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INKSPILL Guest Writer – Introducing Robert Harper

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DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES we regret to inform you that there will be no INKSPILL exclusive from Rob Harper today. We have decided to include the introductory post anyway so you can spend some time reading his poetry and checking out his websites and of course, Bare Fiction magazine.


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Robert Harper is an actor, poet, producer and director of theatre and television. Since the early 90’s, Robert has performed in hundreds of varied productions on radio, screen and stage throughout the UK, most notably as a member of the BBC Radio Drama company.

He is Founding Editor of Bare Fiction Magazine, which started the same year I did (2013) and Artistic Director of Bare Fiction Theatre Company which is dedicated to the production and presentation of new work.

Robert holds a BA in Theatre Studies from RWCMD, has just completed his MA in Creative Writing and runs Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza.

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Robert Harper – Poet

As part of his MA he recently collaborated with composer Zakiya Leeming on a new piece for four voices based on his poem Hush, along with a solo piece developed especially for the Rosamond Prize.

He regularly reads at Poetry Events and read alongside David Morley and Gregory Leadbetter at the Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014, where his poetry also appeared on the Wenlock Festival Poetry Trail.

His work has featured in The Interpreter’s House, Prole, Acumen, Royal Philharmonic Society and for National Children’s Heart Week 2014. He was Highly Commended in the Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Competition 2014 and performed at ‘An Evening with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’.

Robert’s poetry can be found here http://www.robert-harper.co.uk/poet/

 

INKSPILL 2016 Guest Writers

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We are delighted to announce our Guest Writers for this year’s online writing retreat, INKSPILL. We are now in the 4th year and cannot wait to bring you an action packed programme this weekend.

This year our Guest Writers are all poets, the INKSPILL programme (as in previous years) will cover a range of genres.

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Guest Writers:

This year we are joined by three incredible writers they are:

Robert Harper

Robert Harper is the founding editor of Bare Fiction Magazine and artistic director of Bare Fiction Theatre Company. Robert is a poet and runs the Shrewsbury Poetry Stanza.

Gaia-Rose Harper

Gaia-Rose Harper was shortlisted for the Shropshire Young Poet Laureate in 2015, and in October 2015 was named one of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year.

Roy McFarlane

Roy McFarlane is a former Birmingham Poet Laureate. Roy’s debut collection ‘Beginning With Your Last Breath’ is published by Nine Arches Press.


 

 

INKSPILL is a non-profit venture, so we are hugely grateful to Robert, Gaia and Roy who have all given their time freely to Guest this year.

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Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room -July 7th

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Nadia Kingsley & Keith Chandler at The Poetry Lounge in the Sitting Room with Jean Atkin, Ludlow – 7th July

Still catching up with blog posts for events in time past – so a couple of weeks ago (7th July) I went to Ludlow to see Nadia Kingsley and Keith Chandler headline at The Poetry Lounge – with Jean Atkin, in the new home – still in the Sitting Room – it was quite funny imagining the venue with legs trundling across town.

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A lovely new venue it is too and as we have the upstairs room we have less ambient noise to contend with than before. The Blue Boar was fairly easy to find, central and is a lovely pub.

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Nadia Kingsley was headlining back in January and sadly wasn’t well enough back then. She was on top form on Tuesday night though. I was invited to headline in her place, back in January (my first headline slot) with Bert Flitcroft, so I was doubly glad I managed to catch Nadia’s performance.

It was also great to discover Keith Chandler, I am almost certain I have come across him on this Poetry Odyssey at some point. I bought his pamphlet, ‘The Grandpa Years’, published by Fair Acre, a gorgeous little publication that Nadia said reminded her of the sort of pocket size books some granddad’s carry around with them. I had a brief conversation about Poetry with Keith and I was grateful because there were a lot of people who wanted to talk to him.

Bootie july I bought the latest copy of Robert Harper’s brilliant magazine BARE FICTION too.

It was a great night! Shropshire oozes talent and I hadn’t been able to get back up to see people for so long that on a social level alone it was a phenomenal night and the following evening Jean and I were both going to Ledbury Poetry Festival too. I always get that ‘Christmas Eve’ feeling when there are back to back events with the same poetry friends, almost like the pre- sleep-over excitement of a child. Guess I am still a child!

Here’s what Jean Atkin said about the Guest Poets;

We’re so pleased that Nadia Kingsley will be reading for us as a Guest Poet. Nadia has performed at Wenlock Poetry Festival in 2011, 2012, and 2014 – and is published in the anthologies of each of these years. Her poetry has been published in Orbis magazine, Poetry Cornwall, the environmental anthology We’re all in this together (Offa’s Press), and Ink, Sweat and Tears. She managed and wrote poems for the fabulous show ‘Expanding the Universe’ which has been touring the West Midlands this spring.

She’s won prizes for her flash fiction and short stories and her photography, textile art and brick sculpture have been exhibited in the Cotswolds, Birmingham, Brighton and London.

Nadia also runs the very successful Fair Acre Press.

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Nadia is a gem of the poetry world and I always enjoy hearing and reading her work. This set took us through the seasons and plants which play an important role at throughout the year. Segments from a bigger artistic collaboration she has been working on.

Our other Guest Poet for July will be Keith Chandler, who has many awards, accolades and publications to his name, not least being 4th in the National Poetry Competition a couple of years ago. His most recent book is the very well received ‘The Grandpa Years’ from Fair Acre Press. Keith is a very modest poet, so if you haven’t heard him, you’re really in for a treat. It’s fine work, brimming with humanity. And then there is that bone-dry, self-deprecating humour.

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It was a wonderful reading and there was not a person in the room really who couldn’t associate with the resonating emotion and family connections he explored in his pamphlet.

As always there was also abundant talent from the open mic slots shared by;

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We managed to convince Jean Atkin to share one with us too.

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 plus a short slot for Helen Barratt, read by John Barratt,

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A superb evening – and of course now I have time to look forward to the next one – where I will (once again) be seeing John Hegley – who I believe has transformed into some sort of bus – having not seen him for 18 years and then 3 times in 4 months!