31st October 2019

Martin Figura
Helen Ivory

28th November 2019

Claire Crowther
Carrie Etter

19th December 2019

Neil Richards
Tom Sastry

30th January 2020

John Greening
Sue Sims

27th February 2020

Stephen Boyce
Dawn Gorman

26th March 2020

Dominic Fisher
Deborah Harvey

30th April 2020

Maria Jastrzebska
Louise Warren

28th May 2020

Graham Burchell
Rosie Jackson

25th June 2020

Raine Geoghegan
Jennie Osborne

30th July 2020

Alyson Hallett
Penelope Shuttle

27th August 2020

Veronica Aaronson
Jean Atkin

24th September 2020

Julia Deakin
Jackie Wills

29th October 2020

Phil Kirby

26th November 2020

Clare Best
Robert Hamberger

Charles G Lauder Jr

Guest Poet: Charles G Lauder Jr

Charles G Lauder Jr was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and has lived in the UK since 2000. His poems have appeared internationally and his pamphlet Bleeds was published in 2012 by Crystal Clear Creators. More recently he was highly commended in the 2015 Poetry Society Stanza Competition. He is the assistant editor of The Interpreter's House, and his pamphlet Camouflaged Beasts will be published by Black Light Engine Room in 2017.

Jennifer A McGowan

Guest Poet: Jennifer A McGowan

Jennifer A. McGowan obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Wales. Despite being certified as disabled at age 16 with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, she has persevered and has published poetry and prose in many magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, including Pank and The Rialto. She won the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize 2014, which led to her first full collection, The Weight of Coming Home, being published by Indigo Dreams. She has also been commended in the YorkMix poetry competition and Highly Commended in the prestigious Torbay Poetry Competition and the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition amongst others. Life in Captivity and Sounding, her pamphlets, are available through Finishing Line Press. Her website, with more poetry and examples of her mediaeval calligraphy, can be found at http://www.jenniferamcgowan.com

30th March 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

Such a great privilege to walk in to Words & Ears around 8.30 last night as a (late-arriving) member of the audience - feeling the intensity and grace of the listening, hearing people share their work in the open mic, and seeing Stephen Payne doing such a fine job as MC. Paris Lit Up, a group of writers and other creative people currently touring the UK, brought their philosophy of 'keeping minds and borders open' to the steps of the Swan just after the interval, with a live stream of an Arabic-English & music performance to their own open mic group in Paris, before excellent second half readings from guest poets Charles Lauder Jr. and Jennifer McGowan (dreams and witches and other fine territories) - plus open mic poems from, among others, Rachael Clyne, Ruth Sharman, Brian Reid, Moira Andrew and Jinny Fisher. Massive thanks to Stephen for taking this on with such aplomb, and to everyone who came, shared and listened.