It is a real privilege to have been invited to curate the first ever Poetry from the Small Presses event for the Wirral Poetry Festival 2019. To be honest I've enjoyed indulging myself in my personal choice of six poets representing various publoishers of poetry from the small presses.
Over the next few weeks leading up to the event itself I'll be blogging about each of the participants continuing with Ric Hool, the fourth of the six.
I hope it will whet the appetite and encourage you to come along! Tickets can be booked on-line using the following link:
Birkenhead Town Hall Hamilton Square Birkenhead, CH41 5BR
Saturday 11 May 2019, 2pm
Tickets: £5 (under 18 years free)
My last blog is about the sixth of the poets reading at this years Poetry from the Small Presses and, as you can see from Pauline's bio, there's a strong local connection. Pauline is a fellow Red Squirrel poet who I've heard many times and look forward to being re-acquainted with her wonderful work again on the 11th May!
Pauline is an Irish/Welsh mixture originally from Liverpool who has lived in the North East since 1982. She brought up her family in Teesside and was Poet Laureate of Middlesbrough in 2000. Bint' is her third collection of poems (previously published by Iron Press). Her verse novella From Here to Timbuktu was published in 2012 by Smokestack Press. She is a part time tutor with the Open University and a cook at a foodbank. She has taught creative writing in many venues in UK and also in Greece and Sierra Leone, West Africa. Her short story collection Dancing With a Stranger was published in 2015 (Red Squirrel) and she is currently working on a novel. She is a founding editor of Mudfog Press, a community press based in Teesside.
My first full collection, 'Heft', is due from red Squirrel Press in March 2020, exciting times!
I've been sorting readings, particularly around April 2...