Jane Yeh, Hannah Lowe and Ian Humphreys with music from Gavin Barras, 25 February 2017

Our next event will feature poets Jane Yeh, Hannah Lowe and Ian Humphreys with music from Gavin Barras on double bass accompanied by Jeff Guntrun on sax, Jim Faulkner on guitar and Dave Walsh on drums. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00

This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Jane Yeh

Photo credit: StateShots London

Photo credit: StateShots London

 

Jane Yeh is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University. Her first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society for her second collection, The Ninjas, which was published by Carcanet in 2012. She lives in London.

Hannah Lowe

 Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection Chick won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was short-listed for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has also published three chapbooks, and a memoir Long Time No See. Her latest poetry collection is Chan.

Ian Humphreys

photo_15After moving to West Yorkshire from London, Ian Humphreys began writing poetry and prose in 2013. His work has featured in anthologies and magazines including Poetry News, Ambit and The Rialto. He won the 2016 Hamish Canham Prize and the PENfro Open Poetry Competition in 2013. His fiction has been shortlisted three times for the Bridport Prize. Ian holds an MA in Creative Writing from MMU and is a fellow of the Complete Works III, which promotes diversity and quality in British poetry. A portfolio of his poems will be published in a Bloodaxe anthology in late 2017.

Gavin Barras

Gavin is a professional double bass and electric bass player, performing regularly throughout the UK and abroad in a variety of performing and recording projects.

In March 2017 Gavin will release his solo album  The Family Tree on  ASC Records featuring Jeff Guntrun on tenor saxophone, Jim Faulkner on guitar and Dave Walsh on drums. This new album features the double bass Gavin’s father built for him over a 15 year period. It is a fantastic instrument which sounds even better than it looks! On two short interlude tracks Gavin plays a steel string acoustic guitar also built by his father back in 1967. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios in Manchester, ‘The Family Tree’ contains ten original compositions by Gavin influenced by the themes of fatherhood, friendship and home.

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Competition 2017

We are pleased to launch our fifth Poets and Players competition. The judge this year is Michael Symmons Roberts and the closing date is Monday 27 February 2017. Follow the link for full details: P&P Competition 2017

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Matthew Welton and Luke Kennard with music from MichaelBrailey, Thursday Late 6 April 2017 7.00-8.30

Our next event will be a Thursday Late featuring poets Matthew Welton and Luke Kennard with music from MichaelBrailey. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00.

This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Luke Kennard

lk-portrait-12Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist who lives and works in Birmingham. His first book, The Solex Brothers, won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2005. His second, The Harbour Beyond the Movie made him the youngest writer to be shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He has also published two chapbooks, Planet Shaped Horse (Nine Arches, 2011) and The Necropolis Boat (Holdfire Press, 2012) which won the Poetry Book Society’s Autumn pamphlet choice in 2012. His 5th collection of poems, Cain, was published by Penned in the Margins in 2016. His literary criticism has appeared in the TLS, Poetry London and The National. He has a PhD in English from the University of Exeter and lectures at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was named one of the Next Generation Poets by the Poetry Book Society in their once per-decade list. His first novel, The Transition, was published by 4th Estate in 2017

Matthew Welton

Matthew Welton was born in Nottingham, lives in Nottingham and lectures in creative writing at the University of Nottingham. His writing practice includes collaborations with musicians, visual artists and other writers. His interest in poetry has to do with explorations of the sounds of words and the possibilities of repetition. He has published three books with Carcanet: The Book of Matthew (2003), ‘We needed coffee but…’ (2009) and The Number Poems (2016). Recognition includes an Eric Gregory Award, the Jerwood-Aldeburgh Prize, second place in the Arvon Poetry Competition 2002 and a Poetry Book Society recommendation

MichaelBrailey

michael brailey new1MICHAELBRAILEY is a producer, composer and vocalist from Exeter, UK, currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Larry Goves, under scholarship and as a recipient of the RNCM’s Grindon/Dearden Prize For Composition (2016). He is also the curator of VIRTUALLYREALITY, an event series dedicated to the championing and commissioning of new electronic and acoustic music from composers and producers alike.

His vast musical output has been recognised by organisations and individuals including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, regarding him as Principal Composer in 2014, Seattle-based record label Hush Hush Records with the releases ‘Pericardial’ (2014) and ‘Weekend’ (2016), pioneering independent radio station KEXP, Los Angeles-based producer Kastle with the THUMP-supported 2016 single ‘The Future’, and by the London-based record label Nonclassical as a DJ and remixer.

MICHAELBRAILEY’s signature electronic sound is highly personal, mixing intimate, digitally-degraded piano lines with distorted, panoramic synths, whilst delicate ASMR-like jitters and fragile falsetto lyrics glisten on top, and smouldering bass – kicks, groans and cataclysms – move beneath. 

His concert music usually features acoustic instruments and often incorporates electronic sound or uses technology to inhibit, extend or mediate soloistic performance and ensemble interaction. It has been performed by ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and The Aurora Orchestra in venues across the UK. These include the Royal Festival Hall, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Sage Gateshead, Whitworth Art Gallery, The Royal College of Music and Birmingham Symphony Hall, as well as part of the New Music North West Festival 2015 at The Royal Northern College of Music.

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Jane Draycott, Helen Mort and Andy Hickmott with music from Arian Sadr 18 March 2017

Our next event will feature poets Jane Draycott, Helen Mort (who P&P have commissioned to write a poem in line with ACE’s initiative ‘no boundaries’), and Andy Hickmott with music from Arian Sadr. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00.

This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Jane Draycott

Photo credit: Jemimah Kuhfeld

Photo credit: Jemimah Kuhfeld

Jane Draycott’s new collection The Occupant, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. One of its poems was awarded second place in the National Poetry Competition and another was winner of the 2014 Hippocrates International Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Her first collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. Her third collection was shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize, and her translation of the 14th-century Pearl is a PBS Recommendation and winner of a Stephen Spender Prize for Translation. Penelope Shuttle has described her as “an impeccable and central poetic intelligence”. You can visit her website at www.janedraycott.org.uk

Helen Mort

helen-mortHelen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection ‘Division Street’ was shortlisted for the Costa Prize & the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2014, she won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. Her new collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (Chatto & Windus, 2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She writes a blog called ‘Freefall.’ Helen is also a runner and the author of ‘Lake District Trail Running’ and a lecturer at the Manchester Writing School.

 Andy Hickmott

profile-pictureAndy Hickmott is currently poet-in-residence for Ancoats Dispensary Trust. He has published three chapbooks: A Limited Season (erbacce-press, 2013), The Reedy Boy and in:dispensable (both Original Plus, 2015), and has won prizes in the York and Wenlock poetry competitions. He was awarded a New Fiction Bursary in the 2016 Northern Writers’ Awards. His poems have appeared in Poetry News, Orbis, The Journal, South, The Interpreter’s House and Popshot. A 45-minute animated film version of his poet-fable The Reedy Boy, funded by the Arts Council, was shown in Manchester in November. Originally from Kent, Andy made Manchester his permanent home.

Arian Sadr

fb_img_1480950238674Arian Sadr has been enthusiastic about music since childhood and particularly interested in Persian percussions. He has been mesmerised by music and passionate in his studies of instruments for many years. He started learning Tonbak (Persian goblet drum) and Daf (a circular frame drum) when he was seven. He moved to England to study music and music production in 2003. By this time he also became interested in a variety of styles of music that influenced him to create his own original fusion style. Apart from being a successful percussionist he is a songwriter, composer and producer. He has played as a solo artist as well as collaborating with other musicians in many concerts and charity events. His performances include the ‘Musicians Without Borders’ at End Sexual Violence in Conflict Event, ExCel project in London funded by the Home Office, he performed with musicians from BBC Philharmonic in a special performance to celebrate BBC Music Day (live on BBC Radio 3 in 2015), and Manchester Imperial War Museum as Part of Asia Triennial, International Root Orchestra and also a collaboration with “Project Jam Sandwich” at Royal Northern College Of Music Manchester, an extraordinary performance at “Tea&Zen 2013″ event at Worldwide IBPS Fo Guang Shan Temple Manchester and many other overwhelming organisations in the U.K.

Website:<<http://www.ariansadr.com>>

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Andrew McMillan Workshop 25 February 2017

Our next workshop will be led by Andrew McMillan. It will take place on Saturday 25 February 2017 at 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The cost is £20. Please contact davidborrott@btinternet.com who will reserve a place for you and advise how to pay.

Andrew McMillan

Photo credit: Urszula Soltys

Photo credit: Urszula Soltys

Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize,  a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014). It was shortlisted the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award,  The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2016, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. It was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and lives in Manchester.

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Ian Duhig, Fiona Benson and Becky Cherriman with music from Chris Davies, Katy-Anne Bellis and Henry Botham, 21 January 2017

Our next event will feature poets Ian Duhig, Fiona Benson and Becky Cherriman with music from Chris Davies, Katy-Anne Bellis and Henry Botham. The venue is the Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, time 2.30-4.00.

This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.

Ian Duhig

Photo credit Gerry Cambridge

Photo credit Gerry Cambridge

Former homelessness worker Ian Duhig’s seventh book ‘The Blind Roadmaker’ is a PBS Spring Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2016 Roehampton Prize, the Forward Best Collection Prize and the TS Eliot Prize.  A Cholmondelely Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Duhig has been a joint winner of a Shirley Jackson Award, a winner of the Forward Best Poem Prize and twice winner of the National Poetry Competition.

Fiona Benson

gfr_0775-21Fiona Benson lives in rural Devon with her husband James Meredith and their daughters, Isla and Rose. She was educated at Trinity College, Oxford and then St Andrews University, where she completed the MLitt in Creative Writing and a PhD on Ophelia as a dramatic type in early modern drama.  She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2006, and was a participant in the Faber New Poets programme in 2009 with the pamphlet Faber New Poets 1. Her first full-length collection Bright Travellers (Jonathan Cape, 2014), won the Seamus Heaney Prize for first collection, was a co-winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot prize, amongst others.

Becky Cherriman

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Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader and performer based in Leeds. Published by Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed and in Poets For Corbyn, she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013 and lead artist for Altofts Festival In A Day 2016. Becky is a co-writer and performer of Haunt, a site-specific theatre commission for Imove, a project about homelessness.  She is currently working on her one woman show, Corseted. Her first poetry pamphlet Echolocation and first collection Empires of Clay were published in 2016 by Mother’s Milk and Cinnamon Press respectively. http://www.beckycherriman.com

With music from Chris Davies, Katy-Anne Bellis and Henry Botham

Chris Davies

chris-davisChris is a Musician, Composer, Performer, Buddhist, Hairdresser and Oudist with over thirty years experience working in the Arts, mainly with visual theatre and dance. His current projects are preparing to tour performing live accompaniment for the first full length animated film ever made ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, touring in 2017 with a play called ‘Spring Reign’ about the current situation in Aleppo, Syria, Saxophonist/raver with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners who play early 90’s dance classics in the style of a New Orleans Brass Band, a few haircuts, transforming the mind through Buddhist study and practice, and sound technician for Poets and Players. For more information please look here ~ http://www.musichris.co.uk

Katy-Anne Bellis

15192698_10154152724747362_1577276817899373247_nKaty-Anne Bellis is a performer, puppeteer, maker and producer. She is co-founder of Headstrung a company based in Liverpool dedicated to sillyness and puppet based mayhem.  They have created puppet cabaret and their latest show the Cryptid Petting zoo continues to tour to Venues and festivals across the country. Katy-Anne is the founding member of all female performance group Caustic Widows and was recently commissioned to develop a street theatre show inside a giant golden birdcage which toured to various festivals throughout the UK. She has been working as a puppeteer with the lantern company since 2007 and has worked nationally and internationally as a street theatre artist, performer and puppeteer. Credits include “Imaginary Friends” and “Pig” (Whalley Range All Stars), “Cosmic Trigger” (Daisy Campbell) and “Pinocchio” (Proper Job)

13934839_10154287389966605_4047372440408056270_nHenry Botham

Henry Botham is a professional pianist based in  Manchester, UK.  He specialises in Harlem Stride Piano, New Orleans music and playing vintage and  analogue keyboards, organs and electric pianos.

When he graduated from Salford University with a first class degree in music he had already been working for several years with his first band the HB3, a jazz trio that performed gigs around the Manchester jazz circuit. At around this time he also toured and recorded with RSL, where he developed his love of vintage and analogue instruments that led to the formation of No Good Beatniks, an originals project with a stellar line up of UK jazz talent.

In an unusual departure from the work he had been doing Henry then turned his focus on learning 1920’s Harlem Stride piano by studying the great pianists Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith, Luckey Roberts and Dick Wellstood. He found that there weren’t many gigs going around for stride pianists in modern day Manchester so he formed 52 Skidoo. They have since gone on to become one of the leading 1920/30’s bands in the UK and beyond.

Having developed a taste for vintage piano and ‘old time music’ he discovered New Orleans piano, which draws from a wide range of influences including Blues, Jazz, Funk, R&B, Rhumba, Ragtime and even Classical music and Rock, all epitomized by the recognised master of the genre, James Booker. Through studying his recordings, as well as those by Dr John, Professor Longhair and Jelly Roll Morton, plus visiting New Orleans to meet and study with Tom McDermott, Josh Paxton and Jon Cleary, Henry has emerged with an intricate knowledge of this little known approach to piano. He puts this to good use as pianist for New Orleans R&B band The Nightcreatures.

As well as regularly playing with all three projects he runs a New Orleans jam at Matt and Phred’s, Manchester (3rd Monday of the month), plays trombone in Mr Wilsons Second Liners and is a keen flautist.

Henry performs solo piano (a mix of everything described above) and enjoys accompanying singers and soloists whenever he can. He has done session work in a wide variety of situations and continues to do so. He also runs his own private teaching practice.

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Ian Duhig Poetry Workshop: 21 January 2017, 10.30-12.30 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL

We are running a workshop on Saturday 21 January 2017 from 10.30-12.30 with Ian Duhig at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The fee for the workshop is £20. The workshop will be followed by a free reading on the afternoon of the same day with Ian and Fiona Benson. If you would like to book a place on the workshop please email davidborrott@btinternet.com

Ian Duhig

Photo credit Gerry Cambridge

Photo credit Gerry Cambridge

Former homelessness worker Ian Duhig’s seventh book ‘The Blind Roadmaker’ is a PBS Spring Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2016 Roehampton Prize, the Forward Best Collection Prize and the TS Eliot Prize.  A Cholmondelely Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Duhig has been a joint winner of a Shirley Jackson Award, a winner of the Forward Best Poem Prize and twice winner of the National Poetry Competition.

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