Fri 20 May | Doors 7pm for 7:30pm | Tickets: £5
This months guest poets are Carole Coates, Polly Aitken, Sarah Hymas and Demix
Carole Coates’s new collection, Jacob, will be published by Shoestring Press in February, 2016. Shoestring has already published her three earlier books: The Goodbye Edition, 2005, a “volume that excites and challenges” according to Other Poetry; Looking Good, 2009, of which Jean Sprackland said “these poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour”; and Swallowing Stones, 2012, of which Elizabeth Burns said “she creates an utterly convincing world and peoples it with vivid characters whose voices – sometimes shocking, sometimes lyrical, always perfectly judged – are woven together in this powerful and moving sequence”.
In 2014 Wayleave Press published the pamphlet Crazy Days and Carol Ann Duffy said it was “one of the best things I’ve read all year” while Dilys Wood said it was “an important piece of writing”.
Polly Atkin lives in Grasmere. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012, and was a runner-up for the 2014 Lakeland Book of the Year. In 2014 her poem ‘A Short History of the Moon’ won the Wigtown prize, and she was awarded New Writing North's Andrew Waterhouse Prize, for work in progress ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’. She teaches English Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde.
Sarah Hymas’s writing has appeared in print, multimedia exhibits, dance videos, lyrics, pyrotechnical installations, on stage and as an improvised opera. Host, her poetry collection, is published by Waterloo Press (2010). She also makes artist books and story walks of her poetry. Her work is a continuing exploration into the relationship between man and the sea. www.sarahhymas.net
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