Poetry listings from Piccolina for February and March 2013

IMG_1215listings sourced from PICCOLINA February/March 2013

Please send information for the March/April newsletter by 7 March with PICCOLINA in the subject line to both Helen Wood: indianking@btconnect.com and Lorna Thorpe: lornathorpe@btinternet.com

Do include event, date, time, venue, price and contact details. We will not send attachments, nor trawl websites to select news for you.  We aim to issue the newsletter on the 14th of each month, and to send updates, if any, of new events taking place before the next newsletter is due, on 21st and 28th.


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 – one that doesn’t come our way very often – to hear them and take part in their workshops. 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

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



Thursday 14th February: Falmouth Library, 18.30

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

Book Launch: Vintage Ghosts by D M Thomas

Thursday 21 February from 19.00 at Waterstones Bookshop, Boscawen St, Truro

Francis Boutle Publishers invite you to the launch of this verse novel by D M Thomas.

RSVP: info@francisboutle.co.uk/0208 889 7744


Friday 22nd February, Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth, 12 noon for 12.30

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

moira.andrew@uwclub.net  or 01326-376110


Murray Lachlan Young performs in Cornwall

Friday 22nd February at The Acorn, Penzance, doors open at 19.30 pm

An evening of satire, music and stand up poetry with Murray Lachlan Young and friends.  Murray is BBC6 Music’s resident poet and a regular on BBC Radio 4.

Tickets: £10 Penny on 01736 330254 or from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/5028959754/efblike

Poetry Out Loud: A Hall for Cornwall Platform Event

Friday 22nd February, Truro Assembly Room, 19.30 pm

HfC’s first competitive poetry night.  You be the judge.  A fun evening of verse and performance and prizes.  See south west poets in action and vote for your favourites.  Come along to be inspired and release your inner poetry geek (we know it’s in there). Piccolina subscribers are among the selected including your very own editors!

Tickets £3.  Book online at hallforcornwall.co.uk or ring the Box Office: 01872 262466

POETRY DISCUSSION – Eavan Boland and Gary Snyder

Saturday 23 February, Camelford, 10.00am-12.30pm

Indian King Poets and Camelford Poetry Stanza invite you to join them to discuss the work of Eavan Boland and Gary Snyder, presented by Helen Jagger and David Penhale respectively. Following the success of our Saturday mornings to discuss the T S Eliot Prize short list, we decided to continue meeting once a month, mostly the last Saturday morning, to discuss the work of 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 heating etc.

Medical Maelstrom:

Anthony Seddon, Michele Sharkey & Sam Freegard

Friday 15th March at 19.30 at Tremayne Hall, Mylor Bridge TR11 5NA

If you haven’t seen Medical Maelstrom perform then you are in for a treat. If you have been lucky enough to see them then I suspect you will be rushing to buy tickets

for this performance. The superb blend of humour, musical revue, classical arias and much more have evoked marvellous reviews. I quote: “…the beautiful voice of Michele Sharkey, combined with the hilarious antics of Sam Freegard all held together by the perfect accompaniment of Anthony Seddon, made it an evening we will remember”; “…what a privilege to be entertained by the superb talents of the trio of doctors, Sharkey, Freegard and Seddon”, and “…all left the theatre with a feeling of having been given a prescription for a large tonic.”

Since they began performing together the trio have raised over £50,000 for various charities and this performance will raise funds for the St. Mylor Church Organ Restoration Fund.

TICKETS: £10 to include a glass of wine (which has been kindly donated) are available from Hazel Carruthers on 01326-374262, or at the door if still available. It is advisable to book early for this unforgettable evening.


Saturday 16th March, Flushing Sailing Club, Trefusis Road, TR11 5TZ, 12.00-15.00

This is a particularly exciting event.  We are incredibly fortunate to have a poet of Penny’s stature in our midst, and one who contributes so much to the world of poetry in Cornwall. It’s largely thanks to her that Cornwall is becoming known, nationally, as an important centre for poetry.

Open Hatters welcomed, it will be good to surround Penny with readings from as many other poets as we can fit in. This event will be subsidized by FPG funds.

£3 donation welcomed; cash bar also available.  RSVP and for information on Open Hat readings, please contact: moira.andrew@uwclub.net

Poetry Space Workshops

Starting: Wednesday 20th March, 10.30-12.30

Moira Andrews invites you to join her for fortnightly sessions in Falmouth Library, sponsored by Poetry Space.  “Much of our poetry will be based on memories.  We hope to encourage both new and seasoned writers, share our work and enjoy the thrill of putting words on paper.  All that’s needed is a notebook & a pen.”  Please book in advance: info@moiraandrew.com or mjcardew@cornwall.gov.uk

£5 full/£4 concessions, plus donation for tea or coffee.

Further ahead


Saturday 13th April, Camelford, 10.00-15.00

A workshop organised by the Indian King Poets and Camelford Poetry Stanza in the Library at Garmoe Cottage, Trefrew Road, Camelford.  £30 full/£25 concession/£15 IKP members.


Saturday 13th April, Falmouth, evening

A Falmouth Poetry Group event – time, venue and cost to be confirmed.


Sunday 14th April: Trebah Gardens, 10.00–13.00.

Workshop facilitated by Mimi Khalvati – to include a reading.

Cost to be advised.  Contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net

Annabel Banks workshop

Monday 22 April: The Library, Garmoe Cottage, Camelford, 10.00-16.00

Annabel Banks is a poet and PhD researcher with University College Falmouth in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London.  Her workshop will draw on correspondence from the Boulton and Watt Archive, with the help of Chloe Phillips from the Cornwall Record Office, and on our thoughts of the post-industrial landscape of and possible futures for Cornwall.  This workshop was run at Tremough in January and was so enjoyable that members of the Indian King Poets present requested a longer version of it: this is it!

£30 full/£25 concessions/£15 IKP members: book with Helen Wood: 01840 212161 or indianking@btconnect.com

Poetry Reading by Sue Johns and Agnes Meadows

Sunday 12th May at St Ives Arts Club, evening, time to be confirmed

Both poets have several published collections of poetry and are seasoned performers with strong links to west Cornwall.  Sue was born in Penzance, began performing as a ‘punk poet’ and is now well-established as a poetry reader & performer in London: www.suejohns.co.uk.  Agnes is well-known as the organiser of Loose Muse, the only regular women’s poetry event in London, attracting national and international readers to the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden: www.myspace.com/agnesmeadows and www.loose-muse.com/agnes-meadows.

This is part of St Ives Literature Festival, 11-18 May,  Information will be updated through the festival website where you can also contact director Bob Devereux: www.stiveslitfest.co.uk


Thursday 6th June, Falmouth Library, 19.00

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

Admission: £5 or £3.  Contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net


Saturday 8th June, Trebah Gardens, 10.00-15.00

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


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) then pay just £15 for occasional day long workshops with visiting poets.  Contact Helen Wood: indianking@btconnect.com or 01840 212161

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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