An informal way of getting together to find out everything you need to know about writing poetry (probably), now that you know how - where, when, what, who, why…
Originally proposed early 2002, during the past 12 months, this project has attracted considerable interest from a number of events organisers and festivals around the UK: Apples & Snakes (NW), Oxford, Hastings, Durham, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Deal, London and Tunbridge Wells.
The first two events, at Poetry Plus 8 in London and at Liverpool’s WOW Festival, resulted in a number of requests for further fora (so to speak).
Some magazines launch each issue, like Magma, or run festivals (Poetry Plus); some organisers arrange literary events (Purple Patch Convention; Back Room PoetsThe Orbis Forum is tailored to requirements, based on demand and supply. More two way Q&A session than rigid programme, the aim is to reach a variety of audiences and improve access to the Arts (Social Inclusion), helping promote poetry and poets.
It may comprise a launch and readings, workshops and a forum (panel including local Small Press publishers, writers groups and literary organisers). It could be made up of several editors (a rehash of editors?) discussing their particular requirements. It can cover one specific topic or deal with a number of subjects, ranging from a 30 minute discussion or debate (to rhyme, or not to rhyme) to a 2-3 hour event.
The Orbis Forum gives editors, writers, readers and performers the opportunity to meet up and find out what’s what - what people really want to know.
name: Carole Baldock, Editor of Orbis
venue: Around the UK
17 Greenhow Avenue