Guest Poet: David Cooke
David Cooke was born in Wokingham in 1953, although his family comes from the West of Ireland. In 1977, while still an undergraduate at Nottingham University, he won a Gregory Award. Since then his work has appeared in many journals in the UK, Ireland and beyond: Agenda, Ambit, The Cortland Review, The Interpreter's House, The Irish Times, The London Magazine, Magma, The Manhattan Review, The Morning Star, The North, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stand. Over the years he has published five collections of his work, the most recent of which is After Hours, published in 2017 by Cultured Llama Press. He is the founding editor of The High Window, a quarterly online journal of international poetry.
Guest Poet: Ian Royce-Chamberlain
Ian Royce-Chamberlain co-founded Poetry Teignmouth in 2013 and the town's Poetry Festival a year later. He is part of Moor Poets and the prestigious Litmus editing group. His work has appeared in anthologies including the RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry, The Broadsheet, the Exeter Festival ExCite series and many others. His first collection stumble into grace (Wylde, 2012) is about to be reprinted.
The latest collection, Vertigo & Beeswax (Oversteps, 2017) summarises six eventful years of upheaval and resettling.
28th February 2019, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN
Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. 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.