Guest Poet: Kevan Manwaring
Kevan Manwaring has been writing poetry since 1991, and this summer published a collection bringing together work from over a quarter of a century (Silver Branch: bardic poems, from Awen Publications). He is the author of fiction (The Windsmith Elegy; Oxfordshire Folk Tales; Ballad Tales) and non-fiction (The Bardic Handbook; Lost Islands; Turning the Wheel). He is a lecturer in creative writing for the Open University, and has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He blogs and tweets as the Bardic Academic. A keen walker, his poetry is informed by his love of the landscape, myth and legend.
Guest Poet: Jan Noble
Jan Noble is a London-based writer and poet. He has taught creative writing in prisons, schools and psychiatric wards. His work has been set to music, recorded by producer Craig Leon at Abbey Road studios and broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC Radio. A film of his poetic monologue My Name is Swan (performed at every 'Swan' pub in London) premiered at the Curzon, Aldgate as part of the East End Film Festival. His latest epic poem, Reynard, was launched at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.
Guest Poet: Hannah Teasdale
Hannah Teasdale was born and raised in Birmingham where she first began writing her 'brutal truth'.
She has just completed an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction. She had had short stories published and a play produced for professional theatre. She is currently reviewing Spoken Word nights for Sabotage on-line publication.
She performs her poetry the length and breadth of the UK and can be found in the spoken word tents at major festivals. She is co-host of hammer and Tongue in Bristol. She facilitates poetry workshops for adults.
She has three poetry collections published: Fingerprints, Poetry Space 2013, Laid Bare, Burning Eye Books, 2016, and Milked, Burning Eye Books, 2018.
20th December 2018, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN
7:30pm - 10:00pm.
Three-in-one Christmas special, with Jan Noble's performance of his touring monologue My Name is Swan especially for this venue (following its appearance in every London 'Swan' pub); Bath poet Hannah Teasdale with her latest book; and Yuletide poems from former Bard of Bath (and the very first Words & Ears guest poet), Kevan Manwaring. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.