Nine Arches Press and Crystal Clear Creators present:

•Leicester Shindig!


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


NEXT EVENT: Monday 10th March 2014 at 7.30pm.


With special guest writers: Shelley Roche-Jaques, Rebecca Bird, Kathleen Bell, Michael Thomas.




Leicester Shindig! 2014 dates for your diary:

Monday 19th May

Monday 21st July

Monday 15th September

Monday 17th November


What the reviewers say about Leicester Shindig:

Matt Merritt at Polyolbion

Alan Baker at Litterbug

Gary Longden




States of Independence 2014

Saturday 15th March 2014 from 10.30am - 4.30pm

Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester LE1 5XY


Free of charge Open to all

Workshops | Readings | Panels | Seminars | Book launches

Bookstalls | Independent presses | Regional writers

Fiction | Non-fiction | Poetry | Plays | Artist books | Magazines | Journals


States of Independence 2014 - our Fifth such event - will take place on Saturday 15 March at Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Leicester. This year there is a strong emphasis on fiction – with three fantastic women writers – Leicester's Kerry Young, Booker-shortlisted Alison Moore and, returning to her old haunts, Sarah Butler. We have sessions on short fiction and poetry – from the Chartists to modern times. There is weird stuff on offer (literally...) and the announcement of the East Midlands Book Award shortlist.


Further information about States of Independence can be found here.



Birmingham Independent Book Fair 2014

Saturday April 12, 2014 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS


Browse, buy and discover new books, many of which are not available on the high street. This day-long event will feature independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond, offering you the chance to buy books directly from the publishers, who will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to new writing. From poetry pamphlets to prose fiction, graphic novels to science fiction and fantasy, a wide range of forms and genres will be represented.


The fair is free entry, just drop in, all are welcome!


Full information can be found here >




Wenlock Poetry Festival

Maps & Legends - Poems to Find Your Way By


Much Wenlock Methodist Church, King Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, TF13 6BL

Sunday 27th April 2014, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm £8 / £7


Celebrate five years of independent publishing at Nine Arches Press and take a poetry-pathway less travelled with national Canal Laureate and Maps and Legends anthology

co-editor, Jo Bell, and Nine Arches poets Maria Taylor, Matt Merritt and Mario Petrucci.


Jo Bell is a former Glastonbury Poet in Residence and director of National Poetry Day – a post she recently left to become the UK’s first Canal Laureate. A boat-dweller and former archaeologist, she has been published in journals from Magma and Popshot to the Frogmore Papers, and appeared at festivals from Shambala to Cheltenham Literature Festival. Her most recent collection is Navigation.


Matt Merritt is a poet and wildlife journalist from Leicester. His third collection, The Elephant Tests, is out now from Nine Arches, and previous publications include hydrodaktulopsychicharmonica (Nine Arches, 2010), Troy Town (Arrowhead, 2008), and Making The Most Of The Light (HappenStance, 2005). He blogs at:


Maria Taylor is a Leicestershire-based poet. Her debut collection, Melanchrini, was published by Nine Arches Press in Summer 2012. Her writing has been published in The North, The Guardian, The TLS, Staple and others.


Mario Petrucci’s work is “vivid, generous and life-affirming” (Envoi). Through groundbreaking residencies, poetry films and a remarkable output of ecopoetry, his unique scientific sensibility has tirelessly illuminated the linguistic as well as emotive resonances of love and loss in the public and private domains. Whether exploring the tragedies of Chernobyl (Heavy Water, 2004) or immersing himself in heart-rending invention (i tulips, 2010), Petrucci aspires to “Poetry on a geological scale” (Verse). His most recent collection is anima (Nine Arches Press).


Book your tickets in advance here




Workshop opportunities with Writing West Midlands:

Short Course: Towards a Poetry Collection

13 May – 24 June (excl 27 May), days, 6 – 8pm

Writing West Midlands, Unit 204, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham B9 4AA


As part of a six week course, Jane Commane (poet, tutor and editor at Nine Arches Press) will guide you through the process of curating and creating a collection of your poetry. Discover the different ways to get into print, find the right shape and form for your collection and right sort of publisher for you. Whether it’s a pamphlet, book collection or mini-epic, discover how best to refine, hone and polish your poems so they can shine and show your writing at its best. Also, get plenty of practical tips on how to build up your reputation and profile as a poet, how to submit your collection, and how to structure, order and develop your collection of poems. The course will also include short one-to-one feedback sessions on individual collections with the workshop tutor. Though the workshops won’t result in the actual publication of your collection, they will equip you with all the know-how, techniques and best practices to help you make the important first steps through what can seem a daunting process. Prepare to have a few myths about poetry publishing busted, develop your poetic confidence and brush up your editing skills!


£99 for all six sessions.

BOOKING: / 0121 245 4455





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