The Other Writers’ Group is back (Sunday 8th Jan)

Every Sunday starting tomorrow!
6.30pm – 8.30pm upstairs at Shakespeare & Company
Get feedback on your writing – learn to critique writing – develop as a writer and/or just enjoy the discussion

This is the original creative community out of which much of the current anglophone creative writing community grew, including SpokenWord!

More info here – and a link to a video about it!

Cheers,

David Barnes

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Open Secret, 2nite! “What is joy?” with guest poet Raluca Petrescu!

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Open Secret! Intimate open mic, Wednesdays underground
@ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris.
8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 le spectacle!
Theme: “What is joy?” Guest poet Raluca Petrescu!
Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
Raluca’s poignant & powerful words acknowledge the presence of great poets of the past, from the classics to the moderns to more contemporary verse, but she creates a language of her own. Thought-provoking & inventive, & ever-affirmative, she recites with the strong emphasis of an actor…all-the-while “making the magical study of happiness,” as Rimbaud would say. Investigating joy…Here she is on the last episode of the series Runaway Poets, by director Steve Nahaj: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNM9IgEmVtc
See invite for more details:
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Raluca Petrescu to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 2nd–Monday’s Theme: Crossing Bridges

screen-againRaluca Petrescu was born in 1990 in Iași, Romania. She integrated the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris in 2012, and finished a MA in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne, working on Shakespeare, Fernando Pessoa, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. She writes in and translates to and from romanian, french and english. She published poems in The Bastille and the Belleville Park Pages, and literary criticism Rimbaud vivant.

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Very Open Secret, 2nite! “Auld Lang Syne,” featuring Samuél & Aaron Lopez-Barrantes!

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Open Secret! A Very Open Mic 😉 Wednesdays underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris. At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 le spectacle! Guest performers: gifted writer/musicians Samuél & Aaron Lopez-Barrantes! Theme: Auld Lang Syne…

Bio’s:
Samuél L. Barrantes has lived in Paris, France since 2010. His literary influences include the Coen brothers, JK Rowling, and David Foster-Wallace. His work has appeared in the The International Forum for Logotherapy, SLAM Magazine, Paris Lit Up Magazine and Writer’s Digest. His debut novel, Slim and The Beast (Inkshares, 2015) was also the debut novel for America’s first crowdfunded publishing house. He is currently working on a work of historical fiction set in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Aaron Lopez-Barrantes is a European born singer songwriter who lives and plays full time in New Orleans, Louisiana. His debut record “ALB” was recorded at Fudge Recording Studios in 2013, and his original music has taken him on tour in the US and Europe over last two years.

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Filippa Bahrke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 19th–Monday’s Theme: Gifts

photo-filippaFilippa is a 24-year-old native Swede who currently resides in Montmartre. She spent recent years in London earning a degree in English Lit and Creative Writing. Her poems have featured in magazines as well as an anthology, and she is the winner of a South-East London poetry prize. ‘Elsewhere’ is her debut poetry chapbook and is published by Corrupt Press. Beyond the rather obvious theme of wanderlust, it also seeks to interrogate questions such as transnationalism, national identity, and the relationship between self and place.

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Autumn leaves by Sabine Dundure

A selection of moments, snapped by Sabine Dundure, downstairs au Chat Noir…

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Open Secret, 2nite! Stellar poet Ella Russell: “Everybuddy fall in love already!” Also, the words/sounds of Didier Cornevin.

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Ella & the Snowman

Open Secret ~ that intimate open mic, Wednesdays underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais , 5è. At 8pm nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 the show! Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). Theme:“Everybody fall in love, already!” 


Our special guest poet this Wednesday, visiting us from Glasgow, is Ella Russell, who knows how to distill raw feeling into fine lines, & illuminate topics like friendship & love (which Rilke, of course, told the young poet that they could only be handled in the hands of a mature poet ~ not necessarily mature in age, as Neruda & now Ella will show you, at around the same age). Lovely!

Also, the words/sounds of Didier Cornevin…who turns the poetry of Baudelaire, Rimbaud & others into music, as well as writing his own nouvelle French chanson! See you at le spectacle!

 

 

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Anna Polonyi to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 12th–Monday’s Theme: Letters Home

anna-polonyiAnna Polonyi is a Franco-American-Hungarian poet and writer. Her first collection of poems, Wayword, is forthcoming with Finishing Line Press in February 2017. She is the former recipient of a Fulbright fellowship in Germany and the 2015 Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize, awarded by Paris Lit Up. She works as a journalist in Paris – most recently for the International New York Times. 
Photo by Richard Beban
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Open Secret, 2nite! Special guest poet Amanda Mandala…”Surprised by Joy”

Open Secret! That intimate SpokenWord Paris open mic, Wednesdays underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais  in Paris’ Latin Quarter…At 8pm, nightlong sign-up begins, & at 9 le sptacle! Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).

This Wednesday features the return of an unprecedentedly special guest writer – the genius wordsmith Amanda Mandala! (See bio below).Theme: “Surprised by Joy,”  ~ carrying on our Christmas themes of Peace, Love & Joy. 🙂

Bio:
Amanda is a a writer and performance maker based in between London and the world. She is the author of several chapbooks, pamphlets and the creator behind Prawnstar Poems, a travelling performance/poetry/publication project, mantled in a pink hue. Prawnstar Poems finances itself with self-published chapbooks and palm readings. After travelling extensively around Europe in a nomadic mission to exchange stories for ways of travel, Amanda has now re-settled into the big smoke, where she is currently working on a new publication and an accompanying cabaret piece. Otherwise she is busy working as freelance writer, translator, part time living sculpture, and ultimately trying to make the world a pinker place one shade at a time.
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SpokenWord, Open Secret and Writers’ Group dates in December

Open Secret runs every Wednesday with no holiday break.

SpokenWord:
Dec 5th NOSTALGIA — Amruta Prabhu
Dec 12th LETTERS HOME — Anna Polonyi
Dec 19th GIFTS — Filippa Bahrke

The Other Writers’ Group:
Dec 4th
Dec 11th
Dec 18th

SpokenWord will then be back on Monday 2nd Jan
The Other Writers’ Group will be back on Sunday 8th Jan

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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