28th December 2017

Stephen Daniels
Hazel Hammond
Dru Marland

25th January 2018

Angela France
Robert Walton

22nd February 2018

Alyson Hallett
Julie-Ann Rowell

29th March 2018

Paul Deaton
Ramona Herdman

26th April 2018

Tony Curtis
Cora Greenhill

31st May 2018

Susan Richardson
Claire Williamson

28th June 2018

Martin Malone
Jacqueline Saphra

26th July 2018

R V Bailey
June Hall

30th August 2018

Josephine Corcoran
Lesley Saunders

27th September 2018

Ross Cogan
Anna Saunders

25th October 2018

C L Dallat
Anne-Marie Fyfe

Tania Hershman

Guest Poet: Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman's debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, was published by Nine Arches Press in July this year, and her third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, by Unthank Books in May. Tania is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open (Southword, 2016), which won 2nd prize in the 2016 Fool For Poetry Contest, and two short story collections, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland. www.taniahershman.com

Pam Zinnemann-Hope

Guest Poet: Pam Zinnemann-Hope

Pam Zinnemann-Hope's first full collection, On Cigarette Papers, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize & adapted by her for The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, in which she also acted, alongside Eleanor Bron, Greg Wise, Emma Fielding et al. She is also a children's author and an experienced workshop leader, currently running seminars in West Dorset and she hosting & curating poetry & music evenings at Sladers Yard in West Bay.

30th November 2017, The Coach House, The Swan, Bradford on Avon

Excellent, enjoyable sets from our two guest poets at Words & Ears on Thursday - I loved in particular Tania Hershman's offer to 'customise for the audience' and add in more swear words when her first poem, complete with expletives, went down so well. Just two years in the poetry kitchen, she has developed a great knack of cutting out poems from dough taken from scientific facts and imagery. I liked The Biology and the Birds (inspired by a letter to New Scientist), and the unexpectedly tender account of seeing her mother's heart beating during a medical examination. There was a lovely synchronicity with our second guest poet, Pam Zinnemann-Hope, in that she gave us a love poem about watching her husband during a medical examination. The two poets' work is, in fact, very different in style and tone, but it's interesting how those small meeting points sometimes come out during a reading, and give the evening a coherence beyond what was planned. Much of Pam's new work celebrates the West Dorset landscape in the face of a changing climate. I particularly enjoyed her poem in the voice of fossil collector Mary Anning, and also her entertaining preambles about her husband, a composer - in spite of her own, admitted lack of musical ability, the thread of her husband's work undoubtedly runs through her work, with a strong focus on the art of listening.

Meanwhile, the open mic poems were excellent as always. To reflect Tania's second set, which gave us a flavour of her wonderfully imaginative short stories, we also had two short stories from Paul Brokensha, along with poetry contributions from Josephine Corcoran, Jinny Fisher, Michelle Diaz, Rachael Clyne, Chaucer Cameron, Ray Fussell, Mark Sayers, Stephen Boyce, Stephen Payne, Peter O'Grady, John Powell and Rosie Jackson and others. Thanks to everyone for taking part.