John Kay performing in Bournmouth


An evening with John Kay, artist and poet on Tuesday 12th Marc, 7pm until 9.15pm

“Humorous, earthy, and at times very moving, John Kay’s poetry should not be missed. His work has been

warmly received at events up and down the country, enjoyed as much on the stage as on the page. His

work is searching and thought-provoking, but it’s not po-faced or genteel.”

Malcolm Povey, South 35


Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a prompt 7pm start. We hall have an interval for refreshments and finish around 9.15. 

Tea, coffee, ice-cream, snacks, available to buy. Selection of soft drinks.

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The evening will be in two parts. In the first part John will tell us about his work as an artist.

He says:

I use a variety of materials, including nails and rusty metal, (baked bean cans are the best), and generally

anything I can recycle. When I begin a piece of work I have no idea how it’s going to turn out, I let the

mood and materials dictate. He has pieces in private collections in the UK and abroad and have had solo exhibitions at the BIC (Bournemouth

Exhibition Centre), 2020, and Bournemouth Central Library, 2015.


In the second part after an interval for drinks and snacks ( not alcoholic as we don’t have a license), John will be entertaining us with his poetry.

He has published two collections, ’It Wouldn’t Do’, Cowshed Press (2008) and ‘She Stole My Northern Heart’, A Million Ways (2019). His work has appeared in a number of magazines and

online platforms, including South, The Interpreter’s House, The Frogmore Papers, The British Council and In, Sweat and Tears. He is an award winning poet and was  represented in th

Forward Anthology2003 and earned the tongue-in-cheek title of Radio Solent’s Unofficial Poet Laureate, having over forty poems broadcast over the COVID lockdown period. He recently

performed at the Harmony Conference, Bournemouth University, 2023 and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2023.


John Kay’s biography

John was  born in Bury, Lancs in 1958. He attended  Rochdale College of Art and Gloucestershire College of Art. He has been married to Yvonne for over forty years and they have five grown

up children. Together, they  have travelled extensively, Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East, travels which have had a major influence on my artwork and poetry. He recently

retired, having taught and trained teachers of TESOL for over 30 years.