Welcome to Tongues&Grooves

Since 2003, Tongues & Grooves has enabled poets and musicians to collaborate and share ideas. Based in Portsmouth, we provide platforms for established poets, musicians and emerging talent – particularly from the ‘quiet voice’ and under-represented groups. Tongues and Grooves also welcomes approaches from individuals or organisations wishing to work with us in achieving our aim and will sponsor open mic events that support our community … Continue reading Welcome to Tongues&Grooves

Robyn Bolam (Bloodaxe Poetry): June 2018

SUNDAY 17 JUNE The Square Tower Portsmouth PO1 2JE 7.30 – 10.00 PM Tickets on the door: £5 HAMPSHIRE POET ROBYN BOLAM A unique opportunity to hear prize-winning poet Robyn Bolam reading from her stunning new collection, Hyem. Robyn’s poetry collections, published by Bloodaxe, are The Peepshow Girl (1989), Raiding the Borders (1996), and New Wings: poems 1977–2007 (2007), which was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. An Eric Gregory award was followed by first prize in … Continue reading Robyn Bolam (Bloodaxe Poetry): June 2018

WRITE TO BE COUNTED – June 2018

SUNDAY 10 JUNE 7.30 – 9.30PM Southsea PO5 2SL Free Event WRITE TO BE COUNTED – An Anthology of Poems to Uphold Human Rights Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan will be hosting a reading from Write to be Counted in his constituency office in Albert Road. Maggie Sawkins will read alongside two of the editors, Kathleen Jones and Nicola Jackson. All the poets in this anthology have put words on … Continue reading WRITE TO BE COUNTED – June 2018

Isle of Wight: Zones of Avoidance – May 2018

Thursday 10 May 7.30 – 9.30pm Quay Arts Newport Isle of Wight PO30 5BD Tickets: £10 Box Office: 01983 822490 http://www.quayarts.org/events/ ZONES OF AVOIDANCE The next performance of  award-winning Zones of Avoidance will take place at Quay Arts, a lovely arts centre in Newport Harbour on the Isle of Wight. Zones of Avoidance explores a mother’s quest to understand her daughter’s descent into addiction. At the heart of the … Continue reading Isle of Wight: Zones of Avoidance – May 2018

The Winners: First, Second and Third Prize Winning Poems and Commentaries

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Competition 2018 First, Second and Third Prize-winning Poems with Commentaries from the judge, Michael Loveday   Patricia Millner – First Prize Bird Count, November Today we went to count the waders. Once a month the BTO records their numbers on every river and shore.  So at first light we hefted our telescopes out into icy drizzle. The mudflats sucked and wobbled as … Continue reading The Winners: First, Second and Third Prize Winning Poems and Commentaries

THE IMP OF THE PERVERSE – Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday 17th February 2018 2 – 4.30pm 20 places Menuhin Theatre, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library £6 – TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM E mail: hookedonwords@gmail.com THE IMP OF THE PERVERSE – Creative Writing Workshop In what ways does a prose poem differ from flash fiction? Is a prose poem just a poem without the line breaks? Do labels even matter? In the words of Gertrude Stein: … Continue reading THE IMP OF THE PERVERSE – Creative Writing Workshop