Town Hall Arts Building, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Lyrical: Open Mic & More-For writers and readers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction with visionary thinking and a lyric sensibility—meaning what is deep, in rhythm, intuitive and wise.
Please join us to read, listen and converse in the beautiful Town Hall Arts building, Market Square, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
When: First Thursday of the Month
Time: 6 - 7.30 PM Cost: £3
Evenings will be a blend of Open Mic + guest poet format with conversation and we'll also expand the slot to include talks, book launches and workshops. Each evening will have a theme, announced beforehand, which poets are free to explore or ignore.
Poems can still be shared when there is a scheduled speaker/event, but please be aware that the time allotted will be shorter, and themed poems may have to be included next time round.
“…the visionary dimension is not something internal or even obscure—a private language or mythology—but actually happening around us in ways we don’t recognise unless we learn to see with a kind of bi-focal vision which is at
once literal and symbolic.” From Jay Ramsay’s Preface to his poetry collection ‘Monuments'
4 July: ’Making Sense’ a short documentary film on the work of Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of 'The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World' introduced by director Jonathan Guilbert with Lyrical host and writer Diana Durham.
Optional theme for Open Mic: Escape from the grid
About Iain McGilchrist: Three times elected a Fellow of All Souls College, psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist taught English at Oxford before studying medicine there. His work on the brain is shaped by an interest in the role of literature and music, which activate the right brain. McGilchrist's thesis in his renowned book McGilchrist is that modern culture reflects an imbalance in brain function.
About 'The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World': According to McGilchrist, culture flowers when the two hemispheres of our brain find their correct hierarchy. At the moment they don’t and it shows. Orthodoxy says the left hemisphere, with its speech centres, is the dominant one, while the right hemisphere is ‘dumb’. McGilchrist challenges this with extensive research and evidence that the reverse is true. The right-brain processes the big picture, recognizes the new and sees things in context. The left prefers logic, predictability and focuses on detail. While both hemispheres are essential, McGilchrist believes the invention of machines, combined with our talent for mimicry, set off a runaway feedback loop of the left’s narrow certainty, side-lining the right-brain’s perspective, and causing loss of coherence and overview.
About Jonathan Guilbert: Jonathan Guilbert has over twenty-eight years experience directing and producing television and film. He has made over 75 films, over 56 hours of broadcast TV for BBC, ITV, PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, NOVA as well as dozens of commercials for companies and institutions like HIll/Holiday, Volunteers of America, New Hampshire State Tourism, Harley Davidson and many more.
About Diana Durham: Diana is the host of Lyrical, author of three poetry collections, the nonfiction 'The Return of King Arthur' and novel, 'The Curve of the Land. Her new nonfiction book: 'Coherent Self, Coherent World: a new synthesis of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm's Implicate Order' is due out 27th September from 'O' Books.
1 August: Local poet and host of Words & Ears, Dawn Gorman and a group of other women poets, Strange Cargo, will perform a collective piece titled Walls & Windows, exploring in both poetry and conversation themes of separation and connection between inner and outer. Join us to share poems and converse.
Optional theme for Open Mic: Separation & Connection