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Interview with a poet John Merchant

Interview with a poet John Merchant

Why did you get into poetry? Put one way I am glad I got into poetry. It was an interesting journey from the very start. Years ago I was in a duet and had a partner who sadly died. To honour his memory there is still a song we wrote available online, he musician-composer, me a lyric writer. To further make certain his work was heard I finally got them from poor recordings on audio tape to CD. I gave…

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DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase 13th February

DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase 13th February

Venue: City Arts [Reviewers Clare Stewart 1st half and Martin Dean 2nd half] Sue was our bossy but cheerful 1st half compere, who kept us all in order magnificently. Neil Sue said that Neil is usually political, understands social issues of the day – but then he had to admit that he’s not living up to that on this occasion. He read two untitled poems, the first about a boxing match, powerful, rhythmic and rhyming, describing visceral aggression and crowd…

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Al Lane Zombie Poet Extraordinaire

Al Lane Zombie Poet Extraordinaire

By Marjie Griffiths On Wednesday 13th November, the audience at Crosswords Open Mic were treated to a set from Nottingham’s zombie poet extraordinaire, Al Lane (a.k.a. Steve the Zombie). Now, you may be wondering what you get if you cross a zombie with a talented wordsmith …? Apparently, you get some powerfully effective advice on how to live life to the full! Al is both engaging and warm. The self-deprecating humour that runs through his work makes him instantly relatable, as…

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DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase November 2019

DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase November 2019

Review of DIY Poets Quarterly Showcase November 14th 2019. Location: City Arts, Nottingham. (First half mostly reviewed by Clare Stewart, second half mostly by Vron McIntyre.) This was my (Clare’s) first DIY quarterly gig at City Arts, I like it, I like the atmosphere, the bar is good, the location is all right, comfortable, good acoustics, yeah. Andrew Martin and Laura Grevel shared compering duties, they did v well, made the evening fun, and ensured the evening ran smoothly. John…

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National Poetry Day 2019

National Poetry Day 2019

In October DIY poets took part in the Poetry Funfair event at Nottingham Playhouse as part of National Poetry Day 2019. Here are some flavours of this wonderful event, and some of the lovely people that supported it.   More event photos (Photo credit Fraser Youngson) Article by Pauline Black and Martin Grey, courtesy of Nottingham City of Literature.  

DIY Poets at City Arts August 2019

DIY Poets at City Arts August 2019

DIY Poets (we’re nice and we don’t always rhyme) have been performing poetry in Nottingham for over fifteen years. Tonight, the first of our quarterly nights at City Arts, will feature an open mic, DIY Poets, plus a wonderful acoustic musician/ singer. We are also launching issue 46 of our free A6 zine. £3 entry For ages 18+. Wheelchair accessible. Hearing loop available. Gender neutral toilet. Accessible toilet. Grassroots poetry at its best. Facebook Page

DIY Poets At The Edinburgh Fringe

DIY Poets At The Edinburgh Fringe

We have great news for you. DIY Poets are heading north for the summer! We are very excited to announce that we have a one week residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Between 10-16 August around 15 DIY poets will be on hand to entertain you with our DIY Poetry Fix at The Banshee Labyrinth on Niddry Street EH1 1LG. Every evening from 8.15 – 9.15pm. We can promise short sharp poetry that makes you think, makes you laugh, makes…

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DIY Showcase At The Maze 9th May 2019

DIY Showcase At The Maze 9th May 2019

[Reviewed by Clare Stewart] Laura Grevel, in lovely colours, a pink jacket and aubergine hair contrasting with her blue eyes, had some Aristotelian questions for us. The answer to all these inventive questions was No. I’ve never roasted snakeskin and dipped it in chocolate? Does this mean I’m boring? Does this mean I live a very narrow life? No, I think it means Laura has a kerazy imagination and a philosophical turn of mind. Senora Amazon, written as a heartfelt…

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Women Say… Stuff 4

Women Say… Stuff 4

DIY Poets always provide a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere and this special event to mark International Women’s Day 2019 was no exception. Organised by a subcommittee of female DIY members “Women Say Stuff” is now in its fourth year, and goes from strength to strength showcasing fantastic, inspirational female voices performing to a mixed audience. In line with DIY Poets tradition, it was a night of three halves featuring poets Cathy Grindrod, Ioney Smallhorne and DIY’s own Hazel Warren providing music…

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