July marks the second birthday of Poetry Café – Refreshed, held on the third Wednesday of every month at Smokey Joe’s in Cheltenham. We are looking forward to celebrating our continuing run of fine poetry from gifted poets – welcoming David J Costello as our guest poet on Wednesday 19 July.
For the record, here is our roll of honour – our guest poets – during our first 2 years, from August 2015 until July 2017:
John Alwyine-Mosely – August 2015
Tom Sastry – September 2015
Nina Lewis – October 2015
Avril Staple – November 2015
Brenda Read-Brown- December 2015
David Clarke – January 2016
Sue Johnson, Bob Woodroofe, 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
Deborah Harvey – September 2016
Kathy Gee – October 2016
Claire Walker – November 2016
Anna Saunders – December 2016
David Calcutt – January 2017
Stephen Daniels – February 2017
Jennie Farley – March 2017
Sam Loveless – April 2017
Michael W Thomas – May 2017
Stuart Nunn – June 2017
David J Costello – July 2017
And we are looking forward to welcoming more talented poets in future months!
Jeff and Dan Phelps – August 2017
Angela Topping – September 2017
(October and November – being confirmed)
Ann Drysdale – December 2017
Here are some random photographs of guest poets’ posters and performances!
Poetry Café Refreshed at Smokey Joe’s, Cheltenham
John Alwyine-Mosely – our first guest poet, August 2015
Tom Sastry – September 2015
Smokey Joe’s – unique venue!
Smokey Joe’s – a great venue
Strong performances at the open mic
Roger Turner – host of Poetry Café Refreshed
Miki Byrne at the open mic
Sue Johnson, Bob Woodroofe, Joy Thomas
Sharon at the open mic
Paul Canon Harris
Stephen Daniels and Sam Loveless when Sam was guest poet
Sharon, deputising for Roger as host
Michael W Thomas
David J Costello
We look forward to another great year of Poetry Café Refreshed!
Delighted to have two poems in the Spiders e-book of the Maligned Species project from Fair Acre Press. Here’s a picture of the splendid cover:
The e-book will be available on this link shortly: Fairacre Press Bookshop. costing £2.99. Money from each e-book sold will be donated to Buglife… and could even save a species of spider from becoming extinct! Please support the project by purchasing a copy. Great value for some 40 poems in total, including work by John Siddique, David Calcutt, Jonathan Edwards, Nadia Kingsley Angela Topping, Jane Burn Storybook Art, Sarah Leavesley, Nina Lewis, Maggie Mackay, Jean Atkin, me and many others.
Thanks to Nadia Kingsley of Fair Acre Press for the project and for including our poems. Watch out for other books in the Maligned Species Project – Grey Squirrels, Stinging Nettles and Frogs – emerging on Fridays throughout February.