I’ve been caught up in typesetting “Welcome to Leicester” so I’m listing poetry related events taking place in Leicester during September and the beginning of October.
9 September 6 – 8pm Sanctuary Radio
Co-editor Ambrose Musiyiwa and I were interviewed by Marilyn Ricci for Sanctuary Radio’s book club programme and this will be broadcast on Friday 9 September between 6 – 8pm at www.sanctuaryradio.co.uk. We talk about “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” (Five Leaves, 2015) and “Welcome to Leicester” (Dahlia Publishing, October 2016).
17 September 2pm South Leicestershire Poetry Stanza
Meet at Leicester Language Academy on New Walk. Friendly workshop.
19 September 7.30pm Shindig
Western Pub, Western Road, Leicester. Featuring readings from Alison Brakenbury, Shruti Chauhan and Lydia Towsey.
25 September 2.30pm Enchanter
Film poem with live music accompliment at Phoenix Arts. Seating is limited.
1 October Journeys Poems Pop-up Library at Leicester Railway Station
October sees the Everybody’s Reading Festival in Leicester which runs from 1 – 9 October. During the Festival there will be a pop-up library at Leicester Railway Station featuring poems from “Over Land Over Sea: poems for those seeking refuge” available as postcards for communters to take away.
3 October 7pm You Are Here Poetry Workshop led by Maria Taylor
Friends Meeting House, Queens Road, Leicester. Booking essential – see brochure. Workshop will look at generating new poems based on memory, places and how abstract emotions can be turned into raw material for poetry along with opportunities to read and learn from poets who write on these themes. Maria has a new pamphlet forthcoming from Happenstance and is Under the Radar’s Reviews Editor.
4 October 2pm Central Library Deborah Tyler-Bennett
Bishop Street, Leicester. Deborah Tyler-Bennett reads from her recent collection, “Napoleon Solo Biscuits,” a volume full of icons from popular culture, from the “Man from UNCLE” to Private Walker in “Dad’s Army” … The reading will be followed by Q and A about writing using popular figures.
4 October 8pm Word! with Malika Booker
Y Theatre, East Street, Leicester £7/£4. Open mic sessions available (arrive at 7pm to book).
5 October 7.30pm Gobsmacked
Upstairs at The Western, Western Road, Leicester £8/£6 booking recommended. Brand new show from performance poet and psychiatric nurse Rob Gee. From the bus driver who gets kidnapped by his own alter ego to the hazards of goalkeeping on tranquillisers, Gobsmacked explores the world of chaos and adventure that lurks behind the veneer of everyday life.
6 October 7pm Leicester Writers’ Club presents Writers breaking out of the Box
At Phoenix Arts, Midland Street, Leicester. £5 for non-members. Finding the words to tell our own stories is always a feat. It can be a game we enjoy playing. Authors from Leicester Writers’ Club discuss how they work creatively with various challenges such as dyslexia, English as a second language or visual impairment. Hear how their stories turn out and join in a Q & A. Guests are most welcome. Light refreshments will be available.
7 October 10am Poetry for Beginners with Karen Powell
Hamilton Library, Maidenwell Avenue, Hamilton, Leicester. Free but booking required – see brochure. No experience necessary, this workshop will show beginners short writing exercises to turn ideas into poems-in-progress and will explore poetic techniques and forms.
7 October 7pm Launch of “Welcome to Leicester”
At the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester. Event for the Welcome to
Leicester anthology to be published by Dahlia Publishing featuring readings from the anthology. Poems have been submitted by writers who want to share stories about Leicester to tie in with National Poetry Day’s theme of messages. We will be encouraging you to read the poems alongside the performances so sharing stories about a familiar area and encouraging you to discover more about your neighbourhood.
8 October New Walk Museum
Day of writing-related events at New Walk Museum, including ‘Walls’ and poetry and rap.
8 October 7.30pm Burning Eye Books
Upstairs at the Western, Western Road, Leicester. £8/£6. Burning Eye Books Presents: Ash Dickinson, Lydia Towsey and Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves join us for a scintillating evening of high quality spoken word, comedy and entertainment.
8 October 7.30pm Under Milk Wood
The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester. Free, booking essential – see brochure. Performed by Stage Left Theatre Workshop.
9 October John Hegley
at the Guildhall for two events, one child-friendly starting at 4pm and one evening event starting at 7pm.
Throughout the Festival, the Exchange Bar is offering a free cup of tea for a handwritten poem.
The full Everybody’s Reading Festival brochure is available at: http://www.everybodysreading.co.uk/