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Poetry at HEART, Wednesday 4th July
There's a free poetry reading at the HEART Centre, Bennett Road, a week today, in the cafe, starting at 7:30pm.
This is a monthly series (usually, although not this time!) on the last Wednesday of every month, featuring the best local and regional poets.
This month's reading boats poets who have been shortlisted for the Forward and T. S. Eliot prizes, and been published in the Independent on Sunday, the Observer, Poetry Review, and Poetry (Chicago).
It's free, the venue is lovely, and so is the food and beer!
David Agnew was born and brought up in Northern Ireland in the days when Rock and
Roll was king. He currently lives in Leeds. His first poetry collection—Walking into Eternity—
was published in 2006 by Flux Gallery Press. His poems have appeared in anthologies
(Satiated Sunrise and Patterns of Hope), magazines (Red Ink, Aireings and Speech Therapy), on
the walls of waiting rooms in Leeds hospitals, and on a gatepost beside a nature trail at
Nostell Priory. His latest collection—There are no such things as seagulls—was published by
Valley Press in June of this year.
Sarah Corbett has published three collections of poetry with Seren books : The Red Wardrobe (1998),
which was shortlisted for a Forward and the TS Eliot prize ; The Witch Bag ( 2002 ) ; and Other Beasts
(2008). Sarah teaches Creative Writing for Lancaster University and is completing a PhD in Creative
Writing at the university of Manchester. She lives in the Calder Valley.
Simon Currie was born in Leeds, lived in Headingley for seven years until 1945, and later
returned to Leeds to work. His late wife Jane Wynne was educated at the then Bennett
Road School, now the Heart venue. His pamphlet Imagine a Forest was published by Smith/
Doorstop in 2010, and he has had poems in various magazines. He attends Beehive and
Pennine Poets on occasion.
Gail Mosley was born in Derbyshire and eventually settled in Leeds. She writes about ordinary things
and people, hoping to find points of clarity or surprise. And points mean…in this case, three poetry
competition prizes and one flash fiction published by Leaf.
Diane Myers lives in Harrogate. She is a documentary producer and member of Leeds
Writers Circle. She helped organise and performed in Shades of Leeds, an evening of prose
and poetry to launch the Circle’s first anthology, which was staged at Ilkley Literature Festival
and Seven Arts in Leeds. One of her poems was highly commended in the Yeats International
Ian Parks is the only poet whose work has appeared in the Times Litterary Supplement and the Morning
Star on the same day. One of the Poetry Society New Poets in 1996, his collections include Shell Island
(2006), Love Poems 1979-2009 and The Landing Stage (2010). His poems have appeared in Poetry Review,
the Independent on Sunday, Modern Poetry in Translation, the Observer and Poetry (Chicago). He is the 2012
writer in residence at Gladstone’s Library. The Exile’s House is just out from Waterloo, and The Cavafy
Variations is due from Rack Press in 2013. He is currently Writing Fellow at De Montfort Uiversity,