Upcoming events

This is a new page and details poetry events which Open University Poets may be interested in. It will include poetry festivals, book launches and workshops.

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Wednesday 2nd February 7.30 p.m. Poetry Launch

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Raine Geoghegan and Phil Vernon launch their new poetry collections, introduced by special guest Nigel Kent

About this event

You are invited to attend this free online poetry reading, starting at 7.30 on Wednesday, 2nd February, 2022.

Nigel Kent, whose recent poetry collection Unmuted was published last year by Hedgehog Poetry Press, introduces Raine Geoghegan and Phil Vernon who will read from their brand new poetry collections, also published by Hedgehog, in January this year.

Raine will read from her new pamphlet The Stone Sleep.

“This extraordinary and exquisitely-crafted pamphlet, the third from Romani poet Raine Geoghegan, has a unique silver thread running through it, of winter, sleep, stone… Like the ‘masks’ and ‘eyes’ and ‘hands’ which appear, this very tightly-themed pamphlet is greater than the sum of its parts. The Stone Sleep is nourishment and guide: it will be a delight for Raine Geoghegan’s regular readers and is sure to attract many more to her compelling and healing work.” – G.B. Clarkson.

Raine Geoghegan is a poet, prose writer and playwright of Romany, Welsh and Irish descent living in the UK. She is a Forward Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net nominee. Her debut pamphlet, Apple Water – Povel Panni was previewed at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2018. It was also a Poetry Book Society Spring 2019 Selection. They Lit Fires: Lenti Hatch O Yog was published in December 2019. Both pamphlets are published with Hedgehog Poetry Press. Her work has been published internationally in print, online and in anthologies. Her play, The Tree Woman was performed online at the worldwide Earthquake Festival in October 2020. Her first full collection will be published with Salmon Poetry Press in March 2022. Her website is here. Twitter: @RaineGeoghegan5

Phil will read from his new collection Watching the Moon Landing.

The poems in this collection speak in many voices and touch on many themes: COVID-19, love and loss, uncertainty, well-being, migration, power, violence, nature, superstition, memory, art and faith. They explore connections, separation, nearness and distance in time and space. They feel, with careful fingertips, for the fragile frameworks and interpretations we construct to make sense of and protect our equally fragile landscapes and lives. Often written in formal poetic forms – perhaps also reflecting those very frameworks – the poems remind us that we are each subject to the specific but fluid and interconnected circumstances of our time and place.

Phil Vernon lives in Kent, with his wife Tebo. He works internationally on humanitarian, development and peacebuilding initiatives. His first full collection Poetry After Auschwitz was published by Sentinel in 2020. The Hedgehog Poetry Press published his Stickleback micro-pamphlet This Quieter Shore in 2018. His updated version of the mediaeval hymn Stabat Mater was set to music by Nicola Burnett Smith and performed in St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden in 2019. His website is here. Twitter: @philvernon2

And Nigel Kent will not only introduce Raine and Phil, but also read poems from his well-received 2021 collection, Unmuted .

This is a collection of ekphrastic poems, inspired by a gallery of famous works by artists from the present and the past. Each artwork acts as a frame in a storyboard which he unfreezes and unmutes to reveal the narrative he imagines lies behind it. Even for those who have no interest in art these direct, accessible and moving poems will stand alone and promise to engage with issues that truly matter.

Nigel Kent is a three times Pushcart Prize nominated poet (2019, 2020, 2021) and reviewer who lives in rural Worcestershire. He is the author of two collections and four pamphlets: Unmuted, a collection of 32 ekphrastic poems (Hedgehog Press, 2021); Saudade (Hedgehog Press, 2019) his first collection; Psychopathogen, a pamphlet exploring the effects of the pandemic, which was nominated for the 2020 Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets and made the Poetry Society’s Winter List, 2020; A Voice and A Vision, a book of photopoetry in collaboration with photographer, Nick Browne; and two poetry conversations with Sarah Thomson, Thinking You Home and A Hostile Environment. In 2021, Nigel was shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Reviewer of Literature, in recognition of his popular reviews and poetry drop-in feature on his website. Twitter: @kent_nj

Crafty Crows ~ Online Poetry, Nigel Kent & Karlostheunhappy, plus Open-Mic

Nov 3, 2021 at 19:00 — 21:00 (GMT)

The Gloucestershire Poetry Society presents our regular online event, ‘Crafty Crows’, hosted by Josephine Lay, on Wednesday 3rd November 2021, from 7.00pm until 9.00pm, Featuring Nigel Kent & Karlostheunhappy with a 10minute slot, plus open-mic. Via Zoom (Technical stuff by Jason Conway). FREE.

Tickets available from www.helmtickets.com

STARTING October 8th a festival weekend featuring a series of online events held by the Winchester Poetry Festival.

For further details, click here.

Gloucester Poetry Festival: Second Wave, 2nd to 23rd October.

As the last on-line series of the Gloucester Poetry Festival was such a success, ZD Dicks (the festival director and Gloucestershire Poet Laureate) is proud to announce a new series with internationally renowned poets.

Each session will showcase a poet followed by a Q&A session where you can ask them your burning questions. The events will take place on Zoom allowing our neighbours across the world free access. Tickets are limited and it’s first come first served so get yours as the events come on-line!

To find out more and get links to register for tickets, keep checking the events link in the menu above or our Facebook page at https://facebook.com/GloucesterPoetryFestival/ *

We love poetry and we want to share it with you.

This series is brought to you in association with:

Yarn Whispering (yarnwhispering.co.uk)


Members of the Booksellers Association (booksellers.org.uk):-

Banner Books (Ennistymon)
Book Corner (Saltburn-by-the-Sea)
The Bookshop (East Grinstead)
Brendon Books (Taunton)
Bridge Bookshop (Isle of Man)
Browsers Bookshop (Porthmadog)
Gullivers Bookshop (Wimborne)
Gnash Comics
Gwisgo Bookworm (Aberearon)
Haslemere Bookshop (Haslemere)
Hungerford Bookshop (West Berkshire)
Lindum Books (Lincoln)
Mostly Books (Abingdon)
Niche Comics and Bookshop (Cambridgeshire)
Red Lion Books (Colchester)
Sam Read Bookseller (Grasmere)
Wivenhoe Bookshop (Essex)
The Woodstock Bookshop

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Course: West Dean College

Writing poetry: memory and imagination with Maggie Sawkins

Creative writing and publishing

Ref: SWE10930

Suitable for all £260

On this course you will learn how to shape and transform personal material into poetry. You will look at techniques such as personification, metaphor and the adoption of different voices – the tools poets use to tell the truth slant. A willingness to share and reflect in a non-judgemental manner will help you on this course.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the course and we will get to know each other.

A series of activities including flow writing, patterning and guided imagery will be used to stimulate the imagination, enabling you to tap into the inner life of memory, emotion and personal experience. We will also discuss the work of contemporary poets using this as a springboard for your own writing. You will be encouraged to get into the mood by taking inspiration from the flora and fauna of West Dean Gardens. Finally there will be an opportunity to develop your individual drafts through one-to-one and group feedback.

By the end of the course you will have:

• Gained an understanding of the different techniques to help you to get closer to what you want to convey;

• Generated ideas and drafts that can be developed into polished pieces of writing;

• Learnt some creative journaling techniques to help foster the writing muscle once the course has finished.

For further information click here.