Ruth Valentine, Sue Roe and Stephen Plaice & Martyn Ford – June 14, 2018

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

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.

Robin Houghton, Nicholas Royle, Jonathan Totman – April 5, 2018

Our next event is on Thursday 5th April 2018, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN.

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Readers: Robin Houghton (Poetry), Nicholas Royle (Prose) and Jonathan Totman (poetry)


Robin Houghton

Robin Houghton’s first poetry pamphlet was The Great Vowel Shift (2014) from Telltale Press, the poets’ publishing collective she co-founded. All the Relevant Gods (2018) was joint-winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition 2017. Her work appears in numerous magazines and in anthologies including The Best New British and Irish Poets 2017 (Eyewear). She recently self-published a hand-made mini pamphlet, Foot Wear, and has written three non-fiction books. She blogs at robinhoughtonpoetry.co.uk


Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle teaches English at the University of Sussex. His books include Telepathy and Literature: Essays on the Reading Mind (1991), E. M. Forster (1999), The Uncanny (2003), How to Read Shakespeare (2005), Veering: A Theory of Literature (2011), and two novels: Quilt (2010) and An English Guide to Birdwatching (2017). He is currently completing a book about the writings of Hélène Cixous.


Jonathan Totman

Jonathan Totman grew up in Sussex. He was Fenland Poet Laureate 2015 and co-founded The Fenland Reed the same year. His poems have been published in Brittle Star, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, Lighthouse and Orbis, and he will appear in Best New British and Irish Poets 2018 (Eyewear Publishing). His debut pamphlet Explosives Licence was a winner in the 2018 iOTA Shot Pamphlet Competition and will be published this summer by Templar Poetry.

Marek Urbanowicz, Jeremy Page & Robert Seatter – January 2018

Our next event is on Thursday 18th January 2018, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Readers: Marek Urbanowicz (Poetry), Jeremy Page (Prose) and Robert Seatter (poetry)


marek urbanowiczMarek Urbanowicz has been published in a number of magazines, notably Agenda, The Frogmore Papers and its offshoots. Marek recently completed an MA in Voice Studies at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently a member of the RADA Elders Company. He is very interested in the relationship between poetry and how it is voiced. He is a well-known Brighton acupuncturist, having qualified in 1979.

 


jeremy pageJeremy Page has edited The Frogmore Papers since 1983. His short stories have been widely published, and he is the author of several collections of poems, including Closing Time (Pindrop Press) and Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography (Frogmore Press). He has also written plays: Loving Psyche was performed in Bremen in 2010, and Verrall of the White Hart in Lewes in 2014. A novella, London Calling, will be published by Cultured Llama in September (2018).

 


robert seatterRobert Seatter has published four poetry collections: Travelling to the Fish Orchards, On the Beach with Chet Baker and Writing King Kong, all from Seren; The Book of Snow from Two Rivers Press (2016). He has won many awards and nominations for his poetry including National Poetry Competition, London Poetry, Forward Poetry Prize, Housman Poetry Prize. Work has appeared in many publications, on TV and radio, and even the London buses. He was Chairman of The Poetry Trust. He lives in London where he works for the BBC, following earlier careers in publishing, acting and teaching.

James Flynn, Matt Freidson & Linda Black – October 2017

Our next event is on Thursday 12th October, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Readers: James Flynn (Poetry), Matt Freidson (Prose) and Linda Black (poetry)

Books by readers will be for sale on the night (cash and cheques only, no cards)

If you plan to have supper at the pub, it’s probably a good idea to arrive in time to order and eat downstairs before the readings start.


James FlynnAfter a childhood spent mainly in Leicestershire, James Flynn studied in Oxford and has worked in ‘Europe’ as well as in London. His poems have appeared in magazines sadly defunct (14, The SHOp and Smiths Knoll) and happily still extant (The Interpreter’s House and Lewes-based The Frogmore Papers) and in anthologies. His pamphlet Arriving at the Capital was launched in 2016 by Eyewear Publishing.


Matt FreidsonMatt Freidson has published more than twenty short stories, including in Best New American Voices, The Needlewriters anthology, Ontario Review, Confrontation, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. He is a former Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin and has taught writing at various places, including Birkbeck and City University. Currently he works for Creative Future, a Brighton charity supporting marginalised artists and writers.


Linda Black

Linda Black is an award-winning poet and visual artist. Slant was published by Shearsman in 2016. Previous collections are Inventory and Root (Shearsman 2008 & 2011) and The Son of a Shoemaker (Hearing Eye 2012) comprised of collaged prose-poems based on the early life of Hans Christian Andersen, plus the author’s pen and ink drawings. Linda is co-editor of Long Poem Magazine.

Susan Wicks, Caroline Price, Alice Owens – June 2017

Our next event is on Thursday 15th June, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Readers: Alice Owens (Prose), Susan Wicks (Poetry) and Caroline Price (Prose)

Books by readers will be for sale on the night (cash and cheques only, no cards)

If you plan to have supper at the pub, it’s probably a good idea to arrive in time to order and eat downstairs before the readings start.


Alice OwensAlice Owens has recently completed her first novel, working title Latent Grace, set in her native Alabama. It is currently with a potential agent and she is working on her second novel. Alice taught creative writing at the University of Sussex. She was founder and editor of the newsletter, Malawi Update, and co-editor of Human Rights and the Making of Constitutions: Malawi, Kenya, Uganda. Formerly, she was a civil rights lawyer in D.C and a Malawi human rights advocate with NGOs and the UN.


Susan Wicks, photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey Susan Wicks‘s seventh collection of poetry, The Months, came out in 2016 and was a PBS Recommendation. Lace, a collaborative pamphlet with visual artist Elisabeth Clayman, was published by Stonewood Press in 2015. Her work has won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and been shortlisted for T.S.Eliot, Forward, Griffin and Popescu Prizes. Her more recent book of Valérie Rouzeau translations, Talking Vrouz (Arc, 2013) won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.


Caroline Price Caroline Price is a violinist and teacher who has just moved to Suffolk after living for thirty years in Kent. Her stories have been short-listed for the Asham, Bridport and London Magazine awards, and in 2015 she was runner-up for the Society of Authors’ Tom-Gallon Award for short fiction. Her fourth collection of poetry will be published by Shoestring Press in Autumn 2017.

Charlotte Gann, Catherine Smith, John McCullough – April 2017

Our next event is on Thursday 6th April, upstairs at the John Harvey Tavern, Bear Yard, Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN. PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Doors open 7pm, readings start 7.45pm.

Tickets £5 (£3 students, and the unwaged and claiming benefit) at the door on the night.

Books by readers will be for sale on the night (cash and cheques only, no cards)

If you plan to have supper at the pub, it’s probably a good idea to arrive in time to order and eat downstairs before the readings start.


Charlotte GannCharlotte Gann is a writer and editor from Lewes. Poems have appeared in Magma, The North and The Rialto, and her pamphlet, The Long Woman (Pighog Press), was shortlisted for the 2012 Michael Marks Award. Her book Noir was published recently by HappenStance. Filmic and dark, its poems form micro-narratives that explore the shadows. A review (by DA Prince) concludes ‘Noir suits our times’.



Catherine Smith writerCatherine Smith was one of the PBS/Arts Council ‘Next Generation’ best new poets, and also one of Mslexia’s Top 10 Women Poets. Shortlisted for the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Best First Collection prize, and twice shortlisted for Forward Prizes, she was described by Ian McMillan as ‘a fierce talent’. Short stories and a long narrative poem, The New Cockaigne (Frogmore Press) have been adapted for Live Literature performances in conjunction with Lewes Live Literature.


John McCulloughJohn McCullough‘s first collection of poems The Frost Fairs won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012 and was  a Book of the Year for The Independent. His new collection Spacecraft explores absence and emptiness as creative forces. It was named one of The Guardian‘s Best Books for Summer 2016. He lives in Hove and teaches creative writing at New Writing South and the Open University.

Matthew De Abaitua, Kay Syrad, Colin Bell – January 2017

 

matthew de abaituaMatthew De Abaitua is an Arthur C Clarke Award shortlisted author of science fiction. His second novel If Then is set in Lewes in the near-future and was written in the flat above the Needlemakers. Locus described it as ‘full of magisterial weirdness, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.’

 

kay syradKay Syrad’s publications include a poetry collection, Double Edge (2012), two novels, The Milliner and the Phrenologist (2009) and Send (2015), which investigates pre-verbal experience; and Exchange, an art-text work with Chris Drury (2015). Her artist’s book work of the lightship men: 1000 tasks (2013) was bought by the National Maritime Museum. She is Poetry Editor of Envoi and co-founder of the VERT Institute for art events & writing in Laughton.

 

 

colin bellBefore becoming a writer, Colin Bell worked as a TV producer-director and executive producer making arts programmes for ITV, Channel Four, the BBC and also for American, Japanese and German broadcasters. His first novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer of Love (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) was long-listed for the Polari Prize. His second novel, Blue Notes, Still Frames is due out in January. His poetry has been published in the UK and the USA where it has been nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.