Our next Needlewriters evening will be on Thursday 9th June 2022, featuring Alasdair Paterson, Ruth O’Callaghan and David Swann.

This will be a LIVE event at the John Harvey Tavern in Lewes (upstairs room): doors 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Tickets £5 (£3 students/unwaged and claiming benefit) available on the door. 

Books will be for sale on the night (cash only please).


Alasdair Paterson

Alasdair Paterson’s most recent collections are Elsewhere Or Thereabouts (Shearsman Books 2014), Silent Years(Flarestack Poets 2017) and My My My Life (Shearsman Books 2021). Born in Edinburgh, he began writing in Liverpool in the 1970s, winning an Eric Gregory Award in 1975. Later he took a 20-year sabbatical from poetry before starting to write again after a career in academic libraries. He has travelled extensively, from San Francisco to Siberia, from Samarkand to Swaziland – and to many places in between not starting with an S. He lives in Exeter, where he organises and presents the monthly Uncut Poets reading series. 


Ruth O’Callaghan

Ruth O’Callaghan has 11 full collections, has been translated into six languages, read from Mongolia to USA and many places between. She is a mentor and workshop leader in the UK and abroad, an international competition adjudicator, interviewer, reviewer and editor and hosts two London poetry venues to raise money for the homeless.


David Swann

David Swann’s most recent book is the novella, Season of Bright Sorrow (Ad Hoc Press), which won first prize in the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. Recently his novella, The Twisted Wheel, finished runner-up in the same contest. Dave’s poetry and fiction has won many awards, including the 2016 Bridport Flash Fiction Competition, his eighth success in a Prize that he judged in 2013. His other publications include The Privilege of Rain (based on his experiences as a Writer in Residence in jail, and shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award) and The Last Days of Johnny North, a short story collection. A former local newspaper reporter, and a toilet cleaner in a legendary Amsterdam night club, he now teaches at the University of Chichester, and makes fires on his allotment.


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