London lights – writers – poets – celebrations – launches – events

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On Wednesday broadened my horizons by attending presentations given at The National Poetry Library by Tamar Yoseloff, Clare Collison, Abigail Morley and Katherine Maris, exploring – ‘What is poetry’s relationship with art? Visual landscapes of the poem – ekphrastic poetry.
Beautiful presentations, completely absorbing. A wonderful little book of poems and art from National Poetry Library and Corrupted Poetry ‘Beyond Imitation’

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Remembered to sign up for Library’s newsletter after long gap – recommended.

It’s sometimes a bit of a pain to get up to London from outside Brighton, delayed trains, no trains, diverted trains, no driver, a rubber duck on the line.

I lived in London most of my life so guess I will always be a Londoner at heart!

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Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ)

Christmas tea, with guest speaker Jackie Malton a former senior detective in the Met. now a consultant for crime series etc. and a fascinating speaker.

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Phoenix Arts Club

Wonderful launch at the Phoenix Arts Club in London for Jill Gardiner’s new poetry collection ‘With some wild women’.

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Introduced by friend and fellow poet Jackie Wills.  Poems exploring all aspects of lesbian love. Full of wit for bosoms and bras in her poem ‘Ten.’
There is tenderness in ‘Wigan Weekends.’
Jill’s passion for history comes into a her poetry. There is also a section on family, love and loss.
Neil Bartlett, Amanda Boxer, Diana Souhami three of her friends, each read one of her poems.
We had a scrumptious buffet as Jill’s guests.
An endless queue for book signing.
What a celebration!
  

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Finally modest events in Brighton that I am involved with.
Pier Poets

A full house and sparkle for last Pier Poetry of 2019 on Thursday. Wonderful local poets, a wide range of topics, thank you so much! We had a secret santa so brilliant poetry book exchange. We offer 5 minutes of open mic and time to socialise! Thank you New Writing South for your support.

 

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A Christmas poetry workshop in a local cafe.

Let’s peel clementines
sweet slices of memory
make paper baubles
hang poetry on branches
no sideshow here just sharing. 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS    Ann 

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