The Inclusion of the Other: ‘Outsiders, Nobodies and Holy Fools’

The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Thursday 28th November, 7.30 pm

I will be reading from my latest sequence of poems (provisionally entitled ‘Little Piece of Harm’) this coming Thursday as part of a poetry, spoken-word and song event organised by Matt Clegg. I will be reading alongside Matt, Ray Herne, Emma Bolland, Fay Musselwhite, Karl Riordan, Mark Goodwin, and Steve Sawyer. It will be a great evening of readings: all of my fellow readers-writers are very fine performers so it would be good to see you there.

Poetry Reading with Alistair Noon: Monday 8th May

Alistair Noon and Chris Jones
The Fat Cat, 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA
Monday 8 May | 7.30pm | Admission free

The launch of Alistair Noon‘s new Longbarrow Press pamphlet, QUAD. Alistair will be joined by Longbarrow poet Chris Jones (who, like Alistair, recently contributed to the Rose of Temperaments project: the two poets will present a ‘re-colouring’ of each other’s sonnets as part of the reading). The event is free; all are welcome. QUAD will be available to order from the Longbarrow Press website from Tuesday 9 May.

Two Reading Events

I’m reading at two events in the next couple of weeks. Details below:

Writers in the Bath, The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S3 7QL, Tuesday 8th November, 7.30 pm onwards Entry £4.

Chris Jones is a writer and teacher who has lived in Sheffield for over twenty five years. His poetry books include Hard on the Knuckle, The Safe House, Jigs and Reels, and Skin, published by Longbarrow Press in 2015.  He has worked with artists and writers on a wide variety of collaborations and residencies.  One of his most recent projects is The Rose of Temperaments – where he has been meditating on what colour means with a group of poets, artists and scientists for The Festival of Mind 2016 (www.poetryandcolour,com).  He teaches creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. 

 Dorothy  Yamamoto grew up in north London, where her Japanese father and English mother settled after the war. That divided background is the source of many of her poems. She now lives in Oxford, and writes non-fiction books about animals as well as poetry. Her collection, Landscape with a Hundred Bridges, came out after she won the 2007 Blinking Eye competition, judged by Don Paterson.

Then I’m reading at ‘Spoken Word in the Turret House’, `Sheffield Manor Lodge, S2 1UL. from 2pm – 3pm on Saturday 19th November. £3 adults.

I will concentrate on histories – my own story as a writer, a little bit on the history of Sheffield (using the River Don as the centre-point for this exploration), and a wider sense of English history through my interest in Pre-Reformation wall art and its destruction. I will read the sequence ‘Death and the Gallant’ that concentrates on iconoclasm in seventeenth century England as part of the performance.