This will be a dazzling, eclectic, unresolved, thought-provoking whirlwind of an evening that brings together four poets recently published by Indigo Dreams Press. Alyson Hallett and Penelope Shuttle read from LZRD, a co-authored book whose poems are drawn directly from adventures made on the magical Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Jenny Mitchell reads from her prize-winning debut collection, Her Lost Language, which explores the impact of the British transatlantic enslavement. It combines grounded realism with imaginative empathy on a journey from the Caribbean to Britain. At the heart of the collection is the belief in the power of stories to ‘liberate’ the voice in order to help heal a collective future. Paul McGrane reads from his prize-winning book, Elastic Man, a riotous mix-tape of poems exploring romantic and political themes.
The event starts at 19.30 and there will be 5 open mic slots. Please sign up for an open mic slot before the event begins. Tickets are priced at £4 / £2 on the door. Free entry for open mic slots.
Jenny Mitchell is joint winner of the Geoff Stevens’ Memorial Poetry Prize; a prize winner
in the Ware and Segora poetry competitions; and has been highly commended/commended in several competitions. Her work has been broadcast on Radio 4 and BBC 2, and published in various magazines, including The Rialto, The New European, The Interpreter’s House and with Italian translations in Versodove. She has work forthcoming in Under the Radar, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sarasvati and a Dear Dylan and Time and Tide anthologies.
Penelope Shuttle’s latest publication is Four Poems from Lyonesse (Stickleback). Her full-length collection Lyonesse will appear from Bloodaxe Books in Spring 2021. Shuttle is President of The Falmouth Poetry Group and a Trustee for The Causley Trust. Lzrd: poems from the Lizard Peninsula (in collaboration with Alyson Hallett) was published by IDP in October 2018. Will You Walk A Little Faster? (Bloodaxe Books) was Poetry Book of the Month in The Observer, July 2017.
Alyson Hallett’s latest book is Stone Talks (Triarchy Press), endorsed by Donna Haraway. Toots (Mariscat Press) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks and Callum MacDonald Memorial Awards and recommended as a summer read in The Observer by Jackie Kay. Alyson curates the ongoing poetry and public art project The Migration Habits of Stones and collaborates with artists, dancers, scientists and composers.
Paul McGrane is the co-founder of Forest Poets poetry collective in Walthalmstow. In 2016 he was Highly Commended in the YorkMix Poetry Competition and longlisted in the South Bank Poetry Competition. His first collection, Elastic Man was joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize in 2017.
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