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Finding the Words with Mike Barlow, Jane Routh and Warda Yassin

March 28 @ 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm


This March during York Festival of Literature we are delighted to showcase poets published by Sheffield based poetry powerhouse The Poetry Business, described by Andrew Motion as “one of the most vital and vitalising literary organisations in the country”.

Mike Barlow won the 2006 National Poetry Competition and has published three full collections and a number of pamphlets. Living on the Difference (Smith|Doorstop 2004) won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize for Best First Collection. Amicable Numbers (Templar 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. His latest publication is the pamphlet Some Kind of Ghost (New Walk Editions 2018). Mike runs Wayleave Press a small pamphlet publishing venture and is also a visual artist

Jane Routh has published four collections and several poetry pamphlets. She won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition with Circumnavigation, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection.Her second book, Teach Yourself Mapmaking, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The title poem of The Gift of Boats won the Academi Cardiff International Poetry Competition, and in 2011 she won the Strokestown International Poetry Competition. Jane contributes articles and reviews to several journals and has also published a prose book, Falling into Place, on wildlife, weather and work in the rural area where she lives and works in north Lancashire. Her new collection (November 2018) is Listening to the Night.

Warda Yassin is a Sheffield based writer. She writes about her Somali family and culture.  She was anthologised in Verse Matters (Valley Press) and Halfway Smile (Hive) and won the New Poets’ Prize 2018. Her forthcoming pamphlet Tea With Cardamom will be published by the Poetry Business in 2019.

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March 28
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm
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