Poetry in Portsmouth - Community Conversations 

Thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with Tongues & Grooves in the CommunityJourneys Festival International Portsmouth presents a series of free poetry workshops. There is also a touring poetry exhibition written by members of the local refugee and asylum seeker community on display in local libraries.

Taking inspiration from poems written by members of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum-seeking community, the workshops are suitable for all levels of experience, whether you’re an award-winning writer or a complete beginner.
 

There will be an opportunity for poems written during the workshop to be exhibited during Journeys Festival International Portsmouth, 18– 27 October. 

Portsmouth – Heaven City
Here it is calm and the song
of the waves and the sound
of the singing swallows the cry
of the evil that flows into the land
of the people.
When the frog calls to his mate
across the river
it drowns out the sound
of the foolish sheep.
And the sound of the frog
echoes the sound
of Arman’s heart.
Arman

Poetry Exhibition Tours Portsmouth

Touring to libraries in Portsmouth is an incredible collection of poems created by local refugee and asylum-seekers. These poems have been created in workshops with Tongues & Grooves in the Community and various experts from the poetry world.

 

These poems will also be on display, alongside poetry performances during Journeys Festival International Portsmouth, 18– 27 October. 

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

13 May - 9 June

Cosham Library

Spur Road, Cosham, Portsmouth. PO6 3EB

Email: cosham.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 9237 6023

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

10 June - 10 July

Central Library

Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2DX

Email: lending.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Phone: 023 9281 9311

 

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

11 July - 11 August

Southsea Library

19-21 Palmerston Road
Southsea
Hampshire
PO5 3QQ

Email: southsea.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 9268 8999

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

12 August - 8 September

Beddow Library

Milton Road
Milton
Portsmouth
PO4 8PR

Email: beddow.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 9273 1848

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

9 September - 14 October

Alderman Lacey Library

Tangier Road
Copnor
Portsmouth 
PO3 6HU

Email: alderman.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Phone: 023 9282 3991

Poetry Exhibition on Tour

15 October - 1 November

Central Library

Portsmouth City Council
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2DX

Email: lending.library@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Phone: 023 9281 9311

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Snow

I’d like to be snow –
white and clean
on the mountains
and on the wide land

Watching children
playing and happy
melted by their happiness.

Life is beautiful –
even in summer
even in Winter.

Farideh

Poetry Workshops in Portsmouth

A series of free poetry workshops are available, with masters of the written word, at various libraries throughout the summer and in the build-up to Journeys Festival International Portsmouth, 18 – 27 October. All workshop spaces are free of charge but should be booked in advance here: Poetry in Portsmouth

Poetry Workshop

Wednesday 10 July

Central Library

3.00pm-6.00pm

In partnership with Good Mental Health Cafe, join Tongues & Grooves in the Community and Journeys Festival International for a free poetry workshop with poet Stephanie Norgate, exploring themes of home, hope and journeys. Taking inspiration from poems written by members of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum-seeking community, the workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, whether you’re an award-winning writer or a complete beginner. Stephanie Norgate writes about people and their connection to the world around them.

Poetry Workshop

Saturday 10 August

Southsea Library

4.00pm - 6.30pm

Maria Jastrzebska leads a free poetry workshop, exploring themes of home, hope and journeys. Taking inspiration from poems written by members of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum-seeking community, the workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, whether you’re an award-winning writer or a complete beginner. Maria writes about language, family and borders.

 

Poetry Workshop

Saturday 7 September

Milton & Beddow Library

10.00am - 12.30pm

Matt West leads a fun free poetry writing workshop for the young writers amongst us exploring themes of home, hope and journeys. Community Conversations is a project which explores how poetry can share conversations across communities. Matt was Southampton's first Children's Poet Laureate and has been known to write about animals.

Poetry Workshop

Friday 11 October

Alderman Lacey Library

1.30pm - 4.00pm

Join George Marsh for a special Haiku poetry workshop as part of Community Conversations. Taking inspiration from poems written by members of Portsmouth’s refugee and asylum-seeking community, the workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, whether you’re an award-winning writer or a complete beginner.
George Marsh bases his haiku writing on meditation practice. He has written a book on teaching poetry, and a website for the teaching of haiku, which can be found at www.haiku.org.uk 

Kabul

Ah! How beautiful is Kabul
encircled by her arid mountains.
And rose, of the trails
of thorns she envies.

Her gusts of powdered soil,
slightly sting my eyes
but I love her,
for knowing and loving
are born of this same dust.

Sara

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