Wivenhoe Poetry Prize, 2011
  • The winners have just been announced by the good folk of the Bookshop for the 2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize.

    Congratulations to Martin Malone who landed the first prize with Digitalis. The presentation will take place at the Bookshop on 1st July at 6:30pm.

    More details over here.
  • Well done to Candyce and the other merit winners - some of whom will be reading their at the presentation (sadly Martin and the other prize-winners are probably based too far away to make it - in terms of poetry competitions, Wivenhoe is like Manchester United! :-)).

    I was frankly amazed and gobsmacked to get a merit from the worthy people of poetrywivenhoe... my previous attempts at poetry having been rude limericks about teachers when I was a kid. Thank you chaps.
  • A fine evening at the Bookshop. Poetry's not really my kinda gig, but I have an open mind, aided by glasses of red wine.

    I recorded the entire event... cos I can. Copies have been sent to Radio Wivenhoe.

    LOVED the poem, Hazel ;)

    An interview with Peter Kennedy from poetrywivenhoe.

  • Does anyone know when the Bookshop is publishing the poetry Wivenhoe book of poems this December? I hope to be able to pick up a few before last xmas posting dates.
  • I reckon an e-mail to Chris at PoetryWivenhoe, or an enquiry to the Wivenhoe Bookshop might do the trick..?
  • Thanks - hadn't had a reply from the bookshop - will try & find Chris's email.
  • or try Peter Kennedy...
  • Joan Taylor's in charge of the new collection!  (see "contact" page on www.poetrywivenhoe.org)  But I believe the publication will be pretty soon. I'll try to get further details for the Forum ASAP.
  • Latest word is "we hope by the end of next week" ie in time for Christmas.
  • Fingers crossed it's in time for last posting day!
  • "The week before Christmas" confirmed as the publication date. A lovely skyline design from Helen.

    640 x 446 - 70K
  • May have to post my pressies and then send this for New Year's as the Wiv Book's website says "in the week before". Lovely design!
  • Hazel, why don't you send signed copies of the wonderful Festive Edition of 'Words Down the line', with your Christmas epic 'Last Great Eastern', Jacquie's 'Christmas Gifts', a sly dig at our preference for presentation over content, and the spendidly eccentric Wivenhoe Christmas Dinner menu from 1910?

    You'd save tons of money, given it's free, and even the postage would be much cheaper!!

  • The new collection "poetrywivenhoe 2011" is now definitely on sale at the Wivenhoe Bookshop.  It features all the winning poems from the 2011 Prize, and also a number of poems specially selected for this collection from the large number of entries that were received for the competition .

    The most excellent cover design, by Catherine Dodds, features Helen Lee's painting of Wivenhoe's skyline, as you can see from Jason's earlier posting above.

  • Lovely book. Wrapped up my copy to send special delivery to my dad earlier (along with a copy of Words Down the Line of course). May have to pop in for a few more copies soon. Well done for everyone helping get it published in time for xmas! x
  • News of the official launch of the poetrywivenhoe prize book, via the Bookshop:

    Wivenbooks, the Wivenhoe Bookshop press, have just published an anthology of work in partnership with poetrywivenhoe, featuring a selection of the most outstanding entries and winners from the 2011 Wivenhoe  Poetry Prize. The book will be launched at the bookshop:

    poetrywivenhoe 2011

    Book Launch Evening


    Thursday 2nd February

    Wivenhoe Bookshop, 23 High Street, Wivenhoe

    There'll be some readings from the anthology, and wine and nibbles will be served – all are welcome.

    The Wivenhoe Poetry Prize 2011

    The competition, jointly organised by poetrywivenhoe and the Wivenhoe Bookshop, was judged by award-winning poet Andre Mangeot, and a selection of entries and winning poems was chosen by the book editors (Pam Job, Peter Kennedy, Joan Taylor) for inclusion in the ‘poetrywivenhoe 2011′ anthology.

    The book is beautifully designed by Catherine Dodds, and the jacket features an extraordinary Wivenhoe skyline by artist Helen Lee.

    2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize @wivenhoebooks Part 1 (mp3)

    2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize @wivenhoebooks Part 2 (mp3)

    2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize @wivenhoebooks Part 3 (mp3)

    2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize @wivenhoebooks Part 4 (mp3)

    2011 Wivenhoe Poetry Prize @wivenhoebooks Part 5 (mp3)
  • A bump. 'cos this open event takes place at the Bookshop tomorrow.

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Wivenhoe Diary
Many thanks to Wivenhoe News for helping to source these dates
1 - 30 April, James Dodds exhibiting at Over the Sofa Gallery, Wivenhoe Bookshop
11 April - 10 May, Jarman's Dungeness, an exhibition by Andy Brooke celebrating Jarman's vision 20 years on, Wivenhoe Library
11 April, Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife Springwatch, Sailing Club, 7:30 - 10pm
12 April, WTFC Vs Thetford Town, Broad Lane, 3pm
12 April, Wivenhoe Ferry Fundraiser, the Sailing Club, 7:30pm - late. Live music from Strings Attached, DJ and curry meal. Tickets £12 from the Bookshop.
13 April, WivGigs, Come and Try day
15 April, Moving Image, Enough Said, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
17 and 18 May, Wivenhoe Open Gardens, various locations around the town
17 - 20 April, Beer Festival at the Black Buoy pub; 20 plus guest beers and ciders, food, live music.
19 April, Farmer's Market, Congregational Hall, 9:30 - 12:30pm
19 April, Easter Workshop for children, age 5 - 12, St Mary’s, 2pm - 3:30pm
21 April, WTFC Vs Stanway Rovers, Broad Lane, 3pm
23 April, Italian Literature, start of a five week course with Giovanni Colacicchi, Wivenhoe Bookshop, 2:30 - 4:30pm
23 April, Wivenhoe Film Club, Bicycle Thieves, The Nottage, 7:30pm
24 April, poetrywivenhoe, Allison McVety, The Legion, 8pm
24 April, Funny Farm Comedy Club, Andrew O'Neill, Cricket Club, 8pm
25 April - start of Wild About Wivenhoe month. Various events centred around the Wildlife Garden. Full details to be published... when known!
25 April, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, open-air bicycle-powered cinema, bar, evening food, all at the Wildlife Garden
26 April, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife Dawn Chorus Walk, meet at 5am in the train station car park
26 April, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Art and Photography Exhibition themed around the Wildlife Garden, William Loveless Hall
26 April, Bird Walk with Richard Allen, Sailing Club, 10am
29 April, Moving Image, All is Lost, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
2nd May, Wivenhoe Society Talk, Richard Moulson, CBC Ranger: 'History and Management of Colne Nature Reserve, Wivenhoe Woods and Ferry Marsh, The Nottage, 7:30pm
3 May, WTFC Vs Diss, Broad Lane, 3pm
9 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, presentations about wildlife in gardens, and gardening for wildlife in Wivenhoe Library, presented by John Rowland, Glyn Evans & Chris Gibson
13 May, Moving Image, Nebraska, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
14 May, Wivenhoe Town Council Annual Meeting, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm, all welcome.
16 May, Shipyard Studios, Inside Out, Keel House, 5 Walter Radcliffe Road, 3pm - 8pm www.shipyardstudios.co.uk
17 - 26 May, Shipyard Studios, Inside Out, Keel House, 5 Walter Radcliffe Road, 10am - 5pm www.shipyardstudios.co.uk
17 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Moth Trapping and Bat Watching, Wildlife Garden
18 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Moth Trapping - the reveal!
20 May, Moving Image, Saving Mr Banks, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
15 June, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Wildflower Walk in the gravel pits behind the cricket club, 11am
29 June, Jazz on the Quay, 1pm