Our next event is on Thursday 14th June 2018, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN.

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Our evening readings will be preceded by a special Poetry Open Mic, as part of the South Downs Poetry Festival.

Doors open 6.30pm, the Open Mic starts at 6.45pm, with the main readings at 8pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night. This includes entry to both the readings and the Open Mic.

Readers: Ruth Valentine (Poetry), Sue Roe (Prose) and Stephen Plaice & Martyn Ford (poetry)


Ruth Valentine

Ruth Valentine‘s latest publications are Downpour (Smokestack, 2016) and Rubaiyat for the Martyrs of Two Wars (Hercules Editions, 2017).  Last year she also self-published a pamphlet, A Grenfell Alphabet, and sold it in aid of the Grenfell fund.  She’s  written a novel, The Jeweller’s Skin (Cybermouse 2014) and several works of non-fiction.  She lives in Tottenham, and campaigns for the rights of migrants and refugees.


Sue Roe

Sue Roe’s latest biography, about artists in twentieth-century Paris, will be published by Penguin at the end of June. Her previous books include In MontmartreThe Private Lives of the Impressionists; and Gwen John : A Life, as well as two books of poetry, The Magpie and The Spitfire Factory; and a novel, Estella, Her Expectations. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Sussex.


Stephen Plaice & Martyn Ford

Martyn Ford is a teacher, writer and illustrator, living in Brighton. Vanishing Point, his selected poems, is published by Parvenu Press.

Stephen Plaice lives in Sussex, the heart of his poetry.  Those Under Saturn, his selected poems,  also appears with Parvenu Press. He is currently Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2016 Stephen and Martyn published an anthology of the work of the Fonthill Poets, of which they were core members.

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