Friday, 27 November 2015

Mulled Poems 2015

Juliet Murray, First Snows, Old Lodge Valley, Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest's Mulled Wine and Poems evening will be on Thursday 3rd December, from 6 till 8pm.  Admission's free and we've a handful (or pen pot-ful) of poets who'll be reading their work, so if you're on or near the rough, tough heath in the heart of Sussex on 3rd December, please come along.   

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Mayfield Fringe Festival

 Box by Lawrence Wilson, photograph by Lawrence Wilson also.

Mayfield's Fringe Festival has begun again.  This year's events include a re-enactment of a duel that never happened between the poets Ezra Pound and Lascelles Abercrombie.  Apparently, Pound challenged Abercrombie to a duel in 1912, after Abercrombie called for a return to the poetry of Wordsworth.  Now, one hundred and a bit years later we'll see who wins the battle between Modernism and Romanticism.

Our other literary shenanigans include a poetry reading with Robin Houghton, Patricia McCarthy and Jill Monroe on Sunday evening, and a story competition for young writers.

Storytelling is a prominent feature of this year's Fringe with a performance of The Wild Girl of Mayfield, a story by local storytellers Johnny Marsh, Pat Robson and Sam Santo, on Sunday afternoon.  There'll be more tales too at In the Pink, an evening of food, stories and poems at the Pink Cabbage Company Cafe on Friday night.

Visual art lovers will be nourished by the work of Reem and Andy Acason at the Lower Steps Gallery and by the Boxes of Delight that are on display in shop windows around the village and which will be auctioned on Saturday night.

Painting by Reem Acason, photograph by Caroline Pooley
Finally, anyone who likes a hearty chat over a glass of something cheering will be welcome to join Discussions in Pubs in The Rose & Crown on Thursday evening, where the role of the EU will be up for discursive grabs.  

For full details of all the events, take a look at the Fringe website. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ashdown Forest Poet's Walk, 21st April

April is upon us and the primroses are plumply blooming.  Next Tuesday, 21st April, there'll be another Poet's Walk, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 1.30.  Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee and eating biscuits.  This time we'll be thinking too about forest memories and forest memory.
Everyone's welcome and you can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Ashdown Forest Poet's Walk

 One of E H Shepard's illustrations for Winnie the Pooh, of course.

The next Poet's Walk workshop will be from 10.30 - 1.30, next Tuesday.  Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee, eating biscuits, talking about writing, walking and the Forest and generally making merry in the heart of the Sussex Weald. 
Everyone's welcome, whether you write regularly or haven't picked up a pen since you left school.  You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Ashdown Forest Mince Pies and Poetry Eve

On 3rd December we're having an evening in which everyone who's attended the Poet's Walk workshops since they began last October will have a chance to read their creative work.  We need an audience though and everyone's welcome, so please come if you can.  You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest's office on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Reading at Needlewriters, Lewes

East Sussex martlets and arms

I'll be reading with Liz Bahs and Colin Bell at Needlewriters, Lewes, on 23rd October.  Doors open at 7pm.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Poetry Reading, Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove

I will be reading with Rebecca Hurst and Stephen Plaice at Cameron Contemporary Art, Hove's splendid new gallery, on 15th May at 7.30pm.