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

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

Tania Hershman

Guest Poet: Tania Hershman

Tania Hershman's debut poetry collection, Terms & Conditions, was published by Nine Arches Press in July this year, and her third short story collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, by Unthank Books in May. Tania is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Nothing Here Is Wild, Everything Is Open (Southword, 2016), which won 2nd prize in the 2016 Fool For Poetry Contest, and two short story collections, and co-author of Writing Short Stories: A Writers' & Artists' Companion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Tania is curator of ShortStops (www.shortstops.info), celebrating short story activity across the UK & Ireland. www.taniahershman.com

Pam Zinnemann-Hope

Guest Poet: Pam Zinnemann-Hope

Pam Zinnemann-Hope's first full collection, On Cigarette Papers, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize & adapted by her for The Afternoon Play on BBC Radio 4, in which she also acted, alongside Eleanor Bron, Greg Wise, Emma Fielding et al. She is also a children's author and an experienced workshop leader, currently running seminars in West Dorset and she hosting & curating poetry & music evenings at Sladers Yard in West Bay.

30th November 2017, The Coach House, The Swan, Bradford on Avon

Excellent, enjoyable sets from our two guest poets at Words & Ears on Thursday - I loved in particular Tania Hershman's offer to 'customise for the audience' and add in more swear words when her first poem, complete with expletives, went down so well. Just two years in the poetry kitchen, she has developed a great knack of cutting out poems from dough taken from scientific facts and imagery. I liked The Biology and the Birds (inspired by a letter to New Scientist), and the unexpectedly tender account of seeing her mother's heart beating during a medical examination. There was a lovely synchronicity with our second guest poet, Pam Zinnemann-Hope, in that she gave us a love poem about watching her husband during a medical examination. The two poets' work is, in fact, very different in style and tone, but it's interesting how those small meeting points sometimes come out during a reading, and give the evening a coherence beyond what was planned. Much of Pam's new work celebrates the West Dorset landscape in the face of a changing climate. I particularly enjoyed her poem in the voice of fossil collector Mary Anning, and also her entertaining preambles about her husband, a composer - in spite of her own, admitted lack of musical ability, the thread of her husband's work undoubtedly runs through her work, with a strong focus on the art of listening.

Meanwhile, the open mic poems were excellent as always. To reflect Tania's second set, which gave us a flavour of her wonderfully imaginative short stories, we also had two short stories from Paul Brokensha, along with poetry contributions from Josephine Corcoran, Jinny Fisher, Michelle Diaz, Rachael Clyne, Chaucer Cameron, Ray Fussell, Mark Sayers, Stephen Boyce, Stephen Payne, Peter O'Grady, John Powell and Rosie Jackson and others. Thanks to everyone for taking part.