Since I started on my own poetry road, I have kept my eyes forward, said yes to as many opportunities as I can and of course, I keep on writing. Combining this with a part- time job as a social worker is interesting! To be honest, I would not be able to carry on in this role if I did not have the truth of poetry to buoy me up.
The poetry / spoken word/ Open Mic / City Arts/ Notttingham Writers Studio community and the individual poets I have met have been encouraging, inspiring, challenging and compassionate. Thank you, because without this my cultural and spiritual life would be a lot poorer. It is so energising , getting to learn new things and hearing all your wonderful tips and your works.
Sometimes it feels strange, I am on uncertain ground having come to creative writing later in life, I am both a newbie with little idea of how to progress, but also an old hand in life experience .Connecting with others over our work is a buzz , whatever your perspective or circumstances.
Poetry makes me want to keep on, keeping on- and that’s a long way from how I felt nearly two years ago.
Here are some poetry gigs I have been involved in very recently, or am about to take part in:
Saturday 14 Sept, 1p.m. City Arts “Words of Wisdom”launch at Nottingham City Home’ Fun Day, presented by Henry Normal ( on film) , Poet Andrew Graves and academic ;
Saturday 14 September 14:00, Poetry Aloud stage at Stuff of Life Festival, Nottingham. Performed with Ellie Betts and Mina Ahmed as part of “ Tell Tales”
Friday 20 September, 6pm. Derby Cathedral, Moon Installation poems organised by Trevor Wright
Tuesday 24 September 7pm Word! Spoken word stage , supporting George Sirtzes , beeston-library-part-of-inspire-poetry-festival.
Thursday 26 September 7pm Poetry Crane Collective Showcase ( tbc) , also,part of Inspire Poetry Festival
October is for resting and writing. Oops, but then comes along National Poetry Day October 3rd !
🗣🎉🍸15 November 7pm for 7:30 start,
POETRY COCKTAIL OPEN MIC @ Holy Calzone
STOP Press! featuring, Award – winning Poet, Leanne Moden
“Leanne Moden is a breath of fresh air for an art form so often concentrated on oneself, looking around her with a humorous but curious gaze many can’t achieve. Her work is both beautiful and dirty, bold and timid, but at all times open, honest and a joy to hear.” Hollie McNish, Ted Hughes Award Winning Poet
see Facebook, Poetry Cocktail at Nottingham Poetry Festival 2020
welcome to the bi- annual poetry night, host Gail Webb
theme “ Coming Home”
Hope to see you there! 🗣🎉🍸🎉