Poetry Platform, 26th Jan

First of all, thanks to Kym and Chris for holding my hand.

Thanks also to those who put their hands together at the end.

The thing that struck me about last night is that what you get, on nights like those,  is writers reading out their own stuff exactly the way it was intended to be read out – not someone else’s interpretation of your written word. This is what makes it such a good evening. Nothing gets ‘lost in translation’ in the writer-performer gap, simply because there is no such gap.  And one is not just in the company of talented writers, but also decent performance artists.

I counted 35 bums on seats – not bad for a torrential Tuesday in January.

This little town certainly punches above its weight when it comes to creative writing – the array of local talent is uncanny.

Great to see the Bohemian spirit is alive and well here in Winchester. I don’t particularly want to wear silver spandex trousers and a purple cape myself, but it’s nice to be in a place where people feel it’s entirely OK to do so.

Here’s to the February gig………..




What makes a good competition?

Small entrance fee / small prize money?

or Big entrance fee / big prize money?

Prizes with ambassadorial duties attached?

or Prizes without ambassadorial duties attached?

Competitions open to everyone?

or Competitions that are ring-fenced?

Competitive competitions

or Uncompetitive competitions?

Can’t make my mind up……………

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition



What is Bad Poetry?

What is ‘bad poetry’?

Bad poetry is not ‘proper’ poetry.

As we all know, proper poetry is Keats or Lemn Sissay or Carole Ann Duffy or Larkin.

Bad poetry is more inclined towards song lyrics or so-called ‘slam’ poetry. Just like these two distant cousins, bad poetry is best accompanied by good delivery. For this reason it is best-delivered by the author. It is (in essence) a performance art.

Elsewhere on this website lies a link to past and future readings by Jody Redmires.

Bad Poetry makes sense and it (usually) rhymes. It is often less ethereal and obtuse than proper poetry – more accessible, some might say.

You have come across it before, even if you don’t realise it. Bad poetry is Victoria Wood, Pam Ayers, Alan Bennett, John Cooper Clarke, Alexei Sayle, Ian Dury, Eminem, and so on.

It is Little and Large or The Chuckle Brothers. It is more Barker and Corbett than Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

Read on and if you wish to be involved in the ‘Bad Poetry’ initiative, get in touch with the self-appointed President of the Bad Poets Society, Jody Redmires.