Poetry
outdoors and indoors

Poetry is experiencing something of a revival, the St Ives Festival is at the cutting edge of the poetry scene and several of our local poets are achieving national recognition. Here are the winning poems from last year’s Poetry Competition – click on the names to view a pdf of each poem.

1. Shirley Jones    2. Susanne Mathies    3. Goef Hill

Daily – Music & Poetry in the Square
12.30 – 2pm, Free, Norway Square (elsewhere if wet)
Led by Bob Devereux.

Wednesday 18th September
WS Graham and Coast Poems
7pm, Free (donations to church bell fund), St Senara’s Church, Zennor.
The Grammarsow presents an evening of poetry celebrating WS Graham and the Cornish coast. Poet Stewart Sanderson joins from Glasgow. Mark Goodwin launches a smartphone app for new poetry dedicated to Cornwall’s coastline. Morvah poet Des Hannigan reads from new work ‘The Long Deep’.

Thursday 19th September
The Big Frug
8pm (doors 7.30pm), £8, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Join this amazing collection of poets, musicians and storytellers. BYO drinks.

Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th September
Poetry Reading of Local Poet the Late Willie James

2.30pm, Free, Bible Christian Methodist Chapel, Back Road West.
Willie James was a local St Ives man who loved writing poetry about the people and places in his home town. Come to this unique occasion and hear Willie’s poems read by his daughter.

Thursday 26th September
The Big Frug
8pm (doors 7.30pm), £8, St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay.
Join this amazing collection of poets, musicians and storytellers. BYO drinks.

Friday 27th September
What Days We’re Having Now
10.30 – 11.30am, £5.50, Borlase Smart Room, Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West.
When you’re on an adventure, you need a map. Take one last look at your teenage bedroom – its floordrobe and cereal bowls, the photos on the wall – then head out into the world. This new poetry show featuring Alex MacDonald, Ella Frears and Will Harris is a live anthology of subtly theatricalised poems touching on identity, uncertainty, the meaning of family and the nature of love. Supported by St Ives Rotary Club.