Poetry Reading events courses and workshops in Cornwall, Spring 2013

(with thanks to Helen Wood and Lorna Thorpe at Piccolina for distributing this information):


Saturday 26th January, Camelford, 1000 am – midday

Indian King Poets and the Camelford Poetry Stanza invite you to join them on the last Saturday in January to discuss the work of August Kleinzahler and Jane Yeh. Following the success of our Saturday mornings to discuss the T S Eliot Prize short list, we have decided to continue meeting once a month, mostly the last Saturday morning, to discuss the work of various contemporary poets. Each month, two poets will be introduced by participants.

If you would like to attend, please contact Helen Wood on 01840 212161 or
indianking@btconnect.com; No fee, but donations please for refreshments and room heating etc.


4th – 8th February, University College Falmouth, Tremough Campus, Penryn

A five day workshop to demonstrate ways of using creative writing with clients or patients in a range of health and social care settings.  It will also show how reflective, personal writing can improve your own professional practice, in whatever field, and your general wellbeing.

The course is led by writer Victoria Field and Certified Poetry Therapist Anne Taylor.

Cost – £400. Book online at http://air.falmouth.ac.uk/cpd

Ann Kelley is talking about and reading from her latest poetry collection TELLING THE BEES (Oversteps 2012) at the Island Centre, St Ives, Cornwall, on Tuesday 5th Feb at 2pm for the U3A.


Falmouth Poetry Group (one of the longest-running poetry groups in the UK) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a season of poetry readings and workshops with some important poets. This is an amazing opportunity to hear them and take part in the workshops – one that doesn’t come our way very often. These events will not only bring good poets to the county, but give them a chance to hear some of our work, in workshops, and in the Open Hat* sessions. (A feature unique to Cornwall.) See relevant month for details of each event.

14th February – Jo Bell and Martin Malone reading

16th March – Penelope Shuttle book launch

13th April – Mimi Khalvati reading

14th April – Mimi Khalvati workshop

6th June – Kate Foley and Alisdair Paterson reading

8th June – Kate Foley workshop

Saturday 8th June, Trebah Gardens, 10am – 3pm

We’re currently looking into the possibility of having music at this event – more details nearer the time.

Cost – £12 Book through Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net:

27th June – Anne-Marie Fyfe reading at the Poly

29th June – Anne-Marie Fyfe workshop

September – readings by Wes Magee, Helen Jagger-Wood and Lorna Thorpe

To book all FPG events contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net

An Evening with Murray Lachlan Young at the Acorn Penzance
Friday 22nd February at 7.30
Tickets £10 from Penny Young 01736 330 254 or online @ http://www.mlypz.eventbrite.co.uk



Thursday 14th February: Falmouth Library, 630pm

There will be an Open Hat for as many as wish to read, (within limits!) This should be a fun event, and it will be good to be back in the library again.

Admission £3, concessions/ students £2. Contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net


Friday 22nd February, Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, 12 noon for 1230pm

Non-members welcome – please let Moira Andrew know if you wish to attend

moira.andrew@uwclub.net  or 01326-376110



Saturday 13th April, Camelford

A workshop organised by the Indian King Poets and Camelford Poetry Stanza – times, venue and cost to be confirmed.


Thursday 6th June, Falmouth Library, 7pm

Caroline Carver will also read briefly.  A small number of Open-Hatters welcome

Admission, £5 & £3

Contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net


Cafe Frug

An evening of poetry and music hosted by Bob Devereux.  Musicians and poets welcome to perform.  Takes place EVERY Thursday (except 7 June) at the St Ives Arts Club, from 8 pm.  Contact Bob on 01736 753899 or visit the St Ives Arts Club website or Facebook page.

Cafe Frug is also now being held in Penzance on a regular basis … alternate Wednesdays, 8pm at Artists Residence Hotel, Chapel Street Penzance. Contact Bob Devereux as above.

Drollow: Poetry Prom

The last Friday of every month, 7.45 pm at The Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn TR18 5AD.  Entry is free.  Read your own poem or one by another poet or if you prefer, just listen and enjoy.

Contact Les Gillard: les.gillard@gmx.com  01736 363842

The Falmouth Poetry Group

meets every second Monday of the month at 7.00 pm in Cornwall Polytechnic library, Church Street, Falmouth.  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 info 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 (from Aug). and then pay just £15 for occasional day long workshops with visiting poets.  Contact Helen Wood: 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 is £2.00 per session payable on the day including tea and coffee.  Contact Angela Stoner on 01736 363146 or e-mail angela@farwest.co.uk


Invitation from Marjorie James at Radio St Austell Bay:

I run a Poetry and Literature programme on Radio St. Austell Bay on Fridays from 10 til 11am on 105.6 fm or on-line: Google rsab to listen.

Upcoming shows – Friday 25th January, Gayle Force; 1st February, Fowey Writing Group winners; 8th February, BENJAD poetry and music

If you wish to be my guest and present your writings, please contact Marj Fenston James by email: radiomarj@hotmail.co.uk


www.cypruswell.com for details of literary events etc in the South West is launching Writer Bites, a brand new bimonthly podcast to offer new writers the opportunity to record a short section of their work for inclusion in the Writer Bites podcast. We welcome submissions of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, or an extract of your novel. To submit, please visit the Writer Bites website.


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