Poetry courses and events from Piccolina during May and June 2012

PICCOLINA May/June 2012

Charles Causley Festival of Literature & the Arts

16 May – 5 June, venues in and around Launceston

Visit http://www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk/ for details


Friday 25th May, ‘The Centre’ Chywoone Hill , Newlyn TR18 5AD, 745pm

Read your own poem or one by another poet or, if you prefer, just listen and enjoy.

Contact  Les Gillard on 01736 363842 or les.gillard@gmx.com


Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June, Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, near Liskeard.  

Readings, talks, workshop, drama, film, music & open mic.  Featuring Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Ann Gray, Phil Bowen, Fiona Benson, poetic dramas from Peter Oswald & Short Shrifts Theatre Company, Jane Darke introduces her film of her late husband Nick, and Ron Tamplin on Charles Causley.

Tickets various prices – including Festival ticket for all events £30

For full information see www.bodminpoetryfestival.co.uk

For tickets http://www.sterts.co.uk 01579 362382


Tuesday 5 June on board the good ship Enterprise II, 6pm – c.8pm

Budding and established poets wanted to share their or other people’s work and join the voyage of discovery. The evening’s theme is High Tide and life on the River and the cruise will use the very high tide to visit some of the hidden parts of the River ending up at Smugglers Cottage for a drink and returning to Truro for about 8pm. Kind offers to take part already received from Cornwall’s own Pol Hodge and Bert Biscoe (also known as Dew Vardh (which means Two Bards). The night promises a very high tide so we will get to parts of the River Fal seldom accessible by ferry.

£10.00 (£2 of that donated to the Invictus Trust, a Festival Charity)

Contact Tim Light on 01872 861911, 07968 698062 or tim@falriver.co.uk            www.falriver.co.uk


            Friday 8 June Truro Library, 10 am – 4 pm

Join Patricia Finney and friends for a fun-filled day of poetry and storytelling with children’s poetry workshop, children’s and grown-ups’ story telling workshop, poetry slam for grown-ups (and children) and finally a big, fantastic poetry performance workshop. The best poetry written on the day will be published by the event’s sponsor, Thingley Press.

Free – just turn up!

Contact william.essex@thingleypress.com       www.thingleypress.com


Sunday 24 June Pencarrow House, Nr Bodmin, 10 am – 12 pm

Join Helen Jagger, Pencarrow’s Poet in Residence, in the beautiful gardens of Pencarrow House for the second of three workshops (the last one is on 23 September), each stand-alone, to raise funds for the house.  Bring clothing suited to the weather!

Meet up with friends afterwards; perhaps have lunch in the cafe.

Full price £10/concessionary £5/Friends of Pencarrow £5

Contact Helen Jagger on indianking@btconnect.com



Saturday 30 June, The Library, Garmoe Cottage, Trefrew Road, Camelford, 10.00 – 4.00

Followed by a reading given by Alyson Hallett

£30 full/£25 concession/£15 Indian King member

Contact Helen Jagger on indianking@btconnect.com


23-27 July 2012, Seminar Room A, University College Falmouth, Woodlane Campus, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Cost: £400

Contact: Christina Bunce on christina.bunce@falmouth.ac.uk or visit: http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/201/courses-7/professional-development-short-courses-454/introduction-to-therapeutic-writing-summer-school-2327-july-2012-4418.html


                        Wednesday 25 July – Sunday 29 July, various venues around Penzance

Readings, talks and workshops featuring Niall McDevitt and a host of local poets including Moira Andrew, Katie Bainbridge, Patricia Finney, Alison Lock, Richard Thomas, Lorna Thorpe, Emily Wills, Angela Stoner, Diana Dixon, David Scott and Craig Taylor-Broad, among others.  Also fiction, non-fiction, drama and music

Standard ticket price £2 full/£1 concession

For full details of the festival go to http://penzance-literary-festival.org.uk/

Tickets available from Epics Entertainment, 15 Causewayhead or, shortly, from Cornish Riviera Box Office, online at www.crbo.co.uk or by phone: 01726 879 500 (or at local rate on 0845 094 0428)


Saturday 8 September, Peterloo’s Old Chapel in Calstock

12.30 for lunch at the Tamar Inn

2.00-4.00 workshops in the Chapel

4.00-5.00 tea break and walkabout

5.00-6.45 readings and generous time for open mic

7.15 informal gathering for poets’ supper at Tamar Inn

Readings and Carousel Workshops with four Peterloo poets: Chris                         Considine, Elisabeth Rowe, Alyson Hallett, Caroline Carver.

            £10 for full session; £6 for reading and open mike only

Contact Caroline Carver on carvers@macace.net


            Saturday 22 September, The Library, Garmoe Cottage, Trefrew Road, Camelford, 10 am – 4 pm

Reading aloud: interpretative act and writing tool: preparing a literary text for oral rendition with Irit Sela.  Let the text itself reveal how it works, how it can come to life.

£30 full, £25 concession, £15 Indian King members.

Contact Helen Jagger Wood on indianking@btconnect.com who can send details of the tutor and an outline of this workshop and which is being given at the Poetry Library, Southbank Centre on 12 Sept.


Cafe Frug

An evening of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux.  Musicians and poets welcome to perform.  Takes place on alternate Thursdays (last date received 10 May) at the St Ives Arts Club, from 8 pm.  Contact Bob on 01736 753899

www.cypruswell.com for details of literary events etc in the South West.

The Falmouth Poetry Group

meets every second Monday of the month at 7.00 pm in the library of the 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 contact: moira.andrew@uwclub.net.

Indian King Poets (and Camelford Poetry Society Stanza)

Indian King Poets meet most Mondays at Garmoe Cottage, Camelford, from 10 am-12.30 pm.  We write together and bring poems for peer criticism.  £6 per session.  Become a member for £12 p.a. and then pay just £15 for occasional day long workshops with visiting poets.  indianking@btconnect.com

Liskeard Poetry Group

meets second Monday of the month at Stuart House, Barras Street, Liskeard from 4.30 to approximately 6.30 pm.  Contact Secretary for more details: annfoweraker@yahoo.co.uk

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, 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.  Contact Jenny Hamlett if you need directions: 01736 363146 or jenny.kanow@hotmail.co.uk

Please send any information for inclusion in July’s newsletter before 7th June, marked PICCOLINA in the subject line, to both Helen Wood at: indianking@btconnect.com and Lorna Thorpe at: lornathorpe@btinternet.com

Remember to include event, date, time, venue, price and contact details, as below. We will not send attachments, nor trawl websites to select news for you.  We aim to send out the newsletter on the 14th of the month.


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