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

Rachael Clyne

Guest Poet: Rachael Clyne

Rachael Clyne, from Glastonbury, is a familiar reader at Words & Ears. Her early acting career started at the Bristol Old Vic, hence her love of performing. Rachael later trained as a psychotherapist which she still practises. She has written self-help books, as well as poetry. Her prizewinning collection, Singing at the Bone Tree, is published by Indigo Dreams. Her work appears in anthologies and journals including: Tears in the Fence, Prole, The Rialto, Under the Radar, The Interpreter's House, Obsessed with Pipework, Lighthouse and Acumen. Her new pamphlet, Girl Golem is published by 4Word press, and explores her migrant heritage and sense of being other: her parents arrived in England from Ukrainian Russia in 1912 & 1914, as toddlers, with their parents. Rachael draws on family, childhood and loss, with a perspective that is quirky and peppered with humour.

Janet Sutherland

Guest Poet: Janet Sutherland

Janet Sutherland was born in Wiltshire and grew up on a dairy farm. She has an MA in American Poetry from the University of Essex. Her poems are widely anthologised and have appeared in magazines such as Poetry Ireland Review, The New Humanist, The London Magazine, The New Statesman and The Spectator. In 2018 she received a Hawthornden Fellowship during which some of these poems were written. In 2017 she won the Kent and Sussex Poetry Competition. Home Farm (Shearsman Books, January 2019) is her fourth collection in which she explores the farm where she grew up; a ninety-acre dairy farm in Wiltshire, rented by her parents, where they milked 50 cows and reared heifers on the nearby water meadows. The collection examines the farm as home from early beginnings to the farm auction at the end of their working lives. In 2018 she received Arts Council funding to recreate her great great grandfather's trip to Hungary and Serbia, writing her own journal to mirror his which were written in 1846 and 1847. This will be the subject of future new work. (Author photo by Tom Reeves)

25th April 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.