Performances and events

A. Readings

1 December 2016  Reading poems Igam Ogam, Walk on St Dwynwen’s Day, Colours, Transhumance in a recording for Corinium Radio, being broadcast on 6 December 2016.
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The Writers’ Room, Corinium Radio

21 October 2016  Reading my set Walking with Dylan at the Launch Party for the I Walk with Fire Festival, celebrating Dylan Thomas, in Cheltenham, with artist Anthea Millier – organised by Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

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29 January 2016  A Crossing Counties poetry reading with Worcs and Glos poets at Pershore Library. With Sue Johnson, Bob Woodroofe, Joy Thomas, Roger Turner and me.  Sue, Bob and Joy’s “reciprocal reading” was at Poetry Cafe – Refreshed in Cheltenham on 10 February, the open mic including Roger and me.

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20 November 2015  Took part in The Quiet Compère, reading a set on space themes.

  • Prizewinner in the Gloucestershire Writers’ Network Competition 2007 with the poem First Class Anomaly published in prizewinners’ anthology.  Performed poem at Cheltenham Literature Festival that year.
  • Reading poems including Expanding Universe and A Little Tangibility at Holst Museum, Cheltenham, 2010
  • Reading poems including A year along the Isbourne and End of Season with University of Gloucestershire CCW MA graduands, at The Centaur, Cheltenham, Degree Ceremony November 2011
  • Reading What Passes Between and other poems at Cheltenham Literature Festival Fringe events, High St and Brewery Centre, October 2010 and 2011
  • Regular participator in open mics, including Poetry Café – Refreshed (2015/2016) and Buzzwords in Cheltenham. (2007 – 2013)

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  • Cheltenham Poetry Society readings

Out of the Depths at Highbury Congregational Church, St Mary’s Great Witcombe, St Margaret’s Alderton. Included poems Bond, Looking for Crumbs and House Guest. April 2012, Autumn 2013

Into the Heights and Winchcombe Arts Festival – with Winchcombe Poets, St Nicholas Church, Winchcombe. May 2013 and January 2014

Reading poetry of the First Workd War, and my long poem, The Chaplain (based on the WW1 service of Timothy Rees MC, later Bishop of Llandaff).  At St Margaret’s Church, Alderton, 2014

Crossing Counties reciprocal readings with Evesham Poets (in Cheltenham and Evesham). Included poems Igam Ogam, Carafán yn y Glaw, Don’t Believe Them, Transhumance, Meicrodon, Swan Lane Primary, An Education in Song, a Year along the Isbourne.  Autumn 2014/Spring 2015

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Reading upstairs at The Strand, Cheltenham

Launch of Cheltenham Poetry Society anthology, Beyond the Well-mapped Provinces at Café Rouge, Promenade, Cheltenham. Included poems Fishing, Holiday Job, Clearing Out, Nightshade, Blackthorn. April 2012 

Black Night Dylan, headlining with Angela France and David Clarke, The Playhouse, Cheltenham, October 2014. Included  poems Canmol, Unequally Yoked Talacharn, Return to Cors Caron, Walk on St Dwynwen’s Day, A487, Transhumance.

Guest poet at Well Versed, Cheltenham with Michael Newman and David Ashbee. Included Scarcely Edible, Getting Rid, A Higher Education – the First Trimester, Mountain Climbing for Beginners, Autumn on the Isbourne, Skeins

Various readings during Cheltenham Poetry Festival (2011 – 2015), at Oxfam, The Strand, the Muffin Man, Smokey Joe’s as part of Poetry Factory and Cheltenham Poetry Society.

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3 July 2013 – read in Bristol, at Charles Thompson’s Bristol Poetry Review at the Square Club in Bristol with David Clarke, Philip Rush, Anna Saunders, Avril Staple and Chaucer Cameron

Reading at Curator of Eccentricity Launch of Setdown pamphlet commemorating the Laurie Lee Centenary, with Philip Rush, Adam Horovitz, David Clarke and other Gloucestershire poets, at Stroud Museum in the Park, 12 September 2014.
Setdown: Laurie Lee Commemorative Anthology
Reading poems Bastard Rough and Quoining from the Apple Orchard project at the Big Apple Festival, Much Marcle, October 2014.  Event organized by Ledbury Poetry Festival, and led by Paul Henry, Herefordshire’s Poet in Residence, 2014.
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Reading poems Firewords, On the Up, Sully and Sear with Jubilate Chamber Choir, Cheltenham at the Chapel, University of Gloucestershire

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Reading poem Plough Sunday, St Peters, Hinton on the Green, January 2015

Reading in Waterstones Cheltenham, July 2012 with Ann Drysdale, Peter Wyton and Poetry Factory poets including David Clarke.Write Out Loud 1 August 2012

B.  Workshops led

Four years as Chair, Cheltenham Poetry Society Nov 2011 to Nov 2015.                                    Re-elected Chair of Cheltenham Poetry Society Nov 2016

  • Regular writing workshops for all levels of expertise
  • A writing group for experience poets
  • A poetry reading group
  • Three annual retreats at Dumbleton Hall (May 2014, 2015, 2016); devising and running the workshops

Other workshops:

  • A workshop for Buzzwords, 2010
  • Two workshops to encourage poets to enter GWN writing competitions 2012 and 2013

C. Lectures given and organised

  • Gave lecture: The Musicality of Welsh Poetry – Cheltenham Poetry Society annual lecture, March 2015

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  • Organized Cheltenham Poetry Society annual lectures for several years, as follows:
  • David Clarke to speak on German Poetry at Cheltenham Municipal Offices, March 2017
  • Chris Haslam at Dean Close School on 1st World War Poets, March 2014
  • Nigel McLoughlin on Cognitive Blending – Metaphor, Cheltenham Municipal Offices, March 2013
  • Richard Cleaves on the Metaphysical Poets, at Cheltenham Municipal Offices, March
  • Kate North on Getting Published, at Parmoor House, March 2011
  • Sonia Hendy-Isaac on Post-modernism, at Parmoor House, March 2010

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