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Grey Hen Press is a small independent publisher set up by Joy Howard in 2007. From the start its output has been exclusively new and exciting poetry from older women. They make a vociferous flock, with plenty to say – and the experience to say it with style. Serious, lyrical, sharply observed, and with a wicked sense of humour – you will find it all in Grey Hen anthologies. Poets include Gill McEvoy, Rose Cook, Susan Taylor, Veronica Aaronson, Sheila Aldous and Jennie Osborne. www.greyhenpress.com
This event, which is still almost unique among poetry festivals, has long been an audience favourite. There is fascination in hearing how poetry works in other tongues, spotting the rhythms and cadences or the mechanisms of rhyme… We will feature work in about ten languages, read by volunteers who are either fluent or native speakers, with translations into English.
Dawn Gorman devises and runs community arts events, including the monthly reading series Words & Ears in Bradford on Avon. She works closely with other writers, artists, photographers, film-makers and musicians, and in collaboration with sculptor Liz Watts has been poet-in-residence at Edinburgh Fringe, and in numerous art galleries across the UK. Her collaborative film poems have been shown at festivals on four continents, and her latest pamphlet, Instead, Let Us Say (Dempsey & Windle) won the Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize 2019. A previous pamphlet, This Meeting of Tracks, was nominated in the US for the Pushcart Prize. Tom Sastry was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2106 Laureate’s Choice poets. His resulting pamphlet, Complicity, was a Poetry Book Society choice and a Poetry School Book of the Year. His first full collection A Man’s House Catches Fire was published by Nine Arches Press in 2019. He also enjoys a growing reputation as a performer and a collection of his Spoken Word sets will be published by Burning Eye Books in Autumn 2020.
We are delighted that Tim King, multiple slam winner, will present this final Festival event. A dozen top class Spoken Word performers will compete for cash prizes – and the honour of becoming our 2020 Festival Slam Champion. If you’ve never been to a Slam, come and experience the raw energy of poetry written purely for performance – and the deeply competitive streak that emerges from within some of the least likely people!