I Don’t Like Poetry
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE / FRIDAY 29th SEPT / 12.00 – 14.00 / (RECOMMENDED KS2)
Sponsored by Santander International
What do you mean you don’t like poetry? This must mean you’ve not read the debut collection of poems from Joshua Seigal!
Whether it’s poems about the power of books or the joys of fried chicken, once you’ve read Joshua’s poems you’ll be shouting from the rooftops that poetry is the place to be!
Packed with subversive humour and a real insight into the world of children today, I Don’t Like Poetry will please the most reluctant of poem readers whether they want something funny, sad or scary. It is a wonderful collection that shows a new poet at his best.
Joshua Seigal is a poet, performer and workshop leader who spends his time visiting schools, libraries and theatres around the country and beyond. He has taken critically-acclaimed poetry shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but usually ends up performing in front of his mirror, using a hairbrush as a microphone. You can find out more at: joshuaseigal.co.uk
‘Magic’ – Michael Rosen
‘Very imaginative and wonderful’ – The Sunday Times
‘Your session was brilliant. Thank you so much’ – Mary Myatt (Ofsted Lead Inspector)
‘Very clever’ – PoetryZone.co.uk
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Reflections of D-Day
OPERA HOUSE STUDIO / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 15.00 – 16.00
Jersey born poet Juliette Hart has been published in many anthologies. She has read her poems in London (at the Troubadour Cafe and Torriano Meeting House) on BBC Radio, at the Branchage Film Festival, the Folklore Festival and at many island venues (including The War Tunnels and Mont Orgueil Castle). Her poems have been displayed on buses in Guernsey and she has exhibited at the Jersey Arts Centre.
Juliette has visited the Normandy landing beaches, cemeteries and museums several times with veterans who have inspired her collection of poetry – Reflections of D-Day. Historical events come to life through the personal experiences of the veterans. She will read poems from the collection with a backdrop of photographs taken in Normandy.
From Mersey to Jersey
JERSEY OPERA HOUSE (STUDIO) / SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER / 16.45 – 17.45
‘From Mersey To Jersey and the lyrics of 1967’
Fifty years ago a collection of poetry called The Mersey Sound was published, with work from Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. It was hugely popular (a poetry anthology selling 500,000 is unusual, even if you are Seamus Heaney) and the accessibility of the poems helped create an environment for performance poetry that still endures. As a tribute a gang of local poets have been dragged from their desks to create similarly accessible verses inspired by that collection. Featuring readings from The Mersey Sound, original material from Island poets including Linda Rose Parkes, Geraint Jennings and Nicky Mesch, and a quick discussion on why song lyrics are almost always dreadful when stripped of their musical backing.