See you Sunday (4th November) for the Lime Bar Open Stage!

Come to the Lime Bar Cafe in Folkestone, Kent on Sunday 2-5 for the open stage. This is a warm and friendly environment perfect for the novice and seasoned performer. It is a home for your music, poetry, comedy, storytelling and more!

Keep up to date at the Facebook event here! Meanwhile here is a video from the amazing Arthur Bates performing earlier in the year!

Thank Yous and Photos: The Firepit Stage at Pitch Festival 2018

I just wanted to say a few massive thank yous! Thank you to the incredible speakers, workshop facilitors and poets who made the Firepit Stage at Pitch Festival 2018 so amazing! Numerous people remarked how engaging, entertaining and thought provoking everyone was.

Thank you to the audiences that listened so attentively and on occation also got involved. Thank you to Pitch Festival themselves for asking me to be part of all. It was so much fun, and I was honoured by the excellent performers who graced the stage over the weekend!

See you all next year, check out the photos below!

Saturday

Antonella Gambotto-Burke

Dave James Horn

Faith Warn

Louise O’Connell

Sharon McCarron

Sunday

Lubna Gem Arielle

Joanne Murray

Sam Rapp the Dyslexic Poet

Alex Vellis

SM Jenkin

Nina Telegina

Today, Sunday 19th, Pitch Festival Firepit Line-up

From 10.30 to 11.30 there will be an open mic where you can explore and celebrate your creativity.

From 11.30 there will be a workshop focussing on three levels of well-being by Lubna Gem Arielle. Lubna is delivers courses and training in public workshops and to corporate clients. Lubna has spoken at Folkestone’s Normal Festival of the Brain and brings a wealth of experience.

From 12 there will a whole host of poets bringing a diverse, stimulating and thought provoking range of subjects:

  • Joanne Murray – Joanne Murray is a veteran of festivals like Vicar’s Picnic, Faversham Hop Festival, Rochester Literature Festival, the Peripheral Visionaries Festival in Brighton and more.  Joanne kicks the poetry off in a big way!
  • Sam Rapp the Dyslexic Poet – Sam Rapp is an award winning dyslexic published poet and playright who brings humour and power to her performances.
  • Alex Vellis – bastion of the Canterbury poetry scene, Alex Vellis runs several events in the city, has performed in venues such as Canterbury Cathedral and has been involved in projects with Canterbury Poet Laurette Lemn Sissay.
  • Barry Fentiman-Hall – published poet Barry combines insightful and moving poetry with a gripping performance.
  • SM Jenkin – SM Jenkin is a poet with a warm yet activist streak who has performed across the South-East and London, she writes a range of delicate and hard hitting poetry.
  • Nina Telegina – Nina grew up in the United States, studying theatre. Nina believes that poetry has great potential for storytelling, and writes dramatic monologues for performance. Most of her poems are first-person narratives told by peculiar characters – misfits, eccentrics, and the occasional manic animal. Her first show, Llama on the Loose, premiered at the Lime Bar Café in Folkestone in June 2018. You can catch it at the Faversham Fringe Festival, or at various venues around Kent.

Today, Saturday 18th, Pitch Festival Firepit Stage Line-up!

Come to the Fire Pit stage for a host of talented and thought provoking speakers and poets! Some tickets may still be available here.

The Stage will begien with an open mic 10.30 to 11.30 where you can explore, celebrate your creativity.

The days talk will be given by Antonella Gambotto-Burke, speaking on the romance of intimacy and attachment. Antonella contributes to international newspapers and magazines, including VogueHarper’s BazaarElleThe AustralianThe Telegraph (UK)The Mail on Sunday (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

Poetry will come from an array of insightful and powerful writers. Not to be missed are:

  • Dave James Horn – host of the stage, I draw my poetry from an interest in philosophy and social observation.
  • Kevin Blake – a poet and a comic, Kevin Blake applies a quick wit and dry sense of humour to the ridulousness of life.
  • Emma Mitchell – a punk-poet, Emma Mitchell brings a raw and vicerall tone to her poetry as she tackles the issues she sees in our society
  • Faith Warn – ex-BBC radio and freelance journalist Faith Warn has a considered and deep approach to life, celebrating and exploring it from its intricies to its oddities
  • Louise O’Connell – a writer tackling often challenging subjects, Louise O’Connell takes a strong and direct approach to her poetry
  • Sharon McCarron – often described as the Poet Laurette of Folkestone, Sharon McCarron is a powerful writer who takes on big subjects to sometimes devasting effect.

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The Firepit Stage – Sunday Line-up

Sunday brings yet more amazing speakers and poets to the Pitch Festival 2018 Firepit stage! Some tickets are still available here.

From 10.30 to 11.30 there will be an open mic where you can explore and celebrate your creativity.

From 11.30 there will be a workshop focussing on three levels of well-being by Lubna Gem Arielle. Lubna is delivers courses and training in public workshops and to corporate clients. Lubna has spoken at Folkestone’s Normal Festival of the Brain and brings a wealth of experience.

From 12 there will a whole host of poets bringing a diverse, stimulating and thought provoking range of subjects:

  • Joanne Murray – Joanne Murray is a veteran of festivals like Vicar’s Picnic, Faversham Hop Festival, Rochester Literature Festival, the Peripheral Visionaries Festival in Brighton and more.  Joanne kicks the poetry off in a big way!
  • Sam Rapp the Dyslexic Poet – Sam Rapp is an award winning dyslexic published poet and playright who brings humour and power to her performances.
  • Alex Vellis – bastion of the Canterbury poetry scene, Alex Vellis runs several events in the city, has performed in venues such as Canterbury Cathedral and has been involved in projects with Canterbury Poet Laurette Lemn Sissay.
  • Barry Fentiman-Hall – published poet Barry combines insightful and moving poetry with a gripping performance.
  • SM Jenkin – SM Jenkin is a poet with a warm yet activist streak who has performed across the South-East and London, she writes a range of delicate and hard hitting poetry.
  • Nina Telegina – Nina grew up in the United States, studying theatre. Nina believes that poetry has great potential for storytelling, and writes dramatic monologues for performance. Most of her poems are first-person narratives told by peculiar characters – misfits, eccentrics, and the occasional manic animal. Her first show, Llama on the Loose, premiered at the Lime Bar Café in Folkestone in June 2018. You can catch it at the Faversham Fringe Festival, or at various venues around Kent.

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The Fire Pit Stage – Saturday Line-up

Saturday at Pitch, come to the Fire Pit stage for a host of talented and thought provoking speakers and poets! Some tickets are still available here.

The Stage will begin with an open mic 10.30 to 11.30 where you can explore, celebrate your creativity.

The days talk will be given by Antonella Gambotto-Burke, speaking on the romance of intimacy and attachment. Antonella contributes to international newspapers and magazines, including VogueHarper’s BazaarElleThe AustralianThe Telegraph (UK)The Mail on Sunday (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

Poetry will come from an array of insightful and powerful writers. Not to be missed are:

  • Dave James Horn – host of the stage, I draw my poetry from an interest in philosophy and social observation.
  • Keven Blake – a poet and a comic, Kevin Blake applies a quick wit and dry sense of humour to the ridulousness of life.
  • Emma Mitchell – a punk-poet, Emma Mitchell brings a raw and vicerall tone to her poetry as she tackles the issues she sees in our society
  • Faith Warn – ex-BBC radio and freelance journalist Faith Warn has a considered and deep approach to life, celebrating and exploring it from its intricies to its oddities
  • Louise O’Connell – a writer tackling often challenging subjects, Louise O’Connell takes a strong and direct approach to her poetry
  • Sharon McCarron – often described as the Poet Laurette of Folkestone, Sharon McCarron is a powerful writer who takes on big subjects to sometimes devasting effect.

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Pitch Festival 2018 Talk and Poetry Line-up!

This weekend is Pitch Festival! A weekend of amazing poetry and music in the setting of the perfect pituresque Paddlesworth. On Saturday and Sunday at the Firepit stage there will be some talks, workshops and poetry from a whole host of fantastic speakers and wordsmiths. Here is the line-up, check them out!!

Saturday 18th August

10.30 – 11.30 – Open Mic
11.30 – 12.00 – Talk on the romance of intimacy and attachment by Antonella Gambotto-Burke
12 – 12.10 – Dave James Horn
12.10 – 12.20 – Kevin Blake
12.20 – 12.30 – Emma Mitchell
12.30 – 12.40 – Faith Warn
12.40 -12.50 – Louise O’Connell
12.50 – 13.00 – Sharon McCarron

Sunday 19th August

10.30 – 11.30 – Open Mic
11.30 – 12.00 – Well-being Workshop by Lubna Gem Arielle
12 – 12.10 – Joanne Murray
12.10 – 12.20 – Sam Rapp the Dyslexic Poet
12.20 – 12.30 – Alex Vellis
12.30-12.40 – Barry Fentiman-Hall
12.40-12.50 – SM Jenkin
12.50 – 13.00 – Nina Telegina

 

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Calling Poetry Performers for Pitch Festival 2018!!

I am very excited to be speaking about Pitch Festival 2018! I have been asked to arrange the poetry at the Firepit Stage. It is an honour to be able to invite the fine poets of Kent (and beyond) to make this another awesome year of poetry at Pitch!

The Fesitval

Pitch Festival is a small festival in its second year that happens on Paddlesworth Court Farm in Paddlesworth, a tiny village between Hawkinge and Folkestone. It runs between the 17th to the 19th August. Pitch Festival brings a great mix of local and more national artists into a warm and welcoming environment filled with amazing extra activities, food and drink!

Here is the Facebook page, and here is the website.

This is what Pitch say:

Pitch Festival Returns for a second year. Live Music,Open Mic, Artists, Poetry, Bands, Spoken Word, Electro, Workshops, DJ’s, Food, Drink. A family Festival which Invites you to take part in more ways then buying a ticket, get involved, Pitch Up, Pitch In, Pitch out!

The Poetry

On Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th August there will be an open mic for poetry, comedy and music 10.30 to 11.30 and then poetry 11.30 to 12.30. Following this will be an hour of comedy, but back to the poetry! I have six slots of 10 minutes available to poets Saturday and Sunday. For your amazing words, time and energy I can offer you a free weekend pass, camping, two free drinks and half price drinks after that. With your consent I will be taking photos and can also video sets.

I would love to have you on the bill! If you would like to perform get in touch at dave7horn@gmail.com! I look forward to hearing from you!

Below are a few photos from last years line-up on a mobile, I now have upgraded to a SLR.

Dawn Blossom

Here is the latest video/vlog on my YouTube channel, Dawn Blossom, which also features on on an impromtu EP called Bloom. In other news I can’t wait to put a call out for poets at Pitch Festival 2018!! We are just finalising a few things.

Back to the EP, listen and download it at the bottom. This is an impromtu EP recorded in the South Downs around Folkestone, Kent. Dead Wood is based on a breakdown and experience of recovery, a poem that I could only write four years after the event. Dawn Blossom is newer and inspired by a particualry moving yoga session. Recorded on a SLR camera, the recording has aimed to capture the ambient sounds of the location which include birdsong, inevitable traffic and the odd bit of wind interference.

The idea to read them was even based on the environment. Aware that the sounds and place were so beautiful, I looked for relevant poems I might record. Scrolling though, a leaf fell from the trees above onto Dead Wood – selecting a poem I would never normally consider but still setting the tone of the recording session.

They are one side of my writing and may feature in my second book, to be released later in the year! Exciting times!

 

What Goes on in Your Head?, written for The Sick of The Fringe at Normal? Festival 2018

This is the second piece I wrote for The Sick of The Fringe over the course of Normal? festival 2018. It is a diagnosis for What Goes on in Your Head?, an installation and talk by artist Jim Lockey and behaviour expert Tracy Mapp.

Let’s start with some questions. R+ + you = what? What would you do for dopamine? What goes on in your head? What goes on in your teenager’s head? The last question was focus of workshops run by artist Jim Lockey, and the culmination was What Goes on in Your Head?, an installation and talk on behaviour and the brain.

Read the full piece here.

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