Party night at the Bar des Arts on Tuesday 20th November
We're very excited about the next event we're running in Guildford at the Bar des Arts, opposite the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. It's on Tuesday 20th November, and you can find it on the Gig Guide. It's the only good thing about my turning 21 again the next day - this is my pre-birthday party!
We have five guests, four of whom have been to the Bar as features before and one whom we've met at several gigs, in Surrey and in London - that's David Goo. David's an original, like all his songs. You can get a flavour on this YouTube clip . He's a fantastic musician too.
Mel Jones is also a singer but she's a poet too, with a great line in warm, slightly smutty but always well written - and well delivered - poems, about the trials and joys of being a lady - and of life in general.
Will Hames is the author of books, including children's poetry books, and he won our hearts back in May with his funny, quirky poetry and his understated delivery.
Pauline Sewards was one of our first guests, back in March, and we're looking forward to hearing her stories and poems again. The Joy of Sex is one of my favourites - and it's not the kind of poem you might expect from the title!
And we're glad to welcome Murray Shelmerdine back to Guildford with his songs and poems of protest on behalf of the thinking classes!
All that and our popular open mic. Over this year we've met so many talented and entertaining local poets who've become regular performers and we're hoping they'll all be back with us on Tuesday evening: to name just some of them: Rodney Wood (recent winner of The Pighog Moss Rich International Poetry Prize for Humorous and Satirical Poetry); Andy Fiver,; Sarah Longes; Alex De Suys, whose contributions and feature spots are always humorous, topical and just a little off-centre, and Eddie Chauncy (whose loyalty to Pop Up Poetry has been undoubted since he once flew back early from an assignment in the Middle East to be with us!) We'll miss Geoff and Lorri Pimlott, also regulars, who have gone off to winter in Thailand (they refused to fly back specially, I can't imagine why!)
Dónall Dempsey will host the night with his usual heady mix of poems, good humoured banter and Irish charm, and I'll deliver a few lines too, no doubt ...
So we'll see you there, then ...... Bar des Arts, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3AY ....