Doors open at 7.30 pm. The reading begins at 8.00 pm and costs £5.00. Entry should be paid for at the door. Venue enquiries to 01823 337477.
After the wonderful reading by Ian Chamberlain at our September event, Fire River Poets are delighted to welcome as our seventh guest for the year, Rose Cook, who will read for us on Thursday 4 October 2018. Rose is a well known figure on the poetry ‘circuit’ locally and further afield. Chairman of Fire River Poets, John Stuart, said ‘Rose both celebrates and questions our everyday lives in poetry of deceptive simplicity.’ We are guaranteed an entertaining evening.
Members of Fire River Poets will also be reading during the evening and, as John is always at pains to point out “We always provide a platform for poets of all ages and levels of experience, so there will as usual be an open mic session during the evening for any poet who would like to come along and read. Poets who would like to take advantage of this opportunity should apply through the Contact Us page on the Fire River Poets website www.fireriverpoets.org.uk.”
Fire River Poets is a group of poets who meet monthly to read and critique each other’s work with a view to supporting self-improvement. Several members have had poems published in various magazines, some have had collections published and a number have won prizes in competitions, but others are content not to seek any kind of public recognition and write purely for their own pleasure. Members write in whatever style they wish and the group has no ‘manifesto’ or platform. The group holds workshops for members, which include walking workshops (walks which are an inspiration to writing) and do public readings on request as well as organising these regular and other ad hoc events.
Rose Cook was born in West Yorkshire and now lives in Devon. She is a photographer and poet.
Rose performs her poetry regularly and co-founded and co-presented the popular Devon poetry and performance forum One Night Stanza and poetry performance group Dangerous Cardigans. Her work has been shared through poetry publications and performance. She is one of the Apples & Snakes poets and has performed and presented her work in numerous venues and at various festivals and poetry events in the UK, including the Soho Theatre in London, the Bristol Poetry Festival and the North Devon Festival. She has performed at the Ways With Words Festival, Dartington.
Her work has been published in various magazines and collections. In 2009, Happen Stance published Rose’s collection Everyday Festival and Oversteps Books published her full collection Taking Flight. Notes from a Bright Field was published in 2013 by Cultured Llama Publishing, who also published her latest book Hearth in 2017.
Rose has an MA in Writing and an MA & MFA in Photographic Arts. Her photographs have been shown in several group exhibitions in Devon and Cornwall.
“In their transparency and deceptive simplicity Rose Cook’s poems reveal pure and hidden depths in nature, memory and loss, celebrating and questioning the fragility of everyday interactions. These are indeed poems for people ‘who juggle [their] lives’, insisting in their gratitude that we ‘be still sometimes’. To read Notes From a Bright Field is to be renewed in body, mind and spirit.” Anthony Wilson
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