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 21st September 2015 at 7.30pm



Rosie Miles, Robert Peake, Sarah James & Richard Byrt




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!





  • Autumn Launch: Leicester

Monday 5th October from 7.30pm

Upstairs at the Western, The Western Pub, Western Road, Leicester LE3 0GA


Join us for a special one-off event celebrating new poetry with Nine Arches Press and the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester.


FREE ENTRY but please book tickets


Doors open at 7.30pm for readings by poets:


Alistair Noon was born in 1970 and grew up in Aylesbury. Besides time spent in Russia and China, he has lived in Berlin since the early nineties, where he works as a translator. He has published poetry, including translations from German and Russian, in nine chapbooks from small presses, a collaboration with Giles Goodland (Surveyors' Riddles) and Earth Records (Nine Arches, 2012, short-listed for the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize). The Kerosene Singing is his second full-length collection.


Myra Connell grew up in Northern Ireland and now lives in Birmingham where she works as a psychotherapist. Her stories are published in various places, including the Tindal Street Press anthologies, Her Majesty and Are You She? Her poems have appeared in Under the Radar, Obsessed with Pipework and The Moth. Her first pamphlet was A Still Dark Kind of Work (Heaventree Press, 2008), and her second, From the Boat (Nine Arches, 2010). Her debut full collection is House, also just published by Nine Arches Press.


Jonathan Davidson’s new collection: Humfrey Coningsby - poems, complaints, explanations and demands for satisfaction (Valley Press, 2015) purports to be a collection of poems written by the 16th Century traveller and other observers, with a curious contemporary ring to it. It may be. It may not. We may never know. What we do know, is that Jonathan Davidson is a citizen of Coventry and a poet and writer of radio dramas


Rennie Parker comes from West Yorkshire but now lives in Lincolnshire, a county which influenced the poems in her latest collection, Candleshoe (Shoestring Press, 2014). She is currently writing towards a booklet, The Complete Electric Artisan, and recently released two short novels as Kindle e-books, Trust and A Perfect Vicarage Affair.


Free but please book your tickets online here




  • Laurynas Katkus, Indrė Valantinaitė, Pauls Bankovskis & Alistair Noon


Saturday October 10th @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham.


In association with Nine Arches Press, Five Leaves Bookshop, and with thanks to the Lithuanian Culture Institute.


Please note: this event will be at Five Leaves Bookshop. Tickets: £5 / £3 unwaged – book online via PayPal below or pay on the door, but please let us know you’re coming –


We’re delighted to welcome Lithuanian poets Indrė Valantinaitė and Laurynas Katkus to Nottingham. The Lithuanian Culture Institute has funded these high-profile poets’ visit to the UK, and we’re lucky that they have chosen to visit us in Nottingham for a reading that promises to be both interesting and provocative. They will also be joined by visiting Latvian novelist Pauls Bankovskis, and Nine Arches poet Alistair Noon, on a rare visit to the UK from his home in Berlin.


Indrė Valantinaitė was born in 1984 in Kaunas. She has published poems in many periodicals, and she debuted with her first book of poetry in 2006. Her first book Of Fish and Lilies won the First Book Contest of the Lithuanian Writers Union in 2006. Her second book Tales about Love and Other Animals (2011) won the Young Yotvingian Prize in 2012. In addition to writing poems, Indrė is a singer, a winner of several singing festivals and also a TV journalist and producer.


Laurynas Katkus was born in 1972 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Katkus has published three books of poetry, a collection of essays and a novel. He has been translated into more than ten languages; and two book-length selections of poems in German, a selection of poems Bootleg Copy in English (2011), and a selection of essays and stories in German were published. Katkus was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, of Junge Akademie in the Berlin Academy of Arts, of International Writing Program in Iowa, and others. Katkus has translated many writers from English into Lithuanian. He lives in Vilnius with his wife and three children.


Alistair Noon was born in 1970 and grew up in Aylesbury. Besides time spent in Russia and China, he has lived in Berlin since the early nineties, where he works as a translator. His poetry and translations from German and Russian have appeared in nine chapbooks from small presses. Earth Records is his first full-length collection.


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