Reading on April 10, 2014, at the Storey Auditorium, Lancaster
Featured Polly Atkin, Ron Baker, Mark Carson, Yvonne Reddick, with music from Jonathan Tansley.
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Yvonne Reddick is a Preston-based poet and academic. She explores humankind’s fascination with ‘wildness’, the environment and the creatures around us through her writing and research. Her pamphlet LandForms was published by Seapressed in 2012, and she is co-editor of and contributor to The Apple Anthology (Nine Arches Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Under the Radar and will shortly be the subject of a special feature in The Clearing .

Mark Carson

Mark Carson
Mark Carson was born in Ireland, and has had an always-interesting career as an engineer in oceanography and offshore engineering. For the last thirty years he has been anchored in Low Furness.
Tonight’s poems will cover engineering, the sea, the sky, and the emotions in between.
His poems have been published in Other Poetry, Smiths Knoll, Obsessed with Pipework, Stride, Orbis, The Rialto, The Fire Crane, Dream Catcher , and the Templar Anthology Peloton. His Kenyan poem Cheranganiwas commended in the Troubadour Competition, 2011.

Ron Baker

Ron Baker
RonBaker has been one half of the co-ordinating team behind Spotlight, Lancaster’s monthly live-writing cabaret, since 1995. In over 30 years of writing he has written plays, collaborated on comedy review shows, almost (but not quite) had a TV sitcom produced, experimented with both long and short fiction and, from time to time, produced small collections of poetry.
In April he will be reading a selection of poems from his most recent collection ‘INCOMPLET’ (sic), a series of poems based on memories and family stories recalled from his childhood about which he says: ‘I often feel that I have never quite grown up, which I regard as a blessing. Though I also sometimes feel that not having grown is the legacy of unfinished business related to events in childhood. These poems are an attempt at laying a few ghosts.’

Polly Atkin

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her debut poetry pamphlet bone song (Clitheroe: Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award, 2009. Her second pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. Recent work can be found in Magma 57 , Mslexia 56and Rialto 76 .

Various of her poems have been placed first in the Troubadour (2008) and Kent and Sussex (2011) Competitions, second in the Keats Shelley Memorial Association Prize (2013) placed third in the Strokestown (2004) and Ashbourne (2011) Poetry Festival Prizes, been commended in the National Sonnet (2007), McLellan (2009), Basil Bunting (2010), Wigtown (2010) and Troubadour (2010) Competitions, and shortlisted for the Wasafiri New Writing Prize (2011).
In February 2014, her poem ‘Forecast’ was engraved on a window pane in the historic Globe Inn, in Dumfries, as part of the Windows for Burns’ Night Project.
She teaches English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, where her doctoral research on Romantic legacies, contemporary creativity, tourism and place was based.

Music by
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Idiot Johnson is the stage name of Lancaster singer/songwriter Jonathan Tansley.
His wistful, often dreamlike songs inhabit a world of rain soaked skies, launderettes, library fines and garden sheds, where broken roof slates are as likely to feature as broken hearts. A sense of longing prevails throughout.
His third and latest release, 2013’s full length The Illuminations, is “something of a coming of age album, recalled long after the event, with all the mis-remembering, self-mythologising and plain deliberate falsification which that entails.”

Photographs from the April reading

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Jane Routh

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Mike Carson


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Yvonne Reddick


Reading on 5th June

On Thursday, 5th June at 7.30 pm, at the Storey Auditorium, Lancaster, and featurred Arran Poets: Tim Pomeroy, Cecily Gill and David Underdown; and April Poets: Mike Barlow, Carole Coates and Ron Scowcroft.Arran Event

Reading on Thursday October 23 rd at The Storey Auditorium, featuring Rebecca Bilkau, Ron Scowcroft, Elizabeth Burns andAndrew Forster, with music from Bradyll Friends

Andrew Forster


Andrew Forster has published two collections of poetry with Flambard Press: ‘Fear of Thunder’, shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2008, and ‘Territory’. His poems are featured on the AQA GCSE syllabus and he reads as part of the annual ‘Poetry Live’ series. He won a Northern Writers’ Award on 2014.

His new collection ,‘Homecoming’, is published by Smith Doorstop, and explores his settling in Cumbria after 20 years in Scotland. He is Literature Officer for the Wordsworth Trust.

“An evocative perspective on living amidst the forces of nature” Poetry Book Society

“ these poems don’t just describe a landscape, they seem to become part of it themselves.” Sasha Dugdale

“Whether writing about taking his father to a Bob Dylan concert, or his mother’s spectacles, or about De Quincey’s touching letter to Wordsworth’s young son, they are poems that radiate emotion.” Vicki Feaver


Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth burns

Elizabeth Burns has published four collections of poetry, most recently Held (Polygon, 2010), as well as several pamphlets, one of which, The Shortest Days, won the MIchael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets. She won the BBC Proms Poetry competition in 2012, and was Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year in 2013.

‘An exceptionally gifted writer’  The Scotsman

‘Her poems are like handmade lace, detailed and accurate, carefully constructed with an unswerving eye for detail.’  The North

‘Elizabeth Burns is a poet of delicate detail and paints small rooms and huge skies with an equally sure hand.’  The Orcadian



Ron Scowcroft

Ron Scowcroft

Ron’s practiced ear for just the right word enables him to make ordinary moments

uncannily affecting, while also placing them adroitly in their wider context. A poet who never tells you too much but leaves you thinking.

Ron will be launching his new pamphlet ‘Moon Garden’.

Winner of the McLellan Award (joint first 2013), Highly Commended in the Yorkshire Open (2012) and by Magma (2012), Ron is widely published in magazines and prize winners anthologies. In 2013 two of his poems were longlisted for the National Poetry competition.


Rebecca Bilkau

Rebecca Bilkau

Rebecca’s first love poem was published when she was 13. She swiftly followed this success when she won the Manchester Cathedral International Interfaith poetry prize when she was forty-odd.

Commissioned by Lancaster Litfest for the Walking in circles project she found the space to voice the apparently ordinary, extraordinary lives around her. Her first collection Weather Notes was published by Oversteps in 2011.

‘ The poems work at the edges of lives where history, mythology and death lie under the skin of experience to remind us that human existence is also temporary and fragile’. Graham Mort

‘Rebecca excels in her evocation of landscape and townscape and in the way she makes relations between past and present.’ Carole Coates

The collaborative poetry press Beautiful Dragons (www.beautiful-dragons.com) was co-founded by Rebecca in 2011 and now has three anthologies in print.

The book of plans, hopes and dreams (www.book-of-phd.com), an Anglo-German project making creative links between 1914 and 2114, was originated by Rebecca and Michael, her husband, and is still open for submissions – because looking forward is as just as vital as looking back.

Music from

Braddyll Friends is an ‘A Cappella’ Collective, a group of Ulverston friends who meet to sing each week.  We get withdrawal systems if we go more than three weeks without a sing.

We select material democratically – it can be African Stomps or Spirituals, Folk songs or Jazz standards, Calypsos or Carols, Catches and Rounds.   We sing for weddings, WI AGMs, parties, and just for the fun of it, in pubs and on the tops of mountains.

We’re going to sing for you!