Hosts – Sarah L Dixon, The Quiet Compere and Dave Pitt, A Poet, Prattler and Pandemonialist.
Siegfried Baber was born in Devon in 1989 and his poetry has featured in a variety of publications including Under The Radar, The Interpreter’s House, Butcher’s Dog Magazine, online with The Compass Magazine and Ink, Sweat and Tears, and as part of the Bath Literature Festival. His debut pamphlet When Love Came To The Cartoon Kid was published by Telltale Press, with its title poem nominated for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 2020, he published London Road West, an ebook of poems and photographs. A debut collection of poems, The Twice-Turned Earth is forthcoming, and he is currently working on a book-length study of the medieval Grail romances.
Ruth Kelsey lives in Leeds. She is a member of Otley Stanza and reads her work regularly at events such as Otley Poets, Soundbites, Lit Up and Oooh! Beehive. She’s had poems published in various anthologies and magazines such as Dream Catcher, Obsessed with Pipework and Ink, Sweat & Tears, and was placed third in the 2020 Yaffle Prize. Her work was selected to be read as part of the 2021 Leeds International Piano Festival.
Jonathan Kinsman (he/they) is a trans writer living in York. He is a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist and his poetry has appeared in many publications. He has three pamphlets: & (joint-winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017), witness (Burning Eye, 2020) and Genderfux (co-written with Jem Henderson and JP Seabright, Nine Pens, 2022). His debut collection will be published by Broken Sleep Books next year. Find him on social media @manykinsmen.
Gill Lambert is a poet from Yorkshire where she writes and swims.. She has been widely published online and in print. She was the winner of the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic. Her first collection ‘Tadaima’ was published by Yaffle in 2019 and her second collection ‘A Small Goodbye at Dawn’ earlier this year. Along with her partner Mark Connors she runs online poetry workshops as well as running some in various locations in real life.
Sharon Larkin’s poems often begin with a visual stimulus but soon become ‘infected’ with psychosocial concerns, as is evident from her poems in ‘Interned at the Food Factory’ (indigo Dreams, 2019), ‘Dualities’ (Hedgehog Poetry, 2020) and over 200 poems in anthologies, magaxines and e-zines. A former civil servant, she runs Eithon Bridge Publications https://eithonbridge.com, edits ‘Good Dadhood’ e-zine http://gooddadhood.com and blogs at ‘Coming up with the Word.’ http://sharonlarkinjones.com Sharon’s academic background is in literature/art history and modern languages, with an MA in creative writing. She is proud of her Welsh heritage and enjoys photography, the countryside and the natural world.
Hannah Linden is from a working-class Northern background but has been based in Devon for many years. She is widely published and recent awards include 1st prize in the Cafe Writers Poetry Competition 2021 and Highly Commended in the Wales Poetry Award 2021. Her debut pamphlet The Beautiful Open Sky is forthcoming with V. Press in autumn 2022. She is working towards a full collection. Twitter: @hannahl1n
Nicky Longthorne is a poet, performer, playwright and part-time pillock from Leeds. He often tackles challenging issues to raise awareness including mental health, specifically men’s mental health, domestic violence, toxic relationships, grief and loss amongst other things. He is currently working on his first poetry collection. Photo to follow.
Liz Mills was first on stage aged two and has never stopped performing, although now she sticks to her own words rather than learning an entire playscript. She taught as well as acting in semi-pro shows and the occasional film. She’s working on her first pamphlet, currently titled ‘ Clearance.’ She lives in Staffordshire tending her garden and wayward husband.
Finola Scott’s poems scatter on the wind, tapestries and magazines. They are in The High Window, New Writing Scotland, I,S & T and Lighthouse. She has been a winner in many competitions – recently Gutter Mag’s Ewin Morgan Competition, Paisley Arts Gallery’s Joan Eardly Competition, Speculative Fiction’s Eardly Competition, The Scots Language Society’s Sangschaw Competition. Red Squirrel Press pubish Much left unsaid. Dreich publish Count the ways, while Tapsalterrie publish Modern Makars: Yin. When not performing, Finola enjoys teasing grandchildren and blue-tits, not necessarily in that order. Poems & event information can be found at FB Finola Scott Poems.
Olivia Tuck’s poetry has appeared in print and online journals including The High Window, Under the Radar, Perverse and Ink Sweat & Tears, as well as Tears in the Fence and Lighthouse, where she interns on the editorial teams. She was the winner of the Poetry Society Young Poets Network Keats Challenge in 2021. Her pamphlet Things Only Borderlines Know is published by Black Rabbit Press.