What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Deborah Alma, Nancy Campbell, Robert Powell and Regina Weinert

JUL Findingthe Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 26 Jul : 

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.
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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poet duo Headlines and special guest Carole Bromley

JUN Findingthe Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 28 Jun :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£3 or £2 with a York Card

Headlines Two prizewinning poets, Peter Wallis and Sally Festing, present poems about the head, both in its physical and mental aspects. With special guest Carole Bromley

How does repeated brain surgery impact on families? What if the patient has an identical twin? The answers come, in Andrew McMillan’s words, in poems that see “life as something tentative as well as tender”. Similarly, how can the effects of something like schizophrenia, bear on future generations? Family history and a cache of intimate letters suggest answers.

Sally Festing’s fifth collection will be published in 2019. Four prizes fed into Swimming Lessons, Salaams (Happenstance), Font, and Doors Opening (Oversteps) which followed journalism, radio plays, academic studies, biographies and other non-fiction books. Sally runs Saltmarsh Poetry.

Peter Wallis won publication of a pamphlet, Articles of Twinship, in the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015, was shortlisted in the 2016 National Poetry Competition and longlisted in that of 2017. He is Submissions Editor for the U.K. charity “Poems in the Waiting Room”.

Carole Bromley is the Poetry Society’s York Stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries at York Explore. She has three books with Smith/Doorstop, A Guided Tour of the Ice House, The Stonegate Devil and a children’s collection, Blast Off. Carole is currently working on a sequence of poems about her recent experience of brain surgery and will be sharing some of those poems.

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What’s on in York: Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something – A Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop

May _22 Maria Stephenson Poetry

York Explore Library :

Tue 22 May :

5.30pm – 7.45pm :

£5

Join author, poet and creative writing teacher Maria Stephenson for a poetry workshop where you can explore the benefits of cathartic writing.

Our poetry is often written for ourselves and will never see the light of day but sometimes, we realise that as well as helping ourselves, our words can move and inspire others.  This is the essence of Maria’s collection ‘Poetry for the Newly Single 40 Something’ (Stairwell Books) which chronicles the escape from an abusive marriage towards living again, also shining a light onto on-line dating experiences.  She will read from her collection and talk about the path to publication during the creative writing workshop included in the event.

Author’s Biography:

I am a creative writing teacher and a mother of two based in the lovely market town of Otley near Leeds.  Over the last few years, life has taken the wonderful turn of my being able to make a living as a writer and teacher of writing.  From a young age, my dream has been to write poems and stories that will help and move my readers and I’m delighted that this dream is becoming more and more of a reality.

My debut solo poetry collection has now come out and as well as working to promote it, I am also working on the final edit of my crime novel, ‘The Man Behind Closed Doors’ which was recently shortlisted for the international Luke Bitmead prize, in association with Legend Press,   I’m really looking forward to unleashing this on the world too.

If anyone was to ask me how it is possible to achieve success as a writer I would say, keep going, keep writing, keep believing in your voice.  Polish your work until it shines and never give up.  We can all achieve our dreams.

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Harry Gallagher, Judi Sutherland and Chérie Taylor-Battiste

Apr _26 Finding The WordsYork Explore Library :

Thu 26 Apr :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (£2 with a YorkCard)

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.
Harry Gallagher hails from Middlesbrough, though now lives on the coast near Newcastle. His latest book ‘Northern Lights’ (published by York press Stairwell Books) has just entered its 2nd run and Harry describes its contents as “a collective love letter to the people of the North East”. Poet John Hegley described it as containing “gems herein”, while the Yorkshire Times said “Gallagher excels at finding harmony in unlikely places, in juxtapositions; extrapolating subtleties of nuance towards an expression of love, he is, in the end, a poet of hope.” Harry is delighted to be coming to York, one of his favourite cities anywhere.
Judi Sutherland is a poet and would-be novelist living in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Her pamphlet ‘The Ship Owner’s House’ has just been published by Vane Women Press in Darlington and this will be its first ever airing at a poetry reading.
Chérie Taylor-Battiste. After graduating from SOAS with a degree in African Studies, Chérie  worked first in television production as a Researcher,  then  moved onto acting gaining various parts on stage and screen and with the BBC. Alongside this, she engaged in another passion, facilitating drama and video workshops in prisons PRUs and schools.
Finding herself a single parent of two, she was drawn back to her first love of writing, embracing the flexibility that allowed her to write around her baby daughter.  She  began by getting a prose piece published in the Tangled Roots anthology, then winning a competition to have a poem included in the Saboteur Award winning anthology Remembering Oluwale. After winning the Pitch and Pen event at the Headingley Literature Festival, she began talks with Valley Press.
She has just completed her debut collection “Lioness”, due to be published alongside an audiobook by Valley Press in Autumn 2018.

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 22 Mar :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

Finding the Words with poets Jade Cuttle, Keith Hutson and Ruth McIlroy

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.

Jade Cuttle  After reading literature at University of Cambridge, Jade Cuttle released her poetic-folk  debut album ‘Leaves & Lovers’ to BBC Introducing acclaim. She has performed her poetry on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms (‘The Art of Splinters’) and been commissioned for other BBC podcasts like celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th. She was appointed Poet-in-Residence for Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, mentored by Daljit Nagra, and a 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival Emerging Poetry Critic, after winning competitions run by Ledbury Poetry Festival, BBC Proms, Poetry Book Society and Foyle Young Poets. She is also a journalist and has written for The Observer, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

 

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and many well-known comedians. His poetry has been widely published in journals including The Rialto, The North, Stand, Magma, The Manhattan Review, and he has had several competition successes, including in The YorkMix, The Troubadour, The Mclellan, and the Cornwall Contemporary. In February 2017 he was Carol Ann Duffy’s guest poet at the Royal Society of Literature’s TS Eliot Memorial event. His debut pamphlet Routines (2016) was published by Poetry Salzburg where he is now a co-editor. His latest pamphlet Troupers (smith | doorstop) is a 2018 Laureate’s Choice.

 

Ruth McIlroy will be reading from her pamphlet, Guppy Primer, the Poetry Book Society’s Winter Pamphlet Choice. She has spent most of her life in Edinburgh, and now lives with her family and works as a psychotherapist in Sheffield.

 

Booking

In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

Max: 50

What’s on in York: Blackout & Cut-Up Poetry Workshop

Mar _20blackoutpoemClifton Library :

Tue 20 Mar :

3.30pm – 4.30pm :

Free

A poetry workshop for adults – create your own blackout/cut-up poetry out of photocopied pages from some of our books. All material provided! All levels of expertise welcome!

Blackout poetry:  blacking out the words on an established page of writing, to create a poem out of the remaining words.

Cut-up poetry: cutting out individual words from a text and arranging them into a poem.

Join us for an informal blackout and cut-up workshop at Clifton library, where we will use (photocopied!) pages from a variety of our books  to create fabulous, funny, moving and surreal new poems, just in time for World Poetry Day (21 March)!

No need to book. Free event. Contact sarah.peploe@exploreyork.org.uk if you’d like more information!

What’s on in York: Time Turned Around

Mar _7 Time Turned AroundYork Explore Library :

Wed 7 Mar :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :

Free

Pauline Kirk and Andrew Boobier have strong connections with York. They have appeared at festivals and events throughout Yorkshire, and are well known as effective performers as well as skilful poets. In an informal event they will read from their new collections, ‘Time Traveller’ and ‘Kong King’, published in late 2017 by Graft Poetry. Both often write about Time, how its passing affects us, and how we visualise the past and future. They will talk about their work and invite questions from the audience. Nicholas Bielby, Editor of Graft Poetry, will also explain why he chose to publish their books.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham and travelled widely before settling in York. She has had 11 poetry collections published and six novels, three written with her daughter as PJ Quinn. She is editor of Fighting Cock Press.

Andrew Boobier lived in York for five years, gaining a First from York University. He now lives in North Yorkshire. His work has been widely published in the UK and US. He is also a keen musician, one of his compositions being broadcast on Radio 3 in 2017. Both are members of the acclaimed Pennine Poets group, as is Nicholas Bielby, editor of Graft Poetry. Nicholas is himself a widely published poet, critic, and writer on educational issues.

General – 12 years and over.

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with John Paul Burns, Emma Storr and Charlotte Wetto

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 Jan :

6.45pm – 8.00pm :

£3/£2 with a YorkCard

Jan _25Findingthe WordsFinding 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.

John-Paul Burns is a writer of poetry and essays currently on the Creative Writing MFA program at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in Manchester. His work centres around images of the road, the coast and fruit–of music history and the cinema–Federico Fellini wandering the earth spreading madness like Dionysus, Foley-sound artist as Demiurge, a dream of following Thelonious Monk. He has appeared in journals such as The North, Poetry Salzburg Review and 3AM Magazine and is featured in the Smith|Doorstop anthology Introduction X: The Poetry Business Book of New Poets.

Emma Storr lives in Leeds where she is a member of the Leeds Writers Circle. After working as a doctor and teacher for many years she is now giving more attention to poetry and writing. She is interested in where science and poetry intersect, particularly in relation to understanding the body. She has been published in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology 2016 and Strix 2 and her poem ’Spring Walk’ was highly commended in the Walter Swan Poetry competition in 2016. She recently completed an MPhil in Writing at the University of South Wales.

Charlotte Wetton is a poet based in West Yorkshire. Her first pamphlet, I Refuse to Turn into a Hat-Stand has been shortlisted for the Michael Marks award, following a spoken word album, Body Politic. She has published in Poetry Wales, Staple, Stand etc.  She regularly performs across the North and will run workshops if the opportunity sounds fun.

@CharPoetry

www.charlottewettonpoetry.wordpress.com

 

Prices

£3 or £2 with YorkCard

Book at any library or online

What’s on in York: POETRY LAUNCH – Crow Flight across the Sun

Jan _18 Mike

York Explore Library :

Thu 18 Jan :

6.30pm – 8.00pm :

Free

Mike Di Placido has published two collections of poetry: Theatre of Dreams (Smith/Doorstop, 2009) and A Sixty Watt Las Vegas (Valley Press, 2013). His poetry has been translated into German and Romanian through the web magazine PoetryPf, and also broadcast on British and European radio.

Mike has read at numerous literary festivals, and his poems and reviews have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as The North, The Rialto, Pennine Platform and Poetry Saltzburg. He was recently the sole judge of The Poetry Space Competition, 2017.

Mike is a member of The Ted Hughes Society and The Elmet Trust.

Comments on Mike’s poetry:

I can’t remember when I enjoyed a book of poems so much; possibly ‘Season Songs’.
Keith Sagar (on Di Placido’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’)

Shrewdly, comically, with Blakean innocence, Mike Di Placido writes about enthusiasm and inspiration: how in practice we read poetry and fall in love with it.
Ed Reiss

In these poems Ted comes alive again, he lives and breathes. These poems are healing gifts.
Mark Hinchliffe

www.caldervalleypoetry.com

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What’s on in York: DUSK – A Poetry Reading with Ian Taylor

Jan _13 DUSK Ian Taylor

York Explore Library :

Sat 13 Jan :

2.30pm – 4.00pm :

Free

The author will read poems from his recent collection DUSK

Ian Taylor has been writing about the lost landscapes of the North for over forty years – old earthworks, ruined churches, derelict mineworkings, Neolithic barrows and deserted villages. Bringing together the best of this work in a single volume, Dusk is a book about enclosure, famine and deforestation, about bleak moorlands, sunken roads, nettles and cobwebs. Exploring between the pages of history, superstition, myth and the ‘threadbare cloak of folk tradition’, Taylor listens to the drovers, peat-cutters, ironstone miners, seasonal labourers, landless farmers and tramps in whose ‘hollow voice of loss’ he hears a renegade and still undefeated Albion, like a fox running from the ‘cleanshaven faces and privileged profiles’ of the Hunt, the Green Man still dancing in the trees.

‘Taylor’s is an inventive, controlled, authoritative voice, unafraid of the rare but exact word… contemplative, intelligently and movingly eloquent on behalf of those silent people and places for which he invents voices.’

Peter Conradi

‘I.P. Taylor\’s vision of agricultural man shares with Hughes and Heaney a noble poetic ancestry running from Wordsworth to Hardy to Lawrence, but his poetry is all his own because he has lived through his subjects in mud, words and imagination.’

Cal Clothier

‘Ian Taylor was born in Shipley, West Yorkshire. He has been a forestry operative, a market gardener, a farm worker, a drystone waller and a millhand. Winner of the Stroud Festival international poetry competition and the Poetry Society’s Greenwood Prize, his publications include A Poetry Quintet, The Grip, The Passion, The Hollow Places and Killers. He lives in York.

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