Launch event: Somewhere Between Rose and Black by Claire Walker - A poetry pamphlet from V. Press
Join us for the launch event at Park’s Café-Bar, Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8DS
Saturday December 9th, 7.00 – 9.00 pm
Free, open to the public, no booking required (except for food).
"There is a disquiet that moves through these poems. Walker explores what it means to create a sense of home, and how the people within it build our longings around us. Beautiful work by a rising star in poetry. These are words that linger after the last page." Angela Readman
"Claire Walker’s quiet, almost still, narrative through these poems could reflect their rural setting or the sadness within the protagonist, yet that quietness is deceptive. There are passions here amid the juxtaposition of man and stag. These poems will have you checking your fingernails for soil, seeing antlers in your peripheral vision." Brett Evans
CLAIRE WALKER is a poet based in Worcestershire. Her work has been published in magazines and on websites including The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Ink Sweat and Tears, And Other Poems, The Poetry Shed, Obsessed with Pipework and Clear Poetry, and in anthologies such as The Chronicles of Eve (Paper Swans Press) and Crystal Voices (Crystal Clear Creators). She is a Poetry Reader for Three Drops Press, and Co-Editor of Atrium poetry webzine. Her first pamphlet, The Girl Who Grew Into a Crocodile, is also published by V. Press.
In addition to readings from the pamphlet, there will also be readings from guest poets:
Charley Barnes, Maggie Doyle, Ian Glass, Holly Magill, Anne Milton and Paul Wooldridge.
About the Guest Poets:
Charley Barnes is a Worcestershire based author and poet. She has recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing, and she is now working towards publishing her first full length novel. Charley's poetry has been published both online and in print, and her debut short story collection, The Women You Were Warned About, was published by Black Pear Press earlier this year.
Maggie Doyle is a performance poet. She is a third of the Decadent Poetry Divas, a Croome poet, founder member of the Worcester Pub Theatre Company and (sometime) writer. She runs a monthly spoken word event – Licensed to Rhyme and appears monthly on the Tammy Gooding Show on Radio Hereford & Worcester.
Ian Glass hails from the southern margins of Bromsgrove in the far North of Worcestershire. He writes poems that are contemplative and inward looking, unless they are about monsters, thermodynamics or the intrusive racket of the Worcester section of the M5 motorway being amplified by the refractive effect of wind shear.
Holly Magill’s poetry has appeared in various magazines, including Clear Poetry, The Morning Star, Ink Sweat & Tears, and anthologies – most recently Stairs and Whispers (Nine Arches Press). She is co-editor of Atrium. Her first pamphlet is forthcoming in 2018 from Indigo Dreams Publishing.
Anne Milton lives on the outskirts of Worcester with several cats and a cheerful vegetable patch. She is a regular at Worcestershire Stanza and at LitFest events.
Paul Wooldridge’s work has so far been included in The New Humanist Magazine, The Cannon’s Mouth, About Larkin (The Philip Larkin Society’s quarterly magazine), A Swift Exit, Poems to Survive in, Graffiti Literary Magazine, Indigo Dream’s The Dawn Treader, Artficium’s Imprimo Anthology, The Blue Lady Literary Journal, The Good Dadhood Project, The Good Funeral Guide and Lighten Up.
Gin tasting night, Saturday 2nd December
Call 01905 776633 to find out more.
Live music, Saturday 16th December
Live music with Swingtime. Call 01905 776633 to find out more.
Christmas party social: Christmas food & drink from around the world
This is a special tasting menu, with a festive theme, consisting of a starter, main course & dessert enjoyed in different countries, with two wines per course to taste, you are invited to guess which three countries have been chosen.
This is for parties of between 15-30 people.
£18.95 per person
Call 01905 776633 for more details & availability. All Christmas bookings subject to deposit of £5.00 per person.
Parks Cafe Poetry Reading, a poem for Paul
A door creaked open;
he could hear with his right ear.
he could feel it in the hollow of his back.
He coughed a loud cough
and the doors slammed shut.
A motorbike revved inside his head,
speeding around the wall of death,
then exited via his spine,
bouncing from vertebra to vertebra.
Fingers fidgeted, hands hummed hot.
Toes twitched and tapped the table leg.
There was a noticable draft
as latches lifted and doors creaked wide
in ears, eyes, nose, mouth and finally
his heart, as words walked in.
I don't oil the hinges, he explained.
When something enters, I want to know about it.
© Heather Wastie