An experimental collaboration and pooling of the work of six poets on aspects of the climate crisis in the intimate setting of Storysmith bookshop.
Sunday 15th March 2020
5:00 - 6:00pm
Poets4ThePlanet is a national forum of writers responding to the climate crisis. Human and nonhuman voices combine in this ensemble piece from 6 UK poets. Featuring Miranda Lynn Barnes, Rachael Clyne, Dominic Fisher, Deborah Harvey, Simon Williams and Susan Taylor. Tickets include a glass of wine and 10% off featured books purchased on the night.
June 14, 2020
Animal Anima Animate - Garsdale Retreat
This is a five-day residential poetry course at the superb Garsdale Retreat, where Susan and I have been privileged enough to tutor for the last four years. The courses are packed with ideas, new poems and amazing food.
On this one, we’ll start from the animal world, getting up close to what we find here in Garsdale in June. We’ll look at the four-footed, two-footed, no-footed… including animals no longer with us. To give voice to these creatures, we’ll draw on our own anima, the inner creative drive from which poetry arises.
Once we have poems, we’ll breathe life into them, animate them by polishing vocal skills in our presentation and mic use workshop. Working from the anthology we’ve put together during the week, our final mid-summer celebration will see us give life to our creatures through the spoken word.
I'm running this 5-day (ends 5th May) residential course with Susan Taylor, based on our successful week at the Garsdale Retreat last year. Through the study of surprising poems and writing from prompts of all kinds – including the beautiful surroundings of Garsdale – we’ll share our new work on the page and out loud. In individual tutorials and group workshops, We’ll focus on sharpening our techniques, liberating our voices and enjoying the buzz of creating new poems.
Devon's own alternative music and word festival. On the Pucker Poets stage and in the good hands of host Alexander Rhodes, Susan Taylor and I will be performing with guest Kerry Priest, starting at 12:15pm
A day of readings by poets from the Oversteps Books stable, hosted by publisher, Alwyn Marriage. Susan Taylor and I will be included in this varied set of events, spotlighting many aspects of the press's work.
Headlining with Susan Taylor and Amy Kinsman at one of Newcastle's finest sessions pubs in the monthly spoken word event hosted by Marie Lightman and others. Will be performing extracts from The Weather House.