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Wed, 14 Jun


Drayper's Yard

Poetry Take Off! @ Draper's Yard

A open air poetry performance in Chichester's hidden gem, Draper's Yard.

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Poetry Take Off! @ Draper's Yard
Poetry Take Off! @ Draper's Yard

Time & Location

14 Jun 2023, 17:30 – 18:15

Drayper's Yard, 16 The Hornet, Chichester PO19 7JG, UK

About the event

Poetry Take-Off! A friendly poetry competition Arrive from 17:00 to have a drink and some dinner before the show begins at 17:30 Running Time: 45 minutes ------------------------------

Presented by Chichester Poetry and the South Downs Poetry Festival for the Chichester Fringe, with nine poets and Chris Hardy on guitar.

Enjoy a lively mix of poetry and music to inspire and entertain. Nine local poets go head to head in a contest of spinning words and ideas to see who catches the audience’s eye and receives a coveted laurel wreath prize as Poet of the Day!

You get to say whose poems take off and appeal to you best while Chris Hardy holds everything together on his guitar. Barry Smith, the SDPF director, is MC for this unique event.

The Poetry Take-Off! Poets are:

Pratibha Castle who is making waves with her pamphlet A Triptych of Birds and A Few Loose Feathers

Richard Hawtree has a quirky pamphlet of wit and observation, The Day I Spoke Irish in Surrey

Denise Bennett writes about Portsmouth, history and her family in several books including Parachute Silk

Alan Bush is a member of several local poetry groups including Stanza, Swanbourne Poets and Chichester Poetry

Nicola Garrard is the author of award-nominated Young Adult novel Twenty Nine Locks as well as poetry

Christine Rowlands is a regular at Chichester poetry gatherings with her observations drawn from life set down in verse

Miriam Valencia is a member of the Chichester Stanza poetry group and regularly presents her insightful poems to the members

Chris Hardy is the author of Key to the Highway as well as being the guitarist for the group Little Machine

Barry Smith is the director of SDPF and the author of Performance Rites; he will be the MC for Poetry Take-Off!

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