Jerwood Centre
2.00 - 4.00pm

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to hear these contemporary poets in the heart of the Lake District, the place that inspired some of Wordsworth’s best loved poetry. The Poetry Business Writing School is a highly structured, advanced course for more established poets supported by Arts Council England.  Each participant of the 2017/18 school will read for five minutes, giving a unique and enjoyable snapshot of current contemporary poetry. Poets reading on the day include:

David Hale: David’s pamphlet The Last Walking Stick Factory was published by Happenstance Press in 2011.

Ramona Herdman: Ramona’s pamphlet Bottle was published by Happenstance Press in 2017, and is the Poetry Book Society Spring 2018 Pamphlet Choice and one of The Poetry School’s ‘Books of the Year 2017’.

Keith Hutson: Keith is poet-in-residence at the Square Chapel Theatre. His two pamphlets, Routines (Poetry Salzburg, 2016) and Troupers (Smith|Doorstop, 2018) will be followed by his first book-length collection, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese, out from Bloodaxe in 2019.

Hannah Lowe: Hannah is poet-in-residence at Keats House. Her first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe, 2013) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. Her latest chapbook, The Neighbourhood, will be published by Outspoken Press in 2019.

Marie Naughton: Marie’s poems have been published widely in magazines including Mslexia, The Dark Horse, Southword, The North. Her debut collection, A Life, Elsewhere, was published by Pindrop Press in 2018.

Mathew Paul: Matthew’s book The Evening Entertainment was published by Eyewear in 2017. He is also the author of two collections of haiku and editor of Wing Beats: British Birds in Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2008).

Stephen Payne: Stephen was awarded the Smiths Knoll mentorship in 2010, leading to a pamphlet, The Probabilities of Balance. His first full collection, Pattern Beyond Chance, was published by Happenstance Press in 2015.

Kathy Pimlott: Kathy’s pamphlet, Elastic Glue, was published by The Emma Press in 2019 – who also published her first pamphlet, Goose Fair Night (2016).

Emma Simon: Emma won the Prole Laureate Poetry Competition in 2013. Her debut pamphlet, Dragonish, was published by The Emma Press in 2017.

David Underdown: David’s two collections, both published by Cinnamon, are Time Lines (2011) and A Sense of North (2019).

Tom Weir: Tom’s pamphlet, The Outsider, won the 2014 Templar IOTA shots competition and his first full collection, All That Falling, was published by Templar in 2015.

Rod Whitworth: Rod has had work published in The North, Magma, The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Salzburg Review and Manchester Cathedral ‘Writing the Cathedral’ project. He won prizes in the Buxton and George Mackay Brown Fellowship competitions.


Cost: Free – you can book online now, or pop into our shop on the day.

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