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

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

Jonathan Edwards

Guest Poet: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards' first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award. It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Sarah Watkinson

Guest Poet: Sarah Watkinson

Sarah Watkinson has been writing and studying poetry since 2012 after a career in plant biology. Her work has appeared in UK anthologies and magazines including Litmus, Pennine Platform and The Rialto, and has been successful in several competitions. Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight, her debut pamphlet, was a winner in the 2017 Cinnamon Pamphlet competition. Earlier published work includes three editions of a co-authored textbook, The Fungi, and numerous scientific papers. With Jenny Lewis, of The Poet's House Oxford, she organises SciPo, a summer Science Poetry event.

26th October 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

Our October guest poets, Sarah Watkinson and Jonathan Edwards, had much in common: they both have an interest in - and have poems about - animals; both write from various and memorable points of view (Sarah, for instance, as a dung beetle, Jonathan as a servant minding his master's seat in an 18th century theatre); and they both deliver their work with a bewitching gentleness, which made for a wonderful evening's poetry at the Swan.
Jonathan told us that 'being a poet is a bit like being a Mastermind contestant - you have to have a specialist subject', and Sarah's scientific background is certainly hers, but, coupled with her quirky imagination it produces some wonderful vignettes. 'How do you dress for photosynthesis?' she asks, imagining a woman who can live on light, like plants do. But she has some serious messages about our natural world, too, with habitat loss being 'a preoccupation'. Jonathan admitted that his speciality is 'animals that don't do stuff' - because when he observes them, they have a habit of becoming completely immobile, including lions ('sunshine with teeth) at Bristol Zoo, and hippos, which, eventually deigning to stir, are spotted by a little girl ('Dad, that island's moving'). His light-touch humour is delicious - I loved his description of his father trying to get a look at Sophia Loren when she was filming Arabesque in the village next to his in 1965. He spots her �wearing her cheekbones' and, watching from an imagined spot close by, Jonathan says �my father's breakfast is nervous in his stomach'. Great stuff.
There were some wonderfully quirky open mic contributions, too (we went into the 'poison garden' with Dominic Fisher; discovered what can be made from which tree with Dru Marland; and learned much about broken escalators from Tom Forrest), with other rich offerings on a busy night from Ruth Sharman, Stephen Payne, Deb Harvey, Frances-Anne King, Linda Saunders, Caroline Heaton, Hannah Teasdale, Ray Fussell, Mark Sayers, Jinny Peberday, Peter O'Grady, Francis Deas, Moira Andrew and Norman Leater.