It’s time…. the writers rebel!

Top UK Writers join Rebel Protest against the Ecological and Climate Emergency

40 writers to perform in Trafalgar Square on 11th October, 5pm as part of XR’s October Uprising . I’m proud to be part of a team organising this incredible event.

It features poems and prose, about nature, ecology and the current climate crisis from Ali Smith, Naomi Alderman, Chloe Aridjis , AL Kennedy, Helen Simpson, David Harsent, Daljit Nagra, Paul Farley, Glyn Maxwell, Susie Orbach , Philip Hoare, David Graeber, Owen Sheers, Simon Schama, Deborah Moggach, Leone Ross, Rachel Edwards, Anjali Joseph, Toby Litt, Matt Thorne, Gregory Norminton, Tom Bullough, Naomi Ishiguro , Juliet Jacques, Will Eaves, Natalie Haynes, M John Harrison, Susana Medina, Irenosen Okojie , Romesh Gunesekera, Salena Godden, Chris Beckett, Joanna Pocock, Robert Macfarlane.

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Filthy quiet poetry

A reading to celebrate publication of The Filthy Quiet, the new collection from Kate Noakes – with Michelle Penn, Gale Burns , Cath Drake, Kate Potts, Peter Daniels, Jill Abram, and special guest from Paris, Margo Berdeshevsky.

Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2RX
Tue 18th June, 7.30pm
Tickets £5 – all proceeds to Asthma Research.
Refreshments available by donation.

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Terrific Torriano trio

Cath Drake, Kate Potts and Alison Winch read poems from their new and upcoming collections exploring gender, desire, and the natural world. Kate Pott’s new book Feral (Bloodaxe), a PBS recommendation, was described by Tristram Fane Saunders in The Telegraph, who picked it as a Poetry Book of the Month, as ‘musical, joyously weird and filled with moments of pure pleasure’. Alison Winch’s Darling, It’s Me is out in May with Penned in the Margins, described as a fierce and funny book about politics, power, sex and love!

Cath will read her new long poem published as a centrepiece in ‘Waymaking, an anthology of women’s adventure, writing and art’ .

Sunday 17 February, 7.30pm; £5/4 according to pocket – Sign up to read in the open mike

Torriano Meeting House, Kentish Town https://torrianomeetinghouse.wordpress.com/where-we-are/

Kate Potts:

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Dazzling poetry line-up

Come and listen to an incredible line-up of writers and poets and enjoy an art exhibition at ‘The Two of Us’ Festival Fundraiser 23rd February – only £10 (plus booking fee)!

Poets and performers: Amy Acre, Rich Blk Mkoloma, Leo Boix, Steven Camden, Rishi Dastidar, Cath Drake, Dylema, Caleb Femi, Kat Francois, Alba Frederick, Joshua Idehen, Keith Jarrett, Guido Garcia Lueches, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Miriam Nash, Olumide Popoola, Peter Raynard, Roger Robinson, Leone Ross, Amaal Said, Jacob Sam- La Rose, Joelle Taylor and Mark Thompson.

Artists Exhibiting: Antonia Atwood, Annika Cox, Danny F, Zara Hunter, Celine Marchbank, Rikard Österlund, Michelle Rodrigues, Rachelle Romeo, Amaal Said, Paloma Tendero, Elsbeth Van der Poel, Kathryn Watson (My Illustrated Mind) Jasmin Woddis Caron, Naomi Woddis and Amy Jenine Wong.  Artist Diane Goldie will be selling her wearable art.

There will be 3 parts of approximately one and a half hours each with plenty of time in between for you to enjoy the exhibition, have a drink from the licenced bar and something to eat or just to mingle and chat.

Doors open at 2 pm. First live set at 3 pm, Reel Rebels Music Studios in Stoke Newington

A fundraiser – for the incredible Naomi Woddis to kickstart her podcast from her radio interviews and raise money for Reel Rebels Radio. Naomis show: The Two of Us and her instagram

CLICK HERE TO BOOK!

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A celebration of Seren/Mslexia poetry prize winners

SUNDAY LUNCH with Mslexia Magazine: Poetry Pamphlet prizewinners

10 February 2019, 1:00-3:00pm
(Must book in Advance)

Mslexia Editor (and novelist) Debbie Taylor joins Seren Poetry Editor Amy Wack in this celebration of seven years of pamphlet prize winners: with Polly Atkin, Cath Drake, Mara Bergman, Ilse Pedler, Yvonne Reddick, Bryony Littlefair. Special guest Welsh poet and singer-songwriter Rhian Edwards. 

Poetry readings, music, full 3 course Sunday Lunch.  (Veg options)

The whole weekend programme looks great so see you there!

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A special writing trip to Perth and Bali!

I’m lucky enough to be writer in residence during Sept/Oct at the lovely KSP writer’s centre, in the bush of the Perth Hills right near John Forrest National Park (in Australia) http://www.kspwriterscentre.com/writers-in-residence-2018

I have a reading and Q&A at a sundowner (with wine) on 28th Sept at 6.30pm, a reading at the Mundaring Library on 9th November at 5.45pm, a writing workshop (Stirring the Writer’s Cauldron) on 13 Oct at 1-4pm and reading at a literary dinner (Mexican food with a Halloween theme!) on 16 Oct.

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After the residency I’ve been invited to take part in the spectacular Bali’s writers’ festival! in Ubud.

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Before the residency, I’ll be running two workshops in Fremantle for the wonderful OOTA Writers’ Group whom I’m very much looking forward to catching up with again! I’ll be keen to get a copy of Julie Watts’ award-winning poetry book ‘Legacy‘.
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Wild Writing, 22nd September: Stretch beyond the predictable, re-invent the ordinary, sneak into the surreal, flirt with freefall and have fun taking your writing to unexpected places. Often you have find more powerful truths by stepping aside from reality. Put aside the editor and critic and let your creativity fly. A great antidote to writer’s block, in this workshop you’ll find lots of emerging ideas for poems and stories and gain confidence in your creative muscle.

22nd September, 1.30-4pm, Fremantle Arts Centre.  Cost: $30 for members/$35 non- members.  Places are limited. Contact Marlish Glorie at marlish@westnet.com.au to secure your place.

Reading and Writing Rev-up, 14th Sept: A popular informal workshop of reading and discussing contemporary poets to challenge and excite! Meet at the Fremantle Arts Centre cafe, Friday 14th September, 10am-12, cost is $15. Contact Julie Watts from OOTA writer’s group or message me here to book a place and pay on the day. We need numbers for table booking and handout numbers.

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I’m also offering mentoring one-to-one sessions: One-to-one mentoring/feedback sessions at $50/hr for advice, tips and mentoring on poetry writing and publishing, to include feedback on poems. These sessions can help you gain fresh perspectives, impetus, ideas and inspiration. Poetry feedback for 3-4 poems. Limited slots are available. Contact me to book.

Thank you to KSP, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and of course Arts Council England for giving me time to write and helping make this trip possible.

 

Wild women anthology

Waymaking is an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape…  it’s exciting to have a long poem in this anthology due for release later in 2018.  Woman power!

Published in 1961, Gwen Moffat’s Space Below My Feet tells the story of a woman who shirked the conventions of society and chose to live a life in the mountains. Some years later in 1977, Nan Shepherd published The Living Mountain, her prose bringing each contour of the Cairngorm mountains to life. These pioneering women set a precedent for a way of writing about wilderness that isn’t about conquering landscapes, reaching higher, harder or faster, but instead about living and breathing alongside them, becoming part of a larger adventure.

The artists in this inspired collection continue Gwen and Nan’s legacies, redressing the balance of gender in outdoor adventure literature. Their creativity urges us to stop and engage our senses: the smell of rain-soaked heather, wind resonating through a col, the touch of cool rock against skin, and most importantly a taste of restoring mind, body and spirit to a former equanimity.

With contributions from adventurers including Alpinist magazine editor Katie Ives, multi-award-winning author Bernadette McDonald, adventurers Sarah Outen and Anna McNuff, renowned filmmaker Jen Randall and many more, Waymaking is an inspiring and pivotal work published in an era when wilderness conservation and gender equality are at the fore.

Order your copy with the publisher’s Kickstarter campaign.

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