Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every fourth Thursday of the month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. Finding the Words starts at about 7pm, admission is just £3 (or £2 with a York Card).
We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.
Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader and performer based in Leeds. Published by Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed and in Poets For Corbyn, she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013 and lead artist for Altofts Festival In A Day 2016. Becky is a co-writer and performer of Haunt, a site-specific theatre commission for Imove, a project about homelessness. She is currently working on her one woman show, Corseted. Her first poetry pamphlet Echolocation and first collection Empires of Clay were published in 2016 by Mother’s Milk and Cinnamon Press respectively.
Lydia Kennaway is a New Yorker who has lived in Yorkshire for over 30 years. She worked as a music publisher, developing a patented system producing braille music from printed music, before her recent retirement. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto and the Hippocrates Prize Anthology, and have been longlisted for the National Poetry Competition three times. Lydia is grateful to the Arvon Foundation for its suberb courses and to Antony Dunn and the Poetry School for his stimulating and enlightening seminars. She is fascinated by the beauty and the grit of Yorkshire landscapes and cityscapes, from the peaks of the Dales to the ginnels and snickets of Leeds. Lydia’s current writing project is a sequence, A History of Walking, which uses different types of walking, from promenade to sleepwalking, as a narrative framework. At the same time, it explores the link between the posture and gait of homo sapiens and our unique capacity for possession and envy, loss and fear of loss.
Oz Hardwick is a York-based poet, photographer, music journalist, and occasional musician. He has published countless poems internationally, in journals and anthologies, as well as having work performed in musical settings and as part of art and film collaborations. His sixth poetry collection, probably called The House of Ghosts and Mirrors, will definitely be published by Valley Press in 2017, and he is co-author, with Amina Alyal, of the Saboteur-shortlisted Close as Second Skins (IDP, 2015). As a viable alternative to poverty, Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, and has written extensively on misericords and animal iconography in the Middle Ages under the pseudonym of Paul Hardwick. In a perfect world, Oz would be bassist in a Belgian space-rock band, but the world is far from perfect.
To book your place at this poetry evening pop into any York library, call us on 01904 552828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org