Thursday, 30 August 2012

Templar Poetry Live

Do we have a treat in store for you!

Our Templar poet this month is the wonderfully engaging Matt Bryden.    The first time I came across Matt's work was when I judged the Templar pamphlet competition. He was undoubtedly a clear winner.

Born and raised in Beckenham, Matt is an EFL teacher whose work has taken him to Tuscany, the Czech Republic and Poland. His poems have appeared in Stand, Poetry Wales and The Warwick Review among others. His pamphlet, Night Porter was one of the winners of the Templar Pamphlet and Collection Prize in 2010. Boxing the Compass, his first full-length collection is due out soon. Watch this space, because he really is very good!

Stemming from Matt Bryden’s experience working in a Yorkshire hotel, Night Porter portrays life in the small hours among guests and staff. With each new glimpse into the interrelationships at the hotel, the mood deepens with emotional tensions and an overriding sense of alienation. He creates a compellingly layered portrait of ordinary lives.

Since 2011, Matt has been performing Bob Dylan songs as part of The Captain's Tower, a celebration of Dylan's 70th birthday.

Check out Matt's blog here.

Jennifer A. McGowan lives in Oxfordshire.  She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified disabled at age 16, she became a semi-professional mime artist and performed in five countries. Recently she has taught both under and postgraduates  in subjects as varied as English, history, and heritage studies.  Her poems have appeared in many literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Acumen, Envoi, Agenda, The Connecticut Review, and Gargoyle. 

A chapbook, Life in Captivity, is available from Finishing Line Press.  

Check out Jennifer's website here

As if all this weren't enough, we will be having our usual Open Mic spot for new and up and coming poets. We're also hoping to have a rare guest appearance from one of Chipping Norton's wittiest poets. I don't know how she does it, but she can come up with the most unexpected rhymes for the simplest of words. She has recently completed a fiendishly clever version of the twelve labours of Heracles. If you clap and stamp your feet loud enough, she might be persuaded to commit her work to print - and then you'll be clamouring for signed copies, of course.

at the Chequers in Chipping Norton

Matt Bryden

featured poet
Jennifer McGowan

plus open mic
and perhaps a mystery guest!

Thursday 20th September 2012
6:30 for 7:00 pm

The Chequers
Goddards Lane
Chipping Norton

01608 644717 

The event if free – but donations are gratefully received
and do buy the poets’ books!

For further information phone 07857 273695
or email

Come early if you want to read at the open mic!

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