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The June Newsletter


Here is your June newsletter from us here at Testify.  It would feel very un-english of us not to mention the weather, what is going on?  

At our night on the 4th, when the rain was torrential to say the least, our regular Jill told us it was St Swithun’s day and that traditionally, if it rained on that day (which it did), it would rain for the next 40 days (which it has so far!)  Time to break out the umbrella’s again?

Our night this month was much quieter than usual but the die hard regulars came through for us and we still had a great evening.  The quieter nights allow us to flex our poetry muscles and allowed some regulars to share work they wouldn’t usually bring.  Our headliner, Carol Robson, was also TOP and we thoroughly enjoyed her set.


Next month on the 9th of July, I’m delighted to say that Maz Hedgehog is back! **PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE**

She headlined for us last year and was a firm favourite amongst the audience.  Since we last saw her she has released a new collection, Vivat Regina.  

I got my hands on a copy recently and I LOVE it.  She’s a great performer as well as writer so you are on for a treat.  I really hope you’re able to join us for what is going to be a brilliant night.


Don’t forget – open mic slots are limited!  You can sign up on the night from 7pm.  Performances start at 7:30pm. The facebook event is here

You can read about Maz here

And you can buy Maz’s book here (or from her in cash on the night)


Things I’ve been enjoying this month

I was lucky enough to go on another For Books Sake writing retreat last weekend in Buxton.  Yet again it was an absolute dream and I got so much writing done.  This is my second time at the retreat, you can read about my first experience here

This retreat was longer than the last and that extra day gave us a bit more time to settle into the creative mindset.  It also allowed us the flexibility of having some ‘down time’ (translation: nap time) without feeling guilty about wasting the opportunity. 

Mostly, it re-enforced to me how important it is to be around other writers.  This is a wxman’s and non-binary writers only retreat and I loved being surrounded by like minded people.  We bonded over our love of writing, red wine, trashy Netflix documentaries and periods (obviously).  You can find out more info here

Hot off the heels of May’s Testify I’ve been reading David Subacchi’s latest collection, ‘Where is Wales?’  It’s a beautiful collection and well worth a read if you can get your hands on a copy.  David is one of our Testify regulars and we are firm fans of his work.

I’ve been watching lots of poetry on YouTube this month.  I know it’s controversial, but I always prefer hearing a poet perform to reading a book.  Button Poetry is one of my favourite channels but if you know of any others then please let me know!  I’ve mentioned her many times before, but Dominque Christina is the QUEEN of performance.  Check out my favourite poem

This open mic also brought the sad news that regular Paul Turton is moving back down south!  I really enjoy Paul’s work and am so sad he won’t be joining us anymore.  Please show him some support and subscribe to his youtube channel.


Submission Opportunities

Marble poetry magazine are looking for poems.  They pay £10 per poem published and accept a maximum of 4 poems per submission.  Find out more info

Barren magazine are accepting poetry (and other writing) on ‘the complexities of the human condition’ for issue 11.  You can send up to 3 poems for submission.  All the info is here

Not a specific opportunity but Cathy’s Comps and Calls is an invaluable website listing a wide range of submissions every month.  Well worth a browse if you have some work that is ready to go out into the world!  It’s updated on the first of every month and you can find it here

That’s it for this month!  I’m now on holiday until 28th June.  Any questions about our next open mic night then head to the website, all the info is listed.

Until next time!

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