Guest Poet: Martin Figura
Martin Figura's collection and show Whistle was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award and won the 2013 Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show. Other prizes include the Poetry Society's 2010 Hamish Canham Prize and runner up in the 2017 RSPB/Rialto Poetry Competition. Shed (Gatehouse Press) and Dr Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine (Cinnamon Press) were both published in 2016 and a new edition of Whistle (Cinnamon Press) in 2018. The spoken word show Dr Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine was shortlisted in the 2018 Saboteur Awards and is currently touring. He lives in Norwich with Helen Ivory and sciatica, where he runs the literature event Cafe Writers.
Guest Poet: Helen Ivory
Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She has won a Gregory Award and her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection, the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2014). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/NCW online creative writing programme. Fool's World a collaborative Tarot with the artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. Hear What the Moon Told Me is book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems was published in 2016 by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She was recently awarded an Arts Council grant to work on The Anatomical Venus Bloodaxe Books (June 2019), and Maps of the Abandoned City a chapbook from SurVision Press (Ireland), was published in January 2019.
Photo: Dave Gutteridge
31st October 2019, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN
7:30pm - 10:00pm.
Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.