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Launch of Antony Christie’s new book: Conjuring a Ghost Road | With guest readers Katie Hale and Richard Smith and music and songs by The Demix
Since the 1970s Antony Christie has divided his time his time between a farmhouse in the South Tyne Valley and a renovated one-room school in Grey County in Ontario into which he and his family moved 50 years ago. His poetry has been published in England, Ireland and Canada in magazines, anthologies, three chapbooks and three full collections. He has read his work in co-ops, bookstores, village halls, libraries, a farmers’ market, and at local and international festivals, including StAnza, the last Collingwood Wordstock and the Kendal Poetry Festival. His latest collection, Conjuring a Ghost Road, was published in Ontario late last year. As it follows the seasons it often focuses on the flora and fauna of the new country as it attempts to recapture the struggles of the early European settlers, including his own relatives from the Irish Midlands and explore his own experiences in Grey County as a mid-twentieth century immigrant.
Katie Hale won a Northern Debut Award for her poetry collection, White Ghosts, and is the author of a novel, My Name is Monster, and two poetry pamphlets. She is a former MacDowell Fellow, and winner of the Palette Poetry Prize, Munster Chapbook Prize, and Aesthetica Creative Writing Prize. Her short fiction has been longlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Katie also runs Dove Cottage Young Poets for Wordsworth Grasmere and is a Core Team Member of the Writing Squad. Her second novel, The Edge of Solitude, is published by Canongate in July 2024.
Leicestershire farm-boy; literary student; wandering teacher; fortunate Principal; partner; parent; Westmorland grandparent; sufficiently retired; engrossed beekeeper.
Rod & Sarah Demick
Performing as The Demix – gives you an eclectic mix of original songs by Rod and various covers which include songs by John Prine, James Taylor, and Bonnie Raitt. Their set includes romantic ballads, traditional folk and blues, songs to sing along to, and such classics as ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and ‘Moon River’. Both Rod and Sarah are singers and are accompanied by Rod on acoustic guitar or mandolin and harmonica. Sarah’s 2nd collection of poetry ‘Being The One’ is available from The Book Depository (or in person at gigs) and Rod’s autobiography ‘My Gap Life’ is available online at Amazon.
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