Today, 31st August, City Voices went into the community as they so often have before. Many thanks to Hanley Indoor Market in the Potteries Shopping Centre for providing us with a great space to perform in, chairs, a table and a PA kit and mic. Special thanks to Steve Parkin the Market Manager. It was great that so many CV members turned out to promote the group and our writing. We stuck to poetry today but there are many writing genres within the group. We had some interest from the market shoppers, and we are discussing a similar day at another public venue. Thank you all who turned out today, to read or to support.
WELL DONE CITY VOICES STOKE – THE CREATIVE WRITERS AT THE HEART OF THE POTTERIES
City Voices are at Hanley Indoor Market on 31st August 2019 between 11.30am - 2.30pm, as part of the market’s Fun Day. There will be poems and stories about the Potteries and Staffordshire and other subjects to reflect the past and present, and the changing landscape of the county. There will be books for sale, maybe a bit of silliness and dressing up too! Plus a chance to hear about City Voices Creative Writers Group and what we do – we write of course, but there is so much more to us; a sense of community and friendship, our fab writing workshops with guest writers, poets and speakers, and our literary events with City Central Library in Hanley. City Voices are the friendly and inclusive group in the Heart of the Potteries.
I am thrilled to announce that Staffordshire Poet Laureate Emily-Rose Galvin will be at City Voices on Saturday 17th August. Emily will be reading a selection of her poetry and also running a poetry workshop for us. Emily is soon coming to end of her tenure as Laureate - she has been a wonderful and hard-working representative of our county.
A bit about Emily - Emily Rose, current and first female Staffordshire Poet Laureate, has been writing for both page and performance since joining a local poetry group in Lichfield in 2014. With a raw and emotive style, Emily is known to focus on intimate experience to create raw and passionate writing from the heart of human emotion, frequently tackling resonant subjects such as mental health, personal growth and the complications of human relationships.
As well as running workshops and poetry classes within schools and poetry groups (including the Stoke Poet's Corner project within Stoke Sixth Form College), Emily performs regularly across the county and the UK, from local Spoken Word evenings and festivals to supporting best-selling Canadian poet Sabrina Benaim in Nottingham in 2017 and guest features on BBC Radio Stoke, Derby and West Midlands. Her debut poetry book 'Anna' was released by Fishbowl Publishing in 2017 - an independent group set up to promote the work of unknown and upcoming poets, of which Emily is co-founder and editor.
In the last year, Emily has co-organised the successful WordCraft poetry evenings at BottleCraft in Hanley, and has had the honour of curating poetry showcases for Lichfield's Fuse Festival in both 2018 and 2019. Most recently, she has formed music and poetry collaboration project Rose&Cloud, who, on the back of successful performances in Newcastle, Leek, and Stockport, have just released their first EP 'It's Only Thursday'.