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Bournemouth Gardens of Light – call for poems on ‘light’

Festival of Light

In celebration of this year’s Bournemouth Gardens of Light Festival, I invite poets and residents to send in poems on the theme of ‘Light’.

These will be exhibited at a special ‘Light’ poetry display in the foyer of Bournemouth Library. The poems will be mounted and available to tour to other venues later.

It is proposed to include the poems on the theme of  ‘Light’ sent in during the 2013 Poet Laureateship process. Please let me know if you don’t want your poem included, or if you would like to display a photo and biography too.

As discussed previously, a book of collected Light poems is still planned as soon as funding is available. This is a great opportunity to showcase local poets in the meantime. So let’s light up the festival with a burst of poetry!

You can send your light poems
directly to me:  jamesmanlow@hotmail.com

Southbourne BIG POEM

Hi everyone!  Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about Southbourne – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what Southbourne and its community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.

Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, or posting it straight towww.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.

Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!

Southbourne Grove

 

Image © Copyright Chris Downer


Southbourne Big Poem

Suburb born of ‘Stourfield’ in the sunny south,
Haven for the wounded, weary of war,
With history at the Head, its blue-flagged beaches
Unequalled in the borough for their beauty,
And blue-plaqued buildings speaking to us still
Of aerodromes and storms and rival piers.

Today leave the bustle of Bournemouth town,
Escape chain store and supermarket brands
To shop amongst the Grove’s unique boutiques
Undiminished in both quality and range.
It’s time to speak again of Southbourne. Meet me
In Seafield Gardens. Tell of what you’ve seen and see. . .

 

Bournemouth Triangle BIG POEM

Bournemouth Triangle BIG POEM – a Bournemouth Emerging Art Fringe event, as part of this year’s Arts by the Sea Festival.

Hi everyone!  Below, I’ve written a couple of verses to start off a BIG POEM about the Triangle – the area, the people, the community. Please feel free to add verses, lines, words, thoughts, ideas, comments about what the Triangle and community means to you. Just scroll down to add your contribution in the box.

Anyone who would prefer to send an audio or visual contribution can do so by emailing a Soundcloud or YouTube link to jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, or posting it straight to www.facebook.com/jamesmanlowpoet and these also will then be embedded into the final poem.

Let’s see what we can come up with for a real community poem!

 

Bournemouth Triangle – BIG POEM

Bournemouth Triangle, a better place
To eat your way around the world and dance
Bright nights away towards the morning’s
Fresh coffee, family play. On such soul days

Seek something out of the ordinary
Here where it’s blooming marvellous and lion
Days shake out with pride their multicoloured manes.
All good things come in threes, and those three points

Meet here. Discover. . .

Dad & Daughter Exhibition by Jane Skellett now on

 

image (1)Check out the new interactive ‘Dad and Daughter’ installation at Bournemouth Library by local poet and artist Jane Skellett. The exhibition will run until 14th November.

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Any poets who would like their work showcased on the Poetry Wall at Bournemouth Library, it is being refreshed now, so feel free to send me your material. Click here for details.

 

 

Bournemouth poetry ‘War & Peace’ poems on display + booklet

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Thank you to all poets who sent poems
for the ‘War and Peace’ First World War commemorations. These will go up on display at Bournemouth Library from this Monday 4th August to coincide with the 100 year anniversary of British involvement in the war.

 

As an extension to the project – in order to keep the poems on display for posterity – it would be great to collect them in a printed booklet. This publication will be a one-off and all copyright will remain with the individual authors. I’ll keep you updated with the progress.

It’s also possible for the poems to be displayed at Boscombe Carnival on Sunday 10th August.

If you do not wish your ‘War and Peace’  WW1 Commemoration poem to be included in the accompanying booklet, or displayed at Boscombe Carnival, please let me know by email.  jamesmanlow@hotmail.com

Meanwhile I hope you like the display in the library. Make sure to check out the WW1 Poetry and Knitting, and The Unfolding War exhibitions there too.

All the best – James

Online Celebrating Poetry link – call for poems – theme for June & July: Freestyle – you choose!

celbrating-poetryThanks to everyone who found themselves inspired by last month’s theme of ‘Wheels’. You can read those poems here.

The theme for June and July is: ‘Freestyle poetry’ – you chose the theme

Throughout June and July, to kick off the summer, we’re going to go freestyle, and say anything goes!

You can send in your poems on any theme (maximum of two poems per poet please). As always, they can be in any style – long , short, funny, serious, sad, humorous.
Remember, poets are of all ages – children and adults are welcome to send in their poems.
Have you been keeping a poem in a box somewhere all these years – maybe now is the time to share it?

Please send poems directly to me at  jamesmanlow@hotmail.com  and I’ll arrange for them to be posted up to the online Celebrating Poetry link on the Council website.

April’s theme: Freedom

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Theme for April: ‘freedom’.

Click here for poems on Freedom by Bournemouth poets and local residents.

The ‘Celebrating Poetry’ link is a bit like an online version of the physical Poetry Wall. I’m keen to get poetry into the lives of as wide a variety of Bournemouth’s residents as possible, in all sorts of different ways. I love the idea of residents logging onto the council’s website in order to find out some information – about recycling or parking or something – then stumbling across poems by local poets from their town.

One of the great things about the ‘Celebrating Poetry’ link is the variety of poems that come in, all going off in all different directions yet all playing off one theme; and to be able to share them so easily with other Bournemouth residents is to put the internet to use in the name of poetry.

So if you have a poem that might suit, or fancy writing one, please send them directly to me at: jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, and I’ll arrange for them to be posted up on the Council’s webpage.

January’s theme was old and new / beginnings and endings.

February’s theme was Love Poetry.

March’s theme was the weather.

 

 

Poems for Saint David’s Day

Daffodils  Happy Saint David’s Day! celebrated in honour of St David (Dewi Sant) the patron saint of Wales. One of the famous miracle stories about Saint David is when he was preaching to a large crowd and is said to have risen up so that he was standing on a hill, in order that everyone might hear him.

Follow the link to listen to this beautiful poem – ‘Miracle on St David’s Day’ by Gillian Clarke.
http://poetrystation.org.uk/poems/miracle-on-st.-davids-day

What are the small miracles in your daily life?
What last really moved you and set something deep in your humanity gently ringing?

Why not write a poem about it?
Or write a poem about St David?

If you do, pop your poem into the comment box below, click ‘post comment’, and I’ll have your poem posted on this page. Saint David’s Day poems so far

Have a lovely day, and enjoy the daffodils.

March’s theme: the weather

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Theme for March: ‘the weather’

Click here for poems on ‘the weather’ by Bournemouth poets and local residents.

The ‘Celebrating Poetry’ link is a bit like an online version of the physical Poetry Wall. I’m keen to get poetry into the lives of as wide a variety of Bournemouth’s residents as possible, in all sorts of different ways. I love the idea of residents logging onto the council’s website in order to find out some information – about recycling or parking or something – then stumbling across poems by local poets from their town.

One of the great things about the ‘Celebrating Poetry’ link is the variety of poems that come in, all going off in all different directions yet all playing off one theme; and to be able to share them so easily with other Bournemouth residents is to put the internet to use in the name of poetry.

So if you have a poem that might suit, or fancy writing one, please send them directly to me at: jamesmanlow@hotmail.com, and I’ll arrange for them to be posted up on the Council’s webpage.

Happy Valentine’s Day! – local Bournemouth poets explore the theme of love

Local Bournemouth poets celebrate love in all its different forms Enjoy!http://t.co/T9588HHLRq

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