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Norwich Poetry Club

So last week, I discovered that the collective name for a group of bears is a sleuth. A Sleuth of Bears. That’s just brilliant. That’s the title of a Grade A poetry collection, right there. You’re welcome. Just mention me in the acknowledgements.

I only mention this because I was wondering this morning what the collective name for a group of poets is. Now, I don’t know if there is an official ruling on this (maybe it’s a job for the Poet Laureate, and if it’s not, maybe it should be), but a short perusal online provided me with a bunch of excellent suggestions, my favourite of which was a Moët. Fitting, I thought.

With that in mind, I just wanted to tell all of you who live in or around Norwich that there will be a Moët of NLP poets converging tonight at The Bicycle Shop (which confused me for years until I discovered that it was not, in fact, a shop that sold bicycles) for The Norwich Poetry Club. It all kicks off at 7:00pm, and will cost you £5, which works out at less that £1 per poet. And if that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is.

Useful Dates

Sometimes, as much as you try and keep up with things, dates don’t go in your diary, things pass you by, and you miss out on fun stuff. It happens. I didn’t go to see Eels when they played at the UEA in my first year of university, and then bought Souljacker and realised that had I gone I would have been in the same room as them when they played Fresh Feeling. This is not a feeling I want you to experience, poetry fans. I don’t want you, for instance, to walk past a poster and discover that you missed your favourite NLP poet performing at your local arts centre, especially if you spent the evening in question eating pasta and watching old episodes of River Cottage on 4od.

Here at NLP, we know that dates can get missed, and so we do our best to keep up to date with all our poets’ schedules and keep you informed. It’s therefore in this spirit of sharing that I wanted to give you a heads up about some upcoming gigs from Martin Figura:

Whistle show
17 March 2:15pm @ StAnza Byre Theatre (studio)
15 April 10:00am @ Wenlock Poetry Festival
20 April 7:30pm @ Cheltenham Poetry Festival
26 April @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University

Martin is also performing Whistle over five days (22-26 May) at the London Roundhouse. You can book tickets for the show here.

Martin will also be performing at the following events:

litLiterary Death Match
12 March @ Norwich Arts Centre

Future Radio Fund-Raiser
23 March @ The York Tavern, Norwich

Book Slam (with William Boyd, Ross Sutherland & John McCleery)
27 Mar, Doors 6.30 for 7.30 @ The Clapham Grand, London

For dates of gigs and further information about all of our lovely poets, do check out the People section of our website, where, if you are the observant type, you will notice two new faces: Amy Blakemore and Alex Gwyther, whose Nasty Little Intros #3 and #4 are due back from the printers at NLP HQ any day now. We’ll be introducing them to you properly in due course!

Until then, I hope you are enjoying the (sporadic) Spring sunshine and the fact that flip flop weather is only round the corner!

The Pavement Ice Rink and the Pancake Prince

Look, I like paragraphs as much as the next person, but sometimes, don’t you just crave the clean simplicity of a bullet-pointed list? You do? Excellent.

Here then, in short, are The Things That Have Happened Since My Last Post:

  • Luke Wright’s spoken word album We’re All In This Together has gone from being available for pre-order on the website to being available for actual and immediate purchase on the website. It’s also still available on iTunes if you want to download it rather than hold it and gaze at it (and then put it in a CD player).
  • Many of our poets continue to be out and about and very possibly gigging in your area. Check out their sections of the NLP website for further links and information.
  • It snowed, it partially melted, it refroze into a treacherous pavement ice rink, it fully melted and then the sun came out and certain people started wondering about flip flops. Just saying. Spring’s here!
  • The Oscar for Best Animated Short was won by a film called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. If you like short, animated films about books that come to life, this is for you.
  • Preparations continue for NLP’s upcoming releases: Nasty Little Intros from Amy Blakemore and Alex Gwyther, and a pamphlet from Elvis McGonagall. We’re really looking forward to introducing you to these guys!
  • There’s a new baby at NLP HQ! And he arrived on Pancake Day! Congratulations to Sally, Luke and Aidan, and welcome to the world, little Sam; there will be pancakes at all your birthday parties.