LOCATION : BATH ROYAL LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTION, QUEEN SQUARE, BATH BA1 2HN. NEAREST CAR PARK: CHARLOTTE STREET.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING : copies of ‘Building the Kelston Barn’ and a small contribution to the shared tea.
with Chrissy Banks, Verona Bass, Claire Dyer, Marilyn Francis, Sarah Gregory, Nikki Kenna, Ann Preston, Graeme Ryan, Linda Saunders, Tessa Strickland, Harry Thurston.
The morning workshop will take place in the MURCH ROOM on the first floor of the BRLSI in Queen Square, Bath. Doors will open at 9.30am. I will begin the workshop at 10am for those people who can manage that early start. Later arrival will be perfectly OK ( some of you are coming from great distances) and there will be no requirement to apologise. The workshop will run without a break until 12.45pm. Coffee and tea ( of a sort!) will be available in the room. Own is probably more delectable.
PLEASE NOTE: You will be welcome in the workshop whether or not you bring a piece of writing for critique.
BRING TWELVE COPIES of one or two poems/pieces of writing.* Poems must not exceed 28 lines. Prose must not exceed 210 words. Each piece must be on its own sheet of A4 paper, single spaced in black Times or Times New Roman font.( Do not print your poems back to back because we need the writing space provided by the blank page. ) Pieces must be UNTITLED and UNSIGNED. You should have already edited your pieces as if for publication and believe that you have taken them as far as you, on your own, can go.
The session will be ‘advanced critique’ with particular emphasis on ALLURE. What promises does the poem/prose piece seem to be making? Does it make you want to go on the journey that is proposed? Which are the most ALLURING pieces in the set in front of you? If this poem opened a collection, or was on a page that fell open in a book, what would make you want to read on?
*Only bring two pieces of writing if you want to keep your options open about which one to submit for workshopping. We are unlikely to find time to deal with more than 11 pieces inside the time.
IF I AM UNABLE TO GIVE THIS WORKSHOP, Chrissy Banks & Claire Dyer will run it in my place.
All welcome. Admission free
2.00pm WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL INAUGURATION GUEST, THE CHAIR OF BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNCIL, COUNCILLOR CHERRY BEATH
Chrissy Banks and Sarah Gregory will meet Councillor Cherry Beath in the downstairs Foyer at 1.45pm, bring her up to the Duncan Room, sit with her in the front row through the afternoon, introduce her to people in the audience and take her back downstairs when it is time for her to leave. I have chosen these two people from the morning workshop because they are not reading ‘From the Book Table, ’ nor playing main parts in ‘Building the Kelston Barn.’
2.05pm FROM THE BOOK TABLE.
Verona Bass, Sue Boyle, Claire Dyer, Linda Saunders, Shirley Wright will each read one shortish poem from a book they have for sale on the book table, with VERY BRIEF introductions to the book. Please choose an accessible poem which will enchant the audience without requiring prior explanations. This is the beginning of a long, full afternoon and time is of the essence. There will be non-poets in the room and we should be thinking about delighting and entertaining them, if we can. During the afternoon, the book table will be managed by Verona Bass, Claire Dyer, Linda Saunders and Shirley Wright.
2.20pm THE KELSTON BARN PROJECT : images by Matt Prosser.
William Heath and Tessa Strickland will introduce Matt’s photographic project in whatever way the three of them agree. William, Tessa and Matt – please see my separate email about the best way to show the photographs and then liaise with Paul Browne at the BRLSI about the best equipment to show the slides.
2.35pm THREE POEMS & A SONG BY PATRICK KAVANAGH
Sue Boyle, Andrew Lawrence, Phil Shepherd and Nikki Kenna will introduce a short reading by Harry Thurston of three of the short poems by Patrick Kavanagh which inspired some of the writings done in the Kelston Barn.
2.50pm BUILDING THE KELSTON BARN
Graeme Ryan will guide a performance reading of the collaborative poem which was created during the afternoon in the Kelston Barn. Audience participation will be welcomed and copies of the poem will be made available.
Kelston Barn writers who will be performing : Claire Coleman, William Heath, Margaret Heath, Rosie Jackson, Andrew Lawrence, Ann Preston, Phil Shepherd, Tessa Strickland, Conor Whelan….. with other Kelston Writers whose emails I do not have, but who might have the good fortune to be alerted by their Kelston friends.
*****PLEASE WOULD ALL PERFORMERS BRING A COPY FOR THEMSELVES AND 2 SPARE COPIES OF THE COLLABORATIVE POEM TO SHARE WITH THE AUDIENCE.
4.15pm BOOK LAUNCH : P.S. I HAVE CANCER
Sue Sims will be launching her son, Dr Mark Sims’ book subtitled ‘wrestling melanoma and falling in love’. Mark Sims, a young doctor was diagnosed with advanced skin cancer just before his 27th birthday. This is the story of his 23 month wrestle with the disease, his passion to raise awareness and funds for vital research and how he found love quite unexpectedly, while working through his bucket list. Books will be for sale at £9.95 with profits to Mark’s fund for Cancer Research UK.
END OF AFTERNOON