Sunday 27 September

The RMA Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney 8.00 - 11.00pm in the Gun Room,£4 Featuring house band LES KAZOOS D'AMOUR hosted by Gareth Toms Sign up on the door for a 5 minute slot.


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The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth


Poetry Masterclass with Matthew Sweeney.
It's Only Me Knocking on the Door of Your Heart' A look at the place for musical references and song- lyric quotations in poetry. There is a closer connection between song lyrics and printed poetry than is commonly imagined - this is especially so with the more literary and articulate songwriters, and indeed there are poets I do not need to name who have openly embraced the writing of song-lyrics. We will maybe not go that far in this workshop but we will explore the benefits of bringing musical references into our writing. And Later £10 Workshop Only | £15 Workshop with Reading and Concert An Audience with Matthew Sweeney with music from Sleego Dram. 7.30 - 10.00pm Tickets: £6 on the door Bar and free nearby parking available


Occasional Saturday Workshops

First Act, Third Floor, Portsmouth Central Library
12.30 - 1.30pm
WRITING FOR YOUR LIFE with Maggie Sawkins.
Free creative writing workshops for people on the road to recovery, or for people just on the road.
Contact: John on 7799493302 or Maggie on 07503064909 for dates.

Gathering Voices

Welcome from Maggie Sawkins,
Co-Founder of Tongues&Grooves

Since 2003, Tongues&Grooves has enabled Portsmouth poets and musicians to collaborate and share a platform. Our poetry and music club features widely published poets, usually with at least one full collection, along with new voices. We welcome approaches from local writers, singers and musicians. Tongues&Grooves also provides creative writing projects in community and healthcare settings.



Zones of Avoidance

The winner of the Ted Hughes award for new work in poetry will be announced in a few days' time. Meanwhile on Saturday night last year's winner, Maggie Sawkins, launched Zones of Avoidance, a collection of poetry based on her multimedia production that triumphed in 2014, at Portsmouths ’historic Square Tower, a former gunpowder store, from where you can watch a constant flow of ferries coming in and out, and see the Isle of Wight across the water.
Zones of Avoidance, however, with its story about a mother trying to deal with her daughters drug addiction, and the heartrending moment when a baby has to be given up for adoption, is no picture-postcard portrait of this old naval city.
Playwright and director Mark Hewitt, who worked with Sawkins on the award-winning project, welcomed members of the recovery community in Portsmouth who were at the launch, and who had collaborated with the film and the recording of their own words. He told how the project began in October 2012 with the recording of first-person testimonies of recovering addicts, and how much was put together in the basement bar of the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth not that glamorous a location, we were led to understand. He said: "There were so many layers of text we realised we had a significant piece of work." The journey ended "at this posh club in London, where Maggie won the award, which was incredible".
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Community Projects

Richard Williams, Chair of Tongues&Grooves in the Community

Tongues&Grooves in the Community is a not for profit group using creative writing and performance for motivation, well-being and social inclusion. We work in community and healthcare settings, most recently with ACT2 Recovery Portsmouth, Cranstoun Community Drug Action, Portsmouth Users Self Help Group, Respect Programme Portsmouth and St James’Hospital, Portsmouth. We rely on public sponsorship and welcome enquiries about our work. More information