No Writers in the Brewery in December but please enjoy the
Christmas Poetry Slam!
Friday 7 December
Slams are fantastic entertainment - a competition to find the audience's favourite performance poet. Join in and strut your poetic stuff or simply enjoy the show.
To take part, please contact Marcus Moore on 01285 640470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To guffaw, grin, gurn (in the right places, of course) and have a fantastic evening's entertainment book online here.
– with John Richardson, Katherine T Owen and Stevie Gilmore
This programme features poems and music on the theme of hidden paths that we tread, in the ups and downs of relationships, in good health and ill, and in the natural landscapes of Wiltshire.
John Richardson is a regular reader and organiser of poetry workshops.
Author of "It’s OK to Believe" and regular speaker nationwide, Katherine T Owen spent 14 years bedbound with severe ME/CFS.
Stevie Gilmore is a prize-winning artist who has exhibited his work in many countries, he is a talented solo guitarist and composer.
Rebecca is the author of three popular murder mystery series featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective, Drew Slocombe, Undertaker, and Thea Osborne, house sitter in the Cotswolds.
She is also the "ghost writer" of the novels based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.
Adam Horovitz is a poet, journalist and editor. He was born in 1971 in London and raised in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Adam has written poetry since childhood but started to take it seriously in his early 20s, becoming involved in the performance poetry scene and appearing at various festivals, including Glastonbury and Cheltenham Literature Festival. He also took part in the inaugural Days of Poetry and Wine Festival in Slovenia in 1996.He was the poet in residence for Glastonbury Festival website in 2009 and Borkowski PR’s website from 2005 to 2007.
AUGUST - summer break
No Writers in the Brewery this month
Alison is a poet and broadcaster with seven collections of poetry published by Carcanet; a new collection of poems is due out in 2013.
Her work was reviewed by the Guardian as containing ‘quiet lyricism and delight’, and has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and at literary festivals such as Cheltenham and Ledbury.
She has scripted, and in some cases narrated, 5 programmes, including her poems, broadcast on Radio 3 between 2005 and the present. These include 'Singing in the Dark', a celebration of the stubborn survival of England's 'old songs'. This was a Radio Choice of the Week in all the broadsheet newspapers, and in The Radio Times, which described it as 'evocative, amusing and utterly compelling'.
Alison has also judged many poetry competitions, including (as part of the panel) The National Poetry Competition.
A former BBC Wales Arts and Media correspondent, Jon has twelve books to his name, in both Welsh and English. They include An Island Called Smith (2001), about a disappearing island in Chesapeake Bay, which gained him the John Morgan Travel Award, and Uncharted (2010), a novel set in Buenos Aires, Oakland, California and Cardiff, which was described by Jan Morris as 'unflagging and unfailingly inventive'.
His latest books are At Water's Edge: A Coastal Journey and Too Cold For Snow. The latter is Jon’s second collection of short stories, which Richard Ford suggests are 'exhilarating and lush and knowing and in all ways bespeak authenticity.'
Jon is currently a Hay Festival International Fellow.
Jay Ramsay and Herewood Gabriel
Jay is an internationally recognized poet and the author of over 30 books. He has pioneered poetry and personal development in the UK since 1990, and performs his work with music, as a djembe drummer. He runs workshops in Stroud, Glastonbury, London and abroad. He edits poetry for Caduceus magazine and his latest book is Places of Truth (Awen 2011, updated edition) which includes poems from the Sinai Desert.
Herewood Gabriel is a multi-media artist and musician and recorded the CD album Running through Crowds with Jay and Theo Ross in 2011.
Julia Bird grew up in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Before moving to London, she worked as the Education Officer for (what was then) Brewery Arts. She now works for the Poetry School and as a freelance live literature producer. Her first poetry collection, Hannah and the Monk, was published by Salt in 2008. A second book is due in late 2012.
Kevan Manwaring is a writer, teacher and storyteller who lives in Stroud. Holder of an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University, he teaches creative writing for the Open University and Skyros Writers' Lab. He also runs freelance courses in storytelling and various aspects of the writing process.
As a professional storyteller Kevan has appeared in numerous shows both solo and with Fire Springs, in Britain and abroad, and he has appeared on BBC TV and radio. He is the author of The Bardic Handbook, Lost Islands, the ongoing Windsmith books and his poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies.
In 1998 Kevan won the Bardic Chair in his adopted city. He co-runs the Bath Writers' Workshop & is the founder of Awen Publications. In 2010 he was a Writer-in-Residence at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea, Egypt.
£5 entry (tea, coffee and nibbles are free)
An evening of story and song, performance and poetry designed to brighten a February evening.
We invite you to take part in our Winter Warmer - an evening of music from Keith Thompson, poetry and storytelling to start the New Year off in style.
Nibbles, tea and coffee are free; the bar opens at 7pm for alcoholic and soft drinks at normal prices.
There will be raffle prizes and tickets for the February party will be on sale at a discount.