Brighton Poem-A-Thon

Hohoho etc. Brighton Poem-A-Thon will be my last reading of the year. Me and 59 other poets! Raising money for The School Bus Project & Refugee council. Brighton folks! Its 12 noon til 10pm THIS Sunday 11th Dec. FREE ENTRY! Please come down and support us. DETAILS HERE: https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/spoken-word/poem-a-thon/

YOU CAN STILL DONATE TO MY JUST GIVING PAGE! I’m at £460, and I would LOVE to make it £500 before Sunday! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sally-Jenkinson3

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Raising money for the Refugee Council and the School Bus Project for refugee, sixty poets from Brighton and Hove, young and old, peaceful and wild, are taking to the stage to say something and do something.

Poets, whose job is to speak, have decided to speak up and put your money where their mouth is. There is good work to be done and inspiration to be shared along the way.

FREE ENTRY, DONATION ON THE DOOR AT 12 MIDDAY, RUNS TILL 10PM

‘Boys’ review // BBC show // news

REVIEW

This week I was thrilled to receive a copy of the September issue of the very beautiful Doncopolitan magazine, with a lovely review of my recent poetry collection ‘Boys’ by Ian Parks, a poet who I very much admire.

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BBC SHOW

At the end of last month, I also wrote and performed a commission for BBC South West as part of their Massive Attack Re-interpreted show at The Cube in Bristol. It was all a bit of a rush to meet the deadline, so I wouldn’t say its a piece that stands up to much scrutiny (!) but I very much enjoyed writing something for such a big occassion and of course I love any chance to celebrate Bristol’s cultural history. You can listen HERE to my piece and to the whole show, which included brilliant artists such as ThisisDA, Kayla Paynter and Stephanie Kempson.

NEWS

This Sunday (18th September) I’m running a poetry workshop for 8 – 11 year olds for Hurst Festival, in the very cool setting of Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9TY, surrounded by the new installed Reflections art exhibition. If you know a small person that might like to come along, tickets and details are HERE!

In a few weeks on Monday 26th September I’m performing BLAHBLAHBLAH at The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol with Soweto Kinch and Toby Campion. They are both artists who I admire ALOT so I think it will be a great show, I am also planning to perform some extracts FOR THE FIRST TIME from the piece I was working on during my residency at Skriduklaustur, Iceland earlier this year. AAAAAGH.

‘Boys’ – new poetry collection readings

In June and July I’ve got some lovely gigs coming up where I’ll be reading from my new collection ‘Boys’, published by Burning Eye Books. London (twice!), Bristol, Winchester, Bournmouth, Cambridge, Glastonbury Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Brighton. Do come along if you’re interested!

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Dates and places where I’ll be reading from ‘Boys’

Glastonbury – Poetry& Words Stage – 2016

I’ve been biting my tongue and sitting on my hands so as not to spill the beans until we were allowed to do so…
but LOOK! I’m so very excited to be hosting the Glastonbury Poetry & Words Stage this year, with my dear friend Dreadlock Alien (Richard Grant). It’s such a brilliant line-up of poets I love, and poets that I’ve been hoping to get to see live for years! If you are going to be at Glastonbury this year, come along and hear some poems! See amazing owls poster below (by Scott Tyrrell) for full line up X

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Poet as Owls! By poet and illustrator Scott Tyrrell

BOYS – new poetry collection release tour

I have written a new collection of poems (Boys), which you can read more about below.
It is due for release at the end of May, published by Burning Eye Books.
In June and July, I am doing a little tour of gigs to celebrate its release where, if you like, you can come along and listen to me read from the book, and maybe even buy a copy!

Here is a list of shows, with maybe a few more to be added in the next few weeks:

JUNE

– Saturday 11th June, LONDON
Platform 1, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
https://www.facebook.com/Platform1Poetry/

-Sunday 12th June, BRISTOL (Details TBA)

– Monday 13th June, WINCHESTER
Loose Muse, The Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
https://loose-muse.com/events-loose-muse-winchester/

– Tuesday 14th June, BOURNMOUTH
Poetry On The Spot, Chaplin’s and Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, BOURNEMOUTH BH1 4AG
https://www.facebook.com/events/196085647451489/

– Sunday 19th June, CAMBRIDGE
The Bardic Trials, Cambridge, Details TBA

JULY

– Wednesday 13th July, LONDON
Loose Muse, The Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX

– Friday 15th July, LARMER TREE FESTIVAL
Lostwood Stage, 9pm
http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/explore/lostwood/

‘BOYS is a short collection of poetry which divides into two sections. In the first, Sally explores own childhood with poems full of the boisterous warmth of growing up with noisy boys, and the bereavement which inevitably haunts this part of the book. In the second section Sally explores the relationships (romantic, sexual, social) that young women navigate in adulthood.
Boys is a collection that wrestles with heartbreak, grief, sexual exploration, casual relationships and day to day observations. It is a journey through encounters, good, bad, loving, violent, life-affirming and challenging, with boys (and men). Boys is a tender, raw, celebratory and unflinching collection of poems with a socio-political undercurrent from a poet who is staking a claim to be an important and distinctive poetic-voice of her generation.’ -(blurb)

‘I always think I don’t know anything about poetry, until I read something that rocks me like ‘Boys’ did.
I know these feelings, I know these people, and I’m so grateful poets were put on this earth to say these things for us.
Brave, beautiful, vulnerable and funny, all the things I love about the people I love.
The way her rhythm moves, especially in She Glows, makes me want to burst into song.
It’s really important that you read this.’ -(Nuala Honan)

Gigs, readings and workshops in January 2016

It’s basically just London and York in January!

  • Tuesday 26th January 2016 – The Poetry Archivist @ The Proud Archivist, LONDON.
    -I’m hosting, with James Bunting. Featured sets from Vanessa Kisuule and Ben Norris. Its going to be ACES, Details here.
  • Friday 29th January 2016 – Say Owt Slam @ The Basement, Picturehouse City Screen, YORK.
    -Featured set from me, loads of brilliant slammers, REALLY excited to be doing a gig in Yorkshire, details here.
  • Saturday 30th January 2016 – Say Owt Workshop
    – Also in YORK, facilitated by me! Details TBC.

A really nice review!

I don’t think there’s a particularly strong tradition of reviewers at live poetry events really, so I don’t get that many reviews, good or bad, of my readings. So as you can imagine I was pleased as punch to read this, about my gig in Canterbury at the end of September, from publisher / reviewer Whisky and Beards:

‘Normally, when I don’t have much to say about a headliner, it’s because I don’t have many nice things to say, or I’m trying to kill a high word count, but this is the first time I can recall it being so wildly the opposite. Sally’s work is riveting and enthralling, equal parts surreal and identifiable, in some way I’m upset I couldn’t take more notes, but I wouldn’t have missed any second of her performance for the world.’

Full write up here: http://whiskyandbeards.co.uk/2015/10/08/gulbslam-the-gulbenkian-300915/

I’m performing in Cambridge, Sheffield and Poole in the next month or so. Details in the post below or under the ‘gigs’ tab, please come along if you’re based near one of those towns!