This is live poetry.
Not for the faint of heart. This is Wordsmiths & Co.
Spring / Summer 2013
Monday 20th May at 7:45pm
Join your host Jo Bell with wonderful wordsmiths Deborah Tyler-Bennett, Joe Coghlan, Hannah Silva & Helen Ivory.
Monday 17th June at 7:45pm
Join your host Jo Bell with wonderful wordsmiths Lorna Meehan, Matt Merritt, David Morley & Luke Wright
At Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
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Nine Arches Press & Crystal Clear Creators Present:
Bi-monthly open mic at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA
NEXT EVENT: Monday 18th March 2013 at 7.30pm.
Guest Writers: Nichola Deane, Jonathan Taylor, Jess Green & more tbc...
Open mic and poetry night - please sign up on the door for slots.
Nichola Deane was born in Bolton in 1973, and attended the Universities of St Andrews and Manchester. Her poems have appeared in a nuimber of magazines including Poetry London, Archipelago, Magma, and The Rialto. Her recent pamphlet, My Moriarty, won the Flarestack Poetry Pamphlet Prize in 2012 and was the Poetry Book Society's Autumn Choice. Douglas Dunn has said of her poems that 'they leave me with the very distinct feeling that what we have here is the work of a future English Elizabeth Bishop―sculptured, vocal and beautiful.' The PBS reviewer wrote that My Moriarty represented the emergence of a 'remarkable new voice.'
Jonathan Taylor is author of the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, March 2013), as well as the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University in Leicester, and co-director of Crystal Clear Creators. His website is www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk.
Jess Green graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Creative Writing in 2010. Since then unemployment has forced her down to the Midlands. She is a member of London’s Roundhouse Poetry Collective and performs regularly around London, the Midlands and the North West. Her debut collection, #romance, was published by Holdfire Press in 2012.
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Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2013
Don’t miss these Nine Arches poets performing live throughout the festival:
Find out more about Cheltenham Poetry Festival here
Monday 22nd April 2012 - 7.30pm – 9pm, Jamie’s Italian, £5/4
‘Daniel Sluman has looked mortality square in the eye and given it shape. If poetry has a purpose, then this is it.’– Helen Ivory
Two exciting young voices in British poetry join forces in this eagerly anticipated event. Daniel Sluman’s debut collection Absence has a weight of its own (Nine Arches Press) is an unflinching study of serious illness, sex, death and decadence. In sometimes brutal and spare cadences, Sluman explores the extremities of human experience in poems that are skilfully, icily primed. Mark Burnhope's poems present a generous but moral quizzing of the world; they negotiate a path through lyricism and music, didacticism and narrative, comedy and confession, slang and slur in their search for a voice.
‘Mark Burnhope draws on fairytale and transformation to spin his own techno-mythology in this quirky and intelligent debut.’ - Angela Topping
Event includes an open mic section – please come and share your work.
Saturday 27th April 2013 - 12.30pm – 1.30pm Hotel Du Vin. £5/4
You won't need a passport or papers / there will be a glint in your eyes / which is recognised or understood - Maria Taylor
Join us in the atmospheric Regency rooms of the Hotel Du Vin for a reading by two highly rated poets, husband and wife Jonathan and Maria Taylor.
Maria Taylor has had poetry published in a variety of magazines. Her stunning new collection Melanchrini explores ideas of identity and belonging, and has received glowing reviews.
Jonathan Taylor is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home (Granta, 2007), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (forthcoming from Shoestring Press, 2013). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University.
Saturday 27th April 2013 2pm – 3pm, Copa. £5/4
Get ready for a poetry show-down when the wild (South) West meets the mysterious East (Midlands) for an afternoon of poetry with a twist!
Join us as poets take turns in an exchange of poems responding to the themes, ideas and forms of each other's work. Nine Arches Press showcases some of their best new and established poets: from Leicestershire, please welcome poets Matt Merritt and Maria Taylor, and representing Gloucestershire, Daniel Sluman and Angela France.
Sunday 28th April 2013 at 8pm – 9pm, Red Pepper, £5/4
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Christopher Reid's collection A Scattering was Costa Book of the Year for 2009; The Song of Lunch became a BBC2 film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. His latest, Nonsense, appeared in 2012 and was described in the Guardian as ‘like being inside a theatre – a wonderful, oddball auditorium’.
Angela France’s publications include Occupation (Ragged Raven Press, 2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (Nine Arches Press, 2011) and her new collection, Hide (Nine Arches Press). Angela is features editor of Iota and runs the monthly poetry café, ‘Buzzwords’. Her work is richly imaginative, finely crafted and complex, whilst remaining joyfully playful.
'Angela France’s poems are rich, attentive and strange. Weighed by work, open with wonder, they measure their strengths and fly’ – Alison Brackenbury
Find out more about Cheltenham Poetry Festival here