Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Literature Festival Season is Upon Us!

Great to see literature festivals springing up all over the place. Chipping Norton had its first one last week. There was a terrific poetry open mic session and an equally terrific performance poetry session later on that evening. Both events were packed out and there was a real diversity of work. Open mics can sometimes be quite predictable and so can performance poetry events. These two were distinguished by their breadth of talent and range of form. Watch this space for something occurring on a more regular basis. Chippy is ripe for a monthly gig.

Swindon is having its 19th literature festival 7th - 19th May. It kicks off with the Dawn Chorus at 5:30 am. Really, this is too good to miss. Templar Poets are well represented, too.

The inestimable Jane Weir reads and talks on Thursday 10th May at 7:30

On 13th May it's Swindon Poetry Sunday! 

10:45 - 12:30  Workshop 'the texture of knowing'
exploring the physical world of poetry with Pat Winslow

10:45 - 12:30  Workshop 'changing places'
with Mike Woods

1:30 - 2:30  Lunchbox Reading 
with BlueGate Poets and Pat Winslow

3:00 - 3:45  Panel Discussion on reading poetry
with Paul Maddern and  Mike Woods
chaired by Alex McMillen, managing editor of Templar Poetry

4:00 - 5:00  Poetry reading
with Bath Poets, Reading Poets and Angela Cleland

5:30 - 6:30   Closing workshop session with everyone!

7:15 - 8:15   Poetry reading
with Swindon Poets, Paul Maddern and Matt Bryden

8:45 - 9:30   Poetry reading
with Mike Woods and Jane Weir.

And now, bloggers, here are your links:

Swindon Literature Festival
Templar Poetry

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