Sunday, 29 September 2013

Poetic gumbo open mic Charlotte USA 12th October 2013

Be the seasoning for a night of poetic gumbo with poets, singers and musicians. Open mic in Charlotte and you can be there. This event is hosted by the ever charismatic poet, James MrSpeaker Sears.


Admission only $5 and it is a BYOB. This event starts at 8pm and goes till late. The event is sponsored by a cookery company and we are pondering on the implications of that. And plan on recreating that kind of connection in the world of p&g (feeling hungry already).

More information on the event here

Memories of the Future 2013

This event is billed as an analogue meets digital popup event and it looks cool.

p&g has happy memories of visiting Nottingham for an online writing conference in the late 90s so these dudes should know their stuff. No poetry as such but then you and I know that is not necessarily the truth...

8th October until the 12th in The Corner, 8 Stoney Street, NG1 1LH Nottingham, England. We particularly like the sound of the mini 3 seat cinema for moving image work (fiction, docs, music videos & more).

More details available here

Translation Idol 2013

Our favourite translation crossover talent contest is back again after a year break.

We recommend you stroll down and enjoy the competition on the 3rd October at Alte Kantine Wedding, Uferstrasse 8-11, 13357 Berlin (Wedding) from 8pm. Previous events featuring Ron Winkler, Selim Özdogan, Jan Böttcher and Verena Rossbacher showcased translation submissions from around the globe. Not poetry this year but we can cope with that.

There is still just about time to enter too. But deadline is tomorrow 30th September 2013.

You can find out the full details here

Thursday, 26 September 2013 competition 2013 shortlist

Many congratulations to our shortlisted poets for the 2013 poetry competition.

They are as follows:

  • Rafael Ayala Paez/Roger Hickin translation (Venezuela/New Zealand) - Impressions
  • Joan McNerney (USA)- Lost landscape
  • Sheree Mack (UK) - Leaving home

Results coming early October and all poems will appear in Issue 7 of

The competition is being judged by Scottish poet Andrew McCallum: you can read his blog enchevêtrements here

Andrew McCallum was born in Wellhead Farm Cottage, just outside Cleghorn, brought up in Carnwath, far frae his hame did wander on reaching his majority, and – after an absence of 25 years – bides back in Biggar, where he can see from his bedroom window, in a cleuch of the Hartree Hills, the farm cottage under the roof-tree of which his mother was born; a circumstance from which, being fond of circles and the completion thereof, he derives great satisfaction. He scribbles poetry, which has been reluctantly and against his better judgement published in twa-three magazines and a wheen o anthologies in Britain and America. He was a long time Secretary of Biggar Museum Trust’s Brownsbank Committee, which sponsors the Brownsbank Writing Fellowship, and convenor of Biggar Writers’ Group.

Monday, 23 September 2013

In memory of Kofi Awoonor

Kofi Awoonor (1935- 2013) Ghanaian academic, theatre manager, politician, poet and story teller died on Saturday in Nairobi. He was due to perform at the Storymoja Hay Festival later that day. Awoonor, who first published in the 60s, suffered imprisonment in the 70s on treason charges but overcame to serve his country as an ambassador and renowned poet.

...We shall die on the battlefield
We shall like death at no other place,
Our guns shall die with us
And our sharp knives shall perish with us
We shall die on the battlefield.
(extract from the Song of War)

A writer, politician and traditionalist with great wit, sense of humour and very well-spoken. He will be sorely missed. John Mahama

You can find out more about Awoonor here

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Walking with Gerry Loose

There is about a week left to share some time with poet Gerry Loose down at Dawyck Botanic Gardens near Peebles in Scotland. He will be there until the end of September.

The gardens are full of the sugar and spicy smells of evergreen trees, the high quiet repetitive call of goldcrests (I saw a family working the branches together overhead) and when I visited the omnipresent sounds of the Scrape Burn after heavy rain the day before. Not to mention the jewel like blusher mushrooms I thought were a precious stone caught in the stones of the path.

Find out more about what is happening on Gerry's blog here

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Last call for poetry Issue 7

It is almost that time again.

We need your poetry for Issue 7. Send us your contribution now before day end 30th September 2013.

Check out previous editions of the magazine at (Yes - it is easy as that. Fill us up.  Much cheaper than gas...)

And btw p&g competition 2013 news coming soon

Split Screen, London, England 11th October 2013

And while we are talking about the South Bank here is another fine offering.

Split Screen: Poetry Inspired by Film & Television

After more than a year of touring the provinces and poetry festivals, Split Screen finally washes up here. An evening of poetry inspired by movies and television from the anthology published by Red Squirrel Press.

Hosted by editor Andy Jackson, tonight's line-up include the wonderful Brian Johnstone, Dzifa Benson, Naomi Woddis, Paul McGrane, Helen Ivory, Martin Figura, Ira Lightman, and the inimitable Sally Evans. Poems will range from The Sweeney to The Clangers. What - as they say - is not to like. And you can go on the Tube and cross over that river in London too.

Tickets £8 from the Southbank Centre box office. The event runs from 7pm until 9pm. Enjoy!

More information available here

Online magazine resource

Take a look at the Poetry Library on the South Bank in London. Well virtually.

Here you can find a useful list of online magazines that you may wish to send your work too.

Just a warning though...double check the magazines, read them, and their submission guidance before you send. That way you won't have a wasted journey. Even online magazines go bust sometimes.

The resource is here

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

A final drop of rain

The orphan by Muhammad al-Maghut

The dream...
The dream...
My solid-gold car crashed,
The wheels scattered about like gypsies.
One spring night I had a dream
And when I woke
There were flowers on my pillow.
Once I dreamt of the sea
And in the morning
Fins and shells covered my bed.
But when I dreamt of freedom
Swords were pointed at my neck
Like a morning halo.
...from now on
You won't find me
In ports or on trains
But in public libraries
Sleeping on maps of Europe
Where my mouth touches rivers
And my tears run across continents.

1970 translated by Abdullah al-Udari

Saturday, 7 September 2013


The rain comes in oblong blocks and straight lines. It has filled the river up like a child's scribbling drawing of a river all felted pen and green sliced marks reeds. Everything is still lush leafy and thick. The rain cannot break that. The rowan's dotting red and oranged berries with starlings attending. Servants of the rowan.

I walk in a raincoat that I bought with money. I am fit again. I walk between the rain lines and don't ever get wet.

It is good to be back.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Writing the North

An opportunity to write the map of Shetland and Orkney. A call for poetry and other writing geographically located in these islands of the North. All you do is find your location and add your poem.

Don't try to submit on our graphic above! We know you are too techie for that. Find out more here

Rainy day

The rain has come after a long dry.

For Minoru Yoshioka, the change in weather makes his Monks turn into:

...four misshapen umbrellas
Holes appear in the lovely walls and ceilings
and rain starts to fall through.

Julián del Casal in Tardes de lluvia suggest a sensual undercurrent to his afternoons of rain:

Bate la lluvia la vidriera
y las rejas de los balcones,
donde tupida enredadera
cuelga sus floridos festones...

...que aún el espacio gris clarea
abre su botón la peonía,
cierra su cáliz la ninfea

Monday, 2 September 2013

Welcome Montenegro

p&g is on the cusp of its 30,000th visit! And we love hosting you all and look forward to seeing you again soon...

Our top 10 countries for visits are in no particular order USA, France, Australia, Russia, UK, India, Poland, Germany, Ukraine and Netherlands. You will find a more or less complete list at the bottom of the page.

But until today we have never had a visitor from Montenegro! Welcome!