26th September 2019

Sue Boyle
Maggie Harris

29th August 2019

Michelle Diaz
Jonathan Edwards

25th July 2019

Alison Brackenbury
Shirley Wright

27th June 2019

Martina Evans
Aoife Mannix
Richard Douglas Pennant
Stuart Silver
Helen Moore

30th May 2019

James Davey
Jinny Fisher

25th April 2019

Rachael Clyne
Janet Sutherland

28th March 2019

Philip Gross
Lesley Saunders

28th February 2019

David Cooke
Ian Royce-Chamberlain

31st January 2019

Ben Banyard
Carrie Etter

20th December 2018

Kevan Manwaring
Jan Noble

13th December 2018

Stephen Seabridge

29th November 2018

Pey Pey Oh
Alasdair Paterson

9th November 2018

Martin Malone

25th October 2018

C L Dallat
Anne-Marie Fyfe

27th September 2018

Ross Cogan
Anna Saunders

30th August 2018

Josephine Corcoran
Lesley Saunders

26th July 2018

R V Bailey
June Hall

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

John Greening

Guest Poet: John Greening

John Greening is a TLS reviewer and Eric Gregory judge, whose awards include the Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley. Since his last visit with Penelope Shuttle to read from their collaboration, Heath, he has published an Egypt memoir Threading a Dream: a Poet on the Nile, a new edition of Geoffrey Grigson's poetry, the fine press chapbook Achill Island Tagebuch, and a major new collection from Carcanet, The Silence (May, 2019). His many earlier books include the collection To the War Poets and studies of poetry and poets from the Elizabethans to Ted Hughes. His edition of Edmund Blunden's Undertones of War appeared from Oxford in 2015, along with a classical music anthology, Accompanied Voices. There is a pamphlet from New Walk Editions due in autumn 2019, and in 2020 a collection of his collected essays and reviews. He has recently collaborated with the baritone Roderick Williams on his Schubert Project and is currently editing a new edition of Iain Crichton Smith's poetry.
Author photograph: Adrian Bullers

Penelope Shuttle

Guest Poet: Penelope Shuttle

Penelope Shuttle's latest publication is Four Poems from Lyonesse (Stickleback). Her full-length collection Lyonesse will appear from Bloodaxe Books in Spring 2021. Shuttle is President of The Falmouth Poetry Group and a Trustee for The Causley Trust. Lzrd: poems from the Lizard Peninsula (in collaboration with Alyson Hallett) was published by IDP in October 2018. Will You Walk A Little Faster? (Bloodaxe Books) was Poetry Book of the Month in The Observer, July 2017.

27th July 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

July's Words & Ears was a real treat, with memorable readings from Penelope Shuttle and John Greening, and a first-rate selection of open mic readings from a large and, as John put it, 'terrific' audience. Penny and John said later how much fun they'd had giving their joint reading from Heath, and that really showed. Their beautifully choreographed excerpts from the book (which was planned 'as a pamphlet, but just grew') took us from Heathrow's planes, those 'passing metal vagrants' skimming old man's beard and blackberries, to back when the area was a royal hunting ground, home of the last wolf in the south of England, to 'the snuff box of sneezy silver' stolen by highwaymen, and even to the Vikings' stake (literally) in the land. The pair's comments on their collaborative process was equally gripping, with lots of examples of how the phrases, form or content of one were explored or echoed by the other, and how their research - and their 'library angels' - shaped their portrait of the area. As John said, 'If you're not lucky enough to be born in the Lake District, you make do with what you have', and I think these two poets, who grew up on opposite sides of the heath, proved to us that with dedicated delving and a sharp ear to the ground, all places can be excavated for their history, ecology, myth and geography, to create a richly satisfying narrative.
There were also superb readings from John and Penny's latest books, and, among those delicious open mic contributions, a great 'double act', not to mention a little tasseomancy, from Lesley Saunders and Linda Saunders; a walk through Bristol's past and present from Deborah Harvey; more time travelling, this time through the woods, with Conor Whelan; and Allen Ginsberg and Wilfred Owen meeting up in the DIY store courtesy of Dominic Fisher.