Poetry at the Pub ….. hmmm, sounds like my kind of poetry so when it popped up on my social media, I went to meet organiser Lindsay Fursland to get the facts.
This regular event is run by CB1 Poetry, a non-profit making organisation which aims to encourage excellence in and to develop new audiences for poetry, all in a welcoming environment for participants and audience alike. The evening features well known poets as well as up and coming talent. Open mic floor spots, which you sign up for on the night, give less experienced poets the chance to read their work to the audience. There are books for sale and you can of course get refreshments from the bar through the evening.
The next Poetry at the Pub is on 16th May at the Blue Moon pub in Norfolk Street, CB1, starting at 7.30pm and running until 10pm. It will feature two guest poets.
John Lyons, born in Trinidad and now based in Norwich, is a prize winning poet, a painter and a creative writing tutor.
Elisabeth Sennitt Clough is a rising star who edits The Fenland Reed, the poetry magazine for poets living and working in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
Local poets reading this might be interested in joining Cambridge Stanza, one of a network of regional poetry groups run under the aegis of The Poetry Society. Lindsay heads up Cambridge Stanza which meets once a month. He tells me it’s a friendly group with members giving constructive feedback with the aim of improving each other’s work.
For more on CB1 Poetry, the two guest poets at Poetry at the Pub and Cambridge Stanza, take a look at their websites – details below. Otherwise, there’s no need to book … just turn up at the Blue Moon and settle down with a drink to enjoy an evening of beautiful poetry.