Friday 14th April 2017 – Guest poets: Jane Draycott, Robin Thomas, Susan Utting
This event will differ slightly from the norm in that it will be our annual LOCALS’ NIGHT when we will be celebrating the work of 3 local poets. There will, therefore, be a slightly reduced number of open mic slots. Our guest readers will be:
Jane Draycott’s latest collection The Occupant is a PBS Recommendation, published by Carcanet in 2016. Previous collections include Over, short-listed for the T S Eliot Prize 2009, Prince Rupert’s Drop and The Night Tree, both PBS Recommendations, a translation of the medieval dream-vision Pearl (2011) which was a Times Stephen Spender Prize-winner. Previously nominated a Next Generation poet, in 2013 she was Writer in Residence in Amsterdam and in 2014 won the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Her collection of translations, Storms Under the Skin: Selected Poems of Henri Michaux, is due from Two Rivers Press in 2017.
Robin Thomas spent many years in the petrochemical engineering and construction industry having qualified as a chemical engineer. He completed the MA in Writing Poetry at Kingston University in 2012. He has had poems accepted by a number of journals including Agenda, Envoi, Orbis, Pennine Platform and Brittle Star and has been shortlisted for several prizes. His pamphlet, A Fury of Yellow is published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd.
Susan is proud to be showcasing Half the Human Race: New & Selected Poems at Poets’ Café. Previous collections include Fair’s Fair and Houses Without Walls, (Two Rivers Press) and Striptease (Smith/Doorstop). Susan has won many awards, including the Peterloo Poetry Prize, The Berkshire Poetry Prize and a Poetry Business Prize for Something Small is Missing. She was selected for The Times newspaper’s best love poem feature and has had work widely published, including in the TLS, The Poetry Review, The Independent, and in the Daily Mirror as Carol-Ann Duffy’s Laureate’s Choice.
‘Utting unashamedly loves language, and it seems to love her back.’ Philip Gross
Hosted by: Jez Dyer
Jez has been a regular at Poets’ Café since 2009. As a ‘non-poet’ his appearances on stage have been limited to reading the work of others at the August covers’ night over recent years, together with the role as host once in 2016 when AF Harrold was away at the Edinburgh Festival. Apart from his role as a poetry groupie, Jez manages large construction projects in Chelsea and Soho and feels that standing on stage at South Street is an altogether scarier proposition than presenting to major real estate clients!
Photographs of the event may be taken for use on social media.
As ever there will be plenty of one poem open mic slots.
Dates for 2017 are: 13th January, 10th February, 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August, 8th September, 13th October, 10th November, 8th December.