Uncut Poets, Exeter

I really enjoyed reading at Uncut Poets at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter last week.  Before the event, my lovely friend Emily treated me to a delicious Turkish meal at the Dinosaur Café.  I ordered a mixed salad - one generous spoonful of every type of salad on the menu - with home-made hummus, warm haloumi… Continue reading Uncut Poets, Exeter

I spoke poetry aloud

I had to write a follow-up to my previous post after having a brilliant time yesterday evening at The Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town, London NW5. Lisa Kelly the incredibly friendly and kind organiser of poetry readings (or at least one of the organisers, I'm not quite sure who organises what and who's in charge… Continue reading I spoke poetry aloud

Speaking Poetry Aloud

An imminent poetry reading (Sunday, 2nd March 7pm at The Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX - come along if you're around) and some comments by Robin Houghton about open-mic slots in her recent blog post have made me think about speaking poetry aloud: how I love some events but… Continue reading Speaking Poetry Aloud

A poem in The Interpreter’s House – time to try my new specs!

I've been using reading glasses for a few years now.  To begin with I bought some cheap, off-the-shelf reading glasses from supermarkets and they made the world appear brighter but, increasingly, over time, my squinting, straining eyes were crying out for something more substantial.  So I visited an optician's and ordered some properly prescribed reading… Continue reading A poem in The Interpreter’s House – time to try my new specs!

Poetry Open-Mic Tips

In recent weeks I've done two open-mics - my first two, ever.  Here are my tips: Go to some open-mics as an audience member.  I found this especially helpful to learn how to introduce a poem. Take a selection of poems to read.  One event was extremely busy so open-mic poets were limited to one… Continue reading Poetry Open-Mic Tips

Giving a Poetry Reading

I took part in a Poetry Event at Stafford Library on Tuesday evening so I thought I'd share my experience and thoughts about giving a poetry reading. I was given one of three 20 minute slots and the evening included the Prize Giving of the 2012 Stafford Poetry Competition, run by Staffordshire Libraries and supported by… Continue reading Giving a Poetry Reading