Find out more about local poets and read some of their work.

Creative writing: poetry by Meg Sherman

Creative writing: poetry by Meg Sherman

Meg Sherman has been writing poetry since 2016, and has since written more than 1000 poems. Meg says: ” I always longed to write blistering romantic poetry that transcends the realm of the mortal and is forged in divine fire, but I didn’t have the necessary creative flow, until a series of visionary spiritual experiences
Creative writing: poetry by The Village Boy

Creative writing: poetry by The Village Boy

Born in the UK, The Village Boy is a written and spoken word poet of Sierra Leonean descent. Inspired by the power of words as a medium and his love of music he integrates the two to create a journey through the emotional psyche. In Sierra Leone the term “It takes a Village” is often
Portrait of a Poet: Andy Buchanan

Portrait of a Poet: Andy Buchanan

by Anita Foxall. When poet Andy Buchanan first moved to Southampton, he thought this was a city with a lot of unrealised potential.  Even with its large population, being a university city, many parks, and amazing venues, he felt there was still the opportunity to do more.  And in the intervening 30 years, Andy saw
On being a mother to my trans daughter – how poems helped say what needed to be said

On being a mother to my trans daughter – how poems helped say what needed to be said

by Claire Dyer. There’s a poem in Yield called ‘Trans’. It imagines travellers from another planet who, on reaching Earth, see for themselves some of our ideas around gender stereotypes. There are two types of mother in this poem:   and there are those they call mother who sometimes stand triumphant, waving banners from high
Portrait of a poet: Henry Baroche

Portrait of a poet: Henry Baroche

by Anita Foxall. Henry Baroche is a well-known name to the cultural community of Southampton, though you may know him better as Mad King Ludwig from Mad King Ludwig and the Mojo. That’s right, Henry is an incredibly multi-talented human, and is a beloved musician, but what a lot of people don’t know is that
Write a Note – how the Southampton poetry night started and where it is today

Write a Note – how the Southampton poetry night started and where it is today

Write a Note  is a cornerstone the Southampton poetry scene. We look at how it all started and where it is today. by Issa Loyaan Farrah and Anita Foxall. Write a Note – how it all begun by Issa Loyaan Farrah. I set-up Write a Note in 2016. I was a regular at Notes Cafe
Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

Talented Southampton poet contributes to first global covid-19 inspired anthology

by Ben Biddell. ‘Together: An anthology from the COVID-19 pandemic’, is a true collection of the many voices of humanity during the hard time that has been and still is in 2020, curated by Dutch researcher Dr Pauldy Otermans and social educationist Dev Aditya from London. The 444-page book, which  is currently available in  in
Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

Lock Write Down poetry helping Black Minds Matter and NHS

by Charlie Hislop. Covid-19 Lockdown has affected everyone differently. Some people thrived, some struggled, some worked and some people wrote about it. And someone decided to collect some of that into a book. Lock Write Down is a poetry anthology curated by Robyn Hislop, produced as a way of raising money for charity – Black
Portrait of a poet: Estelle Phillips

Portrait of a poet: Estelle Phillips

by Anita Foxall. Poetry has been part of Estelle Phillips’ life since she was a small girl. Today she is a single mother of four who “is really bad at a lot of things and swears a lot, but can bake cakes.” Furthermore, she has made poetry a solid presence in her life. As a
Portrait of a poet: Matt LT Smith

Portrait of a poet: Matt LT Smith

by Anita Foxall. “When I think about how I was as a kid, I feel like writing was inevitable. My brain was just always very busy and teeming with imagination and I didn’t have any outlet for it, so when I got older and toys and willing participants on the playground fell by the wayside,
Portrait of a poet: Jayne Ede

Portrait of a poet: Jayne Ede

by Anita Foxall. Southampton- based spoken word poet Jayne Ede, who was born in Brighton, says that words are her “favourite and sharing them a bonus.” Jayne is a very familiar face to regulars at the Art House, where she has worked as a volunteer, where she became a most valuable audience member to various
Portrait of a poet: Ash Brockwell

Portrait of a poet: Ash Brockwell

by Anita Foxall. Ash Brockwell is a multi-talented artist in various areas, but most recently you may have become acquainted with him as the editor of the poetry anthology ‘TransVerse: We Will Not be Erased’. His artistic talents started at a four or five, when he drew on the wallpaper, which he remembers as “not
Launch of TransVerse: We Won’t Be Erased

Launch of TransVerse: We Won’t Be Erased

by Anita Foxall. TransVerse: We Won’t Be Erased!, an anthology of poems and lyrics by transgender and non-binary writers, was recently launched at The Art House Café, in Southampton. The event consisted of performances by some of the poets and gave us a chance to speak to the editor, Ash Brockwell, about this project. How it
Portrait of a poet: Dave Hubble

Portrait of a poet: Dave Hubble

by Anita Foxall. If you are in touch with Southampton’s creative scene, Dave Hubble is a local artist and poet who you will almost certainly have heard of. Dave is a wonderful wordsmith and a committed visual artist, who uses a variety of materials to create fantastic pieces of art with focus on lost and