Monday 29th September
Theme: Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton
Abi is a drama, poetry and fiction writer. As a playwright, she has trained at the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and the Royal Exchange Theatre, and is part of the Octagon Writers’ Network at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. She has also had her work staged at the 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester, The Traverse, Edinburgh, and Grosvenor Open Air Theatre, Chester. She performs her fiction and poetry in and around Manchester pretty much whenever anybody will give her any stage time.
She also runs First Draft cabaret nights at The Castle Hotel and is Artistic Director of theatre and film company Faro Productions, who will be staging her latest play, 7 Veils, at The Kings Arms in Salford in November.
Jasmine Chatfield is a writer and poet who recently graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in English Literature. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Cadaverine and Neon, and she has performed her work widely across the North West as well as various other places. Her work is often concerned with nature, creation myths, outsiders, apocalypses and reflections.
Lenni Sanders is a poet based in the North West and also a recent graduate of Lancaster University. She has been published in Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Cadaverine, The Crocodile and Poetry Digest, and performs in Manchester and Lancashire. She likes to write imagery-heavy poems about strange minds, animals, places, hurting, and sex.
Together, they are an unstoppable force! They have written experimental collaborative sets, organised open mics and curated spoken word events, utilising the multi-voiced quality of collaborative performance to explore oppositions and relationships. Inspired by Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, they will perform a collaborate set that asks questions about dystopia, apocalypse, and women’s experiences.”
Monday 27th October
Chris Harland is a regular face on the North East spoken word scene. Writing on an eclectic mix of subjects, his performance has been described as energetic and intense with theatrical leanings.
Kate Garrett was born in southwestern Ohio, but has lived all of her adult life in the UK. Her poetry and flash fiction can be found online and in print, in such diverse locations as Prole, The Emma Press Anthology of Motherhood, and SlutCake zine. She completed her BA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University this year, and is so far the author of three little books: Bewitched (#6 in the Pankhearst Singles Club), the mini-chapbook Minor Things, and the forthcoming pamphlet ‘The names of things unseen’ (part of Prole’s collaborative collection Caboodle). She is also currently editing the anti-romance themed Slim Volume: No Love Lost, Pankhearst’s first poetry and flash fiction anthology, to be released late 2014. She lives in Sheffield.
Monday 24th November