Pighog and Red Hen Press – great atmosphere, fabulous poets

Michaela Ridgway not only does all the work behind the scenes but then hosts the event. On Thursday last we had  DSC06508six open micers followed by one of the featured poets Robin Houghton with her stunning 20 minute set.DSC06516 Robin’s poetry has appeared in lots of magazines as well as anthologies. Winner of several competitions and awards and Brighton’s Poetry Stanza rep. She blogs at poetgal.co.uk.

Her first poetry pamphlet, ‘The Great Vowel Shift’ was published by Telltale Press, the poets’ publishing collective she founded with Peter Kenny in 2014. Interesting poems beautifully produced – had to have one!

DSC06530More open micers and then Andreea Stan poet, an illustrator and writer born and raised in Romania. She had interesting things to say about attachment through her poems and showed us a brilliant animation film, would have liked more. Andrea has sites for her poems, poetry films and animations. Worth  checking her out.

All the open micers were a particularly talented bunch tonight and included Andie Davidson, Peter Kenny, Daisy Behagg, Patrick Til, Dave St. Clair, Ti, (sorry surname unreadable),  Alice Howard, Stephen Bone, Tanaka Mlushu Misai (hope I got that right) and Tom Hampton. If you missed them you missed a treat. I love Pighog poetry nights and have been going to them for over three years. Now Red Hen Press have taken over the list so it is a joint venture. My modest contribution to the affair is to take the money on the door but often blog it and occasionally open mic myself. Poetry needs our support!

.DSC06509 DSC06511 DSC06512 DSC06514 DSC06518 DSC06519 DSC06521 DSC06523 DSC06524 DSC06528 The wonderful open mics.

Next time 28th May with Debs Tyler-Bennet and D.A Price.

June 25th – American Hart (Red Hen Press) Australian poet Karen Lowry and the launch of Claire Best’s  new pamphlet ‘Cell.’ I believe it has illustrations by the one and only Michaela our Pighog host and poet in her own right, but that could be just a rumour.

Break for the summer.

Thursday 24th September we get off to a great start with

Prof. Robert Sheppard in conversation with Lee Harwood.

Thursday 9th October

Matthew Sweeney and Mark Hewitt.

Come on Brighton, Pighog at The Red Roaster Coffee House is where it all happens in the poetry world.

Just £5.00 and £4 for concessions could you hope for more?

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