Wonderful poet and my collaborator on Speech Bubble spoken word charity event Winston Plowes has held three hugely successful Spoken Word Shindig open mic events in Hebden Bridge, with my friend Graham Alexander as the guest at the third one, and invited me to the fourth. I am going to support Steve Anderson. See Shindig facebook page
This is what Winston wrote about the forthcoming Shindig on 17 December, 8 pm, at Nelson Wine Bar, Hebden Bridge:
“Wowser, still basking in the sparkly light of Shindig #3 where there was both quality and quantity, a rare thing for a poetry night. The Shindig is quickly becoming the home of open mic poetry for Hebden.
Shindig #4 will have a festive tinge and you will not be disappointed by our two wonderful guests.
Oxana Poberejnaia will be supporting Steve Anderson, More about both of them:
Dr Oxana Poberejnaia
Born in Tomsk, Soviet Russia. Oxana went to high school in California in 1995/96, she holds a MA (Hons) in Political Sciences from Tomsk State University, and a PhD in Government from The University of Manchester.
She now works and volunteers in the community sector with human rights and sustainability charities. Oxana lives in Portsmouth (nr Todmorden) but is under oath never to include this in her postal address lest all her post goes astray.
Oxana has been writing poems and short stories since early childhood and thanks to her Mom’s diligence, her early creations survive. Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ made Oxana finally admit she was in fact in artist and an acting scholar and an activist.
Her poems and flash fiction have been published in poetry anthologies and poetry magazines Orbis and South. Her short story, ‘Waking Up’ will feature in the collection ‘Daddies’ Girls’, Indigo Dreams in 2014.
Oxana paints watercolours and plays the frame drum, teaching the latter in Cornholme and Portsmouth Old Library, Tuesday, 7-8 pm…
Steve has sporadically written poetry since 1978 gleaning inspiration from angst, nature, culture, music, food, politics, craft, and angst.
Work life; technician in professional theatre, joiner, electrician, set up a workshop for special needs young adults running it for five years before moving to Mytholmroyd in 2006. In 2009 Steve and partner Jo established ‘I spice’.
Home life; father of three children, cook, dishwasher, green woodturning, parental wisdom/guidance/pasties.
Performing guitar blues/ragtime/jazz solo/duo/trios since 1985.
In 1980 Steve, unaccompanied, walked 1180 miles between John ‘O’Groats and Lands’ End, collecting publicans’ autographs, sleeping in barns/under hedges…(now referred to as hedge-surfing).
Perhaps best known for his playing of Christmas tunes in an unusual way, Steve was last year diagnosed with advanced cancer which he views as a great opportunity to do that which remains to be done with the greatest of gusto.”