Vahni Capildeo, Rebecca Perry and John Challis, with music from Corey Mwamba: 17 February 2018

Free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 17 February at 2.30-4.00.

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo’s newest work, Venus as a Bear, is forthcoming from Carcanet in spring 2018.  Previous books include Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016; Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection; T.S. Eliot Prize nomination). Her performances have       engaged with Euripides, Shakespeare, and Martin Carter. She is currently collaborating with Sophie Seita on experimental feminist theatre, and with Chris McCabe for the AHRC-funded ‘Expanded Translation’ project (University of Bangor). Recent non-fiction appears in PN Reviewadda (Commonwealth Writers) and Granta. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural fellow at the University of Leeds. (Photo credit Graeme Oxby).

Rebecca Perry

Rebecca’s first collection, Beauty/Beauty (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize, and won the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. She was Writer Fellow at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing in 2016 and had a pamphlet, cleanliness of rooms and walls, with If A Leaf Falls Press in 2017.

John Challis

John Challis is a recipient of a Northern Promise Award and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared on BBC Radio 4, as well as in magazines including Magma, The North, Poetry London, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Rialto, and Stand. He is a Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University. The Black Cab is his first pamphlet of poems.

 

Music by Corey Mwamba

 

 

 

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Competition 2018: Closing Date 28 February 2018

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets & Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.

OUR JUDGE FOR 2018 WILL BE PASCALE PETIT

 

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Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. She has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer and in 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

What previous judges have said about the Poets & Players Competition:

Poets & Players is one of the most significant and impressive poetry organisations in the country: the quality of the readings it puts on, its presence in the city is remarkable, so I’m delighted to be part of it in judging this competition.  (Michael Symmons Roberts, 2017)

What was electrifying about this year’s entries … was not just the wide and eclectic range of subject matters … but also the range of forms and tones, the many tongues and registers that together created a resonating and distinct entry of poetry.                  (Jackie Kay, 2016)

What a fabulously organised competition… One tries to dissuade people from the idea of competitions but if you’re going to have one have it like this. (Paul Muldoon, 2015)

It was actually really fun judging the competition because you get the sense of what is happening in poetry right now … it was fascinating to take the temperature, as it were, of contemporary poetry. I’d like to thank Poets and Players organisation for running the competition, for wanting to run the competition, but also in general for the work that they do in promoting poetry in Manchester and the broader area, it’s a commendable organisation and I’m delighted to be associated with it. (Vona Groarke, 2014)

This competition was scrupulously organised, and I loved the fact that the anonymity of the entries allowed each poem to speak for itself. (Jacob Polley, 2013)

POETS & PLAYERS PRIZE

Pascale Petit will read ALL poems. All poems will be judged anonymously.

1st Prize: £600
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100

Commended poets at the judge’s discretion.

Closing Date: Wednesday 28th February 2018

Winners will be informed by 12 April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the prize awarding ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. If you have not been notified by 12 April, we are afraid you have not been successful.

RULES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, except for members of the Poets & Players committee.
  • Poems must be in English, typewritten in single space, font size 12. Please begin each poem on a new page but multiple online entries should be contained in a single document.
  • Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form, but must be the author’s own original work. They should not have appeared anywhere before, online or in print. Please do not submit poems that are currently under consideration elsewhere.
  • Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines (excluding title). Please do not include photographs or illustrations.
  • No changes can be made to poems once submitted and we regret that we are unable to provide feedback or make any refunds.
  • You may submit as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate payment and application form.
  • Please note that all competition entries must reach us by Wednesday 28 February 2018, (online entries may be submitted up to 12 midnight on this date (GMT); postal entries must be received in our mailbox no later than Wednesday 28 February 2018). Entries arriving after this date will not be considered.

HOW TO ENTER

ENTER BY POST

ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form 2018

  • Please post the completed Competition Application form and poems to: Poets & Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.
  • If you wish to receive confirmation of your entry please enclose a prepaid envelope.
  • Poems must be printed on separate, numbered sheets, word processed (or typed) and clearly legible (single spaced and font size 12).
  • Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s. All poems will be judged anonymously.
  • You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.
  • Entry fee is £4 per poem or 3 for £10. Please do not send cash. Postal entries must be paid by cheque or postal order (only email entries may use PayPal). Please make payable to ‘Poets & Players’ and send together with your poem/s and Competition Application form to the address above.

ENTER BY EMAIL

ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form 2018

Please email the completed Competition Application form and poems to
P-Pcomp@mail.com      All email entries will be acknowledged.

  • Please ensure that all poems are sent as a single attachment and not in the body of the email. Please use your name as the title of the document (poems and application form can be in the same document but must be on separate pages). If you are submitting more than one poem you should include them all in the same attachment but please ensure pages are numbered and start each poem on a new page. Single spaced and font size 12. Please save documents as doc, docx or PDF.
  • You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.
  • Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s. All poems will be judged anonymously.
  • Entry fee is £4 per poem or 3 for £10. Email entries must be paid by PayPal. IMPORTANT please include the PayPal reference number on the application form.
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CHECKLIST: Completed Application Form; poems on separate sheets (with no identifying information); cheque or postal order made payable to ‘Poets & Players’ (if submitting by post); PayPal reference (if submitting by email).

COPYRIGHT

Entrants retain copyright of their poem, however, we would hope to receive permission to make a video recording of the winners reading at the awards ceremony for our website, and to publish the winning poems on our website and/or in the Whitworth Art Gallery for one year after the competition.

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Promotional Video from Jam Jar Productions

Thanks to Alex at Jam Jar Productions for putting together this fab video of our last event at the Whitworth:

 

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George Szirtes & Caroline Bird with music from ANDCHUCK, 14 October 2017

This is our annual collaborative event with the Manchester Literature Festival. The event takes place Saturday 14 October at 2.30-4.00 at:

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Workshop with Vahni Capildeo: 17 February 2018

The workshop is on Saturday 17 February at 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fee is £20.

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo’s newest work, Venus as a Bear, is forthcoming from Carcanet in spring 2018.  Previous books include Utter (Peepal Tree, 2013), Simple Complex Shapes (Shearsman, 2015), and Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016; Forward Poetry Prize for Best Collection; T.S. Eliot Prize nomination). Her performances have       engaged with Euripides, Shakespeare, and Martin Carter. She is currently collaborating with Sophie Seita on experimental feminist theatre, and with Chris McCabe for the AHRC-funded ‘Expanded Translation’ project (University of Bangor). Recent non-fiction appears in PN Reviewadda (Commonwealth Writers) and Granta. She is a Douglas Caster Cultural fellow at the University of Leeds. (Photo credit Graeme Oxby).

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Promotional video from Jam Jar Productions

Jam Jar Productions kindly attended our last event at the Halle and filmed this lovely video for us, they’ll be joining us at the Whitworth in November too. Check it out, and thanks very much JJP!

 

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Workshop with James Sheard: 18 November 2017

The workshop is on Saturday 18 November at 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fee is £20. Please email davidborrott@btinternet.com to reserve a place and for details of how to pay.

James Sheard

James Sheard was born in Cyprus in 1962, and spent his childhood abroad, mainly in Singapore and Germany. As an adult, he spent periods living in Hamburg and Helsinki. He is the author of two full collections of poetry: Scattering Eva (Jonathan Cape, 2005), shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glenn Dimplex Award for Poetry, and Dammtor (Jonathan Cape, 2010), as well as a pamphlet of poems, Hotel Mastbosch (Mews Press, 2003), which was awarded the Ictus Prize. His third collection – The Abandoned Settlements – deals with the literal and metaphorical abandoned places of one’s life, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He currently lives in Powys and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Keele University

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James Sheard, Kayo Chingonyi & Rebecca Hurst with music from Chetham’s: 18 November 2017

Free reading at the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 18 November at 2.30-4.00.

James Sheard

James Sheard was born in Cyprus in 1962, and spent his childhood abroad, mainly in Singapore and Germany. As an adult, he spent periods living in Hamburg and Helsinki. He is the author of two full collections of poetry: Scattering Eva (Jonathan Cape, 2005), shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Glenn Dimplex Award for Poetry, and Dammtor (Jonathan Cape, 2010), as well as a pamphlet of poems, Hotel Mastbosch (Mews Press, 2003), which was awarded the Ictus Prize. His third collection – The Abandoned Settlements – deals with the literal and metaphorical abandoned places of one’s life, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. He currently lives in Powys and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at Keele University

Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi (pronounced kai-o chin-gone-yee) is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. In 2012 he represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus, a festival of world poets staged by The Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival.

He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. He co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review.

Photo credit: Naomi Woddis

Rebecca Hurst

Rebecca Hurst is a doctoral student at the University of Manchester where she writes poetry and researches Soviet fairy tales. Her work has appeared in various magazines including Agenda, Aesthetica, The Clearing, and Magma Poetry. Her opera, After the Fall, written with composer Helgi Rafn Ingvarsson, premiered in May 2017. She is a member of the Voicings Collective; an ensemble that creates exploratory new music theatre.

Music from Chetham’s

Van Heek Quartet: Quintijn van Heek, Charlie Howells, Aidan Hutson-Hill, Cubby Howard

Marley-Clarke Quartet: Macie Wallis, Mitzi Marley-Clarke, Neil Dixon, Iona Russell

Chetham’s is the UK’s largest specialist music school, offering a world-class music education to 300 outstanding young musicians in the heart of Manchester. Funding through the Department for Education ensures that entry is based on musical potential alone, and never on background or ability to pay. Chetham’s students perform regularly in solo recitals and orchestral concerts, alongside a vibrant chamber music programme, with every student from the age of 8 upwards performing in a chamber group. Today, four of the school’s superb young players form part of the Poets and Players events.

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