Sunday 23rd October, 6.30pm
The Croft Hall
Tickets £6 (Open Mic Tickets £5)
Join the ‘Bright Scarf Poets’ as they perform some of their acclaimed work on stage. The group will be joined by Newbury poet and Storyteller, Steve Wallis, who will also be reading some poems from his book ‘Common Words’ inspired by the natural and political history of Greenham Common.
There’s also room for ten open mic slots – purchase an open mic ticket at the bookshop or at ArtsforHungerford.com. Be quick as there are only ten guaranteed places (though do bring a poem along on the off-chance more will become available on the night).
This will be a really fun, welcoming event for anyone interested in the spoken word. There will be a stage, a microphone, tables set-up cafe style and the all important bar to help calm any nerves. What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday night.
‘Crazy melancholy’; ‘warmth, wit and tacit joy’; just two of the remarks made about ‘Bright Scarf, Love and Fear’, Peter Pegnall’s Sixth Volume of Poems. Peter explores and delivers poetry in care homes, seafront cafes, in hill side graveyards, in snazzy galleries and draughty churches; he has worked for Universities, for The Arts Council. for the BBC and for schools of all shapes and sizes. His prose includes obituaries for The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian; theatre reviews for The Catholic Herald and The London Magazine; poetry reviews for Poetry Ireland and Fortnight; articles for e magazine.He is a handful. And they love him in Portugal, The Dordogne and Belfast.
Dominic James attends poetry meetings up and down the M4 corridor. A fan of Lowell and Blake, he has been widely published online and in print by, among others: Poetry Pulse, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Cannon’s Mouth, Indigo Dreams and Kudzu Review. A former resident of Hungerford, Dominic now lives in the Cotswolds with his partner, Helen. His first collection, Pilgrim Station will be published this Autumn by the Sentinel Poetry Group, meanwhile his blog needs feeding at www.djamespoetic.blogspot.co.uk.
Rosie Johnston’s three poetry pamphlets, published by Lapwing Publications in Belfast, are Sweet Seventeens (2010), Orion (2012) and Bittersweet Seventeens (2014). Her poetry has appeared or featured in Ink Sweat & Tears, Hedgerow, London Grip, Culture NI and The Honest Ulsterman. She was commissioned to take part in Live Canon’s ‘154 Project’ (2016) celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and has been poet in residence for the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust since 2014. She also reviews for London Grip.
For Quentin, poetry often feels like a lifeline, a means of connecting with a deeper self whose frontier is constantly threatened by the demands of family and work. A former career journalist who was a staffer, successively, on The Sunday Telegraphy, Daily Telegraph and The Times before switching into corporate communications, he has run a boutique headhunting firm for the last 13 years. Currently working up his first collection, Quentin has been with Bright Scarf since its first, strangely beautiful up-welling.