May 22 poetry: Alan Brownjohn & Rosemary Norman; music: Bob Wood 8pm £8£6. May 29th, 8.30pm: Royston Ellis & City Ramblers Revival

May 22nd

AlanBrownjohnCORPoet and novelist, ALAN  BROWNJOHN,  was Chairman of the Poetry Society from 1982-1988. He has collaborated in three teaching anthologies for secondary schools, has been recognised by a Cholmondeley Award and his novel The Way You Tell Them  won the Authors’ Club First Novel Award and was followed by two further novels. A third collected poems was published in 2006 by Enitharmon.   Brownjohn’s public spiritedness comes through in his poetry. He acknowledges: “I write nothing without hoping it might make the world one grain better – a pompous statement which, I suppose, makes me a moralist as a writer, a humanist one.”

rosemarynormanphotoROSEMARY NORMAN began to write and to think of herself as a writer very young, and her idea of what poetry is and does has grown up with her.  She has published two full collections, Threats & Promises, Iron Press, 1991, and Italics,  Shoestring Press, 2010. Between came two pamphlets from Hearing Eye, Life on Mars, 1999 and The Song of the Nobird, 2009. One poem, Lullaby, has had a career of its own, widely anthologised and set for GCSE’s. › poets › Rosemary Norman 

Bob Wood Folk SInger 1The Ram Club’s presenter, singer songwriter guitarist BOB WOOD is from the west of Scotland – a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour.  He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.  Exploring a range of open tunings, his playing and song interpretations have been described as displaying a rare sensitivity, lightness of touch and great technique. Bob has just released his new album entitled After the Swithering, a  collection of songs and tunes, new and old, contemporary and traditional.

May 29th

royston_with_beatlesRoystSLfourth friday special – fifth friday!  Poetry (rocketry) from celebrated English beat poet Royston Ellis (he put the A into BeAtles and inspired Paperback Writer) making a first appearance here since he left Britain 54 years ago!  He’ll read from his 2013 collection, Gone Man Squared

CR Revival 002+ music from City Ramblers Revival front line. City Ramblers Revival are named after the late 50’s  skiffle  group the City Ramblers, regulars on BBC Radio and TV’s 6.5.Special,  resident band  of the Skiffle Cellar, Soho. They recorded for Tempo Records and Storyville and played at the Moscow International Youth Festival in 1957.  Simon Prager & Doc Stenson, excellent musicians and entertainers, are veterans of the acoustic blues  and folk scene in the UK.  Hylda Sims was a founder member of the original City Ramblers. They play skiffle, blues, original songs, and more.                                                               Show starts 8.30.


April 24th

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran and grew up on the Isle of Wight, where she attended boarding school from the age of six. She has lived most of her life in England.  She has eight poetry collections published by Carcanet Press, including The Weather Wheel, her latest, published 2014.   Mimi is the founder of The Poetry School and was its Coordinator from 1997–2004. A tutor for the School, she has co-edited its three anthologies of new writing published by Enitharmon Press. 

Jenny Lewis trained as a painter at the Ruskin School of Art before reading English at Oxford. She is a poet, playwright and songwriter, specialising in cross-arts collaborations of poetry, music, dance and visual art.  She teaches poetry at Oxford University and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Jenny is currently working on a new version of The Epic of Gilgamesh. She has three collections: When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press)Fathom (Oxford Poets) and Taking Mesopotamia (Carcanet 2014) and two chapbooks of poetry in English and Arabic with the Iraqi poet, Adnan Al-Sayegh – Now as Then: Mesopotamia-Iraq and Singing for Inanna (Mulfran Press 2013/ 2014).  Adnan will be reading with Jenny at this event  http://www.  

Rattle on the Stovepipe are a trio: Pete Cooper, fiddle, viola, vocals; Dave Arthur, guitar, banjo, melodeon, vocals; Dan Stewart, guitar, banjo.  They specialise in Appalachian and English folk music and the connections between them.

and next month:

May 22nd  Acclaimed poets Alan Brownjohn and Rosemary Norman + welcome re-acquaintance with the Ram Club’s singer songwriter guitarist Bob Wood. More details to come

May 29th  fourth friday special – fifth friday!  Poetry (rocketry) from celebrated English beat poet Royston Ellis (he put the A into BeAtles) making a first appearance here since he left Britain 54 years ago! + music from City Ramblers Revival front line (Prager, Stenson and Sims).  Starts 8.30. Details to come

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