Pamphlet launch: Lindsey Holland, Paul Deaton, Ken Evans and Kimberly Campanello

29th June, 18:30. The Portico Library, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY.

Pamphlet launch: Lindsey Holland ‘The Lanterns’ with fellow Eyewear Aviator poets Paul Deaton, Ken Evans and Kimberly Campanello. Our compere for the evening is Andrew Forster. Entry on the door or online (details soon), £4, with a free glass of wine or soft drink.

LINDSEY HOLLAND was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize with a portfolio of poems from this pamphlet. She is co-editor of the online poetry magazine The Compass. Her poetry sequence Particle Soup appeared with KFS in 2012. She is a Hawthornden Fellow, founder of North West Poets, and literature professional. Her MA in Writing is from the University of Warwick and she lectures in poetry at Edge Hill University. The Lanterns is part of a larger project drawing on her family history.

Lindsey will read from ‘The Lanterns’, published by Eyewear as part of their 2016 Aviator Series. The launch will also feature readings from fellow Eyewear Aviator 2016 poets Paul Deaton, Ken Evans and Kimberly Campanello.

The Lanterns tells the story of John Jones, a nineteenth century mariner. These are poems of seafaring, desire and the conflicts between them. As Jones’s great-great-granddaughter, the poet resurrects him, blending the known facts of his life with richly imagined likelihoods in contemporary poems which explore universal themes. Jones’s voice is an insistent one, describing voyages through love and loss, nature and industry, the lived eternity of ocean and the ghosts of life at home with the woman he loves.

PAUL DEATON was runner-up in the 2010 Arvon International Poetry Competition. Poems regularly appear in The Spectator,
and in magazines: PN Review, The London Magazine, The Dark Horse Magazine, Gutter Magazine and anthologies: The Cockermouth Poets (2012), the The Echoing Gallery (ed. Rachael Boast, Redcliffe Poetry, 2013) and Ice (edited Meredith Collins, Pighog Press, 2012) as well on BBC Radio. He has almost completed his novel What I Wouldn’t Say: the first chapter was published by Freight in Tip Tap Flat. He has MLiTT in creative writing from Glasgow University.

KIMBERLY CAMPANELLO’s previous poetry publications include the pamphlet Spinning Cities (Wurm Press), her debut collection Consent (Doire Press) and the limited edition book Imagines (New Dublin Press). In 2015, The Dreadful Press published Strange Country, her collection on the sheela-na-gigs. MOTHERBABYHOME, a book of conceptual and visual poetry on the St Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co. Galway, will appear with zimZalla Avant Objects in September 2016. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at York St John University.

KEN EVANS poems have featured in Envoi, The Interpeter’s House, The Glasgow Review of Books, and The Morning Star, as well as on the ‘And Other Poems’ and ‘Clear Poetry’ websites. He’s been highly-commended in the Bridport and shortlisted in the Troubadour Competition. This is his debut pamphlet and features work from The Poetry School’s ‘Primers’/Nine Arches Press shortlisted first collection (2015), which was noted similarly, in Bare Fiction’s debutante competition the same year. His poetry MA is from Manchester University.

Peter Barlow’s Cigarette

Saturday 16th November, 20:30 start. Town Hall Tavern, 20 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JA .

Susan Birchenough has been writing poetry for about 3 years. She had a poem published in the English PEN anthology “Catechism ” and has been shortlisted for the Erbacce poetry prize in 2012 and 2013. She has a particular interest in experimental and visual poetry and is a self-employed permaculturist.

Charlotte Henson is a young writer from Greater Manchester currently living in London. She is widely published, including appearances in Award-winning zine Rising, The Morning Star, and Sculpted: Poetry of the North West. Her upcoming collection Every Street will be published by erbacce. She edits the zine Astronaut.

Lindsey Holland’s collection Particle Soup (2012) is available from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She co-edited the anthologySculpted: Poetry of the North West and edited the anthology Not On Our Green Belt. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in publications including Tears in the Fence, The New Writer, B O D Y, Estuary, Verse Kraken, Sabotage Reviews, Penning Perfumes, and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam. She studied Writing at the University of Warwick and now teaches poetry on the Creative Writing programme at Edge Hill University, where she is a PhD candidate. She is the founder member and driving force behind North West Poets.

Steven Waling is the author of Calling On the Phone, Travelator and Captured Yes. A new collection Hello GCHQ is forthcoming from Department.

Tim Allen at Edge Hill

The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Tuesday 12th March 2012, 7.30. £4.50.

Tim Allen Edited the magazine Terrible Work and ran the Poetry Exchange and Language Club events in Plymouth. Now lives near Preston. Publications include Settings (Shearsman 2008), Anabranch with Slug – a robotic pastoral in honor of Raymond Roussel (Knives Forks & Spoons 2011), incidental harvest (Oystercatcher 2011) and The Voice Thrower (Shearsman 2012), a single long poem of 333 quatrains described by Ian Seed as ‘the fragmented bildungsroman of a generation who have grown up in a postmodern world’. Also co-edited a book of interviews with British poets, Don’t Start Me Talking (Salt 2006).His poetry, though situated in the post-avant, innovative and radical streams, has its roots in symbolist euphony and surrealism.

There will be launch readings by Lindsey Holland, Andrew Taylor and Patricia Farrell.