May 2012 and future poetry events, courses and workshops from Piccolina

Saturday April 28th
Alice Oswald and Attention Seekers
We can now confirm that this Saturday’s performance of Short Shrifts by the world-class theatre group Attention Seekers at the Performance Centre will include readings/performances of her poetry by prize-winning and highly acclaimed poet Alice Oswald.
Show starts at 7.30, and students can get concessionary tickets. Go to: for more information. Contact :  01326 255885 or for more information.

Friday 4 May

Readings by Caroline Carver and Alyson Hallett from their new collections. Tremough Campus UCF Details: Readings alongside a couple of others, followed by reception The new date will be Friday 4 May. In the early evening. Check time with Caroline. Hope we’ll see some of you there then. Alyson’s book is about Iceland and she has marvellous slides to go with it. Caroline e-mail:

Saturday 12th May

IN YOUR OWN WORDS – A ONE-DAY WRITING WORKSHOP at the Poly, Falmouth with NICK JARVIS & MAC DUNLOP Saturday May 12th, 10am to 4pm, in the Daniel Rooms at the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic in Falmouth In this practical one day workshop, the Falmouth poet Nick Jarvis – whose work has been showcased at Port Eliot, Telltales and The Night is Red here at the Poly – will lead this workshop alongside Mac Dunlop – the Caravanserai Project Writer and performer. Together they will guide participants through some innovative approaches to inspiration and narrative. Expect fun, with thought provoking writing warm ups, followed by a seminar session focusing on teasing stories from the everyday. We will take a look at how rules, structure and form can literally become sources of inspiration – not to mention how they can help to beat that infamous ‘writer’s block’. The day will conclude with an optional ‘Recording Your Own Words’session – an introduction to spoken word reading, performing and listening skills that can add to developing your written work. (and don’t worry, if you don’t want to read out your own work, that’s absolutely fine) fee: £30. to find out more or to book a place, you can: 1) call in to the Polytechnic Building between 10.00am and 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday at: 24 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3EG 2) send an email: 3) call: 01326 319461

Saturday 12th May:

A Poetry Writing Day with Moira Andrew Memory’s Eye: Writing and Remembering Reading, listening and writing – poems based on childhood memories Organised by Poetry Space: Fee £25 Please contact Moira Andrew

Sunday 13th May:

Lorna Thorpe will be reading at LOSTFEST in Lostwithiel, the town’s annual arts, crafts and music festival. The festival itself takes place between 10am and 7.30pm. From 12 noon onwards, St Bartholomew’s churchyard will be home to a mini literary festival – Lost for Words. At various points throughout the afternoon there will be readings by Lorna and members of Lostwithiel’s Writers’ Group. A free event, all money raised will go to FLEET charity. It’s eclectic and fun – if you’re a published writer and would like to take part please contact Lorna at

Sundays 13 May, 24 June, 23 September

Helen Jagger is Poet in Residence at Pencarrow House near Bodmin again this year, and is holding Sunday morning poetry writing workshops from 10 am – 12 pm on Sundays 13 May, 24 June, 23 September. In each of these workshops, suitable for poets and people interested in trying their hand at poetry, you will be encouraged to paint in words the wonderful gardens of Pencarrow House and your responses to them, using concrete images and drawing on the senses. Various traditional forms will be introduced, but it will be up to you whether you attempt them or write freely. Come and have a go with others who would like to extend their verbal dexterity! Do sign up for one or more of these two hour workshops. Each session is complete in itself, but if you book more than one workshop, you will find that the work started in one workshop may be developed or added to in the next. Price includes 2 hour workshop, refreshments and garden entrance. Full price: £10. Concessionary price: £5. Friends: £5. You may like to meet up with friends or family after the workshop to enjoy lunch in the Cafe and/or walk in the gardens.

Looking Ahead: Saturday 8 September 2012

POETRY HAPPENING AT PETERLOO’S OLD CHAPEL in CALSTOCK Readings and Carousel Workshops with four Peterloo poets: Chris Considine, Elisabeth Rowe, Alyson Hallett, Caroline Carver Place: Old Chapel, Calstock (an ancient Saxon town on the banks of the Tamar) Date: Saturday 8 September 2012 Times: 12:30 gathering for Lunch at the Tamar Inn (17th century) 2:00 – 400 workshops in the Chapel 4:00 – 5:00 tea break and walkabout in a very beautiful place 5:00 – 6:45 readings and generous time for open mikers 7:15 informal gathering for poets’ supper at the Tamar Inn Travel: by car or train (Calstock still has its own ‘station stop’) Cost: £10 for full session £6 for reading and open mike only The Tamar Inn will lay on sandwiches for us, and has food available all day, but this is not included in the admission price. And a plug, the Chapel is one of the most beautiful and inspiring places to read. ANYWHERE … This Celebration Event is a tribute to Harry Chambers, who ran Peterloo Poets for so many years Contact: Caroline e-mail:


INDIAN KING POETS, CAMELFORD 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

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

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:


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