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Poetry at the Creative Innovation Centre CIC

Continuing the 2013 season of poetry events, Fire River Poets are delighted to announce that the guest poet for the reading on Thursday 7 November 2013 will be the poet, novelist, and teacher, Rebecca Gethin. Chairman of Fire River Poets, John Stuart, said “Like many of us, Becky is a ‘late developer’, but unlike most, she has determination and focus. She is making an impact, getting “noticed” and it is a real pleasure to have her read for us.”
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 enquiry@fireriverpoets.org.uk.”
The reading begins at 8.00 pm and costs £5.00. Tickets should be paid for on the door. Venue enquiries to 01823 337477.
Notes for editors
1. Fire River Poets is a group of poets who meet frequently but irregularly 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, which include walking workshops (walks which are an inspiration to writing) and do public readings on request as well as organising their own events.
2. Biographical notes for Rebecca Gethin
Rebecca lives on Dartmoor. Her second collection A Handful of Water was published by Cinnamon Press in Feb, 2013. Her first novel, Liar Dice, was published in 2011 and she hopes her second one, What the Horses Heard, will be out in 2014. Her poems appear in a variety of poetry magazines. She has been a teacher for most of her working life and has, until recently, taught Creative Writing in a prison. She is now a tutor for the WEA.
3. Comments on the poetry of Rebecca Gethin
Bill Greenwell says of her poetry, ‘Although the tone of the poems is quiet, cool and respectful, the verbal invention is exceptional, and the variety of forms exciting. Every poem turns up sudden surprises, wonderful delights. It’s like reading a pool, beneath which there is a delirium of movement and feeling.’
Dr Andy Brown of Exeter University wrote of her new book, ‘’In these poems, outer place becomes inner landscape, a home for both the human animal and the wild, each one reminding I must become an outpouring song.”
4. This reading is the last in the current season of poetry readings and poetry cafés. Next year’s season begins on 6 February 2014, details to be circulated in due course.
For more information and picture opportunities please telephone John Stuart of Fire River Poets on 01823 252486.

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