Dark Cities: A Dark Twist on a Spoken Word and Music

It’s not long until the Dark Cities Event! Woohoo.

So this time last year, Dr Karl Bell headed The Supernatural Cities project and group of talented local writers, many of whom are members of the Portsmouth Writers Hub, produced an anthology of supernatural, weird, crime and horror tales set in Portsmouth. This book was launched during Portsmouth DarkFest 2016 and called Dark Cities. To celebrate its first year book day, we will be celebrating with a Spoken Word event with a twist.

We have invited some local writers and poets to compete for a Dark Goblet, each artist will be given seven minutes to entertain the audience with horror, humour or perhaps something weird, but it should have a urban feel. The audience will be able to vote for their favourite act of the night. However, go over the time limit and there will be penalties.

Music, mulled wine and munches prepared lovingly by the Hunter Gatherer staff, competitions for the audience, it should be an exciting evening.

Dark Cities: A Dark Twist on a Spoken Word and Music

15th Nov Hunter Gatherer Coffee, 249 Albert Rd, Southsea PO4 0JR 7-9pm Free Entry all welcome.

Lets look at our line up!

William Sutton, writer, musician, playwright, raconteur, bon-vivant and, most importantly, author of the Campbell Lawless series of Victorian mystery novels.

Jules Garvey Welsh was the winner of the Countrywide Writeidea writing competition 2016 , and on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018 she will be putting on a production of her play based on her book, The Field Street Monologues at The Titchfield Festival Theatre. 

Jackson Davies is a spoken word artist from Southsea his work aims to showcase creative rhyming and wordplay with a political spin, alongside more tongue-in-cheek verses.

Clare Campbell-Collins writer, performer and play write recently wrote The Cold Room, the play was staged at the College Theatre, St. Vincent College.

Alison Habens is the author of Dreamhouse, a 1990s cult novel based on Alice in Wonderland her new novels are a quirky retelling of the St Veronica myth, The True Picture; and a postmodern rom-com, Pencilwood.

Roz Ryszka-Onions has been writing on and off for over twenty years and today will be reading a new story ‘Beside myself’ – not strictly speaking horror, as it’s a story about depression and electric shock treatment, but most definitely horrific.

Helen Salisbury novel The Worry Bottles was shortlisted for the 2017 Impress Prize for New Writers; her writing explore the complexity of relationships, and how the environments we live in shape us.

Margaret Jennings writing offers some home truths and looks at the world from different angles, a regular short story winner who was recently ‘highly commended’ in The Hampshire Writers Society short story competition.

Sue Shipp, Portsmouth writer and performer is a regular at the cities most exciting spoken word events including the recent Holmes Fest and one of my personal favourite performers Justin MacCormack an horror writing genius will also be on stage!

And of course myself and Matt Wingett will be hosting the party!

 

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DArk to DArker Shivering or Not

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My writing group, The Writers at Lovedean, are excited to be part of this year’s line-up of DArk to DArker Shivering or Not. Together with my daughter’s audiovisual team, A14 Productions we have created a sound box where the audience can feel what it would be like to a medium.

The talented group of writers include; Lynne Stone, Barbara McMeekin, Jackie Green, Linda Rushby, Jules Garvey Welch, David Dunford, Keith Baker, Kate Rawding, Louise Crockford, Christine Lawrence, John Palmer and myself.
This is a free event, and I hope you can come along.

Saturday 26th November, 7 pm -1 am
DArk or DArker Shivering or Not!
Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA

A night of audio-visual performance, installations, live artists and theatre makers, all exploring the DarkFest themes. Hosted by 1000 Plateaus.
one000plateaus.com/darkordarker/
FREE (donations welcome)

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Day of the Dead 2016

Oh, what a night! I feel so privileged to be included in this event, and working with some of Portsmouth’s greatest talent. It was an evening of laughs, thrills, scares and toe-tapping music and I loved it all.
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This year’s line-up was incredible, poets Maggie Sawkins, Sue Spiers and Lord Byro gave a fantastic look into the macabre. The thoughts of a night porter were particularly illuminating and will certainly make me think before arriving at a hotel after check in. We had stories from Tony Noon, Jacqui Pack, James Bicheno and Justin MacCormack. Which included a deal made with a demon for the secret of writing success. A gothic mix from Alan Morris added to the atmosphere of the evening.

The square tower shivered to the rhythm of songs performed by Philip Jeays, Jamie West, Gareth Rees and his friend.

Christine Lawrence buried a cat on stage, while Tom Harris cleaned up the blood. There were more stories from V H Leslie, Diana Bretherick and the evening ended when Matt Wingett turned a gun on the audience.

Best of all my husband found my perfect Christmas present from Headcase Curios.

Sunday also marked the book launch of The Day of the Dead anthology; copies can be found for Blackwells.
If you are interested in Day of the Dead, why not check out their Facebook page?
https://www.facebook.com/events/252124021849520/

Don’t forget there is more fun next week, Sunday 6th of November, 6:30 at the Square Tower, you can see the Dark Songs. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/375811

A couple of plugs for my mates, the remarkable playwright Zella Compton latest play Genghis – The Truth is on at the New Theatre Royal on Saturday 5th November, 7.30 pm.

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There is a Dark Victorian event at Blackwells on Wednesday 9th November. A panel of novelists and academics talk about the dark side of Victorian life. Local author Diana Bretherick will launch her latest novel, The Devil’s Daughters. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dark-victorians-panel-discussion-and-book-launch-tickets-28548403042?aff=es2

Matt Wingett, who gave a successful talk at my writing group earlier in the year, will be giving a lecture about the creator of Sherlock Holmes and his relationship with spiritualism. That’s at Portsmouth Temple of Spiritualism, Southsea, PO5 2BU on Friday 11th November. http://www.mattwingett.com/conan-doyle-and-his-belief-in-ghosts-a-talk/

Dr Karl Bell and Diana Bretherick will be giving a public talk on how the Victorian media created two Jacks, the demonic Spring-heeled Jack, and the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Wednesday 16th November, 7.00 pm Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-urban-monsters-spring-heeled-jack-and-jack-the-ripper-tickets-28512409384

The Portsmouth Writers Hub is running a workshop based on an authors’ roundtable discussion about the character of the ‘femme fatale’. Feel free to dress up for the occasion.

Featuring Diana Bretherick, Steph Broadribb aka Crime Thriller Girl, Cal Moriarty. VH Leslie and Carolyn Hughes. Thursday 24th November, 6.30 -8.30 pm Eldon building Uni of P’mouth Winston Churchill Ave PO1 2DJ.

Don’t forget The Writers at Lovedean are producing some work at Dark or Darker Shivering or Not! Coastguard Studio, 91 Clarendon Road, Southsea, PO4 0SA Saturday 26th November, 7 pm -1 am. It will be a fabulous evening of audio-visual performance, installations, live artists and theatre makers, all exploring the DarkFest themes. Hosted by 1000 Plateaus. one000plateaus.com/darkordarker/

I intend to end November at a book launch I am included in! The launch of Dark City, an anthology of scary Portsmouth stories by local authors. Wednesday 30th November, Hunter Gatherer Café, Albert Road, PO4 0JR. 7 – 9 pm

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Day of the Dead IV

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Due to a family emergency, I wasn’t able to perform at last year’s Day of the Dead event, and I was gutted. But I am delighted to be performing in this year’s event. If you haven’t been, I can recommend a great evening of song and spoken word. Dress up is welcome and at this year’s event, I believe there is a photo booth to have a bit of spooky fun.

Stories and songs to chill, thrill, and amuse from Hampshire’s most talented. The evening includes the launch of the Day of the Dead Anthology.

Tickets – £4 (concessions), £7 (full price):https://www.wegottickets.com/event/375714
Sun 30th October, 6-9.30pm
Square Tower, Broad Street, PO1 2JE

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Saying Yes; Southsea Lifestyle Radio

On Thursday morning I got up at 6 am and jumped into the car and headed for the sunny South Coast Emporium, to be interviewed by the Southsea Lifestyle Radio programme. It was a last minute booking and incredibly exciting.
The host James Kirby invited me back for Saturday’s show! I got to have some great laughs with the team and enjoyed the company of fellow guest Canon Peter Leonard. We talked about the Portsmouth Food Cycle team, the A Level results and how much I miss chips and gravy!
The truth is that strange and unexpected opportunities present themselves if you are willing to jump in and help community projects. I’m a member of the Portsmouth Writing Hub. If you are a writer in the Pompey area, you need to get yourself down to these meetings. It’s a chance to mix with other writers, find out about the events and opportunities in the city. Best of all you can join in with the fun.
Through the hub meetings, I met local author Will Sutton; which resulted in me getting involved in the ‘Day of the Dead’ and ‘Valentine Massacre’ spoken word events. When the Southsea Lifestyle Radio team were looking for guests, Will put my name forward. I never expected to be involved in other community projects when I volunteered to read at a spoken word event. Saying yes, getting out of your comfort zone and mixing with people who share your passions is a brilliant way of attracting more opportunities.
Writers are known for working alone, but that is one aspect of writing. There are other things to consider, editing, submitting, and meeting and working with other creative people.
So I would recommend saying yes once in a while. You never know where it may lead. Today a radio interview, tomorrow the upcoming DarkFest.
Thanks to Will Sutton, Kevin Dean of Southsea Lifestyle, John Pryde, Colin on the machine and South Coast Emporium.

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