28th June 2018

Elizabeth Parker
Julia Webb

31st May 2018

Susan Richardson
Claire Williamson

27th April 2018

Cora Greenhill

26th April 2018

Tony Curtis
Cora Greenhill

29th March 2018

Paul Deaton
Ramona Herdman

22nd February 2018

Alyson Hallett
Julie-Ann Rowell

25th January 2018

Angela France
Robert Walton

28th December 2017

Stephen Daniels
Hazel Hammond
Dru Marland

30th November 2017

Tania Hershman
Pam Zinnemann-Hope

26th October 2017

Jonathan Edwards
Sarah Watkinson

28th September 2017

Zelda Chappel
Peter Robinson

17th September 2017

Carrie Etter

31st August 2017

Rachel Curzon
Helen Evans

27th July 2017

John Greening
Penelope Shuttle

29th June 2017

Lisa Brockwell
Beatrice Garland
Kate Noakes

24th June 2017

Moira Andrew
Maggie Harris
Ruth Marden
Crysse Morrison
Patrick B Osada
Peter Wyton

25th May 2017

Elephant's Footprint
Jodie Hollander
Liz Watts

27th April 2017

Rishi Dastidar
Susan Utting

17th April 2017

Rebecca Gethin

30th March 2017

Charles G Lauder Jr
Jennifer A McGowan

23rd February 2017

Wendy Klein
Daniel Sluman

26th January 2017

Ira Lightman
Ruth Sharman

3rd January 2017

Angela France
Roy Marshall

15th December 2016

John Hawkhead
Elizabeth Parker

24th November 2016

Claire Dyer
Hannah Teasdale

27th October 2016

Brokenborough Poets
Liz Carew
Atherton Gray
David Lukens
Matthew Oates
John Richardson
MM Season

29th September 2016

Deborah Harvey
Kieron Winn

16th September 2016

Harry Man

25th August 2016

Various contributors to the new book Salt on the Wind

11th August 2016

Georgi Gill
JL Williams

28th July 2016

David Clarke
Rachael Clyne

30th June 2016

Alison Brackenbury
Rosie Jackson

28th June 2016

Sam Loveless
Alan Summers

26th May 2016

Martyn Crucefix
Linda Saunders

5th May 2016

Cristina Navazo-Eguia Newton

28th April 2016

Graham Burchell
Maggie Sawkins

31st March 2016

Caroline Heaton
Martin Malone

25th February 2016

Sue Boyle
Connie Voisine

28th January 2016

Carrie Etter
Matthew Stewart

4th January 2016

Alison Lock
Stephen Payne

26th November 2015

Rose Flint

29th October 2015

Robin Houghton

28th September 2015

Emily Wills

27th August 2015

Alasdair Paterson

30th July 2015

Matt Merritt

25th June 2015

Deborah Harvey

28th May 2015

Sue Sims
Jeremy Young

30th April 2015

Carole Baldock

26th March 2015

Lesley Saunders

26th February 2015

Susan Utting

29th January 2015

Sue Chadd

5th January 2015

Josephine Corcoran

4th December 2014

Special Event

30th October 2014

Stephen Elves

25th September 2014

Daisy Behagg

3rd September 2014

Special Event

31st July 2014

Peter Wyton

26th June 2014

Rosie Jackson

29th May 2014

Misha Carder

24th April 2014

Richard Skinner

27th March 2014

Allison McVety

27th February 2014

Martin Malone

30th January 2014

Hilda Sheehan

16th December 2013

Deborah Harvey

28th November 2013

Chrissie Gittins

24th October 2013

Dawn Gorman

26th September 2013

Fiona Moore

2nd September 2013

Special Event

25th July 2013

Alan Summers

27th June 2013

Kevan Manwaring

25th April 2013

Lynne Sedgmore

28th March 2013

Peter Wyton

28th February 2013

Jay Ramsay

24th January 2013

Linda Saunders

19th December 2012

Helen Moore

29th November 2012

Frances-Anne King

29th October 2012

Rose Flint

1st October 2012

Lesley Saunders

3rd September 2012

Special Event

30th July 2012

Jay Ramsay

23rd May 2012

Special Event

30th April 2012

Stephen Boyce

26th March 2012

Kevan Manwaring

23rd January 2012

David C Johnson

19th December 2011

Crysse Morrison

22nd November 2011

Philip Lyons

31st October 2011

Sue Boyle

29th September 2011

Special Event

27th August 2011

Liv Torc

25th July 2011

Stephen Payne

27th June 2011

Kevan Manwaring

23rd May 2011

Linda Snell

18th April 2011

Special Event

28th March 2011

Julie Mullen

28th February 2011

Gabriel Bradford Millar

25th January 2011

Special Event

13th December 2010

Muriel Lavender

17th November 2010

Karen Hoy
Alan Summers

23rd September 2010

Carrie Etter

31st August 2010

Jay Ramsay

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."