Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Buzzwords, 5th June

Sunday June 5th
Upstairs at The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham

Guest poet - Gill Learner

7pm workshop
8pm readings and open mic

£5 or £3 unwaged

Gill Learner began writing poetry in 2001and it has since appeared in many journals and anthologies. Her first-ever published poem appeared in Poetry news and two others have been accepted since, one of which won the Hamish Canham Prize 2008. She was also delighted to be awarded second prize in the Keats-Shelley competition 2010. Her first collection, The agister’s experiment, has recently been published by Two Rivers Press. The PBS Bulletin said of it: ‘ ... The poems here fizz and crackle while exploring the vast range of humanity – they are by turns funny, chilling and angry, but are all diverse in form and content. …[they] leave a lasting impression on the reader in this excellent debut.’

Gill loves reading to an audience and is a member of the Thames Valley-based group Brickwork Poets, five prize-winning women who are becoming increasingly well-known in the south of England. She also enjoys Reading’s Poets’ CafĂ© where she has twice been guest poet, and values feedback from her peers at Thin Raft workshops

She takes her inspiration from a wide range of topics: family, friends, travel, myths & legends, the visual arts, technologies, the natural world and music, many of which are reflected in her collection. There is more information at