Competition Longlist and Winners
Winners: selected by Alwyn Marriage (all will be published in “A Barrel of Monkeys” and receive a free copy of the book).
First place: (£50 + a 20 page pamphlet of their poems + ten copies)
The First Day of November by Richard Sellwood
Second place: (a 20 page pamphlet of their poems+ 5 copies)
Simplifying my Mother by Ray Diamond
Joint third place: (two free copies of the Anthology)
Youth by John Wheeler
North by Geoffrey Pimlott
What the Butler Saw by Ray Diamond
At the Chemist by Caro Reeves
The Elephant in the Living Room by Trish Broomfield
This Summer by Karen Izod
Longlist (alphabetical order by poet’s name):
Space for Christina by Marcus Belassie
The Butcher by Trisha Broomfield
By the Radiator by Alicia Buller
You Got the Jitters by Alicia Buller
Big Bang by James Carter
Sandwich Boy by Alex Crumbie
Barcelona by Susan Evans
The Homecoming by Wendy Falla
Flight by Michael Farry
The Northern Line by Andy V Frost
The Spaces in Between by Bianca Hendicott
Bird Song Rhyme by Bianca Hendicott
Volunteers 1 & 2 by Andy B J Low
Grandad’s Sideboard by Andy B J Low
Green by Jeremy Loynes
The Bee Lesson by Kyle McHale
Year 3 are doing Music and Movement by Rochelle Parker
Into the Black by Joy Parry Collins
In the Café by Owen Ostler
The Ayenbite of Inwit byLorri Pimlott
Lord Nelson (born 1926) by Ray Pool
Memories by Ray Pool
Eve by Caro Reeves
Rookery by Richard Sellwood
DanceVoice by Pauline Sewards
The Dark is neither Wrong nor Right by Lt-Col Shyam Sharma (Rtd)
87,984 by Gareth Toms
Linley Beeches by Kathryn Tytler
Outside by John Wheeler
Exemplar by Sarah Watkinson
Monkey Minds by Sarah Watkinson
"A Barrel of Monkeys" will also include poems by
Chrys Salt MBE
The overall winner will receive:
Alwyn Marriage of Oversteps Books will be making the final selection of the winning poems. Alwyn is an award-winning poet and the author or editor of eight books; her poetry, articles and reviews are published widely in newspapers, magazines and journals. She gives poetry readings all over Britain and abroad. More information is on her website: http://www.marriages.me.uk/alwyn.html and here: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/alwynmarriagepage.html
Deadline for submissions:
31st March 2016
The winner and the long-list of successful entries will be posted on our website and the authors notified by April 30th 2016. "A Barrel of Monkeys" will be published in June 2016.
How to enter:
Use the Paypal link (below) to pay for the number of poems you wish to submit and make a note of the reference number you’re given (scroll down the link to view the options and select the number of poems you're submitting.) You don't have to have a Paypal account.
Then send your poem(s) as Word file attachments in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please head your email with your name and the reference number of your payment.
Please don't include your name on the attached poem files but list the titles, your name and address and a contact phone number in the body of the mail. If the poems have been published in print before, please add a note saying when and where they were published and confirm that you hold the copyright on them, in the body of your email with the titles.
Come and celebrate!
Monday 8th June 2015 at 7.00pm
The Keystone Pub
3 Portsmouth Road
We're launching The Keystone Anthology, our annual book of poems by writers whom we've loved hearing performing their work!
The weather forecast so far suggests that we may be able to hold the event on the pub's lovely heated terrace, which has a barbecue. We'll start at 7pm and go on till at least 9.00.
We're very proud of the book and of its list of contributors, including a poet who has been decorated with an MBE by the Queen (Chrys Salt - and it hasn't changed her a bit!), Bernard Kops, whose work spans the generations from the mid-twentieth century onwards, and many others, young and old, of the "page" and performance poets who have graced our microphone in the past year or so.
24 of the contributors will be reading their poems:
Claire Booker, Stephen Davids; Mark Gilfillan; Patrick Osada; Amy Neilson Smith; Ernie Burns; Damian O’Vitch; Gareth Toms; Kathy Tytler; Kyle McHale; John Wheeler; Jos Anderson; Alex Twyman; Karen Izod; Ghareeb Iskander; Greg Freeman; Tom Vliestra; Cat Randle; Geoff Pimlott, Elaine Stabler, Andy B J Low; Caroline Reeves; Alice Thurling and Lorri Pimlott.
There'll be an open mic after the contributors' readings and copies of the book will be on sale to contributors at the reduced price of £8.00 (the online price is £9.99 plus postage.)
This promises to be a memorable night of meetings among all our poet friends, as well as an amazing public event. If your name is not on our list of readers yet, come anyway, and bring your friends and family!
The first Pop Up Poetry night after the publishing of the Pop Up Anthology 2014 saw the pre-birth of the new book celebrated with some of the contributors at the Bar Des Arts, in advance of the public launch in late September, as Dónall Dempsey hosted the monthly event for August.
We're editing an anthology of poems by readers and performers at the poetry evening Dónall hosts once a month at the Bar des Arts in Guildford. We published the 2013 Anthology last October and this year we're starting the editing early. Everyone involved is very enthusiastic and this year's book promises to be as varied and stimulating as last year's, reflecting the exciting mix of guests and floor-spot readers that we have at the Bar des Arts each month. Deadline for entries is 30th June and the launch will be in October.
More news - we've been invited to program the first half of a spoken word event for the Guildford Festival Fringe in G-Live, Guildford, on July 9th. We've invited Eddie Chauncy, Anna Kahn and Louise Etheridge to take part, supporting Adam Kammerling and Anna Freeman who appear in the second half of the show. Here's a link to book your seats: http://www.applesandsnakes.co.uk/page/108/WORDPLAY/1156
And another new venue for us - a fun Slam Night at the Keystone on July 14th - we've never been keen on slam poetry, but this will be just for fun and (small) prizes as part of the Guildford Fringe Festival. It happens to be the evening before our regular poetry performance evening at the Bar des Arts in Guildford, Pop Up Poetry - but we think Guildford can cope with this!
We were delighted to be invited to read on Saturday 15th March at the Poetry Soiree. This event included the launch of "Holocaust", an experimental piece by the New York poet Robert Fitterman.
The Soirée was the final event of the New Writers Festival organised by Surrey University at G-Live. It ended a day of seminars and lectures on all aspects of writing and publishing, following the previous day's Secondary Schools Day. This annual event is a great way for the University community to link with Guildford's community. We took the opportunity to publicise our monthly poetry event and were very pleased that several people we met at the festival came to listen and read at our Pop Up Poetry event on the following Tuesday.
We had a wonderful experience in January when we were guests of Poets Corner, a writing group in New Delhi, India, in their four-day Poetry Festival. We were also the grateful guests of Shyam Sharma, who made us very welcome in the midst of his hard work as one of the organisers of the Festival.
We were very honoured to be invited to speak on a panel at the Jawaharlal Nehru University alongside eminent Indian writers and other international guests. There we also ran a workshop with young people and launched Dónall Dempsey's new book, "The Smell of Purple". The event was hosted at the university in collaboration with the Oxford bookshop in New Delhi. Another highlight was the day when we took part in readings on the "Poetry on Wheels" tour bus, reading at historic points in the city.
We're very excited (and not a little nervous) to be getting ready to go and read at the Delhi Poetry Festival next month. We're both reading in the International section of the Festival, which our friend Shyam Sharma is co-ordinating. We're very much looking forward to seeing him again and to meeting his lovely daughters. We first met Shyam in person in August when we went to the Fermoy Poetry Festival in Ireland, though we knew and admired each other's work for several months before that. Shyam has been kind enough to offer us his hospitality during our visit, and we feel very privileged to be so welcomed.
Here's a clip of Dónall reading one of the poems he has recently written and dedicated to Shyam.