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

Wendy Klein

Guest Poet: Wendy Klein

Born in the US, Wendy Klein has four daughters, born in three different countries, and 13 grandchildren all born in the UK. A retired psychotherapist, she is published in many magazines and anthologies, including Hallelujah for 50-ft Women and The Book of Love and Loss. Winner of the Cinnamon Press Single Poem Competition 2014, she has two collections from Cinnamon Press: Cuba in the Blood (2009) and Anything in Turquoise (2013), plus a third from Oversteps: Mood Indigo, (2016). She keeps herself sane by dancing, talking to her dog, and reminding herself she can stop writing poetry any time she's had enough.

Daniel Sluman

Guest Poet: Daniel Sluman

Daniel Sluman is a 30 year old poet and disability rights activist. He co-edited the award-winning disability anthology FTW: Poets against Atos, and was named one of Huffington Post's Top 5 British Poets to Watch in 2015. His second collection the terrible was published by Nine Arches Press last year, and he is currently co-editing a new anthology of disability poetry, as well as preparing for a PhD at Birmingham City University this year.

23rd February 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

A huge thank you to Wendy Klein, who made a fabulous job of being our Words & Ears solo guest poet on Thursday, after Daniel Brenchi-Sluman sadly had to cancel due to his wife being unwell. We're aiming to re-schedule Dan, so watch this space for that.

Wendy has a great gift for introducing her poems with just the right measure of anecdote, and her two excellent sets were rich, varied, and spread with warm wit - with everything from anti-psychiatry to artichokes, renouncing her US citizenship to a warning about arranging to meet people tracked down on Friends Reunited. We learnt about her upbringing - her grandmother's faith in stewed plums to keep her 'regular' - and about the power of a poem's well-written, and well-delivered, final phrase, in this case, how life is 'all about/holding on/ and knowing/when to let go'. There were moving poems about her parents - some 13 in her latest collection, Mood Indigo, are about her father - and we learnt about the sex life of the bee orchid.

Thanks also to Karen and Alan Summers, who held the W&E fort while I travelled back from a course in Bath. Karen read two of her poems which are included in a new disability anthology edited by Daniel Sluman, and recorded them live as part of that project. She has kindly offered to record Words & Ears open mic contributors at an event later in the year, if that would appeal to them - a great idea for anyone wanting to include a soundbite of their work on their website. Let me know if you'd be interested in having a go at this.

And thanks to the two brave and wonderful people who volunteered to be guest hosts of the event on March 30th (with guest poets Charles Lauder Jr. and Jennifer McGowan) and April 27th (with guest poets Susan Utting and Rishi Dastidar) in my temporary absence - more on their identities, and on those two events, to follow! And also news to come soon on a Bradford on Avon Arts Festival poetry competition, in collaboration with Words & Ears. First prize £500!

Meanwhile, thanks as always, of course, to all the open mic-ers for their strong contributions - new voices Eszter and Mary, plus Sam Loveless, Kate Escher, Ray Fussell, Frances-Anne King, Gary, Jinny Fisher, Alan Summers, Karen Summers, Stephen Payne, Ruth Sharman, John Hawkhead, Josephine Corcoran, Peter O'Grady, Luke Palmer, Pey Oh Colborne, Paul Brokensha and Francis Deas. Particularly memorable were Jinny's nun, scurrying towards Duty Free, and Pey's delicate acting out of Chinese characters written into her three-part ekphrastic poem.