SixPoets readings become April Poets (April 2011)

Because SixPoets’ numbers are now rather depleted and we therefore find it difficult to host the twice-yearly readings, we have two new steering committee members – Mike Barlow and Ron Scowcroft. Because of this and other changes, the readings have a new name – April Poets – and we have already had one very successful reading at the Storey Auditorium, Lancaster on 14 th April. See the photographs below.

April Poets



Good news that the much-missed SixPoets Readings have now returned under (some) new management and a new name – April Poets.

The first of these readings was on 14 th April at the Storey Auditorium. It was an excellent night – another example of how lively, vital and creative the Lancaster poetry scene is at present. The Open Mic session offered an interesting range of work and this was followed by some of our most talented poets. Jim Turner, Rebecca Bilkau, Ron Scowcroft , Ian Seed and Jane Routh were an inspired line-up. Ian and Jane had new books to launch. The poets were very different in subject, style and personality and the audience responded with a particular quality of listening. Kim and Liz provided music with keyboard and trumpet. Rita Ray was very much at ease and in charge as compere. And there were sweets on the tables too.

Congratulations to April Poets on a most enjoyable evening. “

April Poets in November (2011)

7.30 Thursday 10th November, The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster


Carla Scarano recently published her first pamphlet of poetry. A Winding Road collects her poems about Italy and her migration from Rome to Lancaster. She has translated the works of Italian poet Eugino Montale and is currently studying for a Creative Writing MA at Lancaster University.Carla Scarano – “musical poetry of the everyday”

David Tait – “celebrates Love’s Loose Ends”

David Tait’s pamphlet Love’s Loose Ends was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition for 2011. His poems have been published in a number of places including The Rialto, Magma, The Guardian and Stand. He is House Poet for the Carol Ann Duffy and Friends poetry series at Manchester Royal Exchange. His particular interest lies in the literature produced by independent presses, many of which are under threat due to the recent arts cuts. He runs LIPPFest, an annual festival based in Leeds which celebrates the diversity of independent presses.

Sarah Fiske – “poet, story-teller, deviser of plays…”

“I need to write. it feels integral to who I am”. Sarah’s own writing and her work with writing in the community has made her one of the pillars of the Lancaster writing scene. She produces poetry and stories and is published in many anthologies. She devises plays and tours and acts in them. She has run many creative writing projects. Sarah co-runs the famous Spotlight, Lancaster’s live literature cabaret club. In 2003 she won an ACE writer’s award.

Alan Dent – “poet, translator, reviewer, unsung hero of the small press world”

Alan Dent’s commitment to poetry and literature in general is long-standing. As well as his own writing he has supported and encouraged lesser known writers through The Penniless Press, which he founded and edited for twenty eight issues as a hard copy before it became an on-line magazine. The hard copy version has transmogrified into Mistress Quickly’s Bed which he edits along with the poet Nancy Frost.

He has published five books of his own poetry, one on-line collection, and two books of translations from the French, the latest being Common Cause , a collection of more than two hundred poems by Francis Coombes. He has also published hundreds of reviews of contemporary poetry and fiction, a number of literary and cultural essays and a number of short stories under pseudonyms. He was educated at Lancaster University in the early 1970s and helped in the production of Fireweed, the Lancaster based magazine edited by David Craig and Nigel Grey. In the early1980’s he was one of the founders of the Black Horse Poets in Preston. Several of his plays have been given rehearsed readings in the London Fringe.

Jennifer Copley – “poet of the domestic Gothic”

“Copley gets into the dank and dripping hearts of her characters” (Mslexia). Jennifer lives in Barrow and frequently appears for readings on this side of the Bay. She will be launching her new pamphlet Living Daylights (Happenstance), the latest of five collections. These include Unsafe Monuments (Arrowhead 2006) and Beans in Snow (Smokestack 2009). She has published widely and has been well placed in many competitions including national winner in the Faber/Ottakar Competition of 2005, second place in the Academi 2007 and third in the Bridport 2010. She has also been shortlisted for the Strokestown Prize. Individual poems have been published in The Rialto, The North, The Independent on Sunday and in the Forward Prize Anthology. In 2010 her work was included in GCSE Poetry unseen Revision papers.

Music by Jo Gillot – “ An astonishing new voice” (Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio2)

A remarkably talented musician and lyricist, Jo has just released her latest CD The Lido. We are delighted to welcome her to ‘April Poets in November’.