In September 2014 I played a leading role in setting up Korova Poetry: a monthly poetry night at Korova Arts Cafe & Bar in Preston with local poets Terry Quinn, Nick Williams, Martin Domleo, Mike Cracknell, Phil Howard, Yvonne Reddick and Korova’s owner, Sam Buist.
Korova Poetry aims to provide a friendly and welcoming platform for newcomers and established poets to perform. The mainstay of the night is open-mic with two or three headline acts. Headliners have included local poets, students and guests from across the north west.
Since the inception of Korova Poetry, ‘Korova Poets’ have worked in co-operation with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and the University of Central Lancashire to organise a variety of events. These have included performances based around the Picture the Poet Exhibition and a workshop and series of readings titled ‘The Wild and Rural Lives of Poems.’
Over the past year I’ve put in a lot of work on the organisational side and am delighted finally to have the opportunity to headline at Korova Poetry this coming Wednesday alongside Leila Abuhilal.
I am planning to perform a series of poems tied together by the following quote from John Milton’s Paradise Lost:
‘Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth
Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.’
My set will focus on the unseen creatures of the natural world and the forgotten gods of ancient Britain. It will also address the difficulties of living a spiritual path in a secular society.
*Korova Poetry will take place on Wed 25th November at Korova Arts Cafe & Bar, Charnley St, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2UR. All welcome to open-mic or come along and watch. More details HERE.