Monday, September 07, 2009

White House Poetry Revival Wed 9th Sept 2009

White House Poetry Revival
Wed 9th Sept. 2009 9.00pm

This weeks guest is Keith Armstrong (UK) & Rense Sinkgraven (Holland).

Keith Armstrong was born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher. He now resides in the seaside town of Whitley Bay, is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England.
Keith often works and travels with folk-musicians from North East England, and he has written the lyrics for an album, Bleeding Sketches, by folk-rock band The Whisky Priests, with whom he has toured extensively in The Netherlands. He has also visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg to perform his poetry with musicians Pete Challoner and Ian Carr. He has recently inspired songs by Jez Lowe and by Joseph Porter of Blyth Power.

Rense Sinkgraven (1965) grew up in the village of Smilde in the Netherlands. He made his debut with the volume 'Bombloesem' (Bomb blossom; Uitg. kleine Uil, 2005). He was the city poet of Groningen, Newcastle's twin city, from 2007 until January 2009 and has visited Newcastle twice to perform his poems. His work has been published in many literary magazines and anthologies. Besides being a poet, he is also the lead singer in a band, 'Rense and his Scrambled Eggs'. They brought out a single and accompanying video entitled 'Eier back' (Bake Eggs), a Dadaist punk song.
His new volume of poetry appeared in January 2009: 'Sloop de stad met tedere woorden' (Demolish the Town with Tender Words; Uitg. kleine Uil).
Info: Dominic Taylor 087 2996409 or Barney Sheehan 086 8657494 Bloghttp//

The White House Poets acknowledge the support of the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Limerick City Council.



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