Wednesday, September 17, 2008


19th September -25th October

over 25 poets at 21 different venues between 19th September & 25th October.

Workshops, readings, Open Mic, performance poetry, events for Children and poetic wildlife walks with the Essex Wildlife Trust. Plus the BIG DAY OF POETRY on the 11th October at the Cramphonr Theatre, Chelmsford, where Sixties Beat icon Michael Horovitz will be topping the bill and showing why this “firebrand of a performance poet, who has energised every kind of audience on both sides of the Atlantic” who’s Poetry Olympics filled the Albert Hall on more than one occasion, is still where it’s at! Joining him is the electrifying Patience Agbabi, once poet in residence at a tattoo parlour, and Jo Bell, last years Cheshire poet laureate and ex ‘bonekicker’ who will regale tales of sex, boats and archaeology! Also in the evening Catherine Smith will be introducing the winners of the Essex Poetry Festivals Open Poetry Competition. In the afternoon Essex Poets Frank Dullaghan and Adrian Green will be reading from their new books. Staff from the country’s oldest literary magazine, The London Magazine (founded 1732) and its youthful new counterpart Trespass will be on hand to chat to poets about what their magazines have to offer readers and what they look for in submissions, the are also bringing their guest readers, the Forward prize nominated and Saltire Award winning Roddy Lumsden, with young guns Andrew Oldham and Tom Chivers.The events start from 1pm with an Open Mic, where new and local poets can take the stage.
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