2015

 

The tenth April Poets reading took place at the Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, on Thursday 15th October 2015,
and featured Kim Moore, Hubert Moore, Lindsey Holland and David Borrott, with music by John Woodward.

Photographs from the evening:

Hubert Moore

John Woodward

Kim Moore

Lindsay Holland

Mike Barlow

Eliza Mood

Ron Scowcroft

Hubert Moore

David Porrott

Rita Ray and Vik Lawless

John Coates

The April Poets reading on Thursday 23rd April 2015 featured

Neil Curry, Pauline Keith, Ron Baker and Angela Christopher, with musician Mollie Baxter

 

Originally from Newcastle, Neil has lived in Ulverston for many years. He has published extensively in three different areas: as a poet, a literary critic and a translator. His poetry is published by Enitharmon and his earliest collection Ships in Bottles won a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 1988. Since then he has written Walking to Santiago ; The Bending of the Bow ( a reworking of the last few books of The Odyssey ); The Road to the Gunpowder House and in 2007 Other Rooms: new and selected poems. His many critical works centre on the poetry of the eighteenth century and his translations of Euripides have been on stage and TV. His most recent translation is from the work of Jules Supervieille The Fable of the World.

Amy Clampitt has called Neil a poet after my own heart and Sean O’Brien described him as a meticulous and sensuous observer of particulars. Critics have noted the colloquial ease that suits the poet’s narrative tendency. Poetry Review said that Curry has a mind stocked with the curiosities of history and natural history.

The poems are piquant without being mournful, witty but not satirical, intensely visual yet thoughtful rather than merely sensual: full of joy and everyday wonder.
Booklist USA

Neil’s latest poetry collection is Some Letters Never Sent and in April he will be reading mostly from this.

Neil Curry

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Pauline Keith

Pauline Keith

Pauline’s been in Lancaster since 1972, after living and working all over the world. She’s been very active in the literary scene since then, helping to set up Lancaster Litfest in 1978 and taking many poetry prizes. She won second prize in the Bridport Competition in 2005; fourth prize in the Peterloo in 2005 and was commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2007. She has also had five prizewinning poems in the Lancaster Litfest Competition. She has published widely in the literary press and her work has appeared in many anthologies, including Staple’s Selected Poems 1960 – 2000 and two Templar anthologies.

Pauline’s pamphlet White Horse came out in 2004 and U.A. Fanthorpe has said of it They carry the unmistakeable note of experience, which sometimes brings understanding, sometimes wild laughter and sometimes the true frisson of the uncanny…. they have their roots in the achieved wisdom of poetic maturity.

Kim Moore has described Pauline’s new work By the Light of Day ( Wayleave Press 2014 ) asthis brilliant pamphlet and in London Grip, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs spoke of Pauline’sWords and images….sharp-pointed and keen-edged as the implements and ruthless attitudes they hint at.Pauline will be reading these poems at April Poets.

 

Ron Baker 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 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.

Ron Baker

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Angela Christopher

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Angela Christopher started writing seriously when her youngest son died in 2002.  She left her teaching job, moved up to Morecambe Bay and began writing classes.  She hadn’t written since she was sixteen but in 2009 achieved an MA with Distinction from Cumbria University.  She has been short-listed for the Fish Memoir Prize, has been commended by Slipstream Poets and had a poem in an anthology for Cancer Relief.  She has been published in), Sarasvati, the Indigo Dreams magazine.  She is also an artist and a prose writer and has been working on a book about her childhood in Africa.  She will be reading from her first collection The Memory Tree published by Indigo Dreams.

This is a beautiful collection, finely observed…and full of languorous sensuality. Editor

Angela’s poems are striking in their visual richness and use of colour, used to evoke vivid sensual memories of people and places.  Though there is sadness and loss here, there’s also a vibrancy and love of the physical world that shines through these beautifully observed poems.  Elizabeth Burns

 

Mollie runs Pier Writers, a developmental writing group in Morecambe, and writes for MoreTogether, the West End’s community magazine. She was an editor for Back&Beyond culture paper and ran the Story Forum prose night before taking time ‘off’ to have a baby.

She is currently developing a novel set in Morecambe’s Variety Hall era, and a collection of flash Fiction, This is Not a Road Trip. She is also a long-standing musician, performing in The Moll Baxter Band and The Existence of Harvey Lord although presently she is working solo.

‘My songs and prose are enriched equally by a love of exploring words and an ear for musicality and emphasis. I encourage people to seek the specific – the ‘pins’ of experience – and even when writing from experience, to separate the self from the work in order that it can find its own form.’

For more information about Mollie’s publications, courses, mentoring and other projects visit thewhisperingpen.uk and molliebaxter.com

Mollie Baxter

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Photographs from the evening

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Angela Christopher

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Carole Coates

 

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Molly Baxter

 

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Molly Baxter

 

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Ron Baker

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Pauline Keith and Carole Coates

 

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Neil Curry

 

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Pauline Keith

 

The tenth April Poets reading took place at the Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, on Thursday 15th October 2015,
and featured Kim Moore, Hubert Moore, Lindsey Holland and David Borrott, with music by John Woodward.

 

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Kim Moore

Kim Moore’s first collection ‘The Art of Falling’ was published by Seren in 2015. Her first pamphlet ‘If We Could Speak Like Wolves’ was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and went on to be shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and was runner up in the Lakeland Book of the Year.

In 2010 she won The Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for the best poem published in Poetry Review for a poet who had not yet had a full collection published. She then won an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and a New Writing North Award in 2014.  She also has a poem shortlisted for the Forward Best Poem Award 2015.

She is one of five UK poets chosen to take part in Versopolis, a European platform designed to create new opportunities for emerging poets. She is reviews editor of the online magazines “Cadaverine” and ‘The Compass’. She also facilitates and teaches and has undertaken several residencies at festivals and on-line. Her regular blog has a large following. She regularly reads for the “Carol Ann Duffy and Friends” series at The Royal Exchange, Manchester.

David Morley in ‘The Poetry Review’ has described her as a compelling poet least afraid of the dark sounds speaking through her… Her poetry is always out of the ordinary yet unshowy despite (or because of) her expert yet subtle handling of line and form. The result is a balanced arrangement of wild gift and mindful shaping.

 

Hubert Moore has published eight collections, as well as a prize-winning Poetry Business pamphlet. His most recent collection, ‘The Bright Gaze of the Disoriented’ (Shoestring 2014), includes the poem ‘Hosing Down’, winner of the 2013 McLellan Prize and shortlisted for the Forward Prize.

After retiring from teaching he spent nine years as a Writing Mentor for the Care of Victims of Torture, which had had a profound effect on his outlook. Moore writes out of his own experience as a quiet, focused listener to other voices…..(He) does not write fictions or fanciful inventions: the closeness and reality of what he hears and experiences is the source of his poetry. Londongrip.

An experienced performer he has given readings at Ledbury and Aldeburgh Festivals, at Poetry International on the South Bank and at numerous Secondary Schools.

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lindesy holland

Lindsey Holland is a poet, editor and freelance tutor. Her small collection ‘Particle Soup’ was published by Knives Forks and Spoons Press in 2012, described by Luke Kennard as hauntingly beautiful poems of love and fear and the non-existent space in between.’ She is currently working on a full collection, ‘Bloodlines’, drawing on research into her family history.

She is co-editor of the online magazine ‘The Compass’, the coordinator of North West Poets and she edited the anthologies ‘Sculpted: Poetry of the NorthWest’ and ‘Not On Our Green Belt’.

She is in the final stages of a PhD at Edge Hill University where she also teaches. She lives in Aughton, Lancashire and has an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick.

 

David Borrott’s pamphlet ‘Porthole’ was published in June 2015 by smith|doorstop as part of their Laureate’s Choice series. Carol Ann Duffy describes it as a varied but coherent collection, tender, imaginative and clear-eyed.

He has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2005 he won first prize in the Lancaster University Poetry Competition organised by The Department of Continuing Education. A number of his poems were published in the anthology ‘Watermark’ (Flax Books) and he has also been anthologised in ‘Heavenly Bodies’ (Beautiful Dragons) and ‘CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets’, as well as having work published in a number of magazines. In 2011 he was commissioned by Litfest to write a series of poems for display in Haslingden Public Library. In 2015 he won a Northern Writers Award.

He lives in Lancashire with his partner and their three sons.

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john woodward John Woodward is an Alexander technique teacher, bare-foot runner and musician. Before establishing his busy practice in cobbled Bashful Alley in the mid 1980s, John taught and played classical guitar.

Says John I have a passion for deepening an understanding of human presence and integrity whether it takes the form of music, hands-on bodywork or poetry.

There is a deep and ancient longing in all of us to find ourselves and to reach out, to touch and move and connect with others. At the April Poets gathering in October, John would like to play and sing a selection of music held together by the theme of the longing to find your voice. After the human voice the voice of the guitar can express such longings with great subtlety.

 

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