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What kind of a mouse are you? Open mic time!

Does the bucolic fill you with horror or delight? Do you react with relish or terror to the spill and rush of city life? An open mic event hosted by Jacqueline Saphra.

‘I’m honoured to be a part of this inspired new Poetry In Aldeburgh where the door is wide open for experimentation and change,' says Jacqueline. 'I’m delighted to invite two poets whom I admire for their poetry but also their fabulous readings. Music and poetry work brilliantly together, so I’m particularly happy to be given the opportunity to mix them up for this themed event exploring town and country at the festival on this wild part of the English coast.’

Three poets and one songwriter riff around the pleasures and challenges of both the urban and the rural.

Annie Freud is an award-winning poet and artist. She has published three collections of poetry with Picador: The Best Man that Ever Was, The Mirabelles and The Remains. She teaches poetry composition and is well known for her live performances.

Jean Atkin has published Not Lost Since Last Time (Oversteps Books) and five poetry pamphlets. She works as a poet on education and community projects and residencies and she tutors for Arvon.

Jacqueline Saphra’s The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions (flipped eye) was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. If I Lay on my Back I Saw Nothing but Naked Women (Emma Press) won the Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. All My Mad Mothers is due from Nine Arches Press in 2017.

Ethan Saphra, a graduate of The BRIT School, is singer/songwriter who writes in many styles, both for himself and for bands and other artists.

This event includes an open mic. We look forward to hearing your work! Please bring one poem loosely based on the theme of town and country, with a maximum of 25 lines.

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