We’ve got some exciting readers planned for Silver Street Poetry over the coming months.

Following the disappointment of the last session being snowed off, we’ve managed to reschedule our guest reader, Lucy English, for 5th July, when there will be (almost certainly) zero chance of such weather repeating itself! Lucy will be reading for us from her widely acclaimed collection ‘The Book of Hours’.

Before then, we shall be hosting several other exciting guest readers who are new to Silver Street. On Friday 1st March, we are delighted to welcome Sharon Larkin. Sharon is organiser of Poetry Cafe – Refreshed in Cheltenham and Chair of Cheltenham’s Arts Council and Poetry Society, and she will be reading from her debut pamphlet ‘Interned at the Food Factory’, published by Indigo Dreams.

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Other forthcoming guests include:

Friday 5th April – Chaucer Cameron of Poetry Film Live and Elephant’s Footprint

Friday 3rd May – Kate Noakes – prize-winning poet and short story writer from Reading

Friday 7th June – Ross Cogan – Creative Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival

Friday 5th July – Lucy English – reading from the book of her award-winning project, The Book of Hours

Friday 6th September – David Briggs – reading from his new poetry collection

Friday 4th October – Deborah Harvey, reading from her fourth poetry collection, The Shadow Factory

Friday 1st November – Dominic Fisher, reading from his first collection, The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead

As always, Silver Street Poetry will be happening on the first Friday of each month, at the Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG, from 12.30 to 2pm. As well as guest readers, there are also open mic sessions, so do bring along a poem of your own or someone else’s to share.

 

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We’re delighted to announce that Friday morning poetry group member Dominic Fisher has followed his success in the 2018 Bristol Poetry Prize by securing a publishing contract with The Blue Nib for his forthcoming collection, The Ladies and Gentleman of the Dead, which will be appearing next year. Well done, Dominic!

 

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We are in the process of applying for funding for our intermediate and starter writing groups. If this might be of interest to you, please check back in due course for further details.

 

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Good poets reinvent the language, taking the given of ordinary speech and pushing it beyond itself, making in effect a translation from one sense of reality to another.

Jay Parini