22 July 19.00 – Poetry Extravaganza

17-07-22 19:00 - 17-07-22 22:00
Park's Cafe
Parks Cafe Bar, Droitwich Spa, United Kingdom

An evening of poetry, literature, and music in Park’s Cafe Victoria Square. 

Free event

Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) wishes to thank Nina Lewis for her efforts in bringing together this group of local poets. Performers include:

Fergus McGonigal
Fergus McGonigal is a former Worcestershire Poet Laureate whose first collection, ‘The Failed Idealist’s Guide to the Tatty Truth’, was published by Burning Eye Books back in 2014. He’s been described as ‘wild and manic’, but that may have been a reference to his hair.



Maggie Doyle
Maggie Doyle is the Worcestershire Poet Laureate Emeritus and a third of the Decadent Poetry Divas. She runs her own event, Licensed to Rhyme at Artrix, Bromsgrove, which she co-hosts with Giovanni “Spoz” Espositio, and has been supporting, writing and performing poetry for many years and loves what she does.





Mike Alma
Mike writes because he loves writing, without ambition beyond someone, somewhere enjoying his words. He hates the word ‘great’ and wishes people would look up its many meanings before using it.



Amanda Bonnick
Amanda Bonnick is a poet and actor living in Worcester. She enjoys reading her work at the many Spoken Word events around the county.



Sarah Leavesley
Sarah Leavesley, also published as Sarah James, is an award-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer. Her latest books are a short novella, Kaleidoscope, and her fourth poetry collection, plenty-fish, published by Nine Arches Press. She also works in poetry film, has a poetry-play The Magnetic Diaries, and is editor at V. Press. Besides reading, Other interests include sport climbing, cycling, swimming and dance. She loves shadows and light, water and wine, music and silence.





Nina Lewis
Nina Lewis has poetry published in anthologies and magazines, her début pamphlet Fragile Houses was published by V. Press. Nina’s poetry has featured in an Art Installation, on Poetry Trails and at a Dance Festival. In 2014 she was commissioned to perform at Birmingham Literature Festival. She organises an annual writing retreat at https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com


Jenna Plewes
Jenna Plewes has had two full collections published by IDP. “Salt” in 2013 and “Pull of the Earth” in 2016. “Gifts” a collection of contemplative poetry published in 2014 is available on Amazon.



Ruth Stacey
Ruth Stacey is a writer, artist, lecturer and tutor. Her debut poetry collection, Queen, Jewel, Mistress, was published by Eyewear July, 2015.  She designs the covers for V Press poetry pamphlets and you can follow her on twitter @MermaidsDrown
Photo taken by Geoff Robinson)



Helen Calcutt
Helen Calcutt’s pamphlet ‘Sudden Rainfall’ was shortlisted for the PBS Pamphlet Choice Award, and in 2016, became one of Waterstones’ best-selling collections. She is poet-in-residence of Loughborough University, and is writing her second book of poems ‘Unable Mother‘, which directly explores her experience of first-time motherhood.


Sheryl Browne
Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy, sexy contemporary fiction. Signed by Choc Lit on recommendation of WH Smith Travel.






Polly Stretton
Polly Stretton writes for both page and performance. Her work has been widely published in anthologies such as The Paragram Prize Anthology ‘Paradox’ (2016); she was happy  to have been part of Croome Poets and to have poems featured in the Croome Soul to Sole project. Her first collection of poetry, Girl’s Got Rhythm was reprinted by Black Pear Press (2016) https://blackpear.net, who also published her series of poems in a pamphlet, Chatterton, about tragic 18th century poet Thomas Chatterton (2014).
Polly is a Director of Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe, a member of Worcester Writers’ Circle and the organiser of the alternative genre spoken word event 42 Worcester. She can occasionally be found on Facebook and posts at https://journalread.com and https://pollycroome.wordpress.com   



Leena Batchelor
A poetic minstrel with a random thought-generator for a brain, Leena’s 1st pamphlet was published in 2015, journeying through life, politics and philosophy from nervous teen to terrified adult; a second is planned for this year following the joys, trials and regrowth of love.  Usually performing at Worcester SpeakEasy and Worcester 42, Leena has also been found competing in slams in Swindon and Ledbury, and has read pieces in Evesham for the AsparaFest and Festival of Words.


Jenny Hope





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