Oct 7, 2016

The Poetry Business at Autumn Festivals

We'd like to let you know about some festival events featuring Poetry Business poets which are coming up over the next few months in Ilkley, Sheffield, Kendal and Nottingham. Details of all four festivals are available below. We hope you enjoy the festival season! 

Beyond the Water's Edge - Poetry From Our World 
Off the Shelf Festival of Words
10th October | 19.45 | £12/£10

Midland Creative Projects in association with the Belgrade Theatre Coventry and Bloodaxe Books present Beyond the Water's Edge - Poetry from Our World

Hear world voices distilled into poetry in translation.  Love, loss and re-birth mingle with the comedy of daily life, resulting in a series of portraits presented through the words of some of the world’s best poets. Drawing from every continent we are given stories that move and inspire – from Sweden to Chile and all points between. Following acclaimed shows Being Human and The Hundred Years War, and featuring 3 actor-musicians and live music here’s a poeticcelebration of our lives in all their forms. 

This show is directed by Steve Dyrne from Interplay Theatre with an original set design by Talking Birds.

Praise for previous productions:

“Understated, but perfectly judged – and beautifully if simply staged – The Hundred Years’ War is one of the finest examples of poetry in performance I have ever encountered.” Simon Rae

“A stunning performance – simply done, yet so atmospheric. I felt I’d experienced something very real: human emotion up close.” Audience member

Book Tickets at the Off The Shelf Website 


The Laureate's Choice Poets 

Ilkley Literature Festival 15th October 2016 | 16.45 | Pay what you can

A prestigious project from The Poetry Business, in collaboration with Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Four new, previously unpublished poets were selected by Duffy as ‘ones to watch’ and had pamphlet collections of their work published by The PoetryBusiness.Tom Sastry is an elusive and self-described ‘poet, bureaucrat and occasional human being’; Geraldine Clarkson is a multi-award-winning poet, currently working on her first collection. Stuart Pickford, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy in 2014 to win thePoetry Business Yorkshire Prize, will also read at this event. Stuart has been shortlisted for Forward Prize and his brand new collection Swimming with Jellyfish is already earning outstanding reviews.

Book Tickets at the Ilkley Literature Festival website 

Read Mark Pajak's festival blog about the Laureate's Choice

Michael McCarthy and Sally Goldsmith

Off The Shelf Festival of Words

27th October | 19:00 | £6/£5

Arundel Room, Millennium Gallery

Michael McCarthy grew up on a farm in West Cork, now works as a priest in Yorkshire and is one of the great story-tellers in verse. His latest collection, The Healing Station, is tender and funny and draws on a recent residency with stroke victims in Dublin. Sally Goldsmith is a prize winning songwriter, broadcaster andpoet. Are We There Yet? is her first full-length collection.

Book tickets at the Off the Shelf website


Voices of Jewish and Muslim Writers 

Nottingham Festival of Literature

November 9th | 18.00 | £6.95 - £8.95


Four poets from four countries read from their work, resisting prevalent stereotypes to give an insight into the complexity of identity.

Michael Mehrdad Zand Ahanchian is a writer, poet and editor born in Iran. He is currently  research student at Roehampton University and working on a new translation of The Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam, called Ruby.

Yvonne Green lives in Hendon and Herzilia. Her third collection After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin was the Poetry Book Society’s Translation Choice for Winter in 2011. Her latest collection Honoured was published by smith|doorstop in 2015. 

Shamim Azad has published novels, short stories and poetry in English and Bengali. She is a resident poet and storyteller with Apples & Snakes, and founder and chair of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (World Literature Centre) London.

Amir Darwish is a British/Syrian poet who came to the UK as an asylum seeker during the Second Gulf War. His poetry has been published around the world and his collection Don’t Forget The Couscous was published in the UK in 2015.

Book tickets at the Nottingham Festival of Literature Website 

Helen Mort and David Wilson - Lines of Ascent - poetry and Climbing
Kendal Mountain Festival 

Brewery Arts Centre

Saturday 19th Nov | 13.30 | £9.50 


Join award-winning poet Helen Mort and fellow climber and writer David Wilson forpoetry inspired by mountaineering. Helen Mort’s No Map Could Show Them includes stunning poems about early female pioneers and a moving sequence on Alison Hargreaves, who died on K2. David Wilson’s debut collection Slope explores and celebrates what makes climbing a compulsion, from boulder problems to the Himalayas.

David and Helen will read from their work, including new and unpublished poems, and discuss the challenges of putting mountain landscapes and experiences into verse.


Book tickets at the Kendal Mountain Festival website

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