Happy St George’s day and Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

‘Collective Noun’ A night of Poetry with four local Laureates

To commemorate this most auspicious day and also the wonderful year of our poet in resident Pete Cox. St John’s CIC is staging  an evening performance to celebrate the contribution of Four of our local Poet laureates and to also say a big thank you to some of our local spoken word talent. This will be a event full of beautiful and exciting verse that will display the imaginative talent of these East Anglian bards and the things and places that have inspired them in their laureateship.

The night includes the wonderful following:
Pete Cox- Poet in Resident at St John’s
At Easter 2012 Pete Cox was appointed Poet-in-Residence for St. John the Baptist Church. Hear some of the work he has produced in that time and about some of the events he has attended.
“Cox is a poetic wildcard, spinning off all kinds of funny, bizarre and fanciful versa…” Neal Wilgus, Small Press Review (USA).
“Is there no end to this man’s versatility?” Keith Walker, Fanzine Fanatique (UK).

Elaine Ewart- Fenland Poet Laureate
National award-winning poet and Fenland Poet Laureate Emeritus, Elaine Ewart is currently studying for an MA in ‘Wild Writing: Literature and the Environment’, at the University of Essex. She writes poetry and short fiction, as well as creative non-fiction about the natural world. Elaine, a former lawyer, lives in Ely and volunteers at the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Welney.
Enjoy her work and follow her poetic adventures online at:

Simon Stabler- Peterborough Poet laureate
The last time Simon performed in a church was as a boy soprano more than 20 years ago. While he still has his medal from the Royal School of Church Music, his ability to sing left him many years ago, thanks in part to underage smoking and barking along to punk records. He may have given up smoking some years ago but still enjoys a spiky rant, with his poem This Is Peterborough… and We Deserve More earning him the title of Peterborough Poet Laureate at last September’s finals. Having known Pete for many years, Simon is honoured to be at tonight’s celebration and for once, will be turning down his irreverence settings.

Darren Rawnsley- Stamord Poet Laureate
Take a brief journey with Darren Rawnsley, from the 1960′s to the present day. A weave of reflection, truth and empathy. From buttercups to riots, intimate cafes to traditions past down through generations. A ‘Box of Alsorts’ for the listener to digest.

Please take a poetic pew at our very own St John’s the Baptist, Peterborough, just behind the Guildhall in Peterborough City centre.

When: 23rd of April 2013
Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm
Price: £3 and please pay on the door, no advance tickets