Poetry & Music at the Coast this weekend
Free as a Bard returns to Whitley Bay’s Jam Jar Cinema this Sunday 28th September with poets Ellen Phethean and Kirsten Luckins plus musician Robby Thinman.
Free as a Bard (or FaaB) brings together the best, most accessible poets and musicians from the North East and beyond, places them in the original and convivial setting of the Jam Jar Cinema bar and lets the evening do the rest.
I help organise FaaB and Sunday’s gig will be our third Jam Jar event. The previous two sold out so please buy your tickets in advance online www.jamjarcinema.com or in person at the cinema on Park Avenue from Wednesday to Saturday.
Tickets £5. Event starts 7.30pm.
Here are our performers….
Ellen Phethean, a founder member of The Poetry Virgins, is a writer and editor.
Wall (Smokestack Books, 2007), a novel in poems, won joint first prize in a Crossover Novel competition in 2004.
Her first collection, Breath (Flambard, 2009), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010.
Her second collection, Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman was published this year by Red Squirrel Press.
Ellen runs workshops and teaches Creative Writing. Her website is www.diamondtwig.co.uk
Kirsten Luckins is a poet and performer based in Hartlepool.
She spent the summer touring her first spoken word show The Moon Cannot Be Stolen around the region and at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was runner-up in the Saboteur Awards 2014.
She is North East programme co-ordinator for performance poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes. She blogs http://kirstenluckins.wordpress.com/
Robby Thinman has been beavering away trying to learn music in anonymity around Tyneside for decades.
He played guitar in several bands and finally drums in Simon Todd’s band playing good and original material.
Solo, Thinman has been traversing the region’s open mics and jams for the last few years inflicting “songs” on the general public
with his Dylanesque voice.
Free fresh fruit and a literary raffle too!