We have two great readings coming up. Come and be an audience on a warm summer evening!
7.30pm. £6/£5 according to pocket, cash or card reader on the door. Poets from the floor welcome.
Sunday 14th May Dinah Livingstone
Dinah Livingstone had a rural childhood in in the West of England and has lived in Camden Town, London, since 1966. She has received three Arts Council Writer’s Awards for her poetry. She is also a translator and editor of the magazine Sofia.
Her tenth poetry collection Embodiment was published in July 2019 with a London launch at Torriano Meeting House. Previous collections include The Vision Splendid (2014), Poems of Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park (2012), Kindness (2007), Presence (2003) and Time on Earth: Selected and New Poems, published by Rockingham Press in 1999. Her first published book collection of poems was Saving Grace, published by Rivelin Grapheme in 1987.
Her most recent prose book The Making of Humanity: Poetic Vision and Kindness (2017) explores poetry and theology as sister arts and moves towards a kindly humanism.
Dinah ran the well-known Camden Voices Poetry Group from 1978 to 1998. Her Poetry Handbook for Readers and Writers (Macmillan 1993) is dedicated to them.
Sunday 21st May Pratibha Castle and Mary Mulholland
introduced by Pauline Sewards
Mary Mulholland’s poems are published most recently in Finished Creatures, Raceme, Stand, The Rialto, Aesthetica, and in anthologies including Arachne, Brian Dempsey, Candlestick Press, Corrupted Poets.
This year she’s been longlisted for the National Poetry Prize, and Rialto Nature & Place competition, placed in Wolves Lit Fest and Teignmouth competition, and shortlisted for the Bedford prize.
Her debut pamphlet, What the sheep taught me was published last summer by Live Canon. Her collaborations with Vasiliki Albedo and Simon Maddrell, All About Our Mothers and All About Our Fathers, are published by Nine Pens (2022,2023).
She runs the platform Red Door Poets and co-edits The Alchemy Spoon.
Pratibha Castle is an Irish born poet living in West Sussex. Her award-winning debut pamphlet A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was published in 2022. Inspired by a working class Irish Catholic background, her writing touches on women’s empowerment and voicelessness. The natural world, her anchor and solace during childhood is a recurrent theme.
Widely publicised in journals and anthologies including Agenda, High Window, Lighthouse, Ink Sweat & Tears, London Grip, Friday Poem, she is highly commended, long-listed in competitions including The Bridport Prize, Bray Literary Festival Competition, Slipstream Open Poetry Competition, Binsted Arts and Sentinel Literary Journal Poetry Competition. Her second book, Miniskirts in The Waste Land – a trip through Notting Hill and India in the Swinging Sixties – also published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, is due out this year.