Robyn Bolam Readings
Robyn Bolam has been announced as the new Poet Laureate for Hampshire 2018. Robyn grew up in North-East England, but now lives in the New Forest. Her recent poetry collection Hyem explores what and who makes us feel at home. Both people, and creatures – from whales off Kaikoura in New Zealand, New Forest cicadas, fish in the Thames, wrens, robins and starlings, to a climbing fox – face challenges to find homes where they can thrive. Hyem (home in Geordie) is also about growing up on Tyneside, loving a place through changes and celebrating those who preserve its history and spirit.
Robyn will be giving a number of readings as part of her new role as Poet Laureate for Hampshire, and will be commissioned to write poetry highlighting the Hampshire Cultural Trust’s exhibition and project work during 2018. Her poems will be widely shared and she will act as an advocate for the power of reading and creative writing. Click here to read more about the appointment.
READINGS BY ROBYN BOLAM in 2018
Tongues & Grooves at the Square Tower, Portsmouth, on Sunday 17th June, 7.30-10pm
Poetry Reading by Robyn Bolam. Plus music from J.C. (John-Claude) Grimshaw - a song writer/multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitars, mandolins, harmonica, ukulele and Hawaiian lap guitar with a deep rooted passion.
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Lymington Arts Festival, at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, on Friday 6th July, 5.15pm
DAZZLING DISTRACTIONS: McCarthy Room
Robyn Bolam & Lydia Fulleylove poetry reading.
FREE Poetry event
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South Downs and Chichester Festivals, Tuesday 10th July, Chichester Cathedral, 6.30pm
SOUTH DOWNS POETRY FESTIVAL: POETRY AND MUSIC
A celebration of poetry and music in the atmospheric setting of the Cathedral. Join distinguished poet Robyn Bolam, with South Downs poets Stephanie Norgate (also Bloodaxe) and Barry Smith for a stimulating reading of new poetry alongside classic Sussex poems read by professional actors. Live music by Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar.
Tickets £6; students £4. Disabled access.
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More about the South Downs Poetry Festival here.
Click here to read a review of Hyem in The Lake.
Carol Rumens discusses the poem 'Moving On' from Hyem in her Guardian online Poem of the Week column. Click here to read.
Click here to read an interview with Robyn Bolam in The Hexham Courant about growing up in the North East.
[22 May 2018]