Last year I was invited by Anne Early and Yoko Isami to perform and host a poetry event as part of the Hidden Altrincham Arts Festival.
The event, in September, at Riddles (specialist spirits retailer) was a great success but little did I know at the time that the seeds had been sown to create a brand new festival focused on writing and literature; but they had well and truly been sown and the result is Altrincham Word Fest 2018.
Altrincham Word Fest has a unique selling point: all literature festivals focus on encouraging and sharing a love of literature and reading but this new festival on the block really focuses on giving people the chance, and a gentle nudge, to create their own writing.
I am of course delighted to be part of this exciting new event on the literary calendar and you can find details of all of the events and book places by following the links below:
Sat 12th May – 13:30 to 15:30 – Life writing and personal narrative workshop with Kate Feld
Sun 13th May – 13:30 to 15:30 – Creating powerful characters with Sarah Cassidy
Sun 13th May – 13:30 to 15:30 – The stories we could tell a workshop for young people 14-18 with Seamus Kelly
Thur 17th May – 19:00 to 21:00 – An evening with Paul Carroll self-publisher extraordinaire
Sun 20th May – 13:30 to 15:30 – Creating content online with We Blog North
Thur 24th May – 19:00 to 21:00 – Poetry open-mic night hosted by Seamus Kelly
Sat 26th May – 14:00 to 16:00 – The Power of Poetry with Seamus Kelly
Sun 27th May – The art of flash fiction – How to write a short story in 150 words with David Gaffney
Just one week to go to the Altrincham Word Fest Open Mic session.
Date: Thurs 24th May 2018
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Coco’s Italian Restaurant, Altrincham (www.cocositaliancafe.co.uk)
Here is the chance for all local poets and poetry lovers to share your poetry in front of a supportive crowd with myself, Seamus Kelly as Master of Ceremonies.
This will be a pressure-free event and even the most nervous new poet will be guaranteed support and encouragement. All levels of experience are welcome so you can bring your first poem or your 1000th and share it at this relaxed evening of poetry at Coco’s in Altrincham.
With no specific theme, or poetic style, we will be happy to hear you work whether it be quiet personal musings, lyrical meanderings, thought provoking meditations or tub-thumping rhetoric.
Should you have a poem you’d like to hear performed just let me know on the night and I’ll be happy to read it for you. If you have a favourite poem written by someone else that you would like to hear performed then why not bring it along to share?
The open mic is a great chance to hear a range of different poets, to learn and share our rhyming couplets, our stanzas, our quatrains, sestinas and our free verse. There will be poems to make you smile, poems to spark memories of imagination and poems to make you pause for thought or even cry and of course most importantly to enjoy as we listen to others people’s ways with words.