Nine Arches Press, The Centre for New Writing & Crystal Clear Creators present:

•Leicester Shindig!

Bi-monthly open mic at The Western, 70 Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA

Monday 20th July 2015 at 7.30pm



Zelda Chappel, Tom Chivers, Kim Moore, Anna Lewis.


Kim Moore’s first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in 2015. She won the 2014 New Writing North Award and an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. She currently works as a peripatetic brass teacher for Cumbria Music Service.


Tom Chivers was born in 1983 in London. His books include How to Build a City (Salt) The Terrors (Nine Arches), Flood Drain (Annexe) and, as editor, Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins). He has been shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan and Michael Marks poetry prizes, and a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award. His new collection is Dark Islands (Test Centre, 2015).


Anna Lewis’s new poetry pamphlet, The Blue Cell (Rack Press in July 2015) re-imagines the sometimes less than holy lives of a number of early medieval saints. Her poems and stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, and her debut collection Other Harbours was published by Parthian in 2012.


Zelda Chappel grew up in London and the south of England. She’s the editor at Elbow Room. Her work has been published in numerous publications and in 2014, Zelda won the Battered Moons Poetry Competition. Her debut poetry collection is The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat from Bare Fiction (July 2015).





Shindig! Dates for 2015:


Mon 19th Jan

Mon 16th Mar

Mon 18th May

Mon 20th July

Mon 21st Sept

Mon 16th Nov


Night starts at 7.30pm. Book open mic slots on arrival. Free entry - we look forward to you joining us!






Stratford Poetry Festival Presents:

Jo Bell: Launch of Kith

Friday 10th July 7.30 - 9.00pm.

The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.

A return visit from last year's poet in residence, Jo Bell, who brings her new book 'Kith' to the festival.


Tickets: adults £8, friends of SBT £6, conc. £7 (over 60s & full time students)


Buy tickets online here



Stratford Poetry Festival Presents:

Poetry from 52

Saturday 11th July 4.00 - 5.00pm.

The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW.

making a welcome return, members of Jo Bell's online project '52' - return to this year's festival to share their work.

Thousands of poets joined together to write and share their poetry each week for a year. they physically met for the first time at last year's festival and we're delighted to welcome them again to hear and discuss their work as well as to bask in a shared love of poetry.


this promises to be a lively and friendly gathering that is not to be missed. last year's event sold out quickly so book early to avoid disappointment!


Tickets: adults £8, friends of SBT £6, conc. £7 (over 60s & full time students)


Buy tickets online here





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