With the festival season now coming to a close and thoughts of the sizzling summer stored away in my memory bank, I can now look forward to the months ahead…
The autumn/winter months can be some of the most inspiring of the year, so I thought I would have a quick search through some local arts websites, to see what is out there.
Ware Poets have a great list of events coming up and you can get more info here. There is also a poetry event with Matt Abbott on 12 October at the Southern Maltings in Ware, that I would like to pay a visit to.
Here is a little information, from the event website:
Matt Abbott was volunteering at the Calais Jungle refugee camp when his native Wakefield voted 66% Leave. Why did so many working-class communities like his support Brexit so strongly? How can the UK ignore a humanitarian crisis just 22 miles from Dover? And does anything ever actually change for people like Maria?
This is a powerful, personal and political spoken word show from one of UK poetry’s rising stars. He channels the human side of politics to look at national identity, preconceptions, class and anti-establishment anger. Poetic flair and storytelling, with a unique insight into the summer that changed everything.
Writing poems and performing them in front of a crowd has got to be one of the best experiences that I have managed to achieve and I would always encourage others to do the same.
I recently payed a visit to The University Of Hertfordshire Poetry Slam, where they hold regular events for upcoming poets, rappers or people who just want to share their written words.
I performed a poem, shared my love for poetry with the students and I definitely plan to become a regular visitor. More info here.
To celebrate National Poetry Day on 4 October I have written my own poem about Hertford. I hope you enjoy it.
HERTFORD IS THE PLACE FOR ME
IT CERTAINLY IS THE PLACE TO BE
WHETHER YOU’RE BY THE RIVER HAVING A THINK
OR IN THE PUB HAVING A DRINK
THERE’S SOMETHING FOR ALL, YOUNG AND OLD
PLENTY OF HISTORY AND STORIES TO BE TOLD
RESTAURANTS, BARS, COFFEE GALORE
A CASTLE THAT GUARDS US AGAINST ANY WAR
Mc MULLENS IS BASED HERE SO IT MUST BE GOOD
I LOVE THE NIGHTS WHEN WE GET THE STREET FOOD
RIVERS AND FIELDS AND NATURE SURROUNDS
LOTS OF PEOPLE ON THESE COMMON GROUNDS
QUAINT LITTLE SHOPS, HOTELS AND ALL
SOON SOME WIILL CLOSE AND SOME WILL FALL
I LOVE THE WALK AROUND HARTHAM COMMON
I TAKE MY DOG, I GO THERE QUITE OFTEN
PARKING ISN’T GREAT BUT THERE’S ALWAYS MULTISTOREY
THERE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL HOUSES AND YOU CAN SEE ALL THIER GLORY
MANY SINGERS, MUSICIANS, POETS WITH A THEATRE TO SHARE
GREAT PEOPLE WHO COME HERE, I LOVE WHAT THEY WEAR
WE EVEN HAVE MR EZRA, A FINE SOUNDING CHAP
HE CERTAINLY HAS PUT US RIGHT ON THE MAP
THERE ARE MANY MUSICAL FESTIVALS GALORE
AND OUR VERY OWN MUSICAL MYSTERY TOUR
THE WHITE HART AT SALISBURY SQUARE
IS SO NICE IM USUALLY THERE
HAVING A PINT WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND MY POOCH
WHY DON’T YOU COME AND HAVE A MOOCH
THE HERTFORD CLUB IS NICE BY THE RIVER FOR EATING ALFRESCO
WE’VE GOT ALL THE STORES, EVEN A TESCO
WE ALSO HAVE A MUSEUM AND THE ARTS PLAY A BIG ROLL
YOU CAN JUST CHILL BY THE RIVER WHILST HAVING A STROLL
THERES RUGBY, CRICKET AND A GREAT FOOTY CLUB
IT REALLY IS A COMMUNITY HUB
BUT OLD FATHER TIME BRINGS THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE
SOME MIGHT FIND IT TOTALLY STRANGE
BUT NEVER FEAR WE HAVE NOT ONE STATION BUT TWO
SO IF THE CITY IS THE PLACE THATS FINE JUST FOR YOU
THEN YOU CAN EASILY BE THERE IT’S QUICK WHEN THEY RUN
SOMETIMES IT IS GREAT AN I KNOW YOU’LL HAVE FUN
I KNOW SOMETIMES THE TRAFFIC CAN BE A PAIN IN THE NECK
SOME THINGS TO WORK ON OR KEEP IT IN CHECK
THERE ARE POCKETS OF PROBLEMS THAT WE ALL NEED TO SHARE
WE MUST JOIN IN THE FIGHT WE ALL NEED TO CARE
IT’S THE FAMILY PLACE EVEN IF YOU JUST COME FOR A DAY
I’M SURE YOU WILL LIKE IT YOU’RE WELCOME TO STAY
WE WILL PUT OUR ARMS AROUND YOU AND MAKE YOU OUR FRIEND
I KNOW IT’S NOT PERFECT BUT I’M GOING TO STAY UNTIL THE END
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE SO JUST COME AND SEE
OH YES AND PLEASE DON’T FORGET THERE IS ME.
About the author
This is a guest post from Daren Peary*.
As well as a poet, Daren is also a blogger, a member of the Hertford Writers Circle and author of the book Lettermorphosis, which is an imaginative and entertaining introductory poetry book for all ages.
*All opinions expressed in this article and related materials are those of the author/ contributors and are not necessarily shared by HertfordArts. This website is a place to discuss Hertfordshire’s wonderful artists and their work so please feel free to leave a comment below – just please keep it friendly, so we can all enjoy an open, pleasant conversation. Thank you.