TEARS IN THE FENCE FESTIVAL WEEKEND
This year’s Festival weekend was from Friday, 15th September 2017 to Sunday, 17th September at The White Horse and Village Hall, Stourpaine. We had an uplifting invigorating, intimate and inspiring weekend. The Festival’s theme was the politics of engagement. We recalled and discussed the impact of Barry MacSweeney and Irina Ratushinskaya, both of whom read twice at our Festivals in the 1990s. At this time of national and global political upheaval, our Festival explored the lived experience of repression, austerity measures, migration, censorship and radical poetry.
Amongst the participants, were Melisande Fitzsimons, Clive Gresswell, Mandy Pannett, Sophie Herxheimer, Ric Hool, Norman Jope, Camilla Nelson, Kate Noakes, Lesley Saunders, Steve Spence, Maria Stadnicka, Valerie Bridge, Lesley Burt, Sarah Cave, Rachael Clyne, Sarah Hopkins, Jonathan Chant, Mike Duggan, Richard Foreman, Nancy Gaffield, Andrew Henon, Gerald Killingworth, Peter King, Morag Kiziewicz, John Phillips, David Pollard, Joanna Nissel, Aidan Semmens, Colin Sutherill, Jo Waterworth, Charles Wilkinson, Mike Duggan, Matt Bryden et al.
Friday 15 September
Poetry Supper Evening at the White Horse restaurant, Stourpaine
Please let David know if you wish to have supper so that places can be booked in advance.
Supper from 6.00 pm
Readings from 7.30 pm MC: Morag Kiziewicz
with Mandy Pannett, Sophie Herxheimer
Open Readings featuring Valerie Bridge, Lesley Burt, Rachael Clyne, Richard Foreman, Andrew Henon, Morag Kiziewicz, Joanna Nissel, Aidan Semmens, Colin Sutherill
Saturday 16 September
Stourpaine Village Hall
Arrive and welcome 9.00 am
9.30 – 11.00 MC: Andrew Henon
Opening address by David Caddy on the ‘politics of engagement’.
Irina Ratushinskaya presentation featuring Valerie Bridge reading in Russian, Morag Kiziewicz reading in English. Discussion on the poetry of political testimony.
11.00 – 11.15 break
11.15 – 12.30 Melisande Fitzsimons, and open readings featuring Gerald Killingworth, Peter J. King, Charles Wilkinson
12.30 – 2pm Lunch White Horse or by Village Hall
2.00 – 3.15 MC: Valerie Bridge
Clive Gresswell, Steve Spence and discussion
3.15 – 3.30 break
3.30 – 5.30 Maria Stadnicka, Kate Noakes, Norman Jope on the Plymouth Poetry Wars, and open readings featuring Mike Duggan, John Phillips, Jo Waterworth, David Pollard
6.00 – 7.20 Supper at White Horse
7.30 – 8.50 MC: David Caddy
Ric Hool, Camilla Nelson, Nancy Gaffield, Sarah Cave readings. Ric Hool on the poetry and legacy of Barry MacSweeney.
Sunday 17 September
9.00 am welcome MC: David Caddy
9.30 – 11.00 Discussion with Maria Stadnicka
Tears in the Fence Workshop Group Bird and Migration Poems
11.00 – 11.15 break
11.15 – 12 noon Norman Jope, Lesley Saunders
We welcome everyone who wishes to read at the Festival. Please let us know if you with to book a slot.
There will be a Festival bookstall. Please bring your books, pamphlets and magazines. Lists of Bookstall items should be emailed in advance to Richard Foreman at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a considerable number of guest houses and B&Bs in and around Stourpaine and Blandford Forum. We recommend using Airbnb and the search engines available at booking.com, laterooms.com and trivago.co.uk. Our nearest local hotels are the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury and King’s Head Hotel, Wimborne Minster. Please book early as accommodation is being rapidly booked in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
Weekend Tickets are £25
Saturday Tickets are £15
Sunday Tickets are £10
Please book through the magazine’s website. Go to the Subscribe / Donate page from the menu and pay through the Donate button.
Alternatively, send a cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence, to David Caddy Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA.
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Here is Kat Peddie’s reading from Saturday evening at the September 2016 Festival Fundraiser:
We are looking for sponsorship and donations towards the funding of the next Tears in the Fence Festival in 2017. Please donate through the magazine’s Donate button.
Participants will include Vahni Capildeo, Amy Cutler, Andrew Duncan, John Goodby, Mark Goodwin, Jeff Hilson, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Zibahoo Karbassi, Simon Smith, Harriet Tarlo, and others.
Here is David Caddy reading his poem, ‘Lapping At The Door’ at the start of the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is David Caddy’s talk on W.H. Auden’s line that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’ at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Aidan Semmens reading from Uncertain Measures (Shearsman Books, 2014) on Sunday morning at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Valerie Bridge’s reading from A Somersault of Doves at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival on Sunday morning:
Here is Richard Makin’s reading from Mourning (Equus Press, 2015) from Sunday morning at the Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Ian Brinton’s talk on John Riley and the Cambridge University Poetry Archive from Saturday at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is the round table discussion opening remarks by Jennifer K. Dick, Jeff Hilson and Richard Makin from Saturday late afternoon at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Cora Greenhill’s reading from Sunday morning at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Louise Buchler’s reading from Friday evening at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Norman Jope’s reading from Friday evening at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Mandy Pannett’s reading from Saturday afternoon at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Anthony Barnett’s talk on Takashi Hiraide and Translation at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Pansy Maurer-Alvarez’s reading from Saturday at the Tears in the Fence Festival 2014:
Here is the link to Lucy Hamilton’s reading at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is Jeff Hilson’s reading from the Sunday session at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Jeff’s poem, ‘A Ritual Poem Against The Sea’, featured in the second half of the reading is available as a beautifully designed poster poem from Crater Press:
This is Dorothy Lehane’s reading from Saturday afternoon at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
We are pleased to post Peter Hughes’ reading from the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival from Saturday morning. More videos to follow:
Here is Jennifer K. Dick’s reading from the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival on Sunday morning:
More Festival readings will be appearing on a regular basis.
Here is Chris McCabe’s reading from the Tears in the Fence Festival on Friday evening:
Here is Sarah Crewe’s reading on Friday evening at the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Here is a video of John Freeman’s reading with Ian Brinton’s introduction from the 2014 Tears in the Fence Festival:
Tears in the Fence is delighted to announce that we will be holding a Festival, in celebration of the magazine’s Thirtieth Anniversary, at the White Horse, Stourpaine, on 24-26 October 2014. There will be readings, talks and discussion, bookstalls, a Festival supper, book signings, music and open readings in a large Marquee next to the White Horse.
We wish to invite our supporters over the past thirty years to join us in celebrating thirty years of publishing and to look ahead at future poetic developments. The spirit of the Festival will be in the tradition of the Wessex Poetry Festivals 1995-2001 and it is hoped that this event will lead to a new series of annual Festivals.
The Festival will start at 6.45 pm on Friday, 24th October and finish on Sunday afternoon, 26th October. The pub will be open all day to welcome Festival goers. The Supper menu will be available from 5.00 – 9.00 pm. It is also possible to pre-order a meal. Tel: 01258 453535.
Among the speakers will be Anthony Barnett, Ian Brinton, Sarah Crewe, Jennifer K. Dick, John Freeman, Cora Greenhill, Lucy Hamilton, Jeff Hilson, Peter Hughes, Norman Jope, Dorothy Lehane, Richard Makin, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez, Chris McCabe, Jay Ramsay and Steve Spence.
The full programme is currently as follows:
Friday evening from 7.00 pm
Introductions and welcome: David Caddy
Featured poets: Norman Jope, Sarah Crewe, Chris McCabe
Open readings: Lesley Burt, Linda Black, Louise Buchler, Charles Hadfield, Pete Langley, Alison Lock, Catherine McNamara, Colin Sutherill, Charles Wilkinson.
Saturday morning from 10.00 am
Welcome: Ian Brinton
Featured poets: John Freeman, Lucy Hamilton, Peter Hughes
A talk by Ian Brinton
Lunch 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Saturday afternoon from 2.00 pm
Featured poets: Dorothy Lehane, Steve Spence, Pansy Maurer-Alvarez
A talk by Anthony Barnett
from 5.00 pm
A round table discussion on ‘Of Tradition & Experiment’ with Jennifer K. Dick, Jeff Hilson and Richard Makin
Round Table: Of Tradition and Experiment. To celebrate 30 years of Tears in the Fence a magazine featuring international authors writing in a diverse range of aesthetic and formal styles, join us for this round table discussion on issues of tradition and “avant-gardism” today. Authors Jennifer K Dick, Richard Makin and Jeff Hilson will present, dialogue and discuss some of their issues as authors, publishers and readers with tradition and experiment as well as comment on how they see this issue both on a national (UK) level and on an international scale. Topics will include literary homage, formal choice and language use. We will close with a debate on the new newness—what we think is or isn’t just over the literary horizon! Participants are invited to read the article in issue 60 of Tears in the Fence as an amuse-bouche prepping for the discussion. We hope you will all participate in this lively debate and round table discussion!!!
6.00 – 7.30 pm drinks and nibbles
7.30 pm Festival Supper
9.00 pm No Fixed Abode
Sunday morning from 10.00 am
Welcome: Ian Brinton, David Caddy
Featured poets: Jennifer K. Dick, Cora Greenhill, Richard Makin, Jay Ramsay
Open readings: David Andrew, Andrew Henon, Ric Hool, John Howard-Greaves, Rosie Jackson, Morag Kiziewicz, Mandy Pannett, Aidan Semmens
We welcome everyone who wishes to read at the Festival. There will be two sessions of open readings. Please let us know if you wish to book a slot. There are still slots available.
We will be running a bookstall throughout the weekend. Please bring your books, pamphlets and magazines.
There will be a choice of three options in the White Horse restaurant on Saturday evening. Before the Supper there will be short speeches. After the Supper there will be music from acoustic folk duo, No Fixed Abode.
There are a considerable number of guest houses and B&Bs in and around Stourpaine and Blandford Forum. We recommend the search engines available at booking.com, laterooms.com and trivago.co.uk. Our nearest local hotels are the Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, Royal Chase Hotel, Shaftesbury and King’s Head Hotel, Wimborne Minster.
Our nearest railways stations are at Gillingham (Dorset) to the north and Poole to the south of Blandford Forum. The X9 bus runs from Gillingham station to Stourpaine and Blandford on the A350 Monday to Saturday. The X8 bus runs from Poole station to Blandford on the A350 throughout the week.
We will be providing transport from Gillingham and Poole stations. Please let us know if you require a lift.
There is a car park opposite the White Horse neatly concealed from the main road. It is to be found on the first right hand turn as you drive towards Shaftesbury past the pub and immediately on the right in Bottom Road. This is the Trailway car park used by Trailway walkers and visitors to the pub.