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Poems of Myth, Memory and Love in Chichester

On Wednesday 28th May at 19.30, Sussex poet Janet Sutherland will head the bill at Chichester’s monthly Open Mic Poetry event at Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester. Janet will treat the audience to poems from her latest collection Bone Monkey (Shearsman books) which is about a trickster who wanders through a series of creation myths into reveries on memory, love and loss.

Janet Sutherland was born in Salisbury and grew up on a small dairy farm. She studied English at University College, Cardiff, before moving on to gain an MA in American Poetry at University of Essex.  Since 2001, she’s lived in Lewes, East Sussex and as well as pursuing her writing, Janet works part time for Relate in Brighton.

Open Mic spokesman Barry Smith says: “We’re delighted to feature Janet’s poetry for our Chichester audiences. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies including The Virago Book of Love Poetry and The New British Poetry 1968-88. She’s published three full collections with Shearsman.”

“Her poetry has also appeared in many magazines including Poetry Review, The Rialto and Warwick Review. With her focus on love, memory and myth, I’m sure her work will appeal to a wide range of poetry lovers.”

There will be a chance for local poets to share the spotlight with Janet in the open mic section of the evening. Barry says: “Visiting poets are always impressed by the energy, commitment and sheer quality of the poems read by our local writers. It’s a chance for people to get their message across, whatever the subject or style of their poetry. Listeners are equally welcome.”

Entrance is £3 on the door. For more information please email: or call: 07813244731.

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