6pm - 7pm: The Poetry Surgery - All the things you wanted to ask about poetry but were afraid to ask.... (free - all welcome)
7pm-7.30pm: Live acoustic music and chat break
7.30pm-10pm: Readings from Tom Warner, Angela France and Joel Lane, and Open Mic slots
Thanks to Writing East Midlands for sponsoring the event
6pm - 7pm: The Poetry Surgery - All the things you wanted to ask about poetry but were afraid to ask....
Are you interested in being published but don't know where to start? Do you need some advice about how to start writing poetry or how to shape up your technique? Would you like to find out more about magazines and how to submit your work? Join Matt Nunn and Jane Commane, who are Co-editors of Nine Arches Press, writing tutors and poets, for this informal drop-in session. Grab a cup of coffee before the Shindig open mic and ask all the questions you've ever wanted to ask of two editors on the poetry frontline! Jane and Matt will talk about how to get started, how to keep going and get over rejection slips, and how to develop a profile for yourself as a poet. FREE EVENT sponsored by Writing East Midlands and Nine Arches Press
GUEST READINGS AND OPEN MIC: 7.30-10pm
GUEST POETS' BIOGS:
ANGELA FRANCE has had poems published in many of the leading journals, in the UK and abroad, and has been anthologised a number of times. She has an MA in ‘Creative and Critical Writing’ from the University of Gloucestershire and is studying for a PhD. Her second collection, Occupation is available from Ragged Raven Press. Angela is features editor of Iota and an editor of ezine The Shit Creek Review. She also runs a monthly poetry café in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’
TOM WARNER was born in Mansfield in 1979. In 2001 he won an Eric Gregory Award and graduated from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA with a Distinction. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications and magazines, including The Rialto and Stand, and in 2009-10 he was Poet in Residence for Newark-on-Trent. He currently lives in Norwich where he teaches creative writing.
JOEL LANE lives in Birmingham and works as a journalist. He is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, a novella, a chapbook, and three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is The Autumn Myth (Arc). Joel has co-edited (with Steve Bishop) the crime and suspense fiction anthology Birmingham Noir. His latest publication is Do Not Pass Go – a collection of crime stories as part of the Hotwire short-story pamphlet series (Nine Arches Press).