Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Wednesday 2 December 2015


Poetry in Performance

Live poetry in performance every month at a local venue!

poetrywivenhoe events take place at the Royal British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, on the 4th THURSDAY in each month

Time: Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start

Admission: £5.00 on the door (students £3)

The Wivenhoe Bookshop press, ‘Wivenbooks’ publishes a rather fine selection of poetry - check out our titles here.

Check out poetrywivenhoe’s website here

How It All Began

poetrywivenhoe was set up in early 2007 by a dynamic collective of Wivenhoe-based poets and writers, and with the enthusiastic support and financial backing of the Wivenhoe Bookshop. The group host monthly live events, featuring an invited professional poet, and an open mike session.

Chris Tanner, the programme organiser, and one of the founder members said at the time:

“A new organisation is launched this month committed to bringing quality poetry events to Wivenhoe. “poetrywivenhoe” will be staging events every month, starting with well known BBC contributor Matt Harvey.(Pictured right) Promised for later in the year are Forward Prize winner Kathleen Jamie, and Myra Schneider of the Poetry School. The country’s most published poet, Martin Newell takes to the stage in April.’

“There are signs of a bit of a poetry renaissance going on at the moment.The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival had nearly 4,000 visitors this year. Some of us in Wivenhoe thought that if Aldeburgh can do it, then we should have a go too.”

One of the aims of the organisation is to support budding local writers with a space to try out their work. Most of the monthly events will have an “open mic” space for new talent. Chris said, “We’ve been really impressed by the response from published poets to our initiative. There are a lot of established writers who are keen to come and perform in Wivenhoe”

Jude Simpson, pictured left, gigs regularly at poetrywivenhoe, and has been described as:
“A polite suburban hip-hopper? Pam Ayres on acid?  A cross between Eminem and Joyce Grenfell?  Whatever you think- comic poet, slam winner, lyricist, rhymer, entertainer, commentator, writer and all-round lover of words. Check out her “Love Poem” here.

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