Poetry events during June and July from Piccolina

(The Poetry Point is also highlighting the Penryn Poetry Slam on Tuesday  July 23rd at The Famous Barrel – part of the Penryn Arts Festival)


Friday 7th – Sunday 9th June, various venues

The festival will take place in Charles Causley’s home town of Launceston. The programme includes a wide ranging variety of events. Sir Andrew Motion will be reading from his latest work. Charles’s nephew, Jim Causley, and friends will entertain with music. Bob Tinker’s Jazz Prophets will be here on the Saturday evening and there will be workshops, an art exhibition by Gwynngalaarts, and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Indian King Poets will be reading in the Poetry Tent from 5pm on Friday 7th and 2pm on Sunday 9th – this is hosted by Barefoot and there are open mic slots.

Full details can be found on the festival website: http://www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk


Friday 7th June, Flushing, Falmouth, 19.00 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE & VENUE

This reading is now taking place at Caroline Carver’s home – Farthings, Tregew Road, Flushing, Falmouth TR11 5TH. Caroline will also read briefly.  A small number of Open-Hatters welcome.

Admission: £5 to include a buffet meal provided by FPG members.

Contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net


Saturday 8th June, Trenarth House, 10.00-15.00 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE

The address for Trenarth is High Cross, Constantine TR11 5JN. Their website has directions. http://trenarthgardens.com/index.html

If you’re coming, please bring a packed lunch.

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

Cost: £12, or £10 for FPG members – book through Moira Andrew: moira.andrew@uwclub.net

Diana Gittins Reading

Saturday 22 June, Relish, Foundry Court, Wadebridge, 16.00

Hear Diana Gittins read from Bork! her new pamphlet from Happenstance as guest reader at the Indian King Poets and Camelford Poetry Stanza quarterly reading in a good coffee bar in Wadebridge!  Bring your own work for a chance to read in the Open Mic section.  Just turn up, or if you want to know more, contact Helen Wood: indianking@btconnect.com

Anne-Marie Fyfe reading

Thursday 27th June – at the Poly

To book this FPG event contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net

Anne-Marie Fyfe workshop

Saturday 29th June –

To book this FPG event contact Moira Andrew moira.andrew@uwclub.net

Looking Ahead


Monday – Wednesday 15th – 17th July 2013, Truro Community Library 10am – 4.30pm

A three-day training course aimed at practitioners who might want to use literature and writing in their work but also open to those with a personal interest in combining the close reading of poems, mindfulness practice and writing in response. Led by Victoria Field, a trained poetry therapist. CPD certificates can be provided for anyone using writing therapeutically. Full details can be found here:


Cost: £195 Please bring your own writing materials. Tea and coffee will be provided, lunch can purchased at the café or bring your own. ,

Truro Community Library, Union Place, Truro TR1 1EP

Contact: Victoria Field, victoriajfield@btconnect.com , 01227 788497 or 07887 560018


Sunday July 21, Penlee Coach House Penzance, 4.00 – 5.00 pm

Zeeba Ansari will read from her eagerly awaited first collection Love’s Labours (pub July 2013 Pindrop Press). Angela Stoner and Susan Taylor will also read from their own work – choosing poems that speak to each other. A Penzance Literary Festival event.

Cost: £2.00


July 17 – 21, various venues

Information on all events will soon be available online- and a full update will appear in the next issue of Piccolina.


Quarry Week

Saturday 27 July

Some of the Indian King Poets will be working in a privately owned quarry near Trebarwith with other artists in a variety of forms, beginning Monday 22 July, to create an exhibition/performance on Saturday 27 July.  The Israeli teacher Irit Sela will be running one-to-one sessions on individual poems, employing her unique method of preparing work for oral rendition, a method IKP have found invaluable in redrafting work; she will also run a one-day workshop.  If you’re interested in joining us on the Saturday, for a one day workshop with Irit, or in booking Irit for a workshop for your own group, please contact Helen Wood on indianking@btconnect.com or 01840 212161.  There should be more detail nearer the time. More information about Irit and her method is available by e-mail from Helen.



Cafe Frug: temporarily not happening in Penzance because of venue problems!

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

Poetry on St Austell Bay Radio

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.

Shows for May and June – 17th May Tony Nethercott, poet; 24th Alan Brown ‘Cornish Cockney’ writer; 31st Jack Clemo Special linking with event at Wheal Martyn Museum.

7th June, Annabel Banks; 14th Jane Tinworth, author; 21st June Elizabeth Cook; 5th July Jenna Plewes; 12th July Tony Foster Artist and story teller.

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

literatureworks.org.uk (formerly Cyprus Well)

Contact: info@literatureworks.org.uk to go on their mailing list.  Regular newsletters contain news, features, activities, events, projects, support, jobs, funding, development – as their mast head boasts.  There’s a SW Literature Calendar, monthly features etc.

SW Literature Calendar regular monthly features Reviews, Special Features, PodcastsIf you have literature news or opportunities that you’d like to appear on the site, send me an e-mail  details. Kate Wilson, Coordinator, Literature Works


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