The Blood Jet of Poetry: October 2018

South Downs Poetry Festival presents THE BLOOD JET OF POETRY Sunday 28 October 6.30 – 9.30pm The Square Tower Broad Street, Portsmouth PO1 2ND A celebration of words, music and song from acclaimed and multi-prizewinning SPRING POETS with live music from LES KAZOOS D’AMOUR and WORDBASS Marianne Barber, Denise Bennett (Inaugural Hamish Canham Prize) Robyn Bolam (Hampshire Poet 2018), Lydia Fulleylove (Two Ravens Press) Eve … Continue reading The Blood Jet of Poetry: October 2018

Community Conversations: October 2018

Tongues&Grooves in the Community has received a Big Lottery grant of £10,000 for a its Community Conversations project. The grant will enable us to give a voice to refugee and asylum seeker individuals in Portsmouth through a series of poetry workshops. Further events will form part of the ArtReach led Journeys Festival International (JFI) in October. A transportable display of the writing in printed and … Continue reading Community Conversations: October 2018

Richard Williams – Book Launch: September 2018

Thursday 20 September 7.30 – 10.00 pm The Square Tower Broad Street, Portsmouth, PO1 2ND Free Entry   Bar | Cafe | Free nearby parking RICHARD WILLIAMS warmly invites you to join him for the launch of his first poetry collection at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. Copies of ‘Landings’ will be available for sale   ‘From the Electric Arms and Istanbul Grill to the Feng Shui Shop on … Continue reading Richard Williams – Book Launch: September 2018

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


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 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