Publication History 2021

January

‘Road-signs’ in The Journal #63
25th ‘Book-fort haven’ Haiflu haiku 



Haiflu – Liv Torc (9 photos as part of this project too)
 
Stream A Northern Idol (for Clare Shaw) by Sarah L Dixon | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

March 

‘Happiness in my lockdown sock drawer’. Ink, sweat and tears. 
**Shortlisted for March Pick of the Month  (online)**

Sarah L Dixon on Mother’s Day | Ink Sweat and Tears

‘Questions
from a five-year-old’ Up! Magazine Childhood edition
‘The place I go to get away’ Poetry Wivenhoe (online)

Events | poetrywivenhoe.org

June

‘The only monsters I am scared of are those I invent‘ Poetry Village 7th  (online)

Sarah L Dixon – The Poetry Village

July

‘Woodlouse’ Dreich – Summer Everywhere anthology 
‘Lockdown sundial’ Lighthouse Literary Journal #22
‘Kathi makes heart-shaped toast’ Spelt 2
‘Moving counties.’ Prole #39
‘2020 by the Colne’ The Lake Literary Review

The Lake – contemporary poetry webzine – July21a (thelakepoetry.co.uk)

August

‘To Frank, on going to high school.’ Ink Sweat and Tears

Sarah L Dixon | Ink Sweat and Tears

September 

‘The Leadboilers practice alchemy’ Ink Drinkers (online)

Issue #4 – FOLKLORE – Ink Drinkers Poetry

October 

‘Valley lights’ Lighting out Beautiful Dragons Anthology

Upcoming publications: Rialto #97, Rainbow Poems.

Thanks for reading, your comments, support and feedback. Sarah x

2021 Dates



Photo credit: Sharon Larkin 

Cafe Writers – Zoom Norwich – 11th January 2021  (guest)
Yes we cant – Zoom Walsall – 7th February 2021 (guest)
Marble Issue 8 launch – Zoom – 8th February 2021 (reader)
Speakeasy – Zoom Worcester – 11th February 2021 (6 min set)
Locked Down Launch – Zoom – 29 April 2021 (reader)
Poetry Wivenhoe – Digging into the past – 27th May 2021 (guest)
Broken Biscuits Dog Rescue pamphlet launch – 11th July 2021 (host/reader)
Wednesday Writers – Todmorden – Zoom – 18th August 2021 (5 min set) 
Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival – 21st August 2021 (guest)
Yes We Cant – Walsall – Zoom – 5th September 2021 (open mic)
Jackanory – Wakefield – Zoom – 19th September 2021 (guest)
IronBridge Festival of Imagination – 25th September 2021 zoom (slammer)
Big Poetry Weekend – Swindon – Zoom – 21st – 24th October (volunteer) 
Poetry Wivenhoe – Thursday 28th October – (1 poem) 
Poetry Bites – Leeds – Zoom – 14th November 2021 (guest)

2021 news so far (updated 9th January 2021)




Monday 11th Jan 2021     7.30-9.30pm  Guest –  Cafe Writers event Norwich (zoom)  

Cafe Writers January 2021 Tickets, Mon 11 Jan 2021 at 19:30 | Eventbrite

Sunday 7th February 2021   7.00-9.00pm ‘Alf Ender guest – Yes We Cant, Walsall  (zoom) 

Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists team. Please contact Emma Purshouse or Steve Pottinger for the link to this event. 
Marble Issue 8 launch – Zoom – 8th February 2021 (reader)

Speakeasy – Zoom Worcester – 11th February 2021 (6 min set)

Locked Down Launch – Zoom – 29 April 2021 (reader)

Poetry Wivenhoe – Digging into the past – 27th May 2021 (guest)

Broken Biscuits Dog Rescue pamphlet launch – 11th July 2021 (host/reader)

Wednesday Writers – Todmorden – Zoom – 18th August 2021 (5 min set) 
@ItstheTWC

Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival – 21st August 2021 (guest)
Place and Identity (readings) – Tunbridge Wells Poetry Festival (twpoetryfestival.com)

The Sky is Cracked (Half Moon, 2017) /Adding wax patterns to Wednesday (Three Drops, 2018)

Also, both of my presses no longer exist. But I do have some of both books here and would be happy to send some out into the world – £6 each plus P & P or £10 for both plus P & P. 

Pennings workshops 1400-1530 (zoom prompt workshops- 2 zoom sessions with writing time break) alternate Sundays and Tuesdays at the moment. £5 per session or £10 if you want to subsidise a place for a poet who could not attend otherwise. 

Praise for Adding Wax Patterns to Wednesday

‘Here dance the figures of anger, frustration, resentment and desire, following the skewed steps of Surrealist spells and charms for coping. Bob Beagrie

These poems search for alchemy within the domestic, they dig through the ash to find stars.   
Angela Readman

One is never quite sure what is real and what is not. A perfectly lovely collection of Monty pythonesque poems. Wendy Pratt

Electric rain sparks off Wedgwood carpets as the everyday is made strange and startling. 

Steve Nash


#TheJanuaryChallenge #64Millionartists Feathers – make a bird. 

Thanks for visiting 

I will endeavour to update this page more regularly and share links to publications, photos, video and audio as these become available. 

Sarah x

Adding wax patterns to Wednesday launch – 30th November 2018 – Three Drops Press


Launch at The Lloyds, Chorlton, Manchester Friday 30th November 7.30-9.30pm

Special guests: Simon Howarth. Chris Woods and Kate Garrett.

FREE ENTRY

‘Here dance the figures of anger, frustration, resentment and desire, following the skewed steps of Surrealist spells and charms for coping. Dixon’s pithy and often unsettling poems are populated by creatures and people on the threshold of metamorphoses, having been pushed to the limits of themselves and in doing so reach for revelations that lie beneath the rational order of things.’

Bob Beagrie

A cabinet of curiosities, Dixon casts her spell in spilled wax and wash days, roses pegged to washing lines and days that start without knickers. These poems search for alchemy within the domestic, they dig through the ash to find stars.  Angela Readman

Sarah Dixon’s second book is one of dizzying, dream like fantasy, edged with vulnerability. These strange, often humorous, often moving poems swim like goldfish in a pond, rising to the surface to greet the reader in flashes of light and love. This is a collection of sharp surprises and tongue in cheek observations of life and love, where one is never quite sure what is real and what is not. A perfectly lovely collection of Monty pythonesque poems. Wendy Pratt

Electric rain sparks off Wedgwood carpets as the everyday is made strange and startling. These poems nestle together in a mosaic of dedication as tributes to transformation, and the testing (and shattering) of boundaries.   Steve Nash

Gig Dates 2018







28th Jan 2018 Story Walk – guest – featured poet    Marsden, Hudd

4th Feb 2018    Pub Poets – guest spot Blackpool

9th Feb 2018    Poets and pandemonialists support Leeds

19th Feb 2018 Queenies Cafe Night – Guest    Huddersfield

25th Feb 2018 Slawit Gallery – Guest    Slawit, Hudd

7th March 2018    Verse Matters Sheffield

11th April 2018 Speaker’s Corner   York

20th April 2018 Manky Poets Chorlton, Mcr.

11th June 2018 Wordplay – guest spot   Halifax

30th June 2018 Leadboilers festival – 20mins   Linthwaite, Hudd
4th July 2018 Women of Words  2-4pm Hull
12th July 2018   Albert Poets – guest spot 7pm Huddersfield

4-8th October 2018    Poetry Swindon volunteer and reading    Swindon

8th October 2018   In The Pink – guest spot – Pembroke College Oxford

21st October 2018 Prole day (workshops and) open mic at Lloyds   Chorlton, Manchester 

25th October 2018 Finding the Words   6.45pm York


Updated 14th June 2018

Quiet Compere Sundered Land (part of Sunderland Libraries’ Festival 2017)

The Quiet Compere Sunderland at Sunderland Libraries’ Festival
(16th October – 4th November 2017)

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10823

Thanks firstly to the festival staff for looking after us so well and for getting a brilliant venue for the event and finding some funding so I could pay performers a fee. 

Sundered

We champions of Pallion,

we builders of ships,

we pipework wranglers.

 

We sons of Hendon

and Roker daughters

caught by the nets

of a slaughter trawler

 

who stripped our streets,

shutdown our shops,

took food from the mouths

of the bairns of the town.

 

We stand sundered

but unbowed,

made from the stuff

the south cannot dream of.

 

The tide is ours

and it is due in.

by Harry Gallagher

 
Harry Gallagher:
Harry told us ‘the sun is a ghost’ and ‘Miss Cassidy chuckled at the softest of heroes ‘. Then, Harry  ‘puts an arm around midnight’ and ‘the dark is reclaimed by frosted foxes.’ Harry’s poem ‘Sundered’ above was written in response to a prompt to write a piece about the local area and he was so quick of the mark with it that is was used in the promotional material for the festival too.  

Link: https://harrygallagherpoet.wordpress.com/


Judi Sutherland:
Judi’s take of sundered land was a political piece that talked of  ‘the chasm running through us that is wider than a river.’ and ‘the toss of a coin that is double-sided’. In her  Jo Cox poem the line ‘ all your future selves collapse into a bullet-hole.’  stunned me.

Find more about Judi here: http://www.judisutherland.com/


Tony Gadd:
Tony’s poetry was largely about the fact he has had head and neck surgery and the value of having a voice.  Lines that particularly stood out for me were: ‘Still I’m honoured to keep my gift of a voice.’ and then about spoken words ‘My life, this voice, spoken words, I savour every one of them never knowing if it will be my last.’ I loved your line in the local industry poem about ‘bottle glass works offer gifts from the sea, of ultramarine amber and ruby gems.’

Tony’s page is here: http://tonygadd.com/about


Bob Beagrie:
I loved the refrain of a poem Bob co-wrote with children ‘We’ll send a ship across the sea from Sunderland’ and I particularly loved ‘a piece of sea-coal from Seaham sands.’ Bob’s poem about the National Day of Mourning in Estonia, Leinapaev  ‘the trees stand singing songs that run through their rings’. Oh, and the music in his words in other poems  ‘into each season’s amnesia ‘ and ‘murmurs the mottle logic of eggshells.’

Listen to Bob here with music by S J Forth: https://soundcloud.com/projectlono-1/leinapaev/


Juli Watson:
Juli stepped in 6 hours’ notice and so did not have a piece about the local area. Juli told us of her time spent working with adolescents in a secure forensic psychiatric unit ‘dress it with dignity, dress it as if it was your child.’

And she her talk of  ‘when we meet it , hot breath and cold glass – flashing your fishing-hook smile’ reminded me of a recent return to the world of ‘dating’ and the shock and melt of hot breath and contrast of fabric and skin. Then, Juli tells us of ‘spring amidst the grey winter of routine.’ A simple moment of pleasure when a patient who couldn’t communicate verbally seemed to ‘dance’ in her wheelchair.

Find Juli’s assemblage pieces here: https://juliwatson.weebly.com/poetry-assemblage.html

Poets who were  sadly missed due to lurgy and house moves were Pippa Little, Mandy Maxwell and Laura Lawson.

Thanks to Bob Beagrie, Tony Gadd and Juli Watson for stepping in at short notice. Thanks to Judi Sutherland (and Big Frank) for letting me stay and feeding me and Harry Gallagher for the pint on Newcastle Brown Ale.



The Quiet Compere and beyond Sunderland
I performed a short set too about belonging and movement. As I had never been to Sunderland before I wrote a poem about buses as I thought that was safe territory, rather than muddling up local myth and history and industries.  The bus poem is below.

What next for Quiet Compere? I have bids in to Huddersfield Litfest and am preparing one for Swanwick Writers School. I am a regular visitor at Marsden Poetry Village and hope more will happen in that direction over the next few months.

I have been quite tied up with moving area, house, job and Frank moving school and the pamphlet plans – launch is 24th November in Leeds.

Watch this space…

Park Lane Interchange

The classical music

and choreographed buses.

 

The mantras

that take

all the waiting home

or closer to that.

 

35A, Black Cats 2, 60 Drifter,

 

Stagecoach, Arriva, Go North East.

 

Silksworth, Marley Pots, Barnes.

 

Fred Stratton is missed

with his Marshall-bodied Dominators from Darlo,

Dennis Lancets from Blackpool

his Leyland Lynxes, Titans and Olympians.*

 

The classical music

and choreographed buses.

 

The mantras

that take

all the waiting home

or closer to that.

 

The movement

and the slow promise

of a destination.

 

*Redby of Sunderland Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sky is cracked – poetry pamphlet out now!!!

Hello All! My first ever poetry pamphlet is now available.

Themes include: break-up, music, pubs, friendship, longing, love, connection, adventures and moving on. 

Cost is £6 in person. Or £7.25 (incl UK P&P) either by cheque in advance, through PayPal or directly to my bank account. 

Dates I will be places

5th-8th October 2017 Poetry Swindon Festival Richard Jeffries Museum

21st October 2017 Sunderland Libraries Literature Festival

24th November 2017 Pamphlet Launch ‘The Sky is Cracked’
Word Club, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds

27th January 2018 Story Walk for Imbolc Marsden

4th February 2018 Pub Poets – guest spot – Blackpool

9th February 2018 Half Moon Books – support for Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists – Leeds

19th February 2018 QueeniesHuddersfield

25th February 2018 -Sunday Sessions – Slawit Gallery, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield

7th March 2017 Verse Matters – guest spot – Sheffield

11th April 2018 Speaker’s Corner – guest spot – York

20th April 2018 Manky Poets – guest spot – Chorlton Library

11th June 2018 WordPlay – guest spot – Square Chapel, Halifax

12th July 2018 Albert Poets – guest spot – Huddersfield Library

More dates TBC




Sarah Dixon writes so knowingly and with unerring lightness of touch. She knows about breaking and aching and treads nimbly between mythic, modern, and the sweet specificity of the mundane. She knows too of resilience and fragility and conjures with honesty and humour the strangeness and intensity of loss, and the wonder of finding. Best of all is when she touches upon longing, and so lightly, but, oh my, has it been touched – as we have, unforgettably.
Matt Harvey

These are beautifully crafted poems which will speak to everyone. Telling the story of the loss of love – and a return to life –  “The Sky is Cracked” is as beautiful as it is sad, as delicate as it is plainspoken. Sarah Dixon’s poetry holds the reader close, and then offers up its rich layers of meaning. Like good whisky, I could taste this short collection long after I’d read it – and I wanted more.  
Clare Shaw

This is poetry that “shimmies along the dado rail” to speak memorably of “the grumble of gravel under trainers.” Rich in imagery and with a wealth of truths, we’d be poorer without these poems.
Tony Walsh

Please let me know at thequietcomperemcr@gmail.com or on Twitter @quietcomperemcr if you would like a copy and I will send this out signed for £7.25 (including P&P)

The Quiet Compere and Sunderland Libraries Festival 2017

The Peacock, 287 High Street West, SR! 3ES, City of Sunderland.

2-4pm Saturday 21st October 2017. £3 entrance.

Full Festival outline here:

http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=19273&p=0&fsize=2Mb&ftype=Sunderland%20Libraries%20Literature%20Festival%20Programme.PDF/


Sundered
(For The Quiet Compere Sunderland leg)

We champions of Pallion,
we builders of ships,
we pipework wranglers.

We sons of Hendon
and Roker daughters
caught by the nets
of a slaughter trawler

who stripped our streets,
shutdown our shops,
took food from the mouths
of the bairns of the town.

We stand sundered
but unbowed,
made from the stuff
the south cannot dream of.

The tide is ours
and it is due in.

by Harry Gallagher

Harry Gallagher has been published by The Interpreter’s House, Poets Republic, Ofipress, Rebel Poetry and many others. He performs nationwide and his new book, “Northern Lights” is out in September, from Stairwell Books.


Photo by Kev Howard

Bob Beagrie lives in Middlesbrough and is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Teesside University as well as being a co-director of Ek Zuban Press & Literature Development. He has published eight collections of poetry to date and his work has been translated into French, Estonian, Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Danish and Urdu.


Pippa Little is Scots but settled in Northumberland. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University. Her second full collection Twist came out in March this year from Arc.


Mandy Maxwell is a poet from Northumberland. In 2009 Mandy completed an MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle Uni. Mandy has performed in venues across the UK and has been published in pamphlets, zines, anthologies and online. In 2015 Mandy began running The Stanza poetry and spoken word events to bring new and established writers with their words and voices to the stage in the North East.


Judi Sutherland is a poet who lives in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and in a chapbook which she shares with Lancashire poet, Jim Burns; ‘Dark Matter VI’ from Black Light Engine Room Press. She is the proprietor of The Stare’s Nest poetry webzine and she is working on her first pamphlet for publication early in 2018.


The Quiet Compere

Sarah L Dixon runs regular events in Manchester/Huddersfield. She hosted a medical-themed poetry event at Cheltenham Poetry Festival in 2014. Sarah has toured as The Quiet Compere since 2014 and received Arts Council funding for 24 events in 2014 and 2015. Quiet Compere events enlist established poets and emerging voices.

The Quiet Compere introduces them with little fanfare, so the poems (and not the poet’s track record) tell you all you need to know.