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.