On 10 August 2016, Poetry Café – Refreshed celebrated its first birthday. We were delighted to welcome Patrick Osada, who is on the management board of South magazine, as the guest poet on this special occasion.
Poetry Café – Refreshed, a monthly event, hosted by Roger Turner and organized by Sharon Larkin (yours truly), is held in the unique surroundings of Smokey Joes in Bennington St, Cheltenham – a café with an informal and relaxed atmosphere, an American diner-inspired décor given a British twist … and offering an irresistible menu.
Smokey Joes – a relaxed, informal atmosphere
We’ve been enjoying some superb poetry. Over the past year, we’ve had a succession of exciting guest poets come to read and perform for us:
- John Alwyine-Mosely – August 2015
- Tom Sastry – September 2015
- Nina Lewis – October 2015
- Avril Staple – November 2015
- Brenda Reid-Brown – December 2015
- David Clarke – January 2016
- Sue Johnson, Bob Woodroofe and Joy Thomas – February 2016
- Paul Harris – March 2016
- Matt Duggan – April 2016
- Rachael Clyne – May 2016
- Lesley Ingram – June 2016
- Ben Banyard – July 2016
- Patrick Osada – August 2016
… and the quality of the poetry from the open mic poets has been high too!
At the ‘anniversary edition’ of Poetry Cafe – Refreshed on 10 August 2016, at the open mic we had: David Ashbee, David Clarke, Miki Byrne, Annie Ellis, Jennie Farley, Robin Gilbert, Sharon Larkin, Michael Newman, Stuart Nunn, Belinda Rimmer, Roger Turner, Gill Wyatt.
We’ve had many more poets join us at the open mic over the past year, including Kathy Gee, Sarah Bryson, Polly Stretton, Judi Marsh, Holly McGill, Anna Saunders, Howard Timms, Marilyn Timms, Kev Alway, Courtney Hulbert, Briony Smith, Chris Hemingway, Aled Thomas, Gill Garrett, Elizabeth Chanter, Michael Skaife d’Ingerthorpe, Samantha Pearse … and on one memorable occasion Dom Joly.
We look forward to the next year of Refreshed. Guest poets for the next three months are:
- 21 September 2016 – Deborah Harvey
- 19 October 2016 – Kathy Gee
- 16 November – Claire Walker
Please make a note of 16 November and 14 December, the last two Poetry Café – Refreshed events for 2016 … and we already have a number of exciting guest poets lined up for 2017!
We’re most grateful to Vickie Godding and the staff at Smokey Joes for being so welcoming and accommodating towards us. We love your waffles!
And thanks to TL for taking photos at Poetry Café – Refreshed.
Some photographs from our first year: