cameron and Helen Dewbery. Chaucer is a graduate of the University of Gloucestershire MA programme, and the event – titled ‘There is nothing in the garden’ – is from 4pm to 5pm, in Oxfam Bookshop on Cambray Place.

On Saturday 27th, there’s a chance to hear University of Gloucestershire graduate, Angela France. Angela is the author of three collections, the newest of which, Hide, was launched at the university in March. She has an MA in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Gloucestershire, where she is now studying for a PhD. Her work is richly imaginative, finely crafted and complex, while remaining joyfully playful. Angela and Dan will be representing the South West against the East Midlands (represented by Matt Merritt and Maria Taylor), in the Nine Arches Press poetry rodeo. The poets will take turns in an exchange of poems responding to the themes, ideas and forms of each other’s work. The event is from 2pm to 3pm in Copa on Regent Street (£5/4).

angelaFinally, don’t miss Angela France’s second appearance of the weekend, this time alongside Costa prize winner, Christopher Reid (whose poem The Song of Lunch became a BBC2 film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson). They’ll be reading at The Red Pepper Bistro on Regent Street, from 8pm to 9pm (£5/4).

You can book tickets for these performances, or any of the festival’s other great events, online at www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk or by phoning 0844 576 2210.

Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2012

15 Apr

The second annual Cheltenham Poetry Festival will be running between the 18th and the 22nd April. This year the festival will feature nearly 100 performers over five days of spoken word and live literature events. The events take place at venues across the town: lots of the events are in pubs and lots of them are free! To check out the line up and to learn more, visit the Cheltenham Poetry Festival website. There are loads of interesting events but be sure not to miss University of Gloucestershire star Angela France, who ‘s appearing with Penelope Shuttle at Francis Close Hall on Friday 20th. The event starts at 6:30pm and tickets are £7/5.