A lively group of poets has been meeting monthly in the city of Wells, Somerset, for over fifteen years.
Next month we shall be taking a break. We’ll next be meeting in the Cocktail Bar at the back of the Rose and Crown, St John Street, Wells (BA5 1SW) on Monday September 4th, 7.45 for 8pm start. Limited free parking in St John Street, more round the corner in Broad Street or at the Bus Station car-park.
The featured poet on this occasion will be Jo Waterworth – see below.
Here is Jo at the launch of her most recent pamphlet, Paper Islands.
From September the charge will be £3. Meetings start promptly at 8pm and finish about 9.30 or 10. They are friendly and informal. There is a lot of laughter and occasionally a few tears. We listen in a spirit of respect to every poem, whether it comes from a published poet or a complete beginner. Each reader gets a chance to read two poems. Some people come just to listen, and some listeners become contributors.
Dates and poets booked so far for this year are as follows:
Feb 6 Linda Saunders
Linda’s first full-length collection, Ways of Returning (Arrowhead Press), was short-listed for the Jerwood Aldeburgh prize: ‘[She] applies words to subtle experiences as a painter might use paint, for their texture, balance and tone, with attention to each brush stroke’ – Philips Gross. A second collection, The Watchers, was also published by Arrowhead: ‘These poems are beautifully structured, evocative and tender, with such a strong feel for the brilliance of each minute inside passing time’ – Helen Dunmore. Her most recent collection is A Touch on the Remote (Worple Press): ‘In these skilful, lyrical, often quiet poems, Saunders shows the world cherished by our watchfulness, life lived in rapt attention’ – Carrie Etter.
Mar 6 Tom Sastry
Tom Sastry was born in 1974. He is a second generation Original. His mother is Originally English and his father Originally Indian. He grew up in Buckinghamshire and has lived in Bristol since 1999. He thinks that not belonging is more interesting than belonging. He enjoys having to deny that he is an anarchist.He was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets and the resulting pamphlet Complicity was published by Smith/Doorstop in October 2016. “Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday in this honest and often funny collection, making friendships and love affairs new and strange.” – Carol Ann Duffy.
April 3 Rosie Jackson – cancelled due to illness, but I have re-booked Rosie for November. see below.
May 1 Claire Coleman
Claire is a poet, gardener, Fool and co-founder of Festival of Fools and Touch and Go Theatre Company. She has worked as a clown, circus performer, teacher and youth worker. Fooling is a present that opens her to unmapped places. Latest news 25th April:
Claire has been short-listed in the National Memory Day Poetry Competition – and it’s a very short list!
June 5 Gram Joel Davies
Gram lives in Somerset and reads with Juncture 25 Poets. His collection Bolt Down This Earth is published by V. Press and can be bought from Gram’s website. It has already been nominated for the Forward Prize.
July 3 Annie Fisher
Annie is a freelance literacy consultant and storyteller. She enjoys writing both light and serious verse and has had poems published in a number of on-line and print magazines. Annie’s pamphlet Infinite in all Perfections was published at the end of 2016 by Happenstance.
No meeting in August.
September 4 Jo Waterworth
Jo is a long-standing and much-loved member of the Fountain Poets. Her latest pamphlet Paper Islands was launched on 17th June at ACE Arts, Somerton. Her poems work on more than one level; they are inventive, often playful and always surprising.
October 2 Tom Sastry
A return visit by Tom, who delighted us in March.
November 6 Rosie Jackson
Rosie’s particular passions are exploring the links between writing and visual arts, and the role of the creative arts in health. Her pamphlet What the Ground Holds was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2014 and her full collection, The Light Box, and a memoir, The Glass Mother, both came out last year. She is a member of Bath’s Knucklebone poets and has performed her work widely. She runs writing workshops both in UK and abroad.
Rosie recently won 1st AND 2nd prizes in the Berkshire Poetry Competition, and has even more recently won first prize in the prestigious Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition.
December 4 Jinny Fisher
Jinny is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who began writing poems a few years ago and has been reading with the Fountain Poets for some time. She lives in Somerset and is a member of Juncture 25 and Wells Fountain Poets. Magazine publications include The Interpreter’s House, Under the Radar, and Prole. Her many-layered poems are often suffused with dark mystery.