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Zeal for Chichester’s January Open Mic Poetry

Chichester’s inaugural Open Mic Poetry evening for 2013 is filled with promise and should, as always, fill creative writers with inspiration and enthusiasm – especially if the title of headliner Andrew Bailey’s poetry collection, Zeal (Enitharmon, 2012), is anything to go by.

Andrew will read from his first collection at the New Park Centre, Chichester, on Wednesday 30th January, 7.00pm. This is a collection which top poet and critic Penelope Shuttle admired for its elemental qualities: “Earth, air, fire and water are the presiding spirits of this collection,’ she wrote in The Guardian, “A notable debut.”

After studying at the universities of Nottingham and Sheffield, Andrew moved to West Sussex. Not only was he one of the original editors for the Poetry Archive but he has also worked for the Poetry Society, Poetry International Web and a handful of fringe theatre companies. His poems have appeared widely, both online and offline, and he was the 2005 winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize.

In December 2011, Andrew read festive poetry at Chichester Creative Network’s Christmas Craft Fair held at Cobnor Activities Centre, the location for Chichester Copywriter’s Writers’ Retreat which takes place 6th-7th April, 2013.

Local wordsmiths will also get the chance to take to the stage when Andrew’s reading is followed by an open mic session. All writers are welcome to read their latest poems on any subject and in any style. While those who prefer to listen and enjoy the poetry are just as welcome.

Tickets are £3 on the door but please arrive in plenty of time to get a good seat. Please contact: or 07813244731 for more information.


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