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Poetry Weekend

A fabulous weekend of poetry workshops, readings and performances at Sandy Hill Arts featuring Luke Wright, Elvis McGonagall, Caroline Bird and Esther Morgan.

Saturday 31st

Poetry workshops and readings by Caroline Bird and Esther Morgan.

Tickets :  £25 for a two hour poetry workshop and reading

£40 to attend both workshops and readings

Saturday evening: performance featuring Luke Wright and Elvis McGonagall – Tickets £15

Luke Wright

Whether he’s playing master of ceremonies at a Libertines show or reciting Georgian ballads down your local, Luke is adept at taking poetry places it doesn’t normally go. His poems can be tender, riotous, caustic and romantic and he delivers them with the ferocity and panache of a raconteur at the top of his game.

Celebrating 25 years on stages his latest show Luke Wright’s Silver Jubilee enjoyed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023 before a sixty date UK tour with feature performances at Verve, Ledbury, Winchester and Nottingham Poetry Festivals. The Telegraph said “this his best thing he’s done, and that’s saying something,” and gave the show five stars. Luke’s new show JOY launches in the summer of 2024.

Luke’s work has a won a Fringe First, a 4Talent Award, a Stage Award and four Saboteur Awards, including the 2021 Best Spoken Word Performer. He was poet-in-residence for BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live for six years, and is a regular tour support for John Cooper Clarke.

“Breathtaking … with a sharpness and wisdom that lifts the soul, and soothes the battered heart.” The Scotsman

 

Elvis McGonagall

Stand-up poet, comedian and broadcaster, armchair revolutionary and walking shortbread
tin, Elvis McGonagall resides at The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere in the back of
beyond where he scribbles satirical verse whilst drinking malt whisky and listening to
Johnny Cash.
Two series of his sitcom “Elvis McGonagall Takes A Look On The Bright Side” have been
broadcast on BBC Radio 4 where he appears regularly, most recently on “Radio 4’s “Loose
Ends” and on “Stand-Up Specials: Full Tartan Jacket” which was the featured Radio 4
“Comedy of the Week” podcast as well as the documentary “My Name Is Elvis” which
featured on Radio 4’s “Pick of the Week”. Elvis also pops up occasionally on the telly.
Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the Blue Suede Sporran Club and
performs at comedy, literary and music festivals, arts centres, cabaret clubs, pubs and
dodgy dives up and down the country and abroad.

Caroline Bird

Caroline Bird’s selected poems, Rookie (2022), and The Air Year (2020) are two of Carcanet’s most popular books of the present decade. She won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2020, and has been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the TS Eliot Prize, the Costa Book Awards, the Ted Hughes Award, the Polari Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

A two-time winner of the Foyles Young Poets Award, her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was 15. She won a Cholmondeley Award in 2023. Her seventh collection, Ambush at Still Lake, will be published in June 2024.

 

 

 

Esther Morgan
Esther Morgan’s four poetry collections are published by Bloodaxe Books. Her third, Grace, was shortlisted for the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize. Born in 1970, she grew up in rural Worcestershire where she wandered off a lot into the fields and talked to the cows.
She began writing poetry seriously during a stint as a volunteer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere before arriving in Norwich to do an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Since then she’s been involved in the poetry world as an editor and teacher. She currently lives on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and works as Communications Manager for Norfolk Museums Service.
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Date

31st August 2024 - 1st September 2024

Time

11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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