EVENTS

Very excited about this event, it’s going to be a wonderful evening!
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CASTAWAY BIOGRAPHIES

Sue Burge is a poet, freelance creative writing tutor, mentor and editor based in North Norfolk, UK.   Her poems appear in a range of publications including The North, Mslexia, Magma, Under the Radar, Strix, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, The Ekphrastic Review, Lighthouse and Poetry News.   Her poems feature in themed anthologies on science fiction, modern Gothic, illness, Britishness, endangered birds, WWI and the current pandemic.   Sue’s four poetry collections are: In the Kingdom of Shadows (Live Canon 2018), Lumière (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018), The Saltwater Diaries (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2020) and Confetti Dancers (Live Canon 2021).   She is currently working on her next full collection which explores the world of the alter ego she left behind in Paris three decades ago.

Heidi Williamson is an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and teaches for the Poetry School, Poetry Society and others.   Her books are Electric Shadow (PBS Recommendation and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize); The Print Museum (East Anglian Book Award for Poetry) and Return by Minor Road, which revisits her time living in Dunblane at the time of the Primary School shooting.  @heidiwilliamson www.heidiwilliamsonpoet.com

Jill Abram is Director of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, a collective encouraging craft, community and development, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.   She grew up in Manchester, travelled the world and now lives in Brixton.   She has performed her poems across London and beyond, and more than 50 of her poems have been published.   Jill produces and presents a variety of poetry events and she created and curates the Stablemates series of poetry and conversation.
www.jillabram.co.uk

Jeffery Sugarman is an American-born poet living in London, and was a 2019-20 Jerwood-Arvon Mentee with Hannah Lowe.   His debut pamphlet, Dear Friend(s), published by The Emma Press (spring 2019), explores various forms of kinship, relations of likeness and empathy as well as blood.   The long title poem is an elegy — for a specific ‘Dear Friend’, dead from AIDS in its earliest years — and for the loss of innocence and freedom of sexual expression that followed.   Other poems have been published, or are forth-coming in Magma, Finished Creatures, Present Tense Lit Mag, The Untangling (anthology), and American Book Review; online at ‘Here-There Poetry’ and ‘Vada Magazine’ online; and long-listed in the National Poetry Competition 2016.   He can be seen reading his poetry online at www.voicingoursilences.com (with Chaucer Cameron).

Andrea Holland teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is the author of two collections of poetry, Broadcasting, which won the Norfolk Commission for Poetry and Borrowed, a finalist in The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition.   Individual poems have been widely anthologised, including Pestilence and The World Speaking Back — poems for Denise Riley, mostly recently she had poems at Word City Monthly and The Field Guide (USA).   She is a contributor to The Portable Poetry Workshop (Palgrave/Macmillan) and has published articles on poetry, writing and collaboration and also sits on the Board of the European Association of Creative Writing Programs.   She lives in Norwich with her sons and a Romanian rescue dog.

Claire Dyer’s poetry collections are published by Two Rivers Press, her novels by Quercus and The Dome Press.   Her novel, ‘The Significant Others of Odie May’ is out now and she has a new collection forthcoming with Two Rivers Press in 2024.   She curates Reading’s Poets’ Café, teaches creative writing and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service.   She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Berkshire.   Her website is: www.clairedyer.com

Roy McFarlane is a poet born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton and the surrounding Black Country and former Birmingham’s Poet Laureate.   Roy is the author of Beginning With Your Last Breath (Nine Arches Press 2016) followed by The Healing Next Time (2018), nominated for Ted Hughes award, Jhalak prize, Poetry Book Society recommendation and one of the Guardians best poetry titles of 2018.   He’s presently working on his third collection with Nine Arches Press coming out in October 2022

Mel Pryor’s first collection Small Nuclear Family was published in 2015 and was a Daily Mail Christmas poetry book of the year.   The TLS described it as “a remarkable debut.”   She won the 2015 Philip Larkin Poetry Prize and her recent work has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma and Best British Short Stories 2021.   She has been the Scottish Poetry Library digital poet-in-residence. @melpryorpoetry

Jinhao Xie, born in Chengdu, is interested in nature, the mundane, the interpersonal and selfhood.   Their work is in POETRY, Gutter Magazine, Poetry Review, Harana, Bath Magg, and anthologies, including Slam! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This edited by Nikita Gill and Instagram Poems for Every Day by the National Poetry Library.

Lisa Kelly has single-sided deafness.   She is also half Danish.   Her first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize.   Her poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII.   Her pamphlets are From the IKEA Back Catalogue (New Walk Editions), Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye).   She is co-Chair of Magma Poetry and learning BSL.   She is currently co-editing What Meets the Eye, an anthology of poetry and short fiction by UK Deaf, deaf and Hard of Hearing writers for Arachne Press.

 

 


Sue is delighted and honoured that the brilliant arts organisation Home Stage have created a one-hour documentary about her latest collection, Confetti Dancers, and its cinematic inspiration. Go here for more information: the recording of the event is still available
www.home-stage.co.uk/sue-burge-confetti-dancers