Thursday, April 14, 2011

Next Buzzwords

Sunday May 1st
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Guest poets - Helen Ivory and Martin Figura

7pm workshop
8pm readings and open mic

£5 or £3 unwaged

Martin Figura work ranges from the biting humour of his Boring The Arse off Young People to the dark subject matter of his Ted Hughes Award shortlisted collection and multi-media show Whistle. He won the 2010 Hamish Canham Prize and has performed from New York to Cromer. He is an Apples & Snakes Associated Artist. His photography’s been widely published and exhibited, including at the National Portrait Gallery.
“moving, brave, unsentimental “ Jackie Kay

"Profoundly honest and at the same time joyfully entertaining" Independent on Sunday

“tender, beautiful, funny ” Chloe Garner, Director Ledbury Poetry Festival

‘the first show I ever gave a standing ovation’ Jo Bell Director, National Poetry Day

Helen Ivory was born in Luton in 1969 and has a Degree from Norwich Art School. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 1999, and has three collections with Bloodaxe Books: The Double Life of Clocks, The Dog in the Sky, and The Breakfast Machine, and her fourth collection forthcoming next year.

She has taught creative writing for over ten years at all levels and currently runs several workshop groups where she lives in Norwich. She is married to the poet Martin Figura and they run CafĂ© Writers –a live literature organization. She is an editor for The Poetry Archive, and editor of the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears:

Also a practicing artist, she regularly posts work onto her blog. Find out more here:”

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