Kingston Connections – R&M at the Stanley Picker Gallery

Rhythm & Muse is delighted to be collaborating with the Stanley Picker Gallery again as part of this year’s Kingston Connections Festival. Come and write at the Gallery, come and join the audience at the Rose! Full details below and at

Streetscape Flower Planter 2015  (Located at Fairfield South & Avenue Road, Kingston) Photo:

Complex Spaces: Creative Writing inspired by Fabien Cappello’s Streetscape
Workshop Wed 20 May 6-8pm / Performance Thurs 25 June 7.30-9.30pm
Free (Booking Advised)

Stanley Picker Gallery are please to be collaborating with Kingston-based poetry collective Rhythm & Muse on Complex Spaces – a new creative writing project contributing to Kingston Connections: Festival of Stories 2015 and inspired by Streetscape, a Gallery-based and offsite installation of prototype street furniture and film, by Stanley Picker Fellow in Design, Fabien Cappello.

Activity, led by Alison Hill and Natalie Kay, will include a poetry and creative writing workshop (Wednesday 20 May 6-8pm) followed by live readings with projected visuals at the Rose Theatre during the festival week in June (Thursday 25 7.30-9.30pm). Participants are also encouraged to book to join a special Streetscape walk with Fabien Cappello on Saturday 16 May 2-4pm.

Cappello is inspired by the everyday and how we physically and psychologically negotiate our urban spaces and for his Stanley Picker Fellowship has researched the provenance, uses and contexts of street furniture around Kingston town-centre – from bollards and bike stands to public benches and bins. Navigation of the exhibition, and later the town will in turn form the starting point of the Rhythm & Muse poetic explorations, and complement Festival of Stories theme, The Untold Story.

R&M Christmas Special – LiTTLe MACHiNE & festive open mic

We’re delighted to welcome back LiTTLe MACHiNe to play us out at the Ram Jam Club… they’ve performed at R&M several times over the past seven years – at the Lion pub and the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington and at the Ram Jam and Rose Theatre in Kingston – ever popular, and with some new poems courtesy of Carol Anne Duffy – this is a gig NOT to miss! Open mic spots may be a little more restricted in length this month due to expected popularity… so book yours now!


Thursday 18 December, Ram Jam Club, 8.30pm until late

More info and songs at

November R&M Events

Rhythm & Muse Poetry Workshop at the Stanley Picker Gallery                            

Saturday 15 Nov 2014, 11am-1pm
Inspired by Laura Oldfied Ford Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC          

Free Event / Booking Advised

The Stanley Picker Gallery and Rhythm & Muse invite you to participate in a special poetry and creative writing workshop inspired by Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC, an exciting new exhibition of drawing, painting, text and photographic artworks by psychogeographer, zine-maker and Stanley Picker Fellow in Fine Art Laura Oldfield Ford. The session will be led by Alison Hill and Natalie Kay.

Taking suburban South West London as a starting point Seroxat, Smirnoff, THC addresses issues surrounding contested space, landscape, architecture and memory, reworking the ‘dérive’ or drift as a subjective process of mapping territory along the lines of social antagonism. Navigation of the exhibition will in turn form the starting point of the Rhythm & Muse poetic explorations, and complement the current National Poetry Day theme ‘Remember’.

All are welcome but places are limited, so booking is advised via email or telephone 020 8417 4074.

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Rhythm & Muse returns to the Ram Jam Club on Thursday 27 November for its penultimate event there with two fine voices – guest poet Carolyn O’Connell and singer-songwriter Hannah Rose Tristram, plus open mic.  All welcome, the more the merrier for our last-but-one R&M at the Ram Jam!

Singer, dancer and musician, Hannah Rose Tristram has been touring internationally with world music choirs Village Harmony and Northern Harmony from the age of ten. She is a charismatic accordionist, flautist, singer and poet and a popular performer at Rhythm & Muse.

Hannah Rose brings people together in song through leading Community Choirs in London and Sussex, and delivering music and singing workshops worldwide.

She also empowers people through individual Vocal Coaching and Vocal Therapy, and teaches Kripalu Yoga.

More details at


Carolyn O’Connell is a local poet who regularly attends Rhythm & Muse and was the first to read at the open mic at the first R&M in 2007.

With liberal use of colour, and a willingness to tackle a full range of emotions; joy, nostalgia, fear, horror and regret, Carolyn O’Connell’s well-crafted poetry collection reflects on the domestic, delights in the exotic, and bravely confronts uncomfortable aspects of war with a sincere and honest empathy.           

Her new collection Timelines (September 2014) is published by Indigo Dreams – more info at

R&M’s Ekphrastic Experience

Rhythm & Muse was delighted to link up once again with the Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston on Saturday 1 March, inviting writers to respond to the current exhibition from design duo Boudicca, The Liquid Game. The innovative installation proved a fantastic inspiration and you can hear the resulting poetry and fiction at Rhythm & Muse on Thursday 27 March.

Poets included Lucy Furlong, Judith Watts, Alice Thurling, John Grant and Dale Kenyon plus writers Emma Strong and Cath Howe.

Creative Connections

R&M is a great venue for making creative connections and poets have often been inspired by musicians and vice versa. We enjoyed Jane Sherwin’s poem at the open mic in September, which she wrote after hearing the violinist Elphara perform at R&M earlier this year. It’s published here with Jane’s permission.

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Jane Sherwin













The Bridge


The lonely Pierrot

walks over the bridge

the bridge of sorrows.


Beneath the bridge

the river flows

the river is deep

the river is dark.

But, above

in the sky

the stars are singing

singing the song

of the Universe.

Pierrot raises his arms

to orchestrate

the song of the stars

and they swoop in a stream

to the darkened river.


The river is silver

and flowing with stars

the river is silver

the stars are singing

the river is flowing.


The soul of the Pierrot

is happy again.


Jane Sherwin