TEARS IN THE FENCE FESTIVAL WEEKEND
This year’s Festival weekend will be from Friday, 15th September 2017 to Sunday, 17th September at The White Horse and Village Hall, Stourpaine. We are looking forward to another invigorating, intimate and inspiring weekend. The Festival’s theme is the politics of engagement. We shall be recalling and discussing the impact of Barry MacSweeney and Irina Ratushinskaya, both of whom read twice at our Festivals in the 1990s. At this time of extreme global political upheaval, our Festival aims to explore the lived experience of repression, austerity measures, migration, censorship and radical poetry.
Amongst the confirmed participants, so far, are Melisande Fitzsimons, Clive Gresswell, Sophie Herxheimer, Ric Hool, Norman Jope, Zibahoo Karbassi, Camilla Nelson, Kate Noakes, Luke Roberts, Steve Spence, Maria Stadnicka.
Open Readings featuring Valerie Bridge, Lesley Burt, Stephen Daniels, Richard Foreman, Gerald Killingworth, Peter King, Aidan Semmens, Charles Wilkinson
Friday 15 September
Poetry Supper Evening at the White Horse restaurant, Stourpaine
Please let David know if you wish to have supper so that places can be booked in advance.
Supper from 6.00 pm
Readings from 7.30 pm MC: Morag Kiziewicz
with Mandy Pannett, Sophie Herxheimer
Open Readings featuring ….
Saturday 16 September
Stourpaine Village Hall
Arrive and welcome 9.00 am
9.30 – 11.00 MC: Andrew Henon
Opening address by David Caddy on the ‘politics of engagement’.
Irina Ratushinskaya presentation featuring Valerie Bridge reading in Russian, Morag Kiziewicz reading in English. Discussion on the poetry of political testimony.
11.00 – 11.15 break
11.15 – 12.30 Steve Spence, Melisande Fitzsimons, and open readings
12.30 – 2pm Lunch White Horse or by Village Hall
2.00 – 3.15 MC: Valerie Bridge
Clive Gresswell, discussion, Zibahoo Karbassi in Persian and English
3.15 – 3.30 break
3.30 – 5.30 Maria Stadnicka, Kate Noakes, Luke Roberts, Norman Jope on the Politics of Plymouth Poetry, and open readings
6.00 – 7.20 Supper at White Horse
7.30 – 8.50 MC: David Caddy
Ric Hool, Camilla Nelson and Luke Roberts on Seditious Things. Discussion on the poetry and legacy of Barry MacSweeney.
Sunday 17 September
9.00 am welcome
9.30 – 11.00 Discussion with Maria Stadnicka, Luke Roberts, Zibahoo Karbassi
11.00 – 11.15 break
11.15 – 12 noon Tears in the Fence Workshop Group Bird and Migration Poems
More details to follow.
We welcome everyone who wishes to read at the Festival. Please let us know if you with to book a slot.
There will be a Festival bookstall. Please bring your books, pamphlets and magazines. Lists of Bookstall items should be emailed in advance to Richard Foreman at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a considerable number of guest houses and B&Bs in and around Stourpaine and Blandford Forum. We recommend using Airbnb and the search engines available at booking.com, laterooms.com and trivago.co.uk. Our nearest local hotels are the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury and King’s Head Hotel, Wimborne Minster. Please book early as accommodation is being rapidly booked in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Weekend Tickets are £25
Saturday Tickets are £15
Sunday Tickets are £10
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Alternatively, send a cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence, to David Caddy Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA.