Emotional Madness with Mary-Ann and mates

13 February at 19:30

Ends at 23:30

Join Mary-Ann and mates for a night of poetry and spoken word on the top floor of Three Wise Monkeys Colchester on Thursday 13th February.

£3 Entry (on the door only)


Belinda Baker
Belinda Baker has been active in the poetry scene in Colchester on and off for the last six years. Her poetry comes from the heart expressing her own life experiences and emotions which resonate with others. She started writing poetry as therapy getting through depression, surviving breast cancer and an abusive marriage, finding the pleasure of release in performance. She describes herself as an armchair activist, community minded and ideas person looking at the positives in any situation.

Mary-Ann Ambrose
For most of Mary-Ann’s life she has been in and out of the Mental Health System. On different occasions Mary-Ann has been diagnosed with 3 different conditions such as Borderline Personality disorder, Bi Polar Disorder and most recently Asperger’s which is on the Autistic spectrum in which she does identify with most. One of Mary-Ann gifts is poetry and she found that through her extreme expressions whilst reading she is excellent at manipulating people’s emotions. From Reciting to her audiences she could have them laughing one minute and crying the next.

Barry King
Barry King is 58 years old and has been writing poetry from a young age although he is new to performing; originally from London, he now lives in Colchester. and is semi retired.

Serious and confusing, Chloe’s writing sparks some delusion of her past. She’s been writing since she was 16, having been inspired by a previous lover who wrote a lot of poetry and rap. He taught her a lot. Now she writes in a creative manner playing on words and letting everyone know that it doesn’t take much to start writing poetry, anyone can do it. She feels that her writing is down to the audience to perceive in their own way as she’s not the type of person to make you feel anything or even give you an image of what she’s trying to say, all she can do is speak the words and leave the rest to you.

Mark Benjamim

Barrie Strawson
A Husband, A Father, A foster Dad. A Poet and Artist and daily headache sufferer. Now at his most creative…awaiting an audience!!

Pollyanna Stubbs
“Write a short bio about yourself” is not an easy remit! For want of sounding too “up” myself, I do actually love and thrive on being creative. Although I’m still working on my confidence quota, maybe the fact of being bullied pointed me in the direction of amateur theatre, or that that churlish remark from a teacher pushed me to prove that I could get a degree. It’s these pivotal points, plus many more that have led me to running “Ta-Dah!”(www.tadahcre8tiveduktion.com) to train as a Play Therapist, to write musical parodies, to sing, dance, sign and wave a flag or two. For me every single person no matter their age, in/experience, is individually creative and created to be individual and I believe that’s flipping wonderful. And I absolutely love that I can use what I’ve been given to make sure that all ages and abilities keep on finding this out for themselves and then pass it on themselves!)

Cathy Garrington
Cath is a Heathen, Librarian and Colchestarian who believes in balance and the powers of the imagination. Cath’s poems are little stories.

Gerry Donlon aka Bards Aloud
Gerry Donlon aka Bards Aloud is a Woodbridge based Irish storyteller and poet. He is founder and co-host of Storytelling with Bards Aloud, co-founder of The East Anglian Storytelling Festival and is also founder of Poetree Walks with Bards in the Woods, Suffolk. He has performed at many festivals, including: The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk East, The Glens Storytelling Festival, the Spirit of Beowulf community Festival, for which he wrote a new story entitled “The bravery and battles of Beowulf” His poetry is described as “can be serious or quirky”

Wayne Baker
Wayne Richard Baker
Wayne is a Colchester boy and he has been writing poetry since he was in primary school. His other interests are art, philosophy, nature and the paranormal.His poetry is mainly based around life experiences and memories and he has many styles. And can write in classic form to free verse, haiku to limericks. But there’s nothing he likes more than simply making people laugh with his funny poems. Though even some of them have hidden messages or serious undertones…

Victoria Weaver

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