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Zelda Chappel
Peter Robinson

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Carrie Etter

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Rachel Curzon
Helen Evans

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John Greening
Penelope Shuttle

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Lisa Brockwell
Beatrice Garland
Kate Noakes

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Moira Andrew
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Patrick B Osada
Peter Wyton

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Elephant's Footprint
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Liz Watts

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Rishi Dastidar
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Rebecca Gethin

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Charles G Lauder Jr
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Wendy Klein
Daniel Sluman

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Ira Lightman
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Angela France
Roy Marshall

15th December 2016

John Hawkhead
Elizabeth Parker

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Claire Dyer
Hannah Teasdale

27th October 2016

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Atherton Gray
David Lukens
Matthew Oates
John Richardson
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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

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Alison Brackenbury
Rosie Jackson

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Sam Loveless
Alan Summers

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Martyn Crucefix
Linda Saunders

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Cristina Navazo-Eguia Newton

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Graham Burchell
Maggie Sawkins

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Martin Malone
Caroline Heaton

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Sue Boyle
Connie Voisine

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Carrie Etter
Matthew Stewart

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Alison Lock
Stephen Payne

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Rose Flint

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Robin Houghton

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Emily Wills

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Alasdair Paterson

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Matt Merritt

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Deborah Harvey

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Sue Sims
Jeremy Young

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Carole Baldock

26th March 2015

Lesley Saunders

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Susan Utting

29th January 2015

Sue Chadd

5th January 2015

Josephine Corcoran

4th December 2014

Special Event

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Stephen Elves

25th September 2014

Daisy Behagg

3rd September 2014

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Peter Wyton

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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

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25th July 2013

Alan Summers

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Kevan Manwaring

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Lynne Sedgmore

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Peter Wyton

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Jay Ramsay

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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

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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

Sue Boyle

Guest Poet: Sue Boyle

Sue Boyle's Too Late for the Love Hotel won The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition in 2010. Her second book, Too Late for the Judenplatz, a sequence of nine lamentations on the Holocaust, was performed in full on the opening day of the Torbay Festival of Poetry in 2014. Safe Passage, her first full collection, published by Oversteps, was launched at Toppings Bookshop in Bath in 2015. She is hoping that her work in progress, The Letters from Mexico, a sonnet-based Victorian love story, will be ready to dip its toe in the water at The Swan Hotel on February 25th. She runs regular Cafe Writing Days in Bath and will be judging this year's Torbay Poetry Festival Competition, for which she promises to read every one of the probable one thousand entries at least twice.

Connie Voisine

Guest Poet: Connie Voisine

Connie Voisine is the author of the forthcoming (autumn 2015) book of poems, Calle Florista, from University of Chicago Press. Her previous book, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream, also published by University of Chicago Press, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her first book, Cathedral of the North, won the Associated Writing Program's Award in Poetry. She has poems published in The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, Black Warrior Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her work was featured at The Lab at Belmar, a museum show pairing prehistoric stone tools with poems. Educated at Yale University, University of California at Irvine, and University of Utah, Voisine teaches in the creative writing programme at New Mexico State University and also co-ordinates La Sociedad para las Artes, its outreach organisation. A past fellow at Breadloaf, she is returning to Belfast for a sabbatical, where she was a Fulbright Fellow in the School of English at Queen's University in 2012.

25th February 2016, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

Lots of lovely synchronicities at another packed Words & Ears on Thursday, when our guest poets were Bath's Sue Boyle and Connie Voisine, Associate Professor of English at New Mexico State University. Huge thanks to Connie, who was in England for just one day, and squeezed in her reading for us following one at Bath Spa University. And thanks to Paul who treated her to a great taste of European eccentricity when she rode back to Bath in the back of his 2CV!
In her reading, Connie remarked on the differences in use of language between US and British poets, and those differences made for a rich and diverse evening of poetry from our guests and open mic-ers. Connie's canvas is broad - we heard poems on the humiliation of a body wasting away, a car breaking down, a baby viewed on a sonogram - and lots of references to New Mexico, including an ode to the high temperatures, "This thick arctic of heat".
With her focus on the same continent, Sue Boyle treated us to a substantial portion of her latest work, The Letters from Mexico, her moving Victorian love story. The tale is told in sonnets based on letters - or meditations - between a wealthy, but essentially lonely man ("I was a country no one thought to find") and his children's governess. Then we were off to Rome for another love affair - delicious.
That point about use of language was a theme for the evening, in fact, with lots of haiku (and their variants - thanks, Alan, for the one-liners!), memorable prose poems from Lesley, and a 'found' poem from Peter, among the many excellent open mic contributions.