Hosted by Author Jenny Bradley at The Theatre Shop as part of the Clevedon Literary Festival, Clevedon’s poets will come together at an Open Mic Night from 6pm on Saturday 12th June. Ticket sale £5 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
Meet the Poets!
Jenny Bradley has written all her life but now luxuriates in writing full time. She is published in various forms, from poetry to newspaper columns. After a successful business career she pours creativity into poems, short stories and scripts for radio. Her literary agent obtained an offer for her novel but Jenny turned it down! She recently won an award for flash fiction. ‘Sibling Poets’ (2021), a poetry collection written jointly with her brother Jonathan Bradley, is now available on Amazon and in all good bookshops. https://jennybradleywriter.blogspot.com/ @JBradleyWriter
Alex Bridger is a mum of two. Having lived in Clevedon for 17 years, she loves the creativity and forever inspired by the scenery. Expressing herself with colour and words, her poetry is very organic, sometimes silly and rhyming, sometimes whimsical occasionally gut wrenching. Always from the heart and often off the cuff. Alex will also be showcasing her polymer clay jewellery creations at Princes Hall on Saturday 12th June as part of the literary and craft collection between 12pm and 4pm
Ben Bullimore – “Whether under the guise of short poems, love letters or satirical missives, I’ve always used words as vessel to carry the weight of, and extract meaning from one’s cerebral dialogue simply as, a more sophisticated mechanism than language is yet to exist.”
Peter Gibbs has been a journalist for all his working life and spent 30 years on the Western Daily Press regional morning newspaper in Bristol, latterly as Assistant Editor. He has written poetry for more than 60 years, continuing when he moved to Clevedon, North Somerset, in 1968. Some of his poems about the Victorian seaside town and the surrounding area appeared in an anthology, In The Footsteps of Poets, published in Autumn, 2019, by the Clevedon Community Press. His poetry anthology, Let The Good Rhymes Roll, has just been published on the Amazon.co.uk website – https://bit.ly/peterspoetry
Molly Cheek – Molly is a poet and musician from Portbury, North Somerset. Her poetry focuses on the ties between the body, movement, nourishment, and how that shows up in the spaces we exist in, both physical and mental.
Jonathan Bradley – Jonathan Bradley has been writing poetry from an early age. His collections include Papiliones (2017), A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies (2020), and most recently Sibling Poets (2021) jointly with his sister Jenny Bradley. His writing has been published also in The Countryman, This England, Atropos, and The Alchemy Spoon, among other periodicals. He is a Director of the War Poets Association and a member of the Society of Authors. He is currently working on a novel.
Allison Johnston – “…new to writing poetry age 55 from Glasgow, now living in Bristol. Introduced to poetry by my postman, he posted a poem through my door! I visited the Poetry Pharmacy in Bishops Castle Shropshire just before lockdown and decided that a poem each day of lockdown was needed in my window. My poems to suit the day, some topical some suggested by friends and neighbors.”
Shobi Warwick – “I am Indian by origin and have lived in England well over 60 years. My professional background has been in education with my last role as Staff Development Manager for the University of East London.I moved to Clevedon with my husband Doug from London nearly three years ago to enjoy the beauty and quietness of Somerset. It is here, I discovered my latent talent for writing when I joined Clevedon Writers Group and Chapter 1, a creative writing group based in Weston. The two poems selected for reading were written during lockdown. My poem A View from the Kitchen Window was chosen to be turned into a short film by an organisation called Paper Nations, based at Bath Spa University. My second poem celebrates the diversity of women.”