Poetry by Suzy Rowland on You Tube

I travelled to Birmingham to read poetry at Khembe’s Return to Your Roots Festival and found myself strutting the catwalk in a fabulous hand-painted kaftan. I think they call it crafting for your art.

It was surprising stressful backstage as I tried to remember my instructions about which way to turn, to remember to smile, show off the design, maintain  eye contact with the audience the designer in case she needed me to do one more turn if any of the other models weren’t ready… but it was also great fun! Stay tuned as I will be sharing more of my spoken word and the occasional ‘wild card’ like this one!

© “I give you words like I give you gold”  Suzy Rowland

 

Songs of My Soul Reviews

 “Thanks so much for making the journey over to the New Inn. I’m sorry you had to wait so long to get on, and perhaps felt because time was short you’d keep it to one poem. But I thought your performance of your Windrush poem had a tremendous impact, especially the song. Thank you very much for it.”  Greg Freeman Write Out Loud.

 “My father passed away 9 weeks ago so some of the songs were so relevant and helped me through my grief.” Annita B. teacher.

“I found this to be a really lovely read, both in content and in spirit, I particularly enjoyed ‘Tightrope’ Suzy is clearly a very talented writer,” Hay House Publishing

 “Suzy’s poems breathe spiritual eloquence but are bound to this earth: she helps us understand that love is our greatest quality and privilege. Her words celebrate the sweet melancholy in our choices to give ad accept love” Rob Dyson – Charity Comms & poetry fan.

 “Songs of My Soul is a warm and diverse collection, drawing on a range of poetic influences, from Angelou to Shakespeare. Full of feelings and reflections on love, passion and life, it’s also full of sharp observations of things we all know and share. Vivid and effecting. Impossible to read just once!’ C. Rowland

 “How wonderful your poems are, hidden meaning and depth beneath every one of them, they reflect the very essence of who you are!” R. Dignam

It’s very good, and my favourite is the Commute – transported me back to experiencing my commute! L. Turner

 “My favourite poems? I love all of them really, as they portray the multi-faceted profound humanity underneath, written by an extraordinary person, who is also my friend.”  Anon.

‘Had a super evening with talented poet Suzy Rigg’ Heather Moulson, Poetry Performance

Got it today!  Already read some of it.  The poems are powerful – you need quiet time to really digest them. Well done.  You definitely have a rare talent.  I’m proud of you.  Too often, all that’s available are the 2-line rhymes. Valrie Walker Sanders, USA.

I wish you all the best with your book. Deserves to be a sellout, Teri Scoble, Portrait Artist, Choreographer

 “When reading your poem Divorce some of its sea images reminded me of some lines in Thomas Hardy’s poem: The Convergence of the Twain…though your lines and poem ends of a note of hope. It really is a very beautiful poem, and I hope you will read it at one of our sessions.” Anne Warrington, Poetry Performance

 “From allusions to Red Riding Hood in ‘Footprints’ (p.6) to Rapunzel in ‘Things not forgotten’, these poems are often suffused with the primordial archetypes of fairy-tale; an eerie play of life and death.” Rowan Fortune, Editor

©”I give you words like I give you gold”. Suzy Rowland

 

 

Poetry Cafe at Hampton Hill Playhouse

© Suzy Rowland

I took this photo in 2014 when this modern theatre building in Hampton Hill was called the ‘Playhouse’. Little did I know when I took the photo that I would be treading the boards there in the future,  sharing spoken word poetry. Having a theatre so close to home is a huge asset. As an avid theatre goer, it’s an honour to excellent quality theatre without going into the West End. But to tread the boards there myself – in the Noel Coward studio – how thrilling!

The Poetry Cafe is the first event for the newly established Arts Richmond Poetry Hub, a collaboration with Arts Richmond, an organisation I’m involved with. It’s great to have a spotlight on poetry in the borough arts scene, within the wider arts context. I’m excited about the future of the Poetry Hub and the opportunities it will provide for poets in and around Richmond.

I’ve written before about the leap between writing poetry for the reader via the page (or ipad?) and writing to deliver directly to the audience. No filter. No interpretation time; it either works instantly or it doesn’t. I think anyone who is paying money to be entertained, should get their money’s worth. This is why I’m investing in a public speaking course, as well as rehearsing with the other poets, very hard.  I’m thinking about every detail to ensure I touch every single person through my delivery. It will be a challenge but one that I feel as a poet, I must rise to!

Poetry Cafe at Hampton Hill Theatre

What are your tips for poetry (or any) performance? How do you deal with nerves? I’d love you to get in touch and let me know!

Until then, I will break a leg…

© I give you words, like I give you gold – Suzy Rowland

Spoken Word at Teddington Theatre Club [Tickets SOLD OUT]

Hot on the heels of Khembe’s Return to Your Roots, Suzy Rowland will be reading a few of my poems the local ‘playhouse’ Teddington Theatre Club on Friday 15th June. For full details and tickets, please click on the Facebook link or the Write Out Loud links below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/179473109533099/ WriteOutLoud event: https://www.writeoutloud.net/public/eventview.php?eventID=14847

 

Rehearsing for Poetry Cafe, Director Anne Warrington of Poetry Performance.

I will be on stage with three other published poets including Greg Freeman, from Woking’s Write out Loud, in a Poetry Cafe style staging. It should be a great evening. After my readings in front of an excitable home crowd in Birmingham, it will be great reading for my local crowd from the Teddington, Hampton Hill, Hampton, Richmond and Kingston areas. South West London massive in the house 🙂

Guests will be treated to gems from Songs of My Soul as well as some of my new compositions, covering social issues, culture and black history. We’re in full rehearsal mode at the moment, it’s very exciting! There were even a few tears at the rehearsal, which I think is a sign of some powerful reading.

Would be great to see you there!

Suzy x