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Clare Shaw

supported by Ian Humphrys

Date: October 19, 2019

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (u-18)

Spoken Word


“I’m Clare Shaw: poet and performer, tutor and trainer. I have three poetry collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), Head On (2012) and Flood (2018).

I'm a regular tutor with a range of literary organisations - including the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust and the Arvon Foundation - delivering creative writing courses, workshops and mentoring sessions in a variety of different settings, with individuals at all levels of ability, confidence and experience. I work with the Royal Literary Fund and the Writing Project, supporting the development of writing skills in academic settings and workplaces. I'm the co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival - and I’m involved in a range of innovative projects with artists and practitioners in other disciplines, including psychology, visual arts and music. I’m also a mental health educator. All my work is underpinned by a deep faith in language: words have the power to harm and help us, and powerful language.”

"Clare Shaw writes rawly and brilliantly” Jackie Kay

fierce and memorable” Times Literary Supplement


Ian Humphreys

Ian Humphreys lives in West Yorkshire. His work is widely published in journals and anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, The Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit & Magma. Awards include first prize in the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham Prize. In 2018, he was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. A fellow of The Complete Works, Ian’s poems are showcased in Ten: Poets of the New Generation (Bloodaxe). His debut full-length collection, Zebra, is forthcoming from Nine Arches Press in Spring 2019. 


Jemima Foxtrot: Above The Mealy-mouthed Sea

Date: October 7, 2017

Time: 3pm (Performance is 60 mins)

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (14-18) tickets on door

Spoken Word


Poet/Spoken Word Artist Jemima Foxtrot grew up in and around Hebden Bridge. Her new show follows her stunning debut Edinburgh Fringe show Melody which she performed to a spell-bound audience at Wainsgate in 2015.

A woman stands in front of a microphone. She can’t remember the punchline.

Fusing poetry and song, award-winning Unholy Mess return with a funny, strange and poignant play about growing up and inescapable truths. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot takes you on a powerful journey exploring memory, childhood and what happens when we can’t quite get the story right.

"The brilliant Foxtrot is the one to watch" The Observer
“a glittering show, a gem in every sense, a shining thing” The Stage on Melody

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea is an Unholy Mess Production in association with Clapham Omnibus.

Writer-Performer: Jemima Foxtrot
Writer-Director: Lucy Allan
Designer: Mayou Trikerioti
Choreographer: Tara D’Arquian
Sound and Poetry Consultant: Hannah Silva
Associate Producer: Felicity Paterson

Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird

Performance poetry event

Date: September 2, 2017

Time: 3pm - 5pm approx

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (18 & under) tickets on door

Spoken Word

Award-winning poets Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird, both acclaimed poets in their own right, are teaming up for a double headliner spoken word show, touring venues in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland reading poems from their most recent collections.

Rachel McCrum

Rachel McCrum – The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate
The eagerly anticipated debut collection from the award-winning Rachel McCrum. Recognised as one of Scotland's highest profile poets and performers, her first collection asks questions of displacement and of the elasticity of space; of human defensiveness and of animal aggression; of inertia and movement: of threat and of resistance. What happens when we raise our voices? What happens when we are no longer heard?


Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird – In These Days of Prohibition
In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. The surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us living. In These Days of Prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’.