Poetry Platter October 2nd 2018

POETS, PRATTLERS, AND PANDEMONIALISTS… An evening of poetry and theatre like you’ve never seen before. "Breathtakingly good - So well judged in its construction. Human above all... the best thing I've seen in a very long time and if this doesn't get rave reviews I will be shocked." Nadia Kingsley, publisher.

You may already know that Frome Poetry Cafe has occasional ‘big’ events in the Merlin theatre which offer something slightly different - and with a buffet! We have experimented with bistro-style supper onstage during the event, but this time the format will be the more popular option of supper in the foyer beforehand - though you can bring your drinks down for the show!

This extraordinary evening features Steve Pottinger, who was a very popular featured guest in last year’s Festival Poetry Cafe, in a show devised with two of his poet friends. The performance starts at 8pm on Tuesday October 2nd and tickets are startlingly good value at £5.50: supper is £6 extra and will be available from 7pm.

I do hope you will want to support this autumn's Poetry Platter at the Merlin:  it’s another of those creative concepts unique to Frome, and I’m thrilled our small town can attract performance poets who are more used to audiences at big festivals - this show premiered at the Edinburgh Festival.


Our guests are Paul Tobin whose new poetry collection All Yesterday’s Tomorrows was previewed at this year’s 2000 Trees Festival, plus our 2018 ‘Frome Festival Poet Laureate’ Shauna Robertson with Dawn Gorman, sharing their short collaborative ‘call and response’ set on a theme of Restraint and Release…

And of course, we’ll have our much-loved Open Mic, for your poems, with snacks and drinks on sale, all for just £2 at the Garden Cafe.

Halloween isn’t just pumpkins and witches - in Mexico it’s the Day of the Dead with flamboyant macabre costumes so bring your wildest imaginations as the year turns from summer to winter … party dress optional but feel free!

The Poetry Cafe in Frome Somerset, began during the first Frome Festival in 2001 and became a regular and popular event on the first Monday of alternative months.

Contact crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk


Frome is a town of enormous charm, with its steep, winding streets, its wealth of beautiful old buildings and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

It has more listed buildings than any other town in Somerset and remains the biggest of the five Mendip towns. Frome is renowned for its thriving Arts community and boasts a high number of resident authors, poets and performance artists.

Older than Bath (13 miles north), its history dates from AD685, when St Adhelm founded a mission on the River Frome. The town has largely escaped extensive redevelopment, and is an ideal touring base for the many attractions of the area