Home, and the Music of Chance
What does the word ‘home’ in all its connotations mean to us? Is it geography or a state of mind? How much of a part does Chance play in our lives and in our writing? Do we plan or leave most things to fate? Is where we journey to and finally arrive at, down to meticulous strategy or absolute fluke? Using hands-on exercises and poems we will explore these concepts and use them to inform new ways of writing.
A chance to bask in the attention and experience of 2 wonderful people and poets, Mark Connors & Gill Lambert.
Mark features regularly as a guest compere at literature festivals and also runs WORD CLUB, a critically acclaimed poetry night, with his partner, Gill Lambert at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds and the bi-monthly Shaken in Sheeptown at Bojangles Bar in Skipton. Mark and Gill also host a monthly poetry radio show, WORD CLUB: The Sunday Sessions. WORD CLUB has been a founding creative partner of the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, an annual event at The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, since its inception in 2016. Mark is also a managing editor of the independent publisher, Yaffle, which he runs with Mike Farren, Lorna Faye Dunsire and Gill Lambert.
Mark Connors is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. He has had over 170 poems published in anthologies, magazines and webzines inc' Indigo Dreams, Beautiful Dragons, Half Moon Books and Stairwell Books, as well as Poetry Salzburg Review, Envoi, Prole, The Interpreter's House, Dream Catcher, Strix, Sarasvati, Dawn Treader, Confluence and many others.
Mark's debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015. His first full-length poetry collection, Nothing is Meant to be Broken, (2017) Stairwell Books. His second collection, Optics ( YAFFLE, 2019) . A collaborative collection, Reel Bradford (poems written by the five poets behind YAFFLE) was also published in 2019.
Gill Lambert is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire. She won the 2016 Ikley Literature Open Mic Competition and was commended in the Mother's Milk pamphlet Competition the same year. Gill runs two poetry open mic nights with her partner, Mark Connors: Word Club in Leeds and Shaken in Sheep Town in Skipton. She facilitates workshops around the region with numerous groups. As well as being published widely in print and online, Gill's pamphlet 'Uninvited Guests' was published with Indigo Dreams in 2017 and her first full collection came out this year with Yaffle.
Gill is a managing editor at Yaffle which she runs with Mark Connors, Mike Farren and Lorna Faye Dunsire.
The day at a glance:
Arrive from 9.30 for tea and coffee
10.00 – 12.00 Writing workshop
12.00 – 1.00 Lunch: not included – but lots of options around Bishop’s Castle, bring your own or we can take an order to have a freshly prepared lunch bag waiting for you, from Marlon’s @No19 in Bishop’s Castle.
1.00 – 3.30 More writing & workshop time and tea and cake – included in the ticket price