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Poetry evening - Darren Cannan and friends FREE


Poetry evening - Darren Cannan and friends

The line up for the evening so far is Darren Cannan, Nellie Cole, Pyn Stockman and Jude Shields. More acts to be added. Places are free but limited so booking is advised

Darren Cannan Darren's poetry reflects on what John Updike often explored in his writing, looking at finding something magical in the mundane. He believes there is something beautiful, necessary and important to be found in the everyday. Darren's work takes in folklore, cultural curiosities, hearsay, geography, history; an exploration of Britain not defined by traditional hierarchies, intolerance and deference, but by human stories braided with warmth, love, loss, magic and melancholy. He writes vignettes about shifting industrial and rural landscapes, observing how these changes can be traced in people and buildings.

His writing has centred on his native West Midlands, as his 2015 poetry and music collaboration with Birmingham folk singer/song writer James Summerfield, called Analogue Tales, shows, but he also writes in wider terms about the blurred lines he sees in an imaginary and real Britain.

Nellie Cole Nellie Cole was born in 1996 in the Black Country. She began writing poetry while studying English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham; poet and lecturer Luke Kennard wrote that her work was ‘a dazzling work of research and the imagination’. Since then her work has appeared online (Leaveners’ Poets’ Corner, 2015-6); in anthologies such as This is Not Your Final Form (The Emma Press, 2017) and The Poetry of the Black Country (Offa’s Press, 2017); and on exhibition (The Pen Museum, 2017). She is currently co-director of Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival, and the poet-in-residence at the Pen Museum. Her current portfolio, a poetic sequence exploring the Worcestershire murder mystery Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm, is an intertextual blend of literary allusion, local history, folklore, and superstition.

Jude Shields Jude took up writing poems about 15/20 years ago being inspired by my photographs. In 2007 she published her first book, ‘Teens You Have The Power, [to achieve and be anything you wish] which is a personal empowerment and stress management tool for teens. Jude ran a number of very well received courses in schools around the West Midlands which were highly successful impacting very positively on the outcome of exams results. Her poems tend to be sort of esoteric and being of nature and quite eclectic in their substance. As someone once described my poems as ‘touchy feely and have a sensuous passion about them’. Who knows …..

Three years ago she was asked to accept the role of facilitator for the Pens Writers Group in Erdington by no less than poet laureate Jan Watts. They meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month ‪1-3 pm‬ at Erdington library community room and are producing an anthology for Christmas on “memories of Erdington’, a wonderful selection of poems, amazing short stories of members family lives and historical happenings from murders to the birth of spaghetti junction. reflecting the humour, drama and horror of times gone by. Jude is also a member of the Writers Without Borders writing group.

Pyn Stockman Storyteller, Mask Maker with a background in Theatre Arts. Lurcher walker, Boat dweller. Pyn a professional storyteller who brings to life stories of all kinds. She perform everything from folk and fairy tales to myths and legends to people of all ages, in all kinds of spaces. Pyn regularly works with the Birmingham Hippodrome, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Moving Hands Theatre Company combining storytelling with theatre, music and puppetry. Find out more about Pyn here

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Places are free but limited so booking is advised

Wednesday 17 7.00PMJanuary

Spoken Word

Gunmakers Arms

93 Bath Street, Birmingham

B4 6HG Birmingham GB

0121 236 8486

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