20th December 2018

Kevan Manwaring
Jan Noble
Hannah Teasdale

31st January 2019

Carrie Etter
Sheila Hamilton

28th February 2019

David Cooke
Ian Royce-Chamberlain

28th March 2019

Philip Gross
Lesley Saunders

25th April 2019

Rachael Clyne
Janet Sutherland

30th May 2019

James Davey
Jinny Fisher

27th June 2019

Martina Evans
Aoife Mannix
Richard Douglas Pennant
Stuart Silver

25th July 2019

Alison Brackenbury
Shirley Wright

Elizabeth Parker

Guest Poet: Elizabeth Parker

Elizabeth Parker taught secondary English in comprehensive schools for eight years and, along with her poetry, she is working on two novels based on her experiences. Her poetry has been published in various journals including Magma, The Interpreter's House and Agenda. Among others, she has been shortlisted for The Bridport Poetry Prize and was a prizewinner in the 2016 Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Following her 2016 pamphlet, Antinopolis (published by Eyewear), Elizabeth's first full collection, In Her Shambles, was published by Seren this April.

Julia Webb

Guest Poet: Julia Webb

Julia Webb is one of the founding editors of Lighthouse Literary Journal and a graduate of UEA's poetry MA. She lives in Norwich where she teaches creative writing and works for Gatehouse Press. She has had work in various journals and anthologies including Magma, The Rialto, Ambit, Envoi, Oxford Poetry and Butcher's Dog. In 2011 she won the Poetry Society's Stanza competition. Her poem Sisters was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize. Her first collection Bird Sisters was published by Nine Arches Press in 2016. Her second collection,Threat, is due out with Nine Arches Press in January 2019.

28th June 2018, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

A massive thank you to Rosie Jackson and Jinny Fisher for holding the Words & Ears fort so well at our June event, to guest poets Julia Webb and Elizabeth Parker, and all those who came along (foregoing the football!), including open mic-ers Carrie Etter, Rachael Clyne, Pey Oh, Anna May Laugher, Miranda Barnes, Peter O'Grady and Mark Sayers. Rosie noted down some of the night's highlights (thank you, Rosie!):

"Julia Webb: Wonderful play of imagery around families - mythical (Sun Daddy) and real - and women - 'Owl sister' 'bee dress' "Give me a dress made of honey bees..." "Women are writing their epic poems on the inside of my skin." Particularly powerful were her portraits of dysfunctional family life, "the house was quarrelsome and sly", and her fabulous tribute to her brother who died in his 30s. "O brother... did the world always fit wrong?" Inventive, playful, irreverent, moving, funny all at once. Her next vol, Threat sounds fantastic.
Elizabeth Parker: More family themes - her father, mother, aunt, sister etc imaged as rivers; her family's garden centre in the forest of Dean; our histories in our hands and blood. But most powerful for me were the poems that focused on Lavinia, the daughter from Titus Andronicus, finding ways to communicate after she is raped and loses her tongue. "They took her tongue, her hands/so she tried to write with driftwood, sand." Final poem she read also repeated this theme of writing as a feminist act. Very vivid, intense, beautifully wrought poems. Revenge enacted on the body. Visceral and lyrical and the same time, quite a feat. Fine observations of nature and natural world."