Monday, November 10, 2008

MANCHESTER: Poets & Players present...

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008, 2.30pm, FREE
The Whitworth Art Gallery,
Oxford Road,
M15 6ER

Alicia Stubbersfield will be joined by newer poets Annie Clarkson, Gavin Hudson and Janette Stowell in another of our wonderful afternoons at the Whitworth in the south gallery. This combination of poetry and music (including, for the first time, Rhian Evans on harp) promises to be a truly sublime event.

Alicia Stubbersfield has published three collections of poetry to excellent reviews, the most recent being Joking Apart (The Collective Press 2006). After seventeen years away from the north-west she has come home to lecture in creative writing at Liverpool John Moores University.

Annie Clarkson is a poet and short story writer living in Manchester. Her first chapbook of prose poems Winter Hands was published by Shadow Train Books in 2007. She recently worked with artist Gemma Lacey on a handmade book. Her short story Lindy published in Brace (Comma Press) is being made into a short film by filmmaker Vera Juliusdottir.

Gavin Hudson is a young poet from Sheffield. His poems have appeared in Fire, Avocado and Cadaverine magazines; his reviews in Roundtable Review and PN Review. He works full-time co-ordinating a victim awareness programme for adult offenders across South Yorkshire.

Janette Stowell lives in Liverpool where she teaches Creative Writing at John Moores University and on the Continuing Education Programme at Liverpool University. Her first full collection of poetry The Midnight Horror Tree will be launched at the end of November by Headland.

Chris Davies is a freelance performer, musician and composer based in Manchester. Most of his commissioned work is with theatre and dance. He has worked with Poets and Players as Musical Director since its beginning in 2004.

Rhian Evans, a recipient of the 2008 Oglesby Bursary, is currently in her second postgraduate year at the RNCM. She has been awarded several harp scholarships enabling her to pursue her musical studies. She was Principal Harpist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa.

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