nobody crazy ’bout an angry white man – Poetry Reading by Juley Harvey

Poetry performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The state of America

What motivated you to write this poem?

The state of America

How long have you been writing poetry?

Since high school

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

The Dalai Lama

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Seemed like a good idea at the time

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Short stories, creative nonfiction, novel, prize-winning poet and former journalist

What is your passion in life?

Pretty much given up on people; to bring as much beauty, laughter, and light into the world as i can!

A trace of dreams – Poetry Reading by Dora Marii

Poetry performed by Val Cole

Twitter: @marii_dora

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Power of fantasy is the theme of this poem.

Waking up in early morning hours and having a dreamlike inspiration. What is inspiration? Having lots of fantasy and starting to realise it and to handle it can change your life 🙂

What motivated you to write this poem?

Following fantasy and dreams and looking for ways to ‘make them real’ is a great motivator for our lives. This poem depicts how I have started the year 2016 – to the end of the year I have found my reality. I am a poet and this is the path for me.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I have written poetry from ‘91 to ‘98 but showing it only to friends and school mates. I have started to write again 2013.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Lady Gaga – I have had a crush on her music lately, loving ‘Marry the night’. Good music needs also good lyrics.

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I find it a great idea! Some years ago I have seen something like this on TV and liked it. Such performances are refreshingly attracting more people to arts and to poems.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I write short stories, one of them ‘The calm river’ was submitted in autumn 2016 to a publishing contest and is now available on my Facebook Page (would love if you can link to it! http://bit.ly/dora-calm-river)

What is your passion in life?

I am a professional dreamer searching for my Self – the biggest adventure nowadays.

A Shadow – Poetry Reading by Christopher Burn

Poetry performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Self improvement through change

What motivated you to write this poem?

Recovery from addiction

How long have you been writing poetry?

Sporadically for thirty years but more intensely for the past five years

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

The Greek poetess Sappho.

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Curiosity as to how an objective rendering would sound.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written two books (Poetry Changes Lives and The Fun We Had), I also write articles, blogs and reviews.

What is your passion in life?

My passion in life is Life itself, specifically family, friends, writing and the afterlife, none of which I am good at.

2016! – Poetry Reading by Kevin Short

 Poetry performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

A REFLECTION OF TWELVE MONTHS PAST

What motivated you to write this poem?

THE SADNESS AND DESPAIR EXPERIENCED BY MANY DURING 2016

How long have you been writing poetry?

40 YEARS +

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

IT’S A TOSS UP BETWEEN ELVIS AND SAMUEL BECKETT, BUT DONALD TRUMP WOULD BE FAVORITE RIGHT NOW!

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I AM A PERFORMANCE POET MYSELF, BUT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HEAR ANOTHER PROFESSIONAL’S PERSPECTIVE AND INTERPRETATION.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

YES, I WRITE PLAYS, SCREENPLAYS, SONGS, QUIRKY BOOKS, AND A LITTLE HAIKU.

What is your passion in life?

MY PASSION IS TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR THOUGHT THROUGH THE ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA.

2016: A year of heartaches and surprise – Poetry Reading by Ruth Andrews Garnes

 Poetry performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

2016 in Review

What motivated you to write this poem?

The challenge by Festival of poetry.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Approximately 20 years.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Oprah Winfrey

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Oprah Winfrey

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I’ve written 2 script and has two poetry collection.

What is your passion in life?

My family and writing

Little Girl Lost – Diana Princess of Wales, Poetry Reading by Patricia Poulos

Poetry performed by Val Cole

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Sadness and loss

What motivated you to write this poem?

The death of the Princess Diana

How long have you been writing poetry?

I commenced in about 1970.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I wished to share the life of one lost to the world

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have written 4 non-fiction books, a number of short stories, I have written, produced and edited the “Profiler” magazine, five feature scripts and one short.

What is your passion in life?

To do all I can to prevent suffering and starvation of the populace (including animals) and protect children.