Thursday 26th April

at Waterstone’s King Street Lancaster, 7pm

Jennifer Lee Tsai - Photo for anthology (2)

Jennifer Lee Tsai is a British poet of Chinese heritage. She was born in Bebington and grew up in Liverpool. A graduate of St Andrews and Liverpool Universities, she completed an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) with Distinction from the University of Manchester in 2015. Jennifer is a fellow of The Complete Works III. Her poems appear in the Bloodaxe anthology, Ten: Poets of the New Generation (2017) and have been published in Smoke, The Rialto and forthcoming in Oxford Poetry. Jennifer is an Associate Editor for the poetry magazine Smoke and is also a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic. She is working on a first collection.


Ian-Humphreys-New-croppedIan Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His work has been published in journals including Ambit, Magma, The Rialto and The Poetry Review. Ian won the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize 2016 and is a fellow of The Complete Works. In 2017, a selection of his poems was showcased in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe Books). Ian’s debut collection is due out in Spring 2019.


Maya Chowdhry is an inTer-aCtive artist, poet and Transmedia writer. Her poetry collections are The Seamstress and the Global Garment (Crocus Press, 2006) and Fossil (Peepal Tree Press, 2016). Her poem ‘Butterfly Orchid’ was highly commended in the Forward Prizes, and she previously won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition. Her collaboration ‘Tales from the Towpath’ at Manchester Literature Festival was shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize, and her digital poetic work ‘Ripple’, exploring anthropogenic climate change, was shortlisted for the 2015 Dot Award. Maya is currently working on ‘Peas on Earth’, an Arts Council funded research and development project exploring food justice through investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience. ‘Microbial Museum’ was recently Guardian poem of the week.
“The poems in Fossil have been waiting millions of years to be born. Maya Chowdhry’s language erupts out of deep time, vital and vivid. This is powerful work.” Robert Minhinnick


Anni Tracy is more usually found waving her arms in front of a choir, seemingly having taken on the mission of encouraging the world to sing. So being encouraged to stand on her own is a rarely accepted challenge.

“It’s all about the words . . .  the story-telling of song” Anni will share some of her favourite folk songs and her own.

…plus Open Mic