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!
Every year for the past five years, Cheltenham Poetry Society has gone away for a full day of writing and getting to know each other better at the delightful venue of Dumbleton Hall on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border. Every year, we have had glorious weather which has enabled us to break out of the excellent conference facilities in The Bredon Room into the grounds, which are truly excellent. This year was no exception with regard to the weather – and the delights in the grounds included black swans and their cygnet on the lake, a heron in the trees, yellow flag irises in full bloom at the margin of the lake and vibrant rhododendrons.
As usual, Dumbleton Hall Hotel looked after us very well, with generous supplies of coffee, tea, pastries, cake and biscuits … and a hot buffet which catered for a wide variety of tastes. David Ashbee and Stuart Nunn led the workshops on the theme of wood, trees and the landscape … which we gathered under the title ‘Seeing the Wood and the Trees’. A record number of attendees (17) ended the day with at least a poem or two … some of us many more! Attending were: David Ashbee, Stuart Nunn, Roger Turner, Michael Newman, Robin Gilbert, Belinda Rimmer, Gill Wyatt, Alice Ross, Marilyn Timms, Howard Timms, Judi Marsh, Annie Ellis, Kathryn Alderman, Gill Garrett, Samantha Pearse, Michael Skaife d’Ingerthorpe and me.
Oh, and the date is already in Dumbleton Hall’s calendar – and our own – for May 2018!
Here are photos from the day: