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Finding the Words with poets Deborah Alma, Nancy Campbell, Robert Powell and Regina Weinert
Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every 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. 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.
Deborah Alma is a mixed race Indian/ English woman, born in London and now living in the Welsh Marches. She is a UK poet with a MA in Creative Writing, Honorary Research fellow at Keele University & taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University. She has worked using poetry with people with dementia, in hospice care & with vulnerable groups. She is also Emergency Poet prescribing poetry from her vintage ambulance.
She is editor of Emergency Poet-an anti-stress poetry anthology, The Everyday Poet- Poems to live by (both Michael O’Mara) and #Me Too – rallying against sexual assault & harassment- a women’s poetry anthology (Fair Acre Press). Her True Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press and a first collection Dirty Laundry (published by Nine Arches Press ,May 2018).
You can find out more about Deborah at her website https://emergencypoet.com/
Nancy Campbell’s books include Disko Bay (shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2016) and How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic (winner of the Birgit Skiöld Award). Her memoir The Library of Ice, is forthcoming from Scribner. Nancy is currently the Canal Laureate; this project is a collaboration between The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust, part of the Arts on the Waterways programme supported by Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales.
Visit Nancy’s website www.nancycampbell.co.uk or contact her via Twitter: @nancycampbelle
Robert Powell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in York. He has worked for many years in the fields of journalism, photography, the arts, and urbanism. He has published three collections of poetry: Harvest of Light (Stone Flower, 2007); All (Valley Press 2015), and Riverain (Valley Press, 2018) as well as an artist’s book and exhibition, A Small Box of River (2016) with artist Jake Attree. He won 2012 Elmet Prize judged by Kathleen Jamie, and his poems and stories have appeared in Acumen, Dream Catcher, Orbis, The North, and The Rialto. In 2017 he wrote and co-produced, with Ben Pugh, The River Speaks (2017), a short film funded by the Canal & River Trust ‘Arts on the Waterways’ programme. Robert’s poem ‘The Telling’ won a commendation in the National Poetry Competition 2017.
You can find out more about Robert Powell and his work on his website http://www.rjpowell.org/
Regina Weinert has lived roughly a third of her life in each Hamburg, Edinburgh and Sheffield and has spent most of her working life researching and teaching linguistics and language. She’s recently made more time to write, mostly poems. She enjoys writing short poems and narratives and likes the challenge of expressing states of mind and their underlying feelings. She’s had poems published in The North and Poetry Salzburg Review and was very pleased to be shortlisted in the short poem category of the Plough Prize 2017.
February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
March 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm