at the Chequers in Chipping Norton
featuring Martin Malone
plus guest poet Mark Leech
Born in 1963 in West Hartlepool, England, Martin Malone now teaches in Wiltshire. He is currently working on his second collection, Failed Light, as well as a collaborative collection with the poet Jo Bell with whom he recently set up Small Lightnings Press. A winner of the 2011 Straid Poetry Award, the Wivenhoe Poetry Competition and the 2012 Mirehouse Poetry Competition.
Martin Malone’s debut is breathtakingly assured – a rich attractively male excavation of time and place, landscape and language, every word alert to the elements without and their emotions within.
Carol Ann Duffy
Check out his website: http://www.martinmalone.org/
Mark Leech's most recent chapbook, Chang'an Poems, was published in January 2012. He has published long-poem sequences on London's underground rivers and Saint Frideswide of Oxford as well as translations from Spanish and Old English.
Mark Leech’s sequence of 41 poems centres on a tyrannical empire where dissidents experience foreign exile and banished lovers can only dream of homecoming and reconciliation. The ancient capital Chang’an has towers, temples, parks, squares, courtyards — even jade rooms. A long bridge crosses a river. Geese fly in bitter winter winds. A drunk looks deeply into his bottle. Several elements of classic Chinese poetry are present....
Thursday 18th October 2012
6:30 for 7:00 pm
The event if free – but donations are gratefully received
and do buy the poets’ books!
For further information phone 07857 273695
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come early if you want to read at the open mic!