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Poetry and storytelling open-mic poetry evening at The Big Comfy Bookshop

A special edition of FIRE & DUST – meets Coventry Peace Festical 2015 – featuring special guests – Simone Estridge and Roy Mcfarlane – open-mic slots available!

Cov Peace Fest

Wednesday  4/11/2015 – Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

Poetry and storytelling open-mic poetry evening at The Big Comfy Bookshop

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Special guests

Simone Estridge

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Simone is a published poet who has been awarded special merit in the Pendle War Poetry competition. Simone thrives when blending poetry with music and has achieved this through her band Lead Strings, who often gig at events around the UK.

You can find Lead Strings on Facebook: www.facebook.com/leadstrings
Instagram: Leadstrings
Youtube: www.youtube.com/leadstings
(By the way its lead as in the pencil lead)

Roy Mcfarlane

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Roy was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and now living in the Black Country. He has held the role of Birmingham Poet Laureate and Starbuck Poet in Residence.

Roy’s writings have appeared in magazines, Under the Radar, The Reader and The Undertow Review. His poems have also been included in anthologies, Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012) and he’s the writer and editor of Celebrate Wha? (Smokestack 2011).

A regular on the stage he’s performed almost anywhere where there’s words and an audience, often working in collaboration with other poets, musicians and other artistes.
Roy’s an experienced workshop leader and is presently Poet in residence for Warwickshire Poetry Voices and is looking forward to his debut collection Beginning with your last breath to be published by Nine Arches Press in summer 2016.

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Poetry and storytelling open-mic poetry evening at The Big Comfy Bookshop

Fire & Dust meets…MAtt Black and Al Hutchins

Wednesday 8/7/2015 – Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

Matt Black

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Matt writes for adults and children, for publication and for performance. He was Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-2013), and his poems are published in magazines such as Staple, The Rialto, The North and Magma. He has performed at numerous festivals in this country and abroad.

www.matt-black.co.uk


Al Hutchins

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by Pete Ashton

Writes poems mainly about buses, romance and death in the West Midlands.

Over the years Al’s supported- in no particular order- Steve Tasene’s “Klepto” (Bham Rep), Malika Booker, the late great Hovis Presley, Simon Munnery, John Hegley and Francesca Beard; performed with The New October Poets at The Poetry Cafe and Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Birmingham-based poet and howler in John Peel-endorsed grinesters THE COURTESY GROUP-whose album received 4 stars in MOJO, and from Stewart Lee in “The Sunday Times”.

John Cooper Clarke is a fan.

http://welovebandsandbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list.

All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and flash fiction (keep them brief!)

Come with an open mind and an open ear.

Venue details:

The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5EA

Learn more about shop-owner, Michael McEntee and the creation of shop on his blog:

http://thebigcomfybookshop.blogspot.co.uk/

Find out more about:

HCE magazine – www.herecomeseveryone.me

Silhouette Press – www.silhouettepress.co.uk

 

Thursday, 21/5/2015.

Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

Featuring…

Leanne (back from the edge) Bridgewater!

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http://www.leannebridgewater.co.uk/

And…

Emilia Moniszko!

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQMtrt9VT2mVSL_YJMcn3A

To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list.

All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and flash fiction (keep them brief!)
Come with an open mind and an open ear.

Venue details:

The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5EA

Learn more about shop-owner, Michael McEntee and the creation of shop on his blog:

http://thebigcomfybookshop.blogspot.co.uk/

Find out more about:

HCE magazine – www.herecomeseveryone.me

Silhouette Press – www.silhouettepress.co.uk

 

SATURDAY
12-5pm
21/3/2015
@ The Pod
1A Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AE

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A cornucopia of local and international zines, indie books/presses, including poetry, fiction, music, culture, food and art!

FREE to attend. There will also be a table of gratis publications – as well as the chance to browse the best of West-Midlands publishers (and beyond…)

As the event continues to evolve, we offer FREE table space for:

-zines
-indie presses
-publishers
-graphic novellists

…and beyond.

SATURDAY
21/3/2015
12-5pm

The Pod
1A Lamb Street
Coventry
CV14AE

Contact

adam.steiner@silhouettepress.co.uk

Fire & Dust – open-mic | Silhouette Press

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Poetry and storytelling open-mic poetry evening at The Big Comfy Bookshop

Thursday, 26/3/2015.

Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

Featuring…

Helen Calcutt

 

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Helen Calcutt is a poet and choreographer. Described as ‘radical’ ‘uncompromising’ ‘much like Emily Dickinson, surprising and new’ her poetry marks the presence of a ‘compelling new literary voice’ (Perdika Press 2013).

Associated with the traditions of European verse, her work has received global publication,  featuring in journals such as Equinox (Aude, France) The London Magazine (UK), The Salzburg Review (Austria) Poetry Scotland, and The New Yorker (U.S.A.) Calcutt has worked with institutions as diverse as Poetry International, Poetry By Heart and the National Trust. She is founder of radical contemporary project écriture corporelle  – a ‘bodily writing’ which launched at the internationally acclaimed Poetry International Festival in July 2014. The project is set to tour extensively across the UK in 2015. Calcutt is the author of ‘Sudden rainfall’ her first collection of poetry, published by experimental English publishing house Perdika Press. She is currently working on her second full-length collection under the working title ‘Siren’

‘Sudden rainfall’
http://www.perdikapress.com/third-series/sudden-rainfall/
Available also in Waterstones/Amazon.

Website: http://helencalcutt.org/

Leanne Bridgewater

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Midlands based Poet and Artist. Once awarded a Foyle Young Poet award, once graduated from an MA in Creative Writing, twice turned the light switch on and off. An OCD for the OED. Once created a dictionary, twice forgot her own name. Works with homophonic translation, sound and visual poetry, draws with the aborogene and the pareidolia.

Pairs up poetry with film: find her on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCheG2psy9sm6b3a0BIrK2KQ/videos

Visit her website here: www.leannebridgewater.co.uk

Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list.

All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and flash fiction (keep them brief!)

Come with an open mind and an open ear.

Venue details:

The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5EA

Crush Coventry – working as a creative practitioner – 1/11/2014

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Here Comes…a different approach to getting going as a professional creative in the arts – open to EVERYONE.

Creative Crush is an accessible and FREE event focussing upon the publishing and creative writing industries, but with lessons applicable to all artistic trades. Coffee, tea and cake will be provided…
…there will also be prizes.

Creative Crush Coventry – ICE Creative PIE Fringe Event – 2-5pm, 1/11/2014 The Tin, Canal Basin, Coventry, CV1 4LH.

Creative Crush – Line-up:
Jess Green – Professional Poet and Educator
Chris O’Connell – Theatre Absolute
Sian Lloyd – Roots Gallery/Roots Consultancy
George ttoulli – Poet, Publisher, Warwick University Academic.

To attend, simply sign-up via EventBrite, place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-crush-coventry-working-as-a-creative-practitioner-tickets-13443801773

Creative Crush is kindly supported by ICE, Coventry with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (take that, Farage et al!)

Eyes Front – Peace, Poetry and Conflict
in the 21st Century

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An evening of poetry (and open-mic) on the theme of CONFLICT

8pm, 13/11/2014 @ The Tin, Coventry (CV1 4LH)

As part of Coventry Peace Festival (1-14 Nov) we are looking to take 8 lucky writers on a poetry field-trip to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffs (as featured in Heroes issue of HCE)

We will ask them to create poems based around their visit on the theme of CONFLICT – these will be printed on postcards for distribution at a poetry evening with the hope that people will send them across the world to promote the message of peace from the city – to get involved, please email: adam.steiner@silhouettepress.co.uk

And tell us what PEACe and CONFLICT mean to you…

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To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list…but please keep it short and sweet, and on the theme of CONFLICT!


InZine Fest II

SATURDAY
6/12/2014, 12-5pm
@ The Pod
1A Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AE

This time, it’s literary…

A cornucopia of local and international zines, indie books/presses, including poetry, fiction, music, culture, food and art!

FREE to attend. There will also be a table of gratis publications – as well as the chance to browse the best of West-Midlands publishers (and beyond…)

We Need YOU!

We are offering FREE table space to zines, indie presses and authors who have work to sell.

If you cannot attend in person and would like to send work we will sell on your behalf at no commission charge. Also, if your publication is free/not-for-profit we can pay for reasonable postage costs and will add work to the FREE table.

If you are a mag/zine/indie press and would like a sales table at the event – please contact adam.steiner@silhouettepress.co.uk

Find out moar…

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Fire & Dust – fiction/poetry open-mic in Coventry

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Inspire & Dust – 27/8/2014

This edition of Fire & Dust will be held in Coventry’s third-biggest spire (out of three) – Inspire Bar and Cafe!


All writers are welcome for readings of poetry, spoken-word performances and short stories (keep them to 10 mins)

Inspire is a venue with great atmosphere and an extensive range of ales and continenta lager beers!

Doors open from 7.30pm – FREE

To get a reading spot, please arrive early and we’ll add you to the list.

Come with an open mind and an open ear!

Venue details:

Inspire Cafe and Bar
Christchurch Spire,
New Union Street,
Coventry,
West Midlands
CV1 2PS

Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspire-Cafe-Bar/230329543668993?rf=115225465200798

Check out www.silhouettepress.co.uk for more event info!

InZine Fest @ The Pod – 25/9/2014

A cornucopia of local and international zines, indie books/presses, including poetry, fiction, music, culture, food and art!

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FREE to attend, there will also be a table of gratis publications – as well as the chance to browse the best of West-Midlands publishers (and beyond)

If you are a mag/zine/indie press and would like a sales table at the event – please contact adam.steiner@silhouettepress.co.uk

DOWNLOAD the event poster here…

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FIRE & DUST – Big Comfy Bookshop Launch!
2/10/2014

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For this edition of Fire & Dust, we will be the guests of the newly-opened bookshop on the FarGo development.

Doors open 7.30pm – FREE

The Big Comfy Bookshop
Fargo Village
Far Gosford Street
Coventry
CV1 5EA

Learn more about shop-owner, Michael McEntee and the creation of shop on his blog:

http://thebigcomfybookshop.blogspot.co.uk/

Past Events…

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Write & Eat meets Food Union @ The POD

Food Union from 2.00pm
Write & Eat at 4.30pm
9/4/2014

@ The POD, 1A Lamb St., CV1 4AE

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Try something different – wholesome, hearty, healthy food – all without meat!

 

Fire & Dust
18/3/2014
@ The Tin, Coventry

An evening of poetry open to EVERYONE with special guest poet, Stephen Morrison-Burke

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Stephen Morrison Burke

Doors open at 8-11pm
(those wishing to perform should get in early to avoid disappointment!)
The Tin Music and Arts Centre, Coventry Canal Basin, CV1 4LZ
£2 entry on the door.

Here Comes Everyone, in association with Coventry Words Society and Coventry City Council, presents Fire & Dust, a night of open-mic poetry and spoken word, with a special set by Stephen Morrison-Burke, Birmingham’s Poet Laureate 2012-13.

We invite you to clamber up on stage and turn your poetry into performance, hear something new, meet other writers and find out more about Coventry’s creative community.
Come with an open mind and an open ear.

RSVP on Facebook

 

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HCE Poets at Wenlock 2014!

Some of our favourite poets will appear at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014

Sunday, 27/4/2014
Wenlock Pottery
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm £5.50 / £4.50

In The Flesh: HCE Live

@ The Tin Music and Arts, Coventry, 2013.

by Gary Sykes-Blythe, Editor, HCE

 

Way back in June something happened that had not happened before. A group of poets and literateurs gathered for an evening of live music and poetry at the Tin Music and ArtsCentre. Under the aegis of HCE, the aim was to celebrate the contributors, the staff and the support for the magazine.

Write & Eat is run by:

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Write & Eat meets Pecha Kucha 20X20!

4.30-6.30pm, 11/12/13
@ The POD

 

The POD, CV1 4AE

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FOOD – Passion/Poverty/Politics!

A special evening where the free-flowing Write & Eat sessions meet the quickfire Pecha Kucha presentations!

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. A series of speakers will approach the theme from a variety of angles!

Write down our reactions/thoughts/recipes on our handy menus (paper and pens provided)

A special menu will also be avaialble from The Revive Cafe!

Find out more about the PK format: http://www.pechakucha.org/faq

This is a FREE event!
(attendance also get you into the next Coventry PK for FREE)

Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/events/533410353419673/

Location: The Pod – 1A Lamb Street, Coventry, CV1 4AE

Wednesday 11 December, 16:00 – 18:00

 

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HCE Takeover The Tree House Bookshop and Antony Owen reads War Poetry

Gary and Adam, of HCE fame, will be taking over The Tree House Bookshop for a day, they wil be on hand to talk publishing, projects and new ideas – as well as to do some work!

In the evening, at 7pm, modern war poet, Antony Owen will perform a reading of his work to mark Armistice Day to be followed by a discussion on the act of Remembrance.

Find out more about Antony HERE

5/7 Abbey End, CV81QH Kenilworth, Warwickshire