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Finding the Words with poets Harry Gallagher, Judi Sutherland and Chérie Taylor-Battiste
26th April 2018 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm£3
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.
Harry Gallagher hails from Middlesbrough, though now lives on the coast near Newcastle. His latest book ‘Northern Lights’ (published by York press Stairwell Books) has just entered its 2nd run and Harry describes its contents as “a collective love letter to the people of the North East”. Poet John Hegley described it as containing “gems herein”, while the Yorkshire Times said “Gallagher excels at finding harmony in unlikely places, in juxtapositions; extrapolating subtleties of nuance towards an expression of love, he is, in the end, a poet of hope.” Harry is delighted to be coming to York, one of his favourite cities anywhere.
Judi Sutherland is a poet and would-be novelist living in Barnard Castle, County Durham. Her pamphlet ‘The Ship Owner’s House’ has just been published by Vane Women Press in Darlington and this will be its first ever airing at a poetry reading.
After graduating from SOAS with a degree in African Studies, Chérie Taylor-Battiste worked first in television production as a Researcher, then moved onto acting gaining various parts on stage and screen and with the BBC. Alongside this, she engaged in another passion, facilitating drama and video workshops in prisons PRUs and schools.
Finding herself a single parent of two, she was drawn back to her first love of writing, embracing the flexibility that allowed her to write around her baby daughter. She began by getting a prose piece published in the Tangled Roots anthology, then winning a competition to have a poem included in the Saboteur Award winning anthology Remembering Oluwale. After winning the Pitch and Pen event at the Headingley Literature Festival, she began talks with Valley Press.
She has just completed her debut collection “Lioness”, due to be published alongside an audiobook by Valley Press in Autumn 2018.
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