News for 2017

 

First contract sign

jpeg-215x300 Books NewsNick Eisen join the our club Performance poets in the 1980s showed Nick Eisen that poetry could be clear, entertaining and topical. This inspired him to go to clubs

where crowds cheered and laughed at rhythms and rhymes, rather than straining in literary silence to decode difficult slabs of blank verse. Nick has been performing around the changing stages of the poetry circuit on and off ever since. From 1997 to 2002 he was also Programmer at the Man In The Moon Theatre in Chelsea, which staged his play Icarus Rising, and where he did occasional stints as the “Emergency Poet” to cover unexpectedly vacant revue slots. Apart from poetry and plays or spoken word, Nick has written sketches and arts journalism, but he has never felt his work belonged in a book, until Jason Why offered this chance: Probably the Secret Police and Other Slices is Nick’s first collection

Pathways

optomise-pathways-1-209x300 Books NewsAnne Gaelan’s first collection of poems exploring the theme of journey are written in a variety of classical and modern styles from the Shakespearean sonnet to rap.  All address issues and people in our society today.  You will hear many voices from the tradesman to the asylum seeker.  Some of the poems are in American English.  Topics covered include appreciation of the natural world, football, celebration, fame and love.   There is also an epic poem about an unexpected visitor to an orphan girl.  The tale is perfect for an October evening.  Enjoy.

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Going with Flow

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Welcome to this, my third collection of awesome poetry, perfect for the fireside, the bedside, or even the roadside, full of lyrical rhymes on alternative themes that will stimulate and entertain you and hopefully, get your own creative juices flowing. I wanted to deliver a flow of poetry that

 

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The Mirrors of Thespis

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My second collection of poems develops further the themes of identity and correlations to the past, present and the future. Hopefully the poems should speak for themselves without need of explanation or justification for their existence and open to individual interpretation. The title “The mirrors of Thespis” gives a clue to the underlying themes running like a thin thread throughout the poems. Similar to a theme and variation form in

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of the Deep

of-the-deep-optomize-212x300 Books NewsThroughout her life, Ingrid Andrew created art and wrote poetry prolifically.  She later added music and song to celebrate her passion for the natural world and humanity, also her fears.  In this thought-provoking but delightful volume, ‘of the Deep’, you will find quirky humour too and affectionate observation.  Ingrid’s life ended in 2015.

The volume has 22 poems, each gently remarkable, with one ferociously defiant.  The overriding sensation is of  her characteristic tenderness.

For a full review, click on the Review tab.

Ingrid’s first volume ‘The Bird of Morning’ is also available from William Cornelius Harris Publishing.  Her creative websitewww.ingridandrew.wordpress.com is still there to both stimulate and soothe heart and soul.  She welcomes you with tenderness.
This year book project has started very slowly.  We are looking for 12 performance poets to join the Book Project. The eBook Project  is open to any poet who attends our event

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Paper Tiger Poetry and Mad about Poetry

Paper Tiger Poetry
channane-optomise-245x300 Books NewsShenan Winner of the May raffle fanatic collection Vantage poems value £25.00  next month raffle prize to be announced all money raise go to support independent publisher W.C.H. Publishing thank you all for your support next Paper Tiger Poetry Friday 20th May

Update

June raffle prize will be the another  *fanatic* collection Vantage Poems value £25.00 raffle tickets £2.00

 

 

 

Book Project

London Poetry Books 

Third Friday of the month next event 17 Feb 2017 sign up for open mic from 7 PM Show start at 7:50 PM  Entry free for Open mic

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New Authors for 2017

Still places for 2017 come and meet the team

Now as the year draw to a close we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last year and look forward to your support for the coming  years. We start the year with a new venue for our performance platform Paper Tiger Poetry venue Tea House Theartre and are now looking for performance poets to join the book project and the eBook project start Jan

Last year book project

All our books for 2015 are completed and now on sale and can be found on all good online bookstores.

Amy Nelson Smith, CamTam Ringel, Cathy Flower, Fran Isherwood, Alain English,Habiba Hrida, Tara Fleur

 

of the Deep

Throughout her life, Ingrid Andrew created art and wrote poetry prolifically.  She later added music and song to celebrate her passion for the natural world and humanity, also her fears.  In this thought-provoking but delightful volume, ‘of the Deep’, you will find quirky humour too and affectionate observation.  Ingrid’s life ended in 2015.

The volume has 22 poems, each gently remarkable, with one ferociously defiant.  The overriding sensation is of  her characteristic tenderness.

For a full review, click on the Review tab.

Ingrid’s first volume ‘The Bird of Morning’ is also available from William Cornelius Harris Publishing.  Her creative websitewww.ingridandrew.wordpress.com is still there to both stimulate and soothe heart and soul.  She welcomes you with tenderness.
This year book project has started very slowly.  We are looking for 12 performance poets to join the Book Project. The eBook Project  is open to any poet who attends our event

out now

 

Rhymes for the Times

Habiba Hrida

abiba-optomize-150x150 Books NewsI have been writing and performing my mix of poetry for people with a social conscience.Those of you who are still loving and caring and think the world has needed a complete overhaul for a very long time now should give my book a go as I’m only saying what many people think anyway..My first collection has been well received by many and as a result will be releasing a second collection later on in the year.I get a lot of pleasure knowing people from everywhere are reading, and digesting what I have to say. I think it’s becoming more and more important to support up and coming writers and poets as the art of spoken word and written word could become lost underneath all this technology we have grown to depend on.Before this, oral traditions were relied upon to spread information and ideas to the masses, and it would be a great shame if this tradition was abandoned completely.Finally, I hope you have a good read if you choose my book.Love and light. Rhymes for the Times free extract 

Cathy Flower

 

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Cathy Flower poet for life

Books News  Cathy Flower new book title Cathy Flower Poet for Life’.   Poet for Life arrived in London in 2004. Since her arrival, she has performed here extensively. How did it start? “It all began for me in Sydney, racing up a hill in Darlinghurst to put my name down in the open-mic.  At a pizza bar on Oxford Street in 1991. I made it. My blood was inspired. Poetry and I remain”.

 There is a Tune Cathy’s third pamphlet of poetry, dealing with urban pains and enlightening strains but with a dash of hope, enchantment and survival. Preceding poetry pamphlets by Cathy Flower include Blue Poetry (2013) and Poetry is the Sight Within: 8 Short Poems (2010). www.cathypoetflower.tumblr.com

 

Tara Fleur

 WCHPimage-1optomize-150x150 Books NewsBooks News I’m Not Here For Your Entertainment is Tara Fleur ‘Woman Of Bones’ first collection of poetry.
She is a Performance Poet, Fine Artist MA, Psychiatric Nurse, and Survivor of Trauma.
She has a battled with Mental Illness alongside a varied involvement in Acute Psychiatry and the Arts.
She has exhibited her installation art which incorporates spoken word, film and photography and independently curated several successful exhibitions of conceptual art over the past 25 years.
In 2013 she won a national painting / poetry competition (Think Arts) with a portrait of Shakespeare that was on display at Southwark Cathedral, London UK.
Tara Fleur ‘Woman Of Bones’ is new to publication but has already had poems included in collection of poetry in America by Nina Loard.
Her life story as a Poet, Artist and Survivor of Trauma can also be found in an academic psychological research publication ‘ Narratives Of Art Practise and Mental Well Being ‘ by Olivia Sagan, Bishop Grosseteste University.
Tara Fleur ‘Woman Of Bones’ performs her poetry widely across the London open mic circuit, poetry slam’s and has featured at several events.
She has an interest in collaborating with fellow poets, most recently weaving a darker thread of poetry into Ingrid Andrew’s performance piece ‘When Woman Created The World’
I’m Not Here For Your Entertainment is a collection of edgy, melancholic,
sexually explicit, traumatic, dark, socio-political, uncomfortable and often shockingly visceral poetry.
This book of poetry is, her book of poetry.. a reflection of a life less ordinary

Fran Isherwood

fran-pic-optomize-150x150 Books News  Books News thank you for taking the time to read Book News our first poetry collellection Fran Isherwood will take you on a wry, awry, word-playful gallop through the vagaries of life encountering a motley cast of mail stealing snails, 70s comedy legends, explosive bakers and baritones- turned -butchers en route. She is a regular on the London Spoken Word circuit who hosts a monthly event in East London but also has previous form as a singer, comic and actor. Fran has had poems published in several anthologies and a couple of periodicals. This is her first collection of poems. Extract from Swimming with Endorphins  Free download Swimming with Endorphins extract

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Amy Nelson Smith

 

Amy-optomize-Smith-240x300 Books NewsAmy Nelson Smith our new Author of Dark Matter. Well known performer on the poetry circuit is exciting audience with extract from Dark Matter be the first to pre order just send us a message Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cam Ringel

Etna-optpmize-150x150 Books NewsPoems and illustrations by CamTan Ringel, aka CT within poetry circuits in London and Stockholm.

‘Words are for sharing’ ‘Each word deserves to be heard’ she says in her poetry workshops.

‘You don’t have to understand poetry. You don’t even have to understand the person who wrote it. Just give it a chance to trigger your thinking that little bit extra. Some of us do not want to think. That is ok too; just read, absorb and see what happens.’

 

CT began writing at the age of nine, in Sweden, in English, so that no one would understand. It was a scary prospect baring yoursoul.As a single child, she found her sanctuary in the world of words. Poetry kept her alive and somewhat sane.

 

‘Poetry gave perspective, release, refuge and a lot of comfort.’

What’s with the title: ‘Umbrellas are for whimps’?

‘Simple’, she says: ‘We shield ourselves from the discomfort of being wet and cold whilst poking people’s eyes out. If we would dare to enjoy the rain as well as the sunshine, we might just darecam-bc-optomize2-150x150 Books News seeing each other and ourselves the way we are meant to be seen (which is everyone’s guess but an exciting one.)’

What is the best thing that has happened poetry-wise for you?

‘Shaking hands with Princess Diana at ‘Southwark against drugs’ exhibition felt huge but also to see people develop their capacity to express themselves; grow their confidence – often despite potentially very difficult circumstances.’ FREE DOWN LOAD Umbrellas are for whimps extract

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