Beehive Poets Calendar

Guest Readers 19th. March

Carole Bromley

Carole Bromley headshot

Carole Bromley is a York-based poet and writer.

Her pamphlets (Unscheduled Halt and Skylight) and her three books (A Guided Tour of the Ice HouseThe Stonegate Devil and Blast Off!) are available from Smith/Doorstop Books

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Winner of many prizes, including The Bridport Prize, Carole is an experienced teacher and workshop leader and is available to work in schools and at festivals. She is an Arvon tutor and runs poetry surgeries for The Poetry Society at York Explore. In 2018 she will be reading and running a workshop for children at The Verve Festival in February vervepoetryfestival.com and in June teaching an Arvon course at Lumb Bank arvon.org

Mark Connors

Mark Connors

Mark Connors – author and poet

Ilkley Literature Festival’s Open Mic winner for 2014 and 2015!

“The voices of the characters in his novels never drop a note.”
Barrie Sherwood, Author of Escape from Amsterdam (Granta Books 2007)

“What I enjoy about Mark Connors’ poems is their moving blend of personal and the public subjects, their comic and their tragic voices and their straightforward honesty.”
Antony Dunn, Author of Bugs (Carcanet/OxfordPoets 2009)

Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, alongside acclaimed poets such as Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion, Antony Dunn and Kate Fox. He’s also had over 100 poems published in a variety of magazines and literary journals both in the UK and overseas, including Envoi, Prole, The Interpreter’s House, Dream Catcher and a number of Indigo Dreams imprints.

Mark’s debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015 and is now in its second edition. His first full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, was published in 2017 by Stairwell Books.

Mark’s debut novel, Stickleback, also now in its second edition, was published by Armley Press in 2016. The second edition features a recommendation on the front cover from the acclaimed poet and novelist, Helen Mort. Stickleback was Longlisted for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2016.

Mark’s award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015.

Mark features regularly as a guest compere at literature festivals and also runs WORD CLUB, a critically acclaimed spoken word night, with his partner, Gill Lambert at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds. Mark and Gill also run monthly seminars and workshops at The Chemic Tavern and host a monthly poetry radio show, WORD CLUB: The Sunday Sessions. WORD CLUB has been a founding creative partner of the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, an annual event at The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, since its inception in 2016. Mark is also a director and a managing editor at Half Moon Books at http://www.owfpress.com. To book Mark for a performance or to compere, or to obtain information regarding workshops, please email him at mark@markconnors.co.uk

Monday  19th. February

Read Around

Bring some poems and read them with others in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere with real fire, real ale, candles and gas lights. Arrive at 8.00pm. for 8.30pm. start.

Monday  26th. February

Workshop

Bring at least six copies of a poem that you are working on or that you want to improve and group members will provide positive constructive criticism, pointing out its strengths and any areas where changes could be made. The workshop wil be lead by either Bruce Barnes, Kevin Byrne or Frank Brindle, or all three, whoever is there first with glasses and a sharp mind.

Monday 5th. March 

Read Around

Bring some poems and read them with others in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere with real fire, real ale, candles and gas lights. Arrive at 8.00pm. for 8.30pm. start.

Monday 12th. March

Guest Readers

Carole Bromley

Mark Connors

 

Monday 19th. March

Read Around

Bring some poems and read them with others in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere with real fire, real ale, candles and gas lights. Arrive at 8.00pm. for 8.30pm. start.

Monday 26th. March

Workshop

Bring at least six copies of a poem that you are working on or that you want to improve and group members will provide positive constructive criticism, pointing out its strengths and any areas where changes could be made. The workshop wil be lead by either Bruce Barnes, Kevin Byrne or Frank Brindle, or all three, whoever is there first with glasses and a sharp mind.

Monday 2nd. April

Read Around

Bring some poems and read them with others in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere with real fire, real ale, candles and gas lights. Arrive at 8.00pm. for 8.30pm. start.

 

Monday 9th. April

Guest Readers

Carola Luther

Biography

Carola Luther grew up in South Africa and moved to England in 1981. Her first book of poetry Walking the Animals was published by Carcanet in 2004, and was shortlisted for that year’s Forward Prize for best first collection. She was previously joint winner (with fellow Manchester Writing School graduate Jane Weir) of a Jackson Dawson Award for Poetry. Her second collection with Carcanet, Arguing with Malarchy, followed in 2011.

Carola has worked as an Associate Lecturer at MMU, teaching on the online MA Creative Writing: Poetry programme. She lives in the Yorkshire Pennines and currently works in Leeds.

 

Published Work

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