Barry Smith (poetry), James Ellis (prose) and Peter Raynard (poetry) – Thursday 14th April 2022

Our next Needlewriters evening will be on Thursday 14th April 2022, featuring Barry Smith (poetry),* James Ellis (prose) and Peter Raynard (poetry)

This will be a LIVE event at the John Harvey Tavern in Lewes (upstairs room): please note the start time of 6.30pm.

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

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

* Barry Smith is taking the place of Richard Skinnner who is unable to attend


Barry Smith

Barry Smith is the director of the South Downs Poetry Festival and co-ordinator of the Festival of Chichester. He curates the poetry element of Blakefest and edits Poetry & All That Jazz magazine. Barry was runner-up in a BBC Proms Poetry Competition and shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award, 2021. His poetry is widely published in magazines and his first collection, Performance Rites, was published by Waterloo Press in 2021.


James Ellis

James Ellis has written two novels, The Wrong Story and Happy Family, published a number of short stories, a travelogue of his journey through Central America and a monthly column for The Gudgeon. His short story Connor and His Amazing Ejector Boots was nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prize, and Kumi’s Cake was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize and published on the Fairlight short story portal.  He is a presenter on Frome FM’s On-Air Book Group and is currently editing his third novel.


Peter Raynard

Peter Raynard is editor of Proletarian Poetry: poems of working class lives, featuring over 150 contemporary poets. He is an associate editor of Culture Matters and former member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. His two books of poetry are Precarious (Smokestack Books, 2018) and The Combination: a poetic coupling of the Communist Manifesto (Culture Matters, 2018). His poetry is widely published and he lives in St Albans. His third book Manland will be published by Nine Arches Press in July 2022.