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

Martin Malone
Caroline Heaton

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

Brokenborough Poets

Guest Poet: Brokenborough Poets

Brokenborough Poets are a small but dedicated group of poets who have been meeting regularly at the Horse Guards, a country pub just outside Malmesbury for more than 10 years. Fieldwork is their first anthology and represents not only the individual voices of the poets but also the diversity of the group as a whole.
Come and hear the work of insightful Liz Carew, and a wealth of moments with Atherton Gray. Add into the mix the comprehension and craft of David Lukens, the natural lyricism of Matthew Oates, inner and outer explorations by John Richardson and some surprising scales and arpeggios by M M Season and you are in for a literary treat.
The Brokenborough Poets are all published writers, have had their work selected for well-known magazines and anthologies, and won prestigious poetry competitions. A feast of poetry not to be missed!

Cover design/artwork by Stevie Gilmore. http://www.originalart-paintings.co.uk

Guest Poet: Liz Carew

Liz Carew was born near John O'Groats and her family comes from Orkney. She moved steadily southwards and settled in Cirencester. She studied French at University and has worked in tourism and as an ESOL teacher, to give herself a multicultural fix.
She is inspired by landscape and history and has been published in Poetry Scotland, The French Literary Review and Graffiti.

Guest Poet: Atherton Gray

Atherton Gray has recently retired having been a consultant haematologist at Great Western Hospital since 1991. Doing the rounds he was very aware that each person has a story to tell, which often manifests itself in poems. He has found both reading and trying to write poetry very enjoyable and stimulating. He writes as part of the process of fully realising experiences so the wealth of the moment is not lost. He has done well in local poetry competitions.

Guest Poet: David Lukens

David Lukens has a degree in philosophy and has worked in teaching, business and information management. Lives in Wootton Bassett and apart from writing poetry, plays tennis and makes sourdough bread. He has been published in Acumen, Under The Radar, and Butcher's Dog. His Poem A Circular Life was chosen as one to be published by Alison Brackenbury in the Poetry Space 2014 Competition, and he has often done well in Swindon's international poetry competition.

Guest Poet: Matthew Oates

Matthew Oates - is a naturalist, author and broadcaster who is dedicated to developing a poetic approach to nature. He works for the National Trust as specialist ecologist, and writes for The Times Nature Notebook column. Many of his poems explore experiences in the natural world and the concept of 'Spirit of Place', as does his latest book In Pursuit of Butterflies. (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Guest Poet: John Richardson

John Richardson is a founder member of Swindon's BlueGate Poets, (now Poetry Swindon). Over the last ten years he has: given many poetry workshops, been a tutor to apprentice poets, was MC of Marlborough Literature Festival's poetry cafe for its first three years and MC'd Bath's poetry cafe last year. He is a poetry publisher of several pamphlets and of the free e-zine the IMPpress. He has been a runner up several times in Swindon's international Battered Moons poetry contest and was a guest reader at the Cheltenham Poetry.

Guest Poet: MM Season

MM Season began writing poetry as a way of tightening up her prose. Generally she writes strange fiction from novel, flash fiction to Twitter length. Her work has appeared in the UK, overseas and in online publications. For two years she was editor of a quarterly charity magazine. Her background is linguistics and she has lived in Japan and France and various English counties. Now she writes poems to articulate long-mulled observations and to capture sudden ones.

27th October 2016, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

Good to share a room with such a creative and supportive crowd at Thursday's Words & Ears, when our guest performers were five of the Brokenborough Poets featured in the new and excellent Fieldwork anthology, plus their fellow Brokenborough-ite, Phil Kirby, who did the introductions and read some of his own work.

The anthology voices - some new to me - each delivered a powerful snapshot of their own style. As the title suggests, there was much of the natural world here from Matthew Oates, John Richardson, Atherton Gray, Liz Carew and David Lukens, plus readings of work by absent members Sue Chadd and Mand Christie.

From an 'alarm of woodpeckers' to the 'day closing curtains', there was much to satisfy here, and the anthology bears re-reading to discover wonderful things such as this, from Daddy Longlegs by Atherton Gray:

Half-hair, half-spirit,
they hatch from
the worn-out earth
delicate as ideas.

Do get hold of a copy if you can.

The anthology was sponsored by Malmesbury Carnival, and your entry fees on the door meant that Words & Ears was able to donate £50 to the Carnival - always good to give something back, so thank you for that.