Per Verse Poetry in Portsmouth

I’m delighted to be doing a complete set at Per Verse Poetry in Portsmouth this week.

Michael Birchmore invites you to join him for an enjoyable evening of poetry set in the superb surroundings of The Canteen, Old Portsmouth well known for its tasty snacks and light refreshments including locally sourced wines.
This month we will be welcoming Peter John Cooper who will be reciting some of his excellent poetry.
A number of his works are published online and in paperback and he can be seen performing in clubs and small theatres in London and his home town of Bournemouth. He is best know for his experimental work both as a playwright and a poet.
In this excellent venue we intend to have some fun with an open mic night so anyone who would like to read their own or anyone else’s work can do so.
You are very welcome to join in or just listen and enjoy a lively summer evening of verse.
Tickets are only £4 in advance from The Canteen or from Eventbrite
or £5 on the door.
If you would like further information contact Michael Birchmore:

The Canteen, Hotwalls, Portsmouth PO1 2FS

Jess’s Odyssey

I’m just finishing putting the last touches to a companion piece to The Fisherman’s Daughter.  AsOne Theatre Company  will be rehearsing this in January and then touring libraries and Arts Centres in the South West UK from February. The two plays together form an exciting evening and I’m delighted with the way they are turning out.Jess' Odessey_plus info_edited-2

Peter John Cooper declaiming

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Peter John Cooper at Talking Loud and Telling Stories at Velo Domestique on Thursday 23rd June talking about poetry, cricket, railways.  Oh, and a horrible way to die.

Talking Loud and Telling Stories

Talking LoudOn June 23rd I shall be Talking Loud and Telling Stories at Velo Domestique in Southbourne.  I’m putting a lot of effort into deciding what to say so please don’t miss this.

Belief, Bias and Common Humanity

I’ve been publishing chapters of my forthcoming book, a meditation on playwriting in the twenty-first century, on my blog.  There are four chapters so far. The first chapter is here  Click on the link and see what you think.

The Fisherman’s Daughter – a little review

“The Fisherman’s Daughter” doing what it was meant to do in Dorchester library.

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An audience view of “The Fisherman’s Daughter”

I’ve was very fortunate to take my family to see this incredible show, I’m a big fan of Peter John Cooper’s versatility when he writes. I’m sure all ages saw many different angles as they were immersed into this fast moving very well acted fun and educational show. With rocks, the sea, novels, a mad bird with one leg, an even madder librarian and the fisherman’s daughter. A must see for the whole family.  Steve Biddle

The Fisherman’s Daughter


The first performance of The Fisherman’s Daughter at The Warehouse Theatre, Weymouth.  Jane McKell as Moira, Beth Netherton as Jess and Harold the Seagull as himself.

Photo courtesy Andy Sherlock