31st January 2019

Ben Banyard
Carrie Etter

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
Helen Moore

25th July 2019

Alison Brackenbury
Shirley Wright

29th August 2019

Michelle Diaz
Jonathan Edwards

26th September 2019

Sue Boyle
Maggie Harris

Ben Banyard

Guest Poet: Ben Banyard

Ben Banyard is delighted to be popping over from his home in Portishead, near Bristol, to share poems from his latest collection, We Are All Lucky (Indigo Dreams, 2018) and debut pamphlet, Communing (Indigo Dreams, 2016). He grew up in Solihull but has lived in the West Country since the mid-90s. Ben's poems have appeared in Under the Radar, The Intepreter's House, Acumen, Prole, And Other Poems, Proletarian Poetry, Popshot, Atrium, The Lake, Firth, Marble and many others. Ben is currently finalising his as-yet-untitled second full collection.

Carrie Etter

Guest Poet: Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter's fourth collection, The Weather in Normal (US: Station Hill; UK: Seren), explores the losses of home through parents' deaths, the sale of the family house, and the effects of climate change. As Philip Gross remarks, "One of the particular gifts of poetry is here in force: the power of a few words to create great spaces. The spaces of a prairie landscape round a small town or between present and past, between people in a family or between words on the page, these are not emptiness but tingling with resonance, with the poems' fine attention. Touched and unsettled, we slip seamlessly between the intimate detail of loss and the vast perspective in which even the prairies are dwarfed by the scale of climate change." Carrie is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also regularly teaches for Poetry Swindon and The Poetry School.

31st January 2019, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

7:30pm - 10:00pm.

Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.