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

Rachel Curzon

Guest Poet: Rachel Curzon

Rachel Curzon was born in Leeds in 1978. She was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2007, and in 2016 her pamphlet Faber New Poets 16 was published as part of the Faber New Poets scheme. She now lives and teaches in Hampshire.

Helen Evans

Guest Poet: Helen Evans

Helen Evans began her working life as a journalist, taking up gliding as a hobby. Between 1999 and 2008 she combined the two as the editor of the sport's national magazine, Sailplane & Gliding.
She started to write poems again a decade ago and went on to gain an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews. Her poem Night Crossing came third in the Manchester Cathedral prize in 2010 and her work has appeared in a wide range of print and online magazines.
Between 2011 and 2016 she worked each year as a tutor on the University of St Andrews' Creative Writing Summer Programme.
Her debut pamphlet, Only by Flying, was published by HappenStance Press in 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 Callum Macdonald Memorial Award.
She lives in Devon and her share of the takings from this Words & Ears is being donated to the county's Force Cancer Charity.

31st August 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN

Meanwhile, we were treated to exquisite readings by our two guest poets, Helen Evans and Rachel Curzon, at Words & Ears at the end of August. We were taken on some extraordinary journeys by Rachel's delicious, and often mischievous, imagination, keeping the company of gypsies, an unhinged school master, Maud Gonne and the spirit of the rowan tree. It was a great evening for learning the unusual - from Rachel, my favourite fact was that the glass harmonica was banned because it was thought to create hysteria in women. From glider pilot Helen, we learned much about what it is to fly, about yearning, and about the different kinds of fear. It is difficult, she said, to write about fear without being sentimental or melodramatic, but her poems, delivered from memory, with fascinating asides, achieve the balance with much grace. Many of us identified with her observation that 'sometimes I think my poems know more about me than I do' - a sentiment neatly echoed in Stephen Payne's open mic poem Some Regular Shapes - 'as with poems and lives, we make some things before we understand them.'