What’s on York: Finding the Words with Suzanne Batty, Jane Burn and Keith Hutson

York Explore Library

October 24th @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

 £5

Finding the Words is a relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening featuring established and emerging poets from Yorkshire and beyond.

Suzanne Batty’s most recent poetry collection States of Happiness (Bloodaxe Books 2018) begins with an extended sequence exploring her relationship with her twin sister, from their shared birth to her twin’s death from a rare genetic disease. The collection probes her primary concerns – the uncertainty and necessity of love and the drive to find meaning and healing through language. The search for states of happiness, no matter how fleeting, is at the heart of this collection.

Suzanne has won many prizes including the Poetry Society’s Anne Born prize in its inaugural year (2015), The Café Writer’s Poetry Competition (2015) and The York Poetry Prize (2016). Her first full-length collection The Barking Thing was also published by Bloodaxe. Suzanne uses creative writing to support people experiencing and recovering from mental distress.

“Reading these tour-de-force poems is to encounter shadow-wonders and brilliant terrors… Here is extraordinary witness in poems that recall the work of Janet Frame in their confronting both of mental anguish and the transformations that are the hard won and healing reward” -Penelope Shuttle

She is original, brave, unflinching” – Jackie Kay

Jane Burn’s poems have appeared in many magazines, such as Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed With Pipework, The Curlew, The Fenland Reed, Strix, Under the Radar, Bare Fiction, The Rialto, Prole, Long Poem Magazine,  Elsewhere, Crannog, Domestic Cherry, Iota Poetry,The Poet’s Republic, Eye Flash Poetry, Finished Creatures and the Oxford English Journal. Her poems have also been published in anthologies from The Emma Press and Seren. Her poems are regularly placed in competitions and she has been nominated for both The Pushcart and Forward Prize. Her latest collections are Fleet, from Wyrd Harvest Press, One of These Dead Places from Culture Matters and Remnants (co-written with Bob Beagrie) from Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Keith Hutson has written for Coronation Street and for several well-known comedians. His plays have been performed at venues including The Royal Exchange, Manchester. Since beginning to submit his poetry five years ago, Keith has had over 150 poems published in journals. He has also had competition successes including being longlisted twice for the National Poetry Competition, shortlisted for the Wordsworth Trust Prize, and a winner in the Poetry Business Yorkshire Prize.

Keith tours extensively with Carol Ann Duffy, recently the Edinburgh Book Festival, Durham Festival and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank.

Keith’s debut pamphlet, Routines, was published in 2016 by Poetry Salzburg (where Keith is now on the Editorial Board) followed by a smith doorstop pamphlet, Troupers (2018) which was selected by Carol Ann as a Laureate’s Choice. His debut full collection, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, was published by Bloodaxe in February 2019.

He delivers poetry and performance workshops for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and for the Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax.

These poems illuminate something timeless about the human spirit. Keith Hutson is a wonderful talent – his technically accomplished and hardworking poems arrive all of a piece, centre stage. Carol Ann Duffy on Baldwin’s Catholic Geese.

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Malcolm Carson, Lydia Kennaway and Vicky Morris

May 23 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

£3

Finding the Words is a relaxed and welcoming monthly poetry evening featuring established and emerging poets from Yorkshire and beyond. Bar available and tickets may be bought on the door.

Malcolm Carson was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire. He moved to Belfast with his family before returning to Lincolnshire, becoming an auctioneer and then a farm labourer. He studied English at Nottingham University, and then taught in colleges and universities. He now lives in Carlisle, Cumbria. He has had three full collections published by Shoestring Press: Breccia (2006), Rangi Changi and other poems (2011), and Route Choice (2016), as well as a pamphlet, Cleethorpes Comes to Paris (2014). A fourth collection, The Where and When, is due out in March 2019.

Lydia Kennaway’s pamphlet, A History of Walking (HappenStance, April 2019), uses types of walking, from protest march to promenade, to explore themes of ownership, loss and fear of loss. She won the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, and her poems were shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize, and longlisted in the 2018 Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and (three times) in the National Poetry Competition. Other poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Rialto and Any Change? Poetry in a Hostile Environment, edited by Ian Duhig (2018). Lydia completes her MA in Writing Poetry at Newcastle University in September 2019

Vicky Morris is a poet, educator and creative practitioner based in Sheffield. She has been published in places like Butcher’s Dog, The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, and Verse Matters anthology (Valley Press). She won first place in the Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and was highly commended in the Carers UK Poetry Competition 2017. Vicky won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, and in 2019 The Sarah Nutly Award for Creativity for her impact in Sheffield and beyond. She is currently an Arvon Jerwood mentee for Poetry (2019/20)

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Date:May 23

Time:6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Cost:£3

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What’s on in York: Finding the Words with Andy Armitage, John Foggin and Joan Johnston

JAN Finding The Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 24 Jan :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£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.

John Foggin lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. His work has appeared in The North, The New Writer, Prole, and The interpreters house, among others, and in anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry [2015, 2018]. He publishes a poetry blog: the great fogginzo’s cobweb.
His poems have won first prizes in The Plough Poetry [2013,2014], the Camden/Lumen [2014], and McClellan [2015] Competitions respectively. In 2016 he was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins.
He has had published four pamphlets/chapbooks: Running out of Space [2014] Backtracks [2015], Larach (WardWood Publications) [2015] and Outlaws and fallen angels (Calder Valley Poetry) [2016], and two collections, Much Possessed (smith|doorstop) [2016], and Gap Year..co-authored with Andy Blackford (SPM Publications) [2017]
A new pamphlet ‘Advice to a traveller’ is published by Indigo Dreams [2018].

Andy Armitage is a poet and editor from Leeds. His first chapbook ‘Letters to a First Love from the Future’ was published in July 2018.
Andy has a PhD in English and has published poetry in Acumen, Dream Catcher, Strix, Riggwelter, The High Window, and Algebra of Owls. In 2017, he won First Place in the Leeds Museums Poetry Competition and this year he was Highly Commended in the York Mix/York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. He’s written scholarly articles on Ted Hughes’s poetry for the British Library and the Ted Hughes society websites.

Joan Johnston was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and lives on Tyneside. She has worked as a writer in hospitals, prisons, day-centres and schools and with the homeless, women’s groups, and older people in residential care. She is the recipient of a Hawthornden Fellowship and teaches creative writing in Adult Education and on a freelance basis.
She has published three poetry collections and three pamphlets – her latest pamphlet An Overtaking was published by Red Squirrel Press in 2016. Her poems have also been widely published in magazines and anthologies – most recently in Land of Three Rivers (pub. Bloodaxe, 2018)
‘Joan Johnston knows what poetry can do. She reveals wonder inherent in the everyday. I like her work very much’. – Kathleen Jamie

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: Sad Poets’ Doorstep Club

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Acomb Explore Library :

Thu 10 Jan :

5.30pm – 6.30pm :

Free

A poetry circle event with a mental health slant, this is a chance to explore your thoughts and feelings about mental health issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Please bring along a poem or short story that you have written to share with the group. Organised in an Open Mic format you will have the opportunity to read or perform aloud, or simply to listen.

There is a three minute limit for each piece, but there will be multiple rounds of the circle so plenty of opportunities to showcase your work.

Strictly 16+
Contains adult themes

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words – York Stanza Christmas Showcase

Dec _13Stanza

York Explore Library 

Thu 13 Dec :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

Free

Poets from the York Stanza strut their stuff.

Started eight years ago by Carole Bromley, the York Stanza (part of a network of local groups under the umbrella of the Poetry Society) now has sixty members who between them have carried off most of the country’s poetry prizes.

A range of poets will read and perform their work. Readers will include Carole Bromley, Richard Carpenter, Phil Connolly, Mary Ann Dearlove, Nick Boreham, Jenny Hill, Andy Humphrey,  Nairn Kennedy, Patrick Lodge, Mary Matusz , Rob Miles, Stuart Pickford  and Hannah Stone

Come along and join us for a pre-Christmas celebration.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Duncan Chambers, Suzannah Evans and Pippa Little

York Explore Library :

Thu 22 Nov :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£3/£2 with a YorkCard

Nov Finding The 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.

Duncan Chambers is a University health researcher living in York and working in Sheffield. He has been writing poetry (with gaps) since the 1980s and has been published in various magazines including AmbitThe RialtoStand, The Interpreter’s House, Magma and The North. He was shortlisted for the Poetry Business pamphlet competition in 2017 and won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize in 2018.

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition judged by Carol Ann Duffy. Her debut collection Near Future will be published by Nine Arches Press in November 2018.  She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and Poetry Review and her poem Helpline has been ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Guardian website. She has been a Hawthornden fellow and was one of the 2015 Aldeburgh Eight. Suzannah works as a teacher of creative writing and a poetry editor.

Pippa Little lives in Northumberland where she is a Royal Literary Fellow at Newcastle University. Her second full collection, Twist, came out last year and was shortlisted for the Saltire Best Poetry Book of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in film, on radio and in magazines including Poetry Review, TLS, The North, The Scotsman, New Statesman and Rialto.

Please visit our ticketing website to book a place.

What’s on in York: The Understated Ladybird – puppets, poetry and animation

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York Explore Library 

Sat 17 Nov :

10.00am – 4.00pm :

Free

Visual artist Stephen Hodgkins and poet Henry Raby need you to bring Stephen’s children’s story book “The Understated Ladybird” to life.  We will be using puppets, writing poetry and creating animation on an interactive digital table so we need 6 – 12 year olds to help us at this free event!

The project will use the latest touch screen technologies to produce an interactive digital experience displayed on Explore York’s interactive digital table.

For a free ticket book in person at any York library or by calling (01904) 552828 or email arts@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Sarah L Dixon, Ian Harrow and Tristan Moss

Oct _25Find The Words

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 Oct :

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£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.

Sarah L Dixon lived in Chorlton for 12 years. She moved in May 2017 and is currently based in Linthwaite, Huddersfield and tours as The Quiet Compere. Sarah has most recently been published in Confluence, The Interpreter’s House, The Lake, Obsessed with Pipework, Troubadour and Curlew. She had a poem published on a beer-mat and her pamphlet, The sky is cracked was released by the same press in November 2017 (Half Moon).

Sarah’s inspiration comes from many places, including pubs and music, being by and in water and adventures with her seven-year-old, Frank. She is still attempting to write better poetry than Frank did aged 4! Frank’s line, aged 4, was “Is your heart in a cage so it doesn’t fly away?”

Ian Harrow: b.1945 Bamburgh, Northumberland. Five collections, most recent, Finishing Lines (Rack Press 2018) and Words Take Me (Lapwing 2013). Formerly Head of the School of Art, University of Central Lancashire. Lives in York.
Widely published in journals and magazines, including Stand, London Magazine, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, New Walk.

Tristan Moss lives in York with his partner and two young children. He has had poems published in a number of online and paper journals. Most recently his poems have appeared in The Poetry Shed, Snakeskin, Amaryllis, Open Mouse, and Picaroon Poetry. In 2012 he had a short pamphlet published entitled ‘Disclaimer, by Lapwing Publications.

Sarah L Dixon @QuietCompereMcr
Tristan Moss @TristannMoss

This event will take place in the Marriott Room and cost £3 (or £2 with a York Card)

To book a ticket please click here.

What’s on in York: Finding the Words with poets Nick Allen, Katharine Goda and Pauline Kirk

Sep _29Find

York Explore Library :

Thu 27 Sep : 

6.45pm – 7.45pm :

£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.
Nick Allen’s poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies – most recently, the Interpreter’s House, the Poetry Salzburg Review, Verse Matters and Un/Forced: a collection of writing from Rhubarb. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books of Otley, in October. He helps to organise the open mic evening, Rhubarb at the Triangle in Shipley, the last Wednesday of each month. He is a sub-editor with the on-line poetry magazine Algebra of Owls. He derives most of his sustenance from malt whisky and good espressos.

Katharine Goda writes poetry as a way of recording and reflecting on moments which would otherwise go unnoticed. Her work has appeared on the YorkMix poetry blog and been chosen for two Forward Poetry anthologies. She enjoys participating in Poetry Society stanza groups and workshops, volunteering with participatory arts organisations and running poetry writing sessions.

Pauline Kirk was born in Birmingham, and now lives in York. She has had ten collections of poetry and six novels published, three under her own name, and four as PJ Quinn. Her most recent collection, Time Traveller, was published by Graft Poetry. She is Editor of Fighting Cock Press, and a member of the editorial group of Dream Catcher.

This event will take place in the Marriott Room and cost £3 or £2 with a York Card

To book ticket please click here.

Local children invited to enter York Remembers poetry competition

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, local children and young people are being encouraged to submit commemorative poems as part of a York Army Museum competition.

The competition is part of ‘York Remembers: Lifting the shadow of the First World War’, a remembrance project co-ordinated by City of York Council, and which schools and individuals aged 7 – 18 can enter.

The poem should be an original piece on First World War remembrance.

Submissions are divided into five age categories; children in school years 3 – 4 and years 5 – 6; and young people in school years 7, 8 and 9, years 10 – 11 and years 12 – 13.

Children’s poems should be no longer than 28 lines, while poems submitted by young people should not exceed 40 lines. Entries can be hand delivered, sent to the York Army Museum by post or emailed to yorkrememberspoetry@gmail.com by 12 noon on Friday 28 September.

Winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October at Explore Acomb Library by York poet, Doreen Gurrey, and will receive a book token and certificate in each category.

Allison Freeman, activities officer at York Army Museum, said: ‘We are excited to be hosting the York Remembers poetry competition for children and young people, and looking forward to reading the submitted poems.  We are especially pleased that York poet, Doreen Gurrey, has agreed to judge this competition commemorating the ending of the First World War.’