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.