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Headstand is a music and spoken word show broadcast on Cambridge's community radio station Cambridge 105. The show airs on 105 FM in Cambridge every other Sunday from 9-10pm and programmes are available via this podcast shortly after. Anyone interested in getting involved in the show or community radio in Cambridge is welcome to get in touch.
 
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Norwich poet discusses how rules and restrictions can help unlock your creativity when writing poetry. He shares a poem written in the abracadabra form and challenges you to write one – with a few more rules if you can take it!He also talks about his life as a poet including how performing as a teenager on the Liverpool poetry scene helped him over…
 
Windy Hind discusses her project Tiny Poetry – narrative medicine for the soul. She talks about how she began writing poetry after her son was born with critical health issues and how the power of poetry is being increasingly recognised in the medical world. She also invites you to explore your experiences of illness to write short, strong poems.ww…
 
Adele Cordner reads poems from her debut collection The Kitchen Sink Chronicles published by Hedgehog Press. The poems have been written in the last year during the pandemic and capture the fear, uncertainty and strangeness of life in lockdown while also finding moments of hope, resilience and joy in the face of a global crisis.Photo by Pixels in t…
 
In this second half Jonathan Davidson talks about his new book A Common Place. He explains why it's so unusual and why he chose to break the conventions of poetry publishing in this work which contains poems by other writers alongside his own, a commentary, a gazetteer with all the places mentioned and lots and lots of footnotes. You can also hear …
 
John McCullough discusses his poem Stationery from the Costa Award shortlisted collection Reckless Paper Birds. He talks about the various elements that influenced the poem: From his love life to social media posts. He invites listeners to write a poem using items of stationery as metaphors for life and relationships.www.johnmccullough.co.ukwww.poe…
 
Katherine Stansfield talks about poetry and place and how language intersects the two. Her second collection, We Could Be Anywhere By Now, is inspired by her life in Wales after growing up in Cornwall. She shares some poems and invites you to write a poem using a word that has taken on a new meaning or significance or which is made up!https://kathe…
 
Olly Watson writes humorous, touching poetry about life, family and whatever else comes to mind while thatching roofs in Norfolk and Suffolk. He shares some poems and talks about what inspires him. He also challenges listeners to create a new version of an existing poems. He and Patrick provide examples based on poems by Philip Larkin and Elizabeth…
 
Cambridge-based poet Michael Brown discusses ekphrastic poetry and shares poems inspired by the work of Francis Bacon. He discusses the process of turning pictures into words and invites listeners to try writing an ekphrastic poem. He also reads from his new collection Meet Me at the Harbour coming out on Eyewear.poetbrownie.comPicture by Thom Atki…
 
Twenty years after he died, Sally Festing inherited an archive of her father's letters and diaries. Through these she learnt how her aunt and uncle, who she never knew, had been destroyed by schizophrenia. The suffering of his brother and sister drove her father, the neuroscientist Derek Richter, to establish the Mental Health Foundation. Sally tal…
 
Leanne Moden felt like she’d finally found her place in the world when she accidentally became a teenage goth in rural Norfolk in 2002. In 2019 this became the starting point of her debut show spoken word Skip Skip Skip about finding your identity through music and discovering your tribe. She talks about developing the show and preparing to take it…
 
Alex Russell is a poet, performer and creative entrepreneur. In this final episode in the first series of Poetry Non-Stop he talks about some of his innovations in poetry including poetry in advertising, automatically generating poems with a predictive text bot, looking for love in the lonely hearts ad section of Craigslist and selling poems sealed…
 
Avouleance is a writer living in Norwich interested in exploring experiences with mental health difficulties through their writing. When not writing they're studying for a masters in computational chemistry as a hobby. In this episode Avouleance talks about living with autism and related mental health issues and how creative writing helps them expr…
 
Poet and film studies and creative writing lecturer Sue Burge talks about her love of film and poetry and where the two meet. She shares some of her poems which blend classic film imagery, scenes from real life and her vivid imagination and sets a writing exercise that encourages you to take the director's chair as you look back on your life.Sue ha…
 
In the summer of 2016 Jamie Osborn, who had just graduated from Cambridge University, went to the Greek Island Chios to work as a volunteer on a refugee camp. He found people not only lacking possessions and a home but basic respect and dignity. On this episode he talks about how he and other volunteers tried to give them their dignity back and sha…
 
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