WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Christmas songs – they are everywhere.
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
This is my final blog of the year as I will take a break over the festive period so I have decided to do THE REVIEW OF MY YEAR – THROUGH LISTS.
This week I am selecting my top ten events of the year, which I posted about on this blog. I have decided that rather than make this a wordy post that I will list the events with a photo and links to the appropriate blog posts.
1. The Polesworth Poets Trail Workshops – Feb-March
The posts for the trail workshops were all written in March you can view them here:
2. The Trip to Memphis – April
The trip to Memphis and Nashville was discussed in my blog post of the 7th April you can read it here:
3. The Lost Poets – Started in April.
Inspired by the Secret Writer’s April Fools List I have covered 26 of the 50 lost poets, there will more next year.
4. The Nuneaton Summer Poetry Day – July
Nuneaton Summer Poetry day was the subject of my blog on 8th July you can read it here.
5. The Great West Midlands Poetry Relay – July
This wonderful day was reviewed in my post of the 26th July and can be viewed here:
6. My trip to Cork – August.
Perhaps the Poetic Highlight of my year, a really wonderful time.
7. Poet in Residence at Dig the Abbey – August
My residency saw me produce some new poetry using the methods of Archaeology which have been well received – there will be more next year as I have been asked to organise more things poetic at next years dig.
8. The unveiling of Gold Leaf at Pooley. – October
The column of gold leaves was unveiled at Pooley along with 5 of the new poems, a wonderful day.
9. The Return trip of the Cork Poets – November
It was great to host Afric, Colm and Jennifer at the Fizz and the first time poets have been asked for an encore.
10. Lunch at the Ritz – November.
How the other half lives – for a few hours at any rate.
SOME MORE LISTS OF THE YEAR.
THE FIZZ GUEST POETS IN 2011.
January – Sarah James
March – The Lichfield Poets
May – The Polesworth Poets Trail Poets.
July – Matt Merritt
September – Antony Owen
November – The Cork Poets – Afric McGlinchey, Colm Scully and Jennifer Matthews.
MY TOP FIVE READINGS OF THE YEAR.
Memoirs Poetry – Erdington Library hosted by Jan Watts 9th June.
Leamington Peace Festival – Hosted by Barry Patterson – 19th June
O’Bheal Cork –Hosted by Paul Casey – 8th August
Spoken Worlds Burton on Trent – Hosted by Gary Carr – 19th August
Shindig Leicester – Hosted by Matt Nunn – 24th October
MY TWELVE FAVOURITE POET PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR.
Sarah James – The Fizz – January
Fergus McGonigal – Spoken Worlds – May.
Gary Londgen – Memoirs Poetry Erdington 9th June.
Barry Patterson – The Fizz – July.
Elaine Feeney – Whitehouse Limerick – 10th August
Antony Owen – The Fizz – September
David Calcutt – Nightblue Fruit – 4th October.
Afric McGlinchey – The Fizz – November
Colm Scully – The Fizz – November
Jennifer Matthews – The Fizz – November
Janet Smith – Poetry Bites – November
Ash Dickinson – Spoken Worlds – December
FOUR NEW POETS OF THE YEAR.
All achieving their first published poem on the Polesworth Poets Trail.
THE TEN EXISTING POEMS ON THE POLESWORTH POETS TRAIL.
God’s dance within us – Garrie Fletcher
Osanna – Penny Harper
The Polesworth Pact – Sarah Armstrong
Squab – Mal Dewhirst
Song 13 – Jonathan Morley
Listen – Gill Learner
The River Anker – Jane Holland
Famous Men – Helen Yendall
Power – Janine Warre
Memories of Pooley Mine – Raymond Hendy.
THE SEVENTEEN NEW POEMS TO GO ON THE POLESWORTH POETS TRAIL.
Brick Making Remembered – Peter Grey.
Pooley Hall – Gary Longden.
Unrippled – Sarah James.
Women’s Memories of Mining Menfolk – Dea Costelloe.
Jutt – Bernadette O’Dwyer
Advice to a Geordie Lad at Pooley – Barry Patterson.
Aloft – Janis Kind (INSTALLED)
Black Swan Possibility – Jacqui Rowe (INSTALLED)
A Cry – Janet Smith.
In their Footsteps – Marjorie Neilson
Pooley Pit Ponies – Margaret Torr
The Pooley Miner’s Tale – Barry Hunt (INSTALLED)
Living Echoes – Gina Coates
Reflected Strata – The Riddled Veins of Pooley Park – Hench-4
Them up there don’t know us down here exist – Gary Carr.
Ladies of the Woods – Terri Jolland (INSTALLED)
Kite – Mal Dewhirst in collaboration with The Year 3 Children at Birchwood Primary School 2011. (INSTALLED)
FIVE POETRY BOOKS – I BOUGHT IN 2011 FROM THE POET.
And they signed them.
The Dreaded Boy – Antony Owen
Troy Town – Matt Merritt
Where the Dagda Dances – Terry Murray
Where’s Katie – Elaine Feeney
Digging for Toys – Bobby Parker
THREE SMALL COLLECTIONS FROM MY PEN IN 2011.
Nuneaton – Poems from the Summer Poetry Day.
Cork Poems – From my trip to Cork.
Midland Purple – From my Residency at Dig the Abbey.
POETRY AWARDS OF NOTE.
Sarah James – The Rubery International Poetry Award – 3rd place for “In to the Yell”.
Antony Owen – The Wilfred Owen Story Award.
THE TEN POETS ON THE GREAT WEST MIDLANDS POETRY RELAY.
and their starting points.
Emma Purshouse – Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station.
Philip Monks – Burton-on-Trent Library.
Mal Dewhirst – Polesworth Abbey Green Park
Helen Yendall – Hatton Country World
Rohit Ballal – Worcester Arts Cafe
Adrian Johnson – The British Camp Malvern
Deborah Alma – Town Green Bromyard
Kurly McKetchie – Highley Leisure Centre
Dave Reeves – Telford Odeon
Roz Goddard. – The Pie and Ale House Stafford
Thank you to the team Jonathan Davidson and the team at Writing West Midlands for their organisation of the day.
You can hear the poems and follow the route here:
A FACT ABOUT TUESDAY
TUESDAY – The most popular day of the week for Midland Poetry Events.
THE FIZZ – NIGHT BLUE FRUIT – THE GOBLIN FOLK & POETRY CLUB – WORD WIZARDS – POETRY BITES
Though not all on the same Tuesday of the month so you can go to them all.
THINGS I DID IN 2011 THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD?
Get into Steampunk.
Read Poetry on the Streets of Nuneaton.
Have Lunch at the Ritz.
Get an Iphone.
DATES FOR THE FIZZ IN 2012
Tuesday 24th January Guest Gary Carr.
Tuesday 27th March
Tuesday 22nd May
Tuesday 24th July
Tuesday 25th September
All in the Refectory at Polesworth Abbey.
I would like to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Creative New Year.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
27th Dec – Word Wizards – Buxton
Spoken Worlds – Burton
Goblin Folk and Poetry Club – Ashby
24th Jan – The Fizz – Polesworth – Gary Carr.