In a Circle

I am very pleased to have two poems in this great anthology put together by poet Derek Parkes to honour the great influence Donny O’Rourke has had on contemporary Scottish poetry. Love the intro: ‘Throw a brick into the air in Glasgow, chances are it will land on a poet.’ Aye, ah widnae try it though, mate…

In other news, I have been asked to be on the board of Tell It Slant poetry bookshop as it becomes an official entity under Christie Williamson‘s wise stewardship. I was so touched to be asked. TIS was started as a popup in 2013 by myself and Mat, and it refuses to pop down, with poets Kathryn Sowerby, Gerry Loose and Christie all putting their love into it. Glasgow loves poetry. Poets love Glasgow. Despite the danger of falling bricks.

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The Dark Museum – A Poetry Film

Fantastic poem, and a truly elegant film.

Suzannah Evans

I’m really pleased to be sharing this poetry film of my poem ‘The Dark Museum’ from Near FutureThe film was made by Helen from Elephant’s Footprint and the process of making it was really interesting too.

When Helen initially told me that she wanted to use this poem, I was a bit worried because it’s actually about the absence of the visual. The poem’s subject is a museum where visitors can experience different kinds of darkness, the idea being that we rarely experience true darkness in our world of light pollution.  I was therefore really interested to see where it would go. I tend to describe myself as ‘not having a very visual imagination’ and tend to be quite focussed on sounds and smells in my own creative thinking, so I was really keen to give someone free rein to work in dimensions that I had perhaps not…

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Romalyn Ante WINS 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize!

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I am delighted to be able to reveal the Poetry London Clore Prize winners for 2018.

FIRST PRIZE: ‘Names’ by Romalyn Ante
SECOND PRIZE: ‘Children of the Revolution’ by S.K. Kim
THIRD PRIZE: ‘Heaven’ by Selima Hill
COMMENDED POEMS: ‘Under London’ by Victor Tapner, ‘Tiger Gran’ by Pascale Petit, ‘A Rumble in Vina del Mar’ by Jenny McCartney, ‘After Zhao Mengfu’s Bathing Horses‘ by Tarn MacArthur

Winners will be published in the Autumn issue of Poetry London, and on 1 November Judge Kwame Dawes will present the Poetry London Clore Prize at Kings Place in Kings Cross N1, with readings from the prizewinners. More details at: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/.

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The distinguished poet Kwame Dawes is the judge of its new 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize. He is the author or twenty-one books of poetry, and numerous other works of fiction, criticism and essays. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament appeared from Northwestern University Press in 2017.

His awards include the Forward Prize, The Musgrave Silver Medal, several Pushcart Prizes, The Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and an Emmy. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, Associate Poetry Editor for Peepal Tree Books, and Director of the African Poetry Book Fund. He also serves as Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.

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Poetry London Summer 2018 Readings: 21 June at Kings Place

Join us to celebrate the publication of the 2018 summer issue of Poetry London – offering the opportunity to hear some of the magazine’s most distinguished contributors reading their poems.

With one of America’s greatest living poets, Alice Notley, in a rare UK appearance, plus National Poetry Prizewinner Dom Bury, ‘Occult poetic entity’ Rebecca Tamás and Natasha Trethewey, who has been United States Poet Laureate not once but twice.

You can find out more about the readers and book tickets here.

Summer 2018: Issue 90


The Summer 2018 issue features new poems from Alice Notley, described by the Poetry Foundation as ‘one of America’s greatest living poets’, alongside poems from Colette Bryce, Karen Solie, Mark Waldron, Kwame Dawes and John McCullough. Newcomers to the magazine include Meryl Pugh, Crispin Best, Lottie Howson, George Ayres, Fiona Moore and Dominic Leonard. Plus new translations from Ciaran Carson and Chenxin Jiang.

This issue’s Essay features Kathryn Maris writing on painting, poetry and the female gaze and introducing the exhibition Slatterns, which she is curating at the APT Gallery in Deptford. It is followed by new poems commissioned for the exhibition including work by Rachael AllenNatasha Tretheway and Karen McCarthy Woolf.
In Reviews and Features, Emily Hasler interviews Dylan Thomas prize-winner Kayo Chingonyi and André Naffis-Sahely considers the reputation of Aimé Césaire. New collections reviewed include books by Danez Smith, Kaveh Akbar, Oli Hazzard, Sophie Collins, James Brookes, Jenna Clake and Hannah Sullivan.

You can read a selection of poems and reviews from the Summer issue.

 

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Beccles Acoustic Music Day

 

 

The second act in this opening session are British folk and roots inspired duo, HONEY & THE BEARwho combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. The multi – instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, mandolin) and Lucy Sampson (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo & percussion), have been writing together since early 2014, having met at a songwriting event two years previously.

Since then, they have played many venues across East Anglia as well as travelling to Germany for their first European tour. Together they have played an array of fantastic UK festivals including Ely Folk, FolkEast and Maverick. 2016 saw the release of their debut EP ‘About Time’, which received airplay on BBC Radio Suffolk, as well as Cambridge Radio & Norfolk Radio. They are now putting the finishing touches to their first full album and you can see them perform in a range of videos athttp://www.honeyandthebear.co.uk/music-videos/  

They will be on stage at 13.45  for an hour, following which there will be a break of approx. 55 minutes.

The BURKITT FAMILY –  a four piece family band hailing from the Bawdsey Peninsula in Suffolk. They offer a beguiling mix of contemporary and traditional acoustic music, featuring tight vocal harmonies and beautifully played arrangements of well – chosen songs.

Ross is an accomplished guitarist and singer and his partner Ali adds vocals and ethereal flute.  They are joined by their daughter Eliza, who wins new admirers wherever she plays with her fluent, assured violin playing and strong vocals and their son Sam, a talented cellist and guitarist. They are regular performers in East Anglia and played at last year’s Bury Folk Festival. You can see their performance of “Running Up That Hill” filmed at Folk At The Froize here:https://vimeo.com/185222243

They will be the first act, on stage at 12.45 for 45 minutes.

 

Tickets for the whole event are just £20 for the day and can be purchased in person from Beccles Books, I Exchange Square Beccles or online at  www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/459147

 

 

 

NEXT SEASON

Tickets are already on sale for the highly talented singer/songwriter Edwina Hayes. Edwina spends a lot of time in Nashville USA, gigging and recording with the likes of Nanci Griffith and Gretchen Peters. She will be at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield on Monday 28 January 2019. Tickets can be obtained in person from the box office, by phone (01502 589726) or online at http://www.theseagull.co.uk/event/edwina-hayes/ and you can see a great video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBHqMDutZEs . Tickets are £12 (concessions £11).

 

Finally, I can now reveal that our first show in the new season will feature Winter Wilson. This will be an intimate, entirely acoustic, performance from this very talented duo at Hungate Church, Hungate, Beccles on Saturday 22 September at 8.00 p.m.  Tickets are very limited and are now on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/486912. They will not be available at Beccles Books for over the counter sales until 28 April.

More info about Winter Wilson in the next newsletter, but in the meantime you can see them perform here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoTo9zzTQGg&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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Martello March News

Firstly, many thanks to all who came to see Fara at the Cut at Halesworth on 11 February. 84 people were treated to a truly memorable evening, having braved the strong winds and freezing temperature – the band said it was colder in Halesworth than it was when they left Scotland! Great singing and playing with a very satisfied audience and we also got some more names on our growing mailing list.

If you missed the band, treat yourself to their great debut CD “Crossing The Line” which is currently on offer at Coda Music in Edinburgh for just £7.99 (www.codamusic.co.uk ), who by the way have the best, friendliest and most reliable online mailorder service for CDs and Vinyl (folk, acoustic and otherwise). Check out their extensive catalogue online and if you should find yourself in Edinburgh be sure to visit their shop on the Mound. You may even be lucky enough to coincide your visit with one of their regular free instore gigs.

Next up is Miranda Sykes on Thursday 8th March at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Miranda has been a member of Show of Hands for many years, playing double bass and singing with Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, but all 3 members are currently concentrating on solo tours. This is actually Miranda’s first solo tour in 20 years and she has been drawing large audiences and great reviews over the last few months. Tickets are £12 and can be obtained in person from the box office (open 11.00 – 15.00 Monday to Friday and on all show nights), by phone (01502 589726) or online (www.theseagull.co.uk/event/miranda-sykes/ ).

On 28 April we will be holding our first Acoustic Music Day, based at the Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church, Beccles, featuring 7 top quality Acoustic artists including headliners Gilmore & Roberts, Alden, Patterson & Dashwood from Norwich, Doghouse Roses from Glasgow, Joseph Parsons from the USA, Honey & The Bear from Woodbridge, The Burkitt Family form South East Suffolk and Penny & Stuart Mack from Northamptonshire . The priority tickets have now come to an end, but at the moment you can still purchase tickets in person from Beccles Books, 1 Exchange Square Beccles or online from Ticketsource http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/459147 . Just £20 for an inclusive ticket to see all 7 artists (tickets for individual sessions are not available). Much more info on all the featured artists in next month’s newsletter.

Our last gig before a summer recess will be Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock on Saturday 19 May, also at the Canopy Theatre in Beccles. Tickets priced at £10 are on sale to personal callers at 1 Beccles Books and online from ticketsource at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/448907

Martin is now starting to put together the programme for autumn 2018 – Spring 2019 and is in negotiations with some more big names to bring to North Suffolk. Much more about that later, but just to whet your appetite we can tell you that Phil Beer will be bringing his solo show to the Canopy Theatre in Beccles in February 2019! We will let you know when the tickets are ready to go on sale, although this will not be until early autumn.

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Martello – February News

First of all, thanks to everyone who came to the Seagull Theatre to see the brilliant Megson –  a truly memorable evening which they thoroughly enjoyed as well. So much so that they have already asked for a return visit!

Our February gig is on Sunday 11th at the Cut in Halesworth when we will be presenting the brilliant young all female band from the Orkneys, Fara. If you are unfamiliar with them have a look at the Cut’s website where you will find a video of their performance at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The link is www.newcut.org/events/entry/6424.

On March 8th we are back at the Seagull for Miranda Sykes (singer and double bass player with Show Of Hands) embarking on her first solo tour for many years. Tickets at www.theseagull.co.uk/event/miranda-sykes/

The period of exclusive priority ticketing for local people for our Acoustic Music Day on 28 April at the Canopy Theatre in Beccles has expired, although you will still be able to buy tickets in person from Beccles Books. Tickets are now available to the general public online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/459147 (small booking fee applies). Details will also be going up on the websites of all the acts  performing on the day which includes Gilmore & RobertsAlden, Patterson & DashwoodHoney & The BearDoghouse RosesPenny & Stuart MackJoseph Parsons and The Burkitt Family – all for the amazing inclusive price of £20.

Lastly, a lot of people have been asking about tickets for Clive Gregson & Liz Simcock, who are at the Canopy Theatre on Saturday 19th May. I am pleased to say that these are finally going on sale this week. They will be available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/448907 from 9.00 a.m. on 1st February (small booking fee applies) and they can be purchased in person from Beccles Books, I Exchange Square (cash only please) from Friday 2nd February.

After that, we will be taking a break for the summer (too much competition from festivals, big sporting events etc!) and picking up again in September. There may be the odd fully acoustic show in the meantime, but we will keep you posted about any that might arise. Remember to check out our website www.martellopromotions.wordpress.com, and follow our Facebook page MartelloPro and our twitter feed @MartelloFolk.

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