I hope you will forgive a mid-month addition to the monthly newsletter from Write Out Loud, home of the famous poetry and new writing gig guide.
There are so many events on our gig guide you just have to visit it to see. We keep being told how we are sending audiences and readers to open-mics, festivals and other events, so do let us know about your gigs. You can actually upload your own and edit them yourself at http://www.writeoutloud.net/public/submitevent.php.
Here’s one of ours that we hope you can help us promote...
Write Out Loud’s Next Big Weekend
Mankinholes YHA – on the Pennine Way!
1st–3rd April 2011
Book now so you don’t miss this fantastic weekend of poetic fun and learning
Workshops, open mics, stimulating company, Renga, networking, walks (the
hostel is on The Pennine Way) and at an all-in price.
Places are filling up, so if you want to come you need to send in a cheque to reserve
your place as outlined at the bottom of this news piece.
What will be happening?
Friday Night– meeting of the poets, meal, open-mic session where you can
share your work with your fellow rhymesters.
Saturday – Workshops in two-hour sessions. You can participate in two
workshops of your choice. There will also be a two-hour period for you to
write or get involved in discussions with other poets or wander on the local
moors with a guide, or just be alone if you wish.
On Saturday night we’ll be heading to a nearby pub that does great food for
a slap-up meal and open-mic session.
Sunday – Collaborative poetry sessions based loosely on the Japanese Renga,
where we will produce some collective work to mark the weekend’s events and
create something special from a collective poetic mind.
Why you should come
You will have a fantastic and creative weekend, meet fellow poets and make
new connections, get more involved with the world of Write Out loud and
solidify your self-belief as a poet by sharing with others. The workshops
will help stir your creative juices and hopefully set you off on new poetic
pathways with renewed vigour and self-confidence. You’ll also have fun, stay
in a beautiful 16th century manor house renovated into a well-appointed
youth hostel, and be amid splendid scenery and inspiring company.
Answering Back with Gaia Holmes
Gaia is a freelance writer and creative writing lecturer. The workshop is
inspired by a collection of poetry edited by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy,
which allowed contemporary poets to respond to past writers. The workshop
will use poems of a variety of contemporary poets as a starting point to
generate response poems; poems which 'answer', play with, agree/disagree or
echo the chosen base texts.
Voyage to the other side with Steven Waling
Steven Waling is the author of collections Travelator(Salt) and Captured
Yes(Knives, Forks & Spoons). He has performed his poetry from South Africa
to Withington and regularly runs creative writing and poetry workshops,
especially as one half of creative poetic inspirers, Paperplanes. He also
writes the BrandosHat blog and publishes poems all over in mags and on
Repetition – the soul of poetry with Simon Rennie
Simon is well-known on the Manchester poetry scene where he hosted the
long-running, Inn Verse poetry night. He has an MA in poetic studies from
Durham and is working on a PhD on the poetry of Ernest Jones, at Leeds.
The workshop investigates rhyme, alliteration, line length, assonance and
other useful techniques. The emphasis will be on enabling you to see what it
is about your own poetry that is founded on repetition, and allow you to
expand your poetic repertoires by embracing repetition more broadly.
Me and the weather; Moods and metres with Freda Davis
Freda is an experienced poet, widely-published in various formats. She helps
run the monthly Sowerby Bridge’s Puzzle Poets.
This workshop helps you explore how to reach deep emotions through poetry
and how to use rythym and rhyme to accentuate expression in your verse. You
will be helped to create authentic new works that go to the core of who you
The workshop is a lively & fun introduction to some unusual techniques,
including cut-ups, chance & discontinuity, playing with language and visual
poetry. Bring an open mind and a sense of adventure!
You’ll be staying in single-sex, high-quality, well-appointed shared dorms
of between four and six people per room. There is a lounge with a wood
burning stove, a large kitchen-diner area, a lovely garden and beautiful
moorland surroundings. If you can’t sleep in an upper bunk then let us know
when you send us your details and we’ll make sure you’re at ground level.
What you get for your money
Two nights’ accommodation, all your food (prepared by the organiser Sean
Kavanagh, a chef and baker who works in Hebden Bridge), your meal at the pub
on Saturday night, participation in the open-mic events and two workshops of
your choice. There will also be guided poetic walks to the nearby Stoodley
Pike Napoleonic War Monument with wonderful views over the surrounding
countryside, which you can follow during your free session if you wish.
You’ll make new friends, be exposed to other people’s poetic influence and
hopefully have a great and relaxing weekend.
Click for more details including map of venue.
How to book a place
Send a cheque for £110, payable to ‘Write out Loud’ to the address below.
Pleas include your home address, contact phone number and emails so that we
can send you further details of the event in advance.
Sean Kavanagh, 6 John Barker Street, Todmorden OL14 8HF. Or 01706812092 for a chat about the weekend.
Hope to see you there. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend of verse, mirth, personal growth and fun.