Leominster shortlisted in Great British High Street competition. Place your vote darlings!

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Local traders and memers of the public supporting Leominster's bid. Photo: James Maggs.

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Leominster is shortlisted under the Rising Star category for the Great British High Street Award 2016.

Share photos of Leominster highstreet on twitter under hashtag #GBHighSt #Leominster2win

More details TheGreatBritishHighStreet.co.uk
Voting closes on 18 November 2016

Get updates from The Hereford Times here.

Bill Wiggins, MP for North Herefordshire talking about Leominster’s place in the shortlist:

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“It is a fantastic achievement for Leominster High Street to reach the final of this competition and is great reward for the men and women who work so hard every day serving the community.

“Leominster has a wide range of excellent independent shops and it is a delight to see the High Street thriving. I would urge everyone to vote for Leominster so that they get the recognition they so richly deserve.”BillWiggin.wordpress.com

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Notable Leominster Twitter accounts to follow and have a peak at the goings on of this market town.

@LocalLeominster
@Leominstertic
@ShopLeominster

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The Bohemian-Punk: Michelle Cuadra

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The month’s selection is our Edgiest Bohemian, she’s more Punk-yet girly/quirky and oh so rebellious!  Michelle has championed the Punk Arena in Hereford with Rich Lovell by way of their Live Music Nights aptly named “The Underground Revolution.”

Co-founder Rich has a manifesto for the music nights they organize: “no cliques, no mainstream, just cool music played with passion.”

Their next events are listed below. I seriously love the posters they come up with events, some of which are designed by local artists.

               

Be sure to visit the Facebook page to get updates on events and photos of the live acts and as always click like on Facebook.

Cuadra & Lovell have also paired up online to write about all things Indie in Herefordshire on the site HerefordCityCentric.com

From retail to music, to exhibitions, food and beyond their website gives you the edgiest features of this county. And it packs a Punk punch as there are a range of contributing writers who post reviews from Poets, Singer-Songwriters and Artists. Quirkiness guaranteed! Convention is out. Rock ‘n’ Roll is in. It’s not just about music. All things quirky and eccentric are warmly embraced! 

Some Top Posts from their site

BookArt16 – A piece on how Books are used as a medium to make Art exhibited in unison with Ledbury Poetry festival.

 The Shack Revolution 

 Modern Belle Epoch Guide 

The site has introduced me to so many awesome music acts and artsy folk.  Like John Rose and band Pablo Alto Claire Perkins and band A Hundred SunsAnd so many more people! Visit HerefordCityCentric.com to unearth Hereford’s Punk Community.

I have such a soft spot for the team at Hereford City-Centric as they were so supportive of my foray into hosting and performing Poetry Nights. Here’s the review.

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Michelle also writes about beauty for women. Whether you’re looking to transform into Vixen Babe or Girl-Next Door on ItGirlUk.wordpress.com you’ll get the best tips. Plus it’s co-written with Hair & Make-Up Artist Carlos Palma.

Facebook: /ItGirlUK
Twitter: @ItGirlUk

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Read Michelle & Rich’s feature in Herefordshire Live (a digital Lifestyle, Culture, Events and Sports site.)



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#Repost Hereford Indie Food Festival Bank Holiday Weekend

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As a Herefordshire Writer I feel one of the best features of this county is our food! We have so many great cafes and restauarants to choose from and it’s guaranteed to release the glutton in you. This Bank Holiday we had the pleasure of a foodie frenzy weekend by way of Hereford Indie Food Festival! This Festival celebrates Hereford’s Independent food culture and is formed by the team behind “A Rule of Tum” Jon Stead, Edwin and Dorian Kirk.

Hereford Indie Food is a community driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers + makers in Herefordshire. -HerefordIndieFood.com

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The Line-Up

                             

Makers Market

Makers Stall

The Maker Markets lined the festival en route to the street food stalls. Visit NouveauBohemian.com to read more about some of the artists and designers showcasing their work. It’s such a lovely chance to get to know creatives in our county many of whom studied at Hereford College of Arts. 

Some Makers at the Festival:

Field & Found    |    Joel Black Knives    |    Steve Meeks Ceramics    |    Halfkey Clothing    |    Bardot Living    |    Sin Eaters Illustrations

Drinks

Offa Cider    |    Method Coffee |   Chase Distillery

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Queues abounded on The Shack Revolution’s pop-up cocktail stall. Many of you will be familiar with brothers James & Rich Manning who started The Shack Revolution bar located in Bastion mews. Their farm-made boutique and bespoke bars pop up everywhere around the country from Weddings, corporate events and even Wembley Stadium and football clubs! They also provided some live acts via their Shackoustic Sundays spot attached to their drinks booth.

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Next time you’re on a night out in Hereford, visit their bar for pizza, beer or cocktails!

Coffee & Cafe stalls

The festival culminates into a Bohemian foray beginning with Makers Market stalls upon entry. Then as in a restaurant you are tempted with a starter: some nibbles (Goat’s cheese from Neal Yard’s Creamery?) and drinks from cider to cocktails. Finally you make your way through the leafy archway into the street food arena….

Leafy archway

Haystack seating

There’s plenty of seating for all the family from haystacks to sofas!

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Keg & Cork Bar

The outdoor dining areas had a wonderful communal feel and many visitors from outside our county had come over for Bank Holiday weekend.

I really wished I’d gotten The Chefs supper tickets at the Bookshop. Also I didn’t get around to staying on into the night so missed the music acts!

Food

Farmer Tom Jones    |    Noble & Wild    |    The Waffle Lion    |    The Bookshop    |    A Rule of Tum    |    Jake’s Cured Meats    |   The Beefy Boys    |    Neal Yard’s Creamery

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King Street Kitchen Team

As I have such a sweet tooth my first stop was at the King Street Kitchen stall where I purchased a salted pistachio brownie (made with coconut flour) and tried the gigantic chocolate, caramel and pretzel cake which was divine!

The Beefy Boys Stall

It was absolutely jam-packed and the unusually rainy weather couldn’t deter us from this gourmet gathering. All in all an excellently executed collection of music, food, fresh produce and creativity. It was a pleasure to be in attendance this year and I look forward to returning again next year!

Spectacular Wall of Flowers on display by The Great British Florist

How delightful are these flowers carefully arranged by The Great British Florist? This particular florist is based on a farm in the Duchy Estate in Herefordshire.

Did you know….

At the moment only 10% of the flowers sold in Britain are actually grown here. Please join us in our mission to change all that. Good for humans and fantastic for wildlife, British Flowers are fresh, scented, natural and sustainable… -The Great British Florist team

Show your support by buying your next lot of flowers at GreatBritishFlorist.co.uk

The team also facilitate The Great British Florist Flower School. From single workshops to a series of workshops you can dabble your green fingers in their courses!

Wall of flowers made by The Great British Florist

The article was originally posted on HerefordshireWriters.co.uk found here.

Read more about Edwin Kirk, Jon Stead and Dorian Kirk on Herefordshire Live here.

For Full Listings of businesses, bars, cafes, makers, street food and live acts on show over weekend 27th-28th August 2016 visit HerefordIndieFood.com plus check out their magazine: Hereford Indie Food’s Magazine (Vol. 1) here.


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Catherine’s Poetry Q&A interview by Audrina Lane

Poetry Sunday, Short Interview Questions by Ross-on-Wye Author Audrina Lane

Interview originally conducted by Audrina Lane (Author of The Heart Trilogy)
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Read Audrina’s Author Q&A for Herefordshire Writers here.


  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself 

My name is Catherine I’m a Hereford born and based Author & Poet. I’ve had dreams of creating my own Bohemian existence since I was a teenager having my first poem published at 15 in a competition run by Young Writers. A decade on I published my first collection of poems in May 2015 aptly titled The Quarter Life Crisis Poet. I’m currently working on a novel which will be Book 1 of a Bohemian Love story called “Welcome to Wonderland.” I find the Writer’s life very solitary so from that loneliness I launched the site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk which is how I’ve now managed to connect with the lovely Audrina Lane and showcase thriving literary talent in our county.

  1. What made you start to write poetry?

It was a case of alignment. In Summer 2005 I bought John Mayer’s album Room for Squares. He’s an American singer-songwriter and guitar player. It was the first time in my life I encountered not only meaningful lyrics but words and music composed so beautifully together. I admired the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Around that time, I was doing my GCSE’s and in the English Literature classes we were analysing and studying poems. The juxtaposition of my discovering deep and well-composed song lyrics whilst studying poetry in school ignited an active interest in me to actually write poems.

And would you like to share one of your first poems?

I was actually clearing out the garage and stumbled upon old school books over the summer. I can share this one little poem I wrote in November 2000, at age 10.

Hedgehog at Night

Its spikes look like the thorn of pain
Its eyes glint at the hundred stars
Its beady eyes stare out
Its tiny feet woddle around in the grass
Its little nose has a cute bead and reminds me of a button
It’s a Hedgehog.

  1. Do you have a favourite poet? If so would you like to share your favourite poem by them?

Nowadays I lean more towards the new breed of “instapoets” (poets that post on social media sites like tumblr and Instagram) like Tyler Knott Gregson and Rupi Kaur. I follow Jessica Michelle on Instagram @_Jessica.Michelle_

I like that she has audacity to unleash her true feelings, the feelings that we don’t dare confess but if we had the bravery as she does to confess these emotions we’d see how connected and similar our experiences in life are. That we’re all going through pain…

  1. Do you like to write poems on a particular subject or do you prefer to just grab inspiration when it strikes?

I write poems about the feelings and experiences I cannot disclose. Poetry is my way of saying what happened to me, admitting the pain and telling the painful events in my life without having to reveal the full situation. There’s this unique juxtaposition of openness and vulnerability yet keeping the truth veiled; because the truth is too painful to express fully in prose.

  1. Please share with me your 3 favourite poems that you’ve written and explain your choices?

Lost generation is a pretty self-explanatory poem. I wrote it age 20 after dropping out of Law school and feeling the usual angst against establishments and society as a whole. This poem is also prophetic of my path to my romanticised idea of Bohemia and the literary life. (Which I made happen 5 years later.)

“Lost Generation”

We are the heir
To Blair
In academia we make our bet
They get into debt.
Fortune is linear?
Starve, charge and never recharge.
Let’s get skinnier.

We are living it up
Naivety of a pup
In the workplace we are like slaves
Then at night we rave.

Our big break will come.
Chase, trace and encase.
To the beat of our drum

But I will not succumb
You are all so dumb
Here I become
And then some…

An artist.
I escaped to Bohemia
Away from academia
Ran from the curse
In my converse
And then some

Ran away from academia
Away from the curse
In my converse
To Bohemia.


 

This poem is my attempt at redefining “luxury” steering it away from what consumer-based society wants us to believe it is. For a long while art, writing etc was out of my life. I couldn’t create as I naturally would have in younger years, things were so horrid that I couldn’t see past the chaos I had been put in. So now having made the switch back to embracing the arts in my life it feels like a luxury like it’s something precious to have back. Given all the sadness and unhappy circumstances that can arise in life I now feel it’s a luxury to have interests in philosophy, illustration whatever else because there was a time in life when it was just about survival and happiness and creativity couldn’t exist, it just didn’t have the chance to.

LUXURY: PART 1

Poetry is a luxury.
Illustration is a luxury.
My Heart.
Your Art.

Redefining luxury.
All I need is my
Shaker Hymn.
So long as S & M
does not win.
How I love
to speak in this riddle.

Who is the cat
who is the fiddle?
Beware!
The sheep that howls….
But now I’m off to bed.
Dreaming of you in my head.
Not that long ago
I wanted to be dead.

But I must go on.
You must go on.
We must go on.
With Simple Living.
Plain People.
Inspire,
Life in The Shire.


 

Unpublished poems

I’ve started jotting down these smaller, sharper poems that concisely utter the pain, dichotomy and agony of emotions.

Love me or lie to me
It’s all the same?
What’s the difference?

 

“By and Bye”
I dream about you
But I wake up without you

I’m in love with you
But I can’t be with you


 

  1. Where can people find your poems? (Book link, website, FB, Twitter, Instagram etc links)

www.CatherineVaughan.com
Twitter: @CattVaughan
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Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CatherineVaughanWriter
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Check out my site: HerefordshireWriters.co.uk Celebrating my hometown’s literary heritage

Hfdw yHerefordshireWriters.co.uk is a monthly editorial site showcasing thriving local talent, arts and culture events alongside connecting Writers whether published or unpublished.

HerefordshireWriters.co.uk aims to grow into a Literary Network for all Authors, Poets, Writers and Literature Lovers located in the quaint English county of Herefordshire. We are proud to have a rich, historic and flourishing arts and literature community in this county with world-class annual events taking place here such as Hay Festival and Ledbury Poetry Festival among many others.

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“Elixir Pursuits” documentary series following creative careers: starring Hereford Author and Poet Catherine Vaughan

Elixir Pursuits is a new documentary series created by Hooty a Vintage clothes shop owner where she films and interviews local talents in Herefordshire who are pursuing their dreams. The aim of her series is to uncover the elixir found in these creative careers and share guidance for creative and entrepreneurial souls.

This episode features me in depth behind and behind the scenes of the Poetry Slam I organized, hosted and performed in. There is an interview of me before the show and after.

Here’s some background into the series and you can hear more about Hooty watch the video on Youtube.

Show your support for our Indie Docu-maker and Store owner by visiting her shop and liking her Facebook Page.

The Folk-turned-Techno-Music Boho Babe: Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding is the Musical Pride of Herefordshire! She has arisen to astronomical success and her music goes from strength to strength. She’s living the Rockstar’s life and is an eclectic talent from the early days of her folksy debut album Lights to her recent electronica album Delirium. She also likes poetry and it even inspires her song-writing: “I like dark, funny, humorous stuff. I read a few books of poems, Staying Alive, a compilation of poems that are really real and raw, and quite explicit, so I use those.”

A personal favourite track is “The Writer” as it sounds quite artsy. It takes me back to Summer 2010, a time in my life where I appeared to have it all, law school, friends and I was dating someone but my Bohemian longings were stirring and little did I know that following Autumn the seeds of Bohemia were being scattered….

“The Writer”

You wait for a silence
I wait for a word
Lying next to your frame
Girl unobserved
You change your position
And you’re changing me
Casting these shadows
Where they shouldn’t beWe’re interrupted
By the heat of the sun
Trying to prevent
What’s already begun
You’re just a body
I can smell your skin
And when I feel it
You’re wearing thinBut I’ve got a plan
Why don’t you be the artist
And make me out of clay?
Why don’t you be the writer?
And decide the words I say?
‘Cause I’d rather pretend
I’ll still be there at the end
Only it’s too hard to ask
Won’t you try to help me?Sat on your sofa
It’s all broken springs
This isn’t the place for
Those violin strings
I try out a smile
And I aim it at you
You must have missed it
You always doBut I’ve got a plan
Why don’t you be the artist
And make me out of clay?
Why don’t you be the writer?
And decide the words I say?
‘Cause I’d rather pretend
I’ll still be there at the end
Only it’s too hard to ask
Won’t you try to help me?

You wait
I wait
Casting shadows
Interrupted

You wait
I wait
Casting shadows
Interrupted

You wait
I wait
Casting shadows
Interrupted

You wait
I wait
Casting shadows

Why don’t you be the artist
And make me out of clay?
Why don’t you be the writer?
And decide the words I say?
‘Cause I’d rather pretend
I’ll still be there at the end
Only it’s too hard to ask
Won’t you try to help me?

Why don’t you be the artist
And make me out of clay?
Why don’t you be the writer?
And decide the words I say?
‘Cause I’d rather pretend
I’ll still be there at the end
Only it’s too hard to ask
Won’t you try to help me?