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 19th May 2014 at 7.30pm.


With special guest writers: Siobhan Logan, Rennie Parker, Emma Lee and Josh Ekroy.




Leicester Shindig! 2014 dates for your diary:

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




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





Launch of Ways to Build a Roadblock by Josh Ekroy

Wednesday 14th May 7.00pm onwards

The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL

With readings by Angela France, Daniel Sluman and Josh Ekroy.


Join us to celebrate the launch of Josh Ekroy's debut poetry collection, Ways to Build a Roadblock with readings from Josh and from Angela France and Daniel Sluman.


FREE and all welcome.





Workshop opportunities with Writing West Midlands:

Short Course: Towards a Poetry Collection

SORRY - now fully booked!

See here for information on joining the waiting list

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.






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