Thu 22 Feb :
6.45pm – 8.00pm :
£3 (or £2 with a York Card)
Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.
Rachel Davies has been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently The Interpreters House no. 63 and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). She has been a winner in several poetry competitions including Battered Moons in 2017. She co-ordinates the Poetry Society’s East Manchester and Tameside Stanza and is a member of Manchester’s Poets & Players organising committee. Formerly a primary school head-teacher, since retirement she has graduated MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working towards a creative/critical PhD in poetry. She doubts she will ever learn how to stop being a student. Originally from the Fens she now lives in Saddleworth with her partner and two cats. She blogs regularly on the challenge of fitting a PhD into a very full life. You can read her blog here: racheld1607.com
Hilary Robinson lives in Saddleworth and is a retired primary school teacher. She has had work published in The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Avis, Strix and Riggwelter. Her poetry has been included in several anthologies such as A New Manchester Alphabet (Manchester Writing School 2015) and Noble Dissent (Beautiful Dragons Press 2017). Hilary has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and had a month-long holiday to recover. Since coming to poetry writing late in life, Hilary is trying to cram in as much of it as she can and will often be found at readings, workshops and launches. You can follow her on Twitter (@Hilro1) or on her occasional blog (mamierob.wordpress.com).
Joanne Stryker’s poems have won prizes and are published in journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.K. She spent several years in Yorkshire and now lives in her native Canada. She will be reading from her new collection After published by Cinnamon Press. After is a heart-breaking account of the aftermath of a suicide. Simple, spare language and the use of questions allow the seismic shifts of grief and disbelief to resonate through this powerful, disquieting and sometimes harrowing, but never sentimental or self-indulgent, sequence. There is a fine line of control and grace in this poignant and deeply humane collection.
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