St Ives to take part in a weekend creative writing workshop led by FictionFire's Lorna Fergusson (17-20 April 2015). Three days wrapped up in an artist's studio overlooking Porthgwidden beach discussing writers, screenwriters, story shapes and structures: bliss!
I can't recommend this event highly enough. Apart from being a successful published author herself, Lorna is a talented workshop leader. She balances beautifully the benefits everyone has to gain from a fun and lively group dynamic, with being attentive to each individual's needs as well. Particularly impressive is her penchant for blending a cosy workshop style with hard academic rigour; not surprising perhaps given this woman lectures for Oxford University's Summer Programme.
If ever you have the opportunity to attend one of Lorna's workshops, grab it with both hands!
Performing with Ad Hoc Poets at Caversham Library on 14 May 2015 (7.30pm).
Guest Performer at Oxford Arts Group's Summer Park Live! event, 3 August 2014 - a mouthwatering picnic spread of music, dance and spoken word in the open air (in beautiful sunshine as it turned out) in Oxford's University Parks. Poetry gigging has never been this chilled...
Special guest of Anjan Saha's London Literature Lounge at Keats House Museum 22 March 2013
Performance: Waiting for Spring.
Fun night performing at Reading's Alternative Queens charity fundraiser on International Women's Day with guitarist Sanya Ozic as The Poetry Dojo. Never thought I'd be performing poetry on the same bill as X-Factor famous Danyl Johnson!
A year of new challenges...
Over the Summer I was invited to be poetry installation, in amongst the sculptures at Asthall Manor Oxford, as part of the 2012 On Form Exhibition.
I was also invited on to London's South Bank art radio station Resonance FM to talk about poetry and to read some poems of my own.
Earlier this year I enjoyed a series of four live performances in one week, in London, Caversham, Henley and Oxford. Phew!
The first was a reading at the Caversham Arts Trail, 22 May 2012, a nice relaxed event in the garden of fellow poet Robin Thomas.
at Covent Garden's Poetry Cafe on 23 May, home of The Poetry Society. Session hosted by London Literature Lounge and the very wonderful Anjan Saha (currently a Visiting Writer at Keats House).
The third at Artspace in Henley on 24 May 2012, as part of the Free Range Poets of Barn Galleries. This event formed part of Oxfordshire Arts Week...
An event orgnaised by the Oxford Arts Group to launch their new Albion Babel Anthology. Again, part of Oxfordshire Arts Week.
29 September 2011 Performed at the Henley Literary Festival as part of the Free Range Poets of Barn Galleries: An evening of 'Poetry and Prosecco' at Le Parisien, Bell Street, Henley.
Performed at the Om Shan Tea House, San Francisco, 16 August 2011: first outing for a poem about City greed and the UK riots which kicked off just as I left for California. It's called My Cup of Tea, which I thought highly appropriate for a gig in a tea house (LOL).
7 May 2011 - performed Easter Song at The Caversham Arts Trail and met some excellent local poets I hadn't come across before: Wendy Klein, Robin Thomas and Victoria Pugh.
Performed at Cookham Festival, 16 May, with the Free Range Poets.
21 April 2011 - performed at London Literature Lounge at Covent Garden's Poetry Cafe (home of the National Poetry Society), marking the launch of the new online version of Trespass magazine. Fantastic line-up!
Particularly impressive were radio favourite Mario Petrucci,
15 April 2011 - performed snippets from The Silver Collection at Reading's Poet's Cafe, at 21 South Street Arts Centre: Snarl, Harsh Words and The Beckoning Sea.
26 March 2011 - Asked to write and perform a poem for a friend's 40th birthday party. She used to look after our three children, so I have written about the warmth she brought to our family. It's called Sunshine.
18 March 2011 - Performed at Reading Poet's Cafe, compared by the inimitable AF Harrold. Performed short set: Take Time.
Met some wonderful new poet friends
and invited to join local group Thin Raft.
Met some great people there - new poets to follow.
I'll post some of their work on My Favourite Poets page shortly so you can see....
20 Jan 2011 - First Ever Live Poetry Performance and Now I've Got the Bug! London Literary Lounge event on 20 Jan at Covent Garden's Poetry Cafe was excellent night! Met some great people and learned a lot from other poets' performances. See YouTube video.
26 November 2010 - Loved Poetry Space's Winter Workshop - The Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden. Having agonised over the difference between song lyrics and 'true poetry', learned from Poetry Space's Azadeh K Taj that in her native Farsi the words for 'song' and for 'poem' are one and the same.