National Poetry Day & Lyrical Beats

To celebrate both National Poetry Day and the launch of Lyrical Beats, there’s an hour of poetry and music at Kingston Library on Thursday 4 October.  Kingston Libraries and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames kindly supported the production of Lyrical Beats so staff are very much looking forward to their own launch. All welcome!

Where: Kingston Library (reference room) – full details at

When: Thursday 4 October, 7-8pm – free event

Who: Poets Dominic James, Sue Johns, Camilla Reeve, Jane Sherwin, Frances White and Fay Avsec

With poetry and music from Hannah Rose Tristram

Hosted by Alison Hill, Poet in Residence 2011-12





Ram Jam Launch of Lyrical Beats

More than 30 poet and musicians will be perfoming at the Ram Jam Club on Thursday 27 September to launch R&M’s first anthology, Lyrical Beats: Celebrating Five Years of Rhythm & Muse.

The lyrical line-up includes poets John Weston, Maggie Sawkins, Camilla Reeve, Neringa Pangonyte, John Mackay, Peter Francis, Anne Stewart and Kavita Jindal with musicians Laurence Owen, Nomi Ruth, Sue Wheeler, Liz Simcock and The Flying Blueberries.

Come along!

Thursday 27 September, 8.30pm

£6/£5 on the door – Ram Jam Club, Kingston

Lyrical Beats: Celebrating Five Years of Rhythm & Muse

Lyrical Beats: Celebrating Five Years of Rhythm & Muse, with cover design by Kristin Bergene

Rhythm & Muse celebrated its fifth anniversary this year with the launch of Lyrical Beats – a rich and diverse anthology including established poets and musicians plus many new and emerging voices, some published for the first time.

The first launch was at the Ram Jam Club on 27 September and featured more than 30 poets and musicians (see Gallery):

Maggie Sawkins, Jenny Messer, John Mackay, Fay Avsec, Laura Bottomley, Peter Francis, Armando Halpern, Susan Utting, Chris Hardy, Kavita Jindal, Nomi Ruth, Camilla Reeve, Alice Thurling, Anne Stewart, John Weston and Jane Sherwin in the first half – yes, all that talent in one hour!

After the break, the 60-strong audence enjoyed readings and performances from:

Judith Watts, Martin Goss, Jeewan Ramlugun, Julia Fletcher, John Grant, Laurence Owen, Alison Hill, Neringa Pangonyte, Julian Way, Anna Kornilova, Lauren Walters and, to round-off a brilliant evening, three songs from The Flying Blueberries.

                                                                                                                                                                          Many thanks to everyone who came, read and performed – Lyrical Beats is well and truly launched!  

Thanks too, as ever, to the R&M team: Laura Bottomley, David Hobbs, Nick Poole and Judith Watts.

The anthology will be available from Amazon, Waterstones Kingston and email orders via

Lyrical Beats: Celebrating Five Years of Rhythm & Muse                                                                                                                                

ISBN 978-1-905912-33-9  £8.00

R&M Anthology

We’re celebrating our FIFTH anniversary in July with the launch of an anthology of poetry and lyrics – all those who read at the open mic can submit poems – email Alison Hill for more details.


News of this year’s festival coming soon.

R&M Thursday 29 September 2011

Poets Unlimited

Poets Unlimited

Poets Unlimited launch their first anthology with readings from Fay Avsec, Sylvia Rowbottom, Angela Croft, Norman Staines, Fraser Southey and Jim Alderson.
‘Ordinary Magic’ brings together new and previously published work by eleven poets, each concerned in their own way with the extraordinary events, thoughts and fantasies that illuminate our ordinary lives.
With music from the Flying Blueberries – Dudley Tyrrell and Stephanie Sara.