Thursday 5th October 2017 April Poets

at The Storey Auditorium, Storey Institute, Lancaster LA1 1TH 7.30 pm


Ruby Robinson, whose poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry (Chicago) and elsewhere. Her debut collection Every Little Sound was published in 2016 by Pavilion Poetry and was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

Jean Harrison, whose poetry collections Junction Road and Terrain are published by Cinnamon Press. Her poem ‘Woman on the moon’ was short-listed for the Forward Prize best poem. She has two novels published by Cinnamon, On a wandering planet and The Fern Hedge. Her recent pamphlet, on experiences in West Africa, is published by Wayleave Press.

Po JPG Festival 2016

Pauline Yarwood, whose debut poetry pamphlet, Image Junkie, comes from Wayleave Press. Pauline Yarwood lives in Cumbria. Her poems have appeared in ‘The North’, ‘The Interpreter’s House’ and ‘Fire Crane’.  In June 2016, with Kim Moore, she co-directed the first Kendal Poetry Festival which they now plan to hold as an annual event.


and singer Jayson Stilwell who uses the term ‘Mongrel Overtone Singing’ to describe his work.  This came about as although he has spent time in Eastern Siberia with the throat singers of Tuva, his own musical background as a man born and raised in Essex and Oxford contains elements of rock, indie, funk, jazz and contemporary classical as well as ambient, world and meditative sounds.

Having released 2 solo albums on Amazing Feet Records (“On Earth” and “Brand New World”) and a download only ambient/meditative EP called ’Spaces’, he has also featured on numerous other recordings on general release as a singer and drummer/ percussionist. He has demonstrated his work on BBC TV and ITV as well as Talksport Radio and his music has been played on BBC Radio 1, 6 and XFM as well as having been used in TV and Film.

The April Poets session will be a departure from Jayson’s usual live work as he will use a loop pedal, some percussion and his voice to play a short set of meditations and songs.

Plus open mic. Sign up on the night

£5/£3 pay at the door

Thursday March 9th 2017 April Poets Early

at The Storey Auditorium, Storey Institute, Lancaster LA1 1TH 7.30 pm

with David Tait, Carola Luther, Jennifer Copley and a rare solo outing from Clarinettist Matt Robinson

carola-luther jennifer-copley  david-tait


Doors open 7.15pm
sign up on the door for an open mic slot

This promises to be another eclectic night of poetry: touching on the real, the near, far and the dead. Between them these three poets are prizewinners, powerful performers and convincing ventriloquists of many realities. There will be an open mic slot and music.

David Tait lives in Nanjing, China. His first collection Self-Portrait with Happiness was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and The Polari First Book Award and received an Eric Gregory Award. His most recent pamphlet, Three Dragon Day, was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition and shortlisted for The Michael Marks Award.

Carola Luther grew up in South Africa and moved to England in 1981. Her first Carcanet collection Walking the Animals was nominated for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2004. Her second is Arguing with Malarchy .

Jennifer Copley has published five pamphlets and three full-length collections. Her latest pamphlet, Vinegar and Brown Paper, is from Like This Press. U.A. Fanthorpe has described her work as ‘urgent, visceral, written out of a fierce commitment to truth’. Carol Rumens says, ‘There is a Chagall-like, magical-realist quality to Copley’s delicate shape-shifting’ She says ‘I must tell stories. Stories about people (or animals) in improbable situations. I’m interested in how they react and how they resolve (or don’t) the things they face.’

This reading is in association with Lancaster Litfest