Open-Mic at Wagtail
Join us for our regular in-person Open-Mic event at Wagtail Coffee and Yoga in Chichester, West Sussex. We meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month. The event is free to attend and open to anyone. Come along and read some of your own poetry, a published poem or even read some prose. Wagtail serve excellent coffee and there is also organic and vegan beer and wine available.
Visit the Wagtail Coffee & Yoga website for info on the location etc.
Featured Reader & Open Mic: Piers Rowlandson
Piers is a regular at our Open Mic events on Zoom and in person at Wagtail. He has been writing poetry for pleasure for many years and has also recently published several collections of his work.
Featured Reader & Open Mic: Christine Rowlands
Christine trained as an embroidery teacher and worked in an FE College as a special needs teacher working with adult learners. She has also worked in libraries, for The Lady newspaper and The Daily Telegraph. She currently leads Art workshops for older people at Christ Church Chichester while continuing to enjoy reading and writing poetry.
Featured Reader & Open Mic: Hugh Dunkerly
I have published two collections, Hare and Kin, both with Cinnamon Press. I often write about our relationship with what the philosopher David Abram calls ‘the more-than-human world’, with which we are inextricably bound. I teach at the University of Chichester, where I run the MA in Creative Writing.
Featured Reader & Open Mic: Stephanie Norgate
Stephanie Norgate is a poet and playwright. Her plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. For many years, she ran the MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University and is now a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She edited an international collection of essays, Poetry and Voice (CSP, 2012) and Winchester Poetry Festival’s Chalk Poets Anthology (Sarsen Press, 2015). In 2016, she completed a study of poetry trails for South Downs National Park. As a translator, she has contributed to Modern Poetry in Translation and the MPT anthology, Centres of Cataclysm (Bloodaxe Books/MPT, 2016). Her chapter about the imagery of the house in her poetry appears in Architectural Space and the Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). Her three collections of poetry with Bloodaxe are Hidden River (2008), which was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, The Blue Den (2012) and The Conversation (2021).
Author photo: Michael Chevis