Location: The Poetry Cafe at The Under Ground Theatre, Grove Rd, Eastbourne, BN21 4TL
The Poetry Cafe at The Under Ground Theatre Eastbourne is planning to celebrate National Poetry day on October 6th with an event featuring "Survivor Poetry". If you or any of your fellow poets would be interested in the making of this event, please get in touch. We would be particularly interested in hearing from anyone or a group interested in performing a short set as part of the evening In a broad sense, we have all survived traumas or difficult times which may be an ingredient in our poetry. In a more specific sense some people have suffered severely may have discovered the value of poetry/creative writing as part of their process of survival or recovery and may have joined a group with that specific rationale. Part of such writing can be a "bearing of witness" which would fit in with the National Poetry Day theme of "messages" This event is intended to avoid "ghettoisation" and to embrace both definitions and to be of general interest and appeal to poetry lovers. So the outline plan is to a) have pre-arranged sets by individuals or groups who identify themselves as writers of survivor poetry* and b) an open mic where anyone may perform what they choose * obviously there is no definitive list of survival experiences but examples of survivor poetry are: domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental distress, physical trauma e.g. strokes, political oppression, torture, etc.
Best wishes to all
Poetry Cafe at The Under Ground Theatre
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