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Poetry of the Natural World comes to Chichester

One of Chichester Copywriter’s biggest creative writing inspirations is nature, particularly her natural surroundings in and around West Sussex. A writer who shares this inspiration is James Simpson who is performing at Open Mic Poetry, New Park Centre, Chichester, this week.

Heading the bill at November’s Open Mic Poetry is local poet James Simpson who lives in the South Downs. James, who was educated at Bishop Luffa School before taking a Creative Writing MA at the University of Chichester, has a keen eye for the natural world.

His poetry is inspired by Sussex landscapes and the creatures that share our habitat. As critic Jeremy Hooker says, his work has a focus on ‘earth, landscape and the relations between language and the organic animal creation.’

James will be reading from his latest work, The Untenanted Room, which combines his poetry with original artwork by Carolyn Trant produced from striking traditional woodcuts. His writing has been praised by top-flight poets like Vicki Feaver who labelled The Untenanted Room, ‘The work of a serious writer whose voice is already distinctive.’

Local poets will get the chance to read their own poetry alongside James Wednesday, 30th November. Spokesman Barry Smith said, ‘Writers are encouraged to dig out their poetry on the natural world this month, but there’s no restriction on subject or style. People are welcome to bring along any poems they would like to share with a supportive audience of poetry lovers.’

There will also be live music from classical guitarist Linda Kelsall-Barnett and refreshments in the bar afterwards.

Chichester Copywriter hopes to see you at Open Mic Poetry, Wed 30th November, 7.45pm, New Park Centre, Chichester. Tickets are just £3 and are available on the door. For further information email or call 07813244731.

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