Upcoming Poetry events in Cornwall, November/December

Upcoming Poetry events in Cornwall
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Thursday November 3rd, 7:30pm                       

An evening with Caravanserai at the Independent School of Art.

You are invited to bring food and drink to share to:
St. Gluvias Church Hall, Penryn
(pathway/gate next to #46 West Street)
Annie Lovejoy and Mac Dunlop present caravanserai – a creative residency programme and performance platform on the Roseland Peninsula, along with special performances by poets Nick Jarvis, and Danielle Allen and music from Seamas Carey.


Saturday 5th November:                The Indian King Poets are running two Saturday morning sessions at Garmoe Cottage to discuss the T S Eliot Prize shortlisted poets, on 5th November and 10 December from 10 am – 12 pm. Members have been allocated one poet and will take it in turns to lead discussion, 5 poets per session. No fee, but contributions to heating and refreshments welcome. Non-members welcome.

Contact Helen Jagger Wood on 01840 212161 or indianking@btconnect.com

Saturday 12th November:                        Trebah Gardens Workshop    

with Caroline Carver andTom Scott.  Cafe Annexe on Saturday November 12th.                                                      As it’s the day after Armistice Day, and remembering Trebah’s close links with the Normandy landings, the theme will be Departures, not just of war but departures in every sense you can think of, perhaps even threatened departures of much beloved species,due to diseases like Sudden Oak Death.

The workshop is 10:00 – 2:30, price is £12 including admission to the gardens.

contact: carvers@macace.net

Wednesday 7th December: Lorna Thorpe launches her second poetry collection – SWEET TORTURE OF BREATHING (Arc Publications).

The Crown Inn, Lanlivery*, 730pm – FREE.

(*off the A390  between Lostwithiel and St Austell.)

Lorna’s debut pamphlet was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and her first collection, A GHOST INMY HOUSE, received critical acclaim. She has been called ‘a distinctive and powerful talent whose poetry conjures love, lust and music with naturalistic anecdotal brilliance.’ Of her work Alison Brackenbury said, ‘I have rarely read work with such a compelling emotional rush,’ while Linda France says of the new book: ‘With a tang of Frank O’Hara – ambivalent, allusive, ecstatic – Lorna Thorpe’s new collection toys with death and disappointment but ultimately is on the side of life, love  and the perfect Martini.’ Lorna will read some poems from the book in what promises to be an informal and entertaining evening.Find out more on her website, where there is also a video of her reading a poem from her last book –                                                             www.lornathorpe.com

Saturday 10th December  Please see Saturday 5th November and Indian King Poets

Reading in Camelford (venue t.b.c.): Saturday 10 December open mic session with visiting poet Lorna Thorpe reading from her second collection, Sweet Torture of Breathing, out soon from Arc. Entrance by donation; do bring a couple of poems in case your name gets drawn out of the hat. Time t.b.c. but usually 2.30-4.30 pm.


Indian King Poets meet most Monday mornings at Garmoe Cottage,                                     Camelford, from 10 am – 12/12.30 pm for writing together and to bring                                     poems for peer criticism. Become a member for £12 p.a. and then £6 per session (and occasional day long workshops for £15 instead of  £30 or £25).

Penzance Poetry Society Stanza meets the first Monday in the month (second Monday when there is a Bank Holiday)  at The Orchard Room   The Centre – Newlyn

Chywoone Hill  Newlyn  TR18 5AR   01736 365890

The cost will be £2.00 per session to be paid on the day and will  include tea and coffee.   Please get in touch with Jenny Hamlett if you need directions.  01736  363146 jenny.kanow@hotmail.co.uk

Liskeard Poetry group meets second Monday of month at Stuart House. Barras St. Liskeard 4.30pm to approx 6.30 More details

contact sec: annfoweraker@yahoo.co.uk

The Falmouth Poetry Group meets every second Monday of the month at 7.00pm in the library of Cornwall Polytechnic, Church Street, Falmouth, (the Poly),

FPG members £2, non-members £3 per session. Poems are read aloud by the poet, then discussed and work-shopped before the poet comes back in. Criticism is acute and professional, (always friendly), but can be very helpful. (FPG annual subscription is £10.)

For more information go to: moira.andrew@uwclub.net.