Bit-players and walk-ons

Eleven of us met at The King’s Head on the eleventh of July! We were treated to some cracking poems. This post has borrowed its title from a poem by Mark.

Come along if you can on Monday, August 1st. at 7pm upstairs in the King’s Head in Wells High Street. Conveniently close to Union Street car park. We finish around 9pm.

You can see “our” Michelle, the Chaired Bard of Glastonbury, performing both words and music at the Bardic Trials on YouTube

Michelle was also featured in the latest issue of Poetry Wales.

Martin Porter writes “I’m not sure of the interest in the group for this sort of thing, but I have a piece published in Remake 4 Remake is an online journal published by John Geraets, based in New Zealand. It offers a forum for contemporary NZ poets (which I appear to be) and works on the format of “Written item – Reflection by writer – Comment by third party”, giving the opportunity for insight in the way a written piece works.”
It’s worth having a look for this remarkable piece of writing by Martin.

Don’t forget to have a look at David’s poetry podcast,  and do think about sending a poem in to him.

A date for your diary: the wonderful Annie Fisher from Fire River Poets will be our guest poet on Monday 5th September, same time, same venue. Plus open-mic.

What we do when we read aloud is to give the poem a new life off the page. If it was worth the time and heartache that went into writing it, surely it is worth taking time to practice reading it aloud. Appreciation of spoken poetry does depend on being able to hear it! It’s not just a matter of reading clearly and not rushing it (though that is a good place to start) but you need to get the meaning across by entering into the spirit of the poem. There’s no need to be afraid. We are all rooting for you. We want to hear what you have to say.
– Bradley Hand


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