Take Notice – an evening of spoken word

Sat 26 September 2020 at 5pm

This year, many of us have noticed the world around us more intently.

Valley Arts’ first live poetry event since lockdown is inspired by one of the New Economics Foundation’s ‘five ways to wellbeing’.

Poetry helps us to appreciate our environment and record our experiences, from the smallest everyday moments to life-changing events.

Join us for a poetic, socially-distanced event in a fairy-lit marquee. The event will also be available online, with very limited live audience spaces.

Our guest poets will be performing live for the first time since lockdown, so this is a fantastic opportunity to see nationally-acclaimed writers and performers.

Audience members will also be invited to share their own anecdotes, stories or poems about an aspect of the world that they have noticed recently. Please email beth@thepoetrymachine.live to put your name in the hat.

The evening will be hosted by Chew Valley’s own Beth Calverley.

Valley Arts are very pleased to be able to bring you this show for free, but we would greately appreciate it if you feel you can make a donation to help us bring more fabulous live performance to the Chew Valley. Our recommended donation is £15 per person. Please donate here www.peoplesfundraising.com/donation/ValleyArts

This is an outdoor event with overhead cover. Please bring your own camping/portable chair and please wear a mask. There will be no toilet facilities and no refreshments.

The event will last about one hour 15 mins.

This is an organised event following Government guidelines. A full risk assessment has been conducted and social distancing regulations will be observed.

Sat 26 Sept 2020

3 High Street
Chew Magna
BS40 8PR

The Poets

Malaika Kegode 

Malaika Kegode is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator based in Bristol. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, such as Tongue Fu, Out-Spoken at The 100 Club, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2017 she was support for Saul Williams at The Fleece.

Malaika’s work tells of how we can find beauty and hope through the darkness. Her overall themes of family, mental health, addiction and love always have an undercurrent of optimism and strength. Her performance style has been described as “filmic” and “musical”. Malaika’s debut poetry collection Requite was published by Burning Eye Books in 2017.
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Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin joins us fresh from his appointment as the new Bristol City Poet. Described as a day-glo queero techno eco poet & facilitator, he’s published widely in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Butcher’s Dog, Coast to Coast to Coast, Strix, Magma and elsewhere, with commissions for Poetry Society, Lyra Festival, Green Party, The Literacy Trust, Royal British Legion, and The Hepworth Wakefield. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. He’s currently developing his debut pamphlet and collection, the latter supported by Arts Council England, for publication in 2021.
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Beth Calverley

Beth Calverley is a poet, creative coach and founder of The Poetry Machine. Her poetry is bright and compelling, drawing her audience into an everyday world of extraordinary people. Beth co-creates poems with community members on her typewriter, helping them to express their thoughts and feelings. She is Poet in Residence at UHBW NHS Foundation Trust and a Bristol Life Awards Arts Finalist 2020. Her poems were included in the NHS anthology These Are The Hands and her full collection, Brave Faces & Other Smiles, will be published in November 2020 with Verve Poetry Press. 
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