Friday, July 22nd, from 8pm at the Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, is our annual party with poetry from Peckham’s Joan Byrne, Belgium’s Eddy Bonte and a few lines from me (Hylda Sims) as well as voices from the floor. Music, mostly Appalachian, from Rattle on the Stovepipe.
There’ll be a glass of bubbly and nibbles. £8/£6
Rattle on the Stovepipe explore the interwoven worlds of traditional British and Appalachian songs, ballads, and tunes: Morris dances & their Appalachian counterparts; Minstrel songs brought to Britain in the 19th Century sung by Cotswold rural labourers; English jigs and Scottish pipe tunes evolve into fiddle and banjo reels; 18th century British ballads become ‘hollers’ of Kentucky, Georgia and N.Carolina…
Joan Byrne is a Rye Poet, one of a triangle of poets who live near Peckham Rye, which is one explanation for the name; the other is that the poetry is often wry. Joan is also a photographer – she gives not only a voice, but a face to Peckham life.
Eddy Bonte runs an online radio programme and is an Anglophile music-lover. He says: ‘Most poems are ‘originals’, i.e. they were written directly in English though my mother-tongue is Dutch (Flemish). In fact, I’ve used the English language as a poetic vehicle from the very beginning…’
Hylda Sims writes poems, songs and novels: http://hyldasims.wordpress.com