The first of what I hope will be a regular series of readings/open mics, run in conjunction with Nine Arches Press, will take place at The Looking Glass, on the corner of Braunstone Gate and Narborough Road in Leicester, on Monday, January 25th, at 7.30pm.
We've got a great line-up, with Tony Williams, Mark Goodwin and Matt Nunn, plus support from anyone out there who'd like to get up and launch the open mic in style.
Tony Williams is a Sheffield poet, whose debut collection The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street (Salt) has been highly acclaimed nationally. The Guardian said: “…from all our cultural loam and junk, Williams has made real magic.”
Mark Goodwin is Leicester-based, and a member of Inky Fish poets, and his work deals with landscape, nature, and their connections to the human world. I wrote about his fine Shearsman collection Else on here last year, and he's always an enthralling reader.
Last but certainly not least, there's Matt Nunn, Birmingham poet, editor and co-founder of Nine Arches, whose latest collection Sounds In The Grass was one of my favourites of last year.
The readings start at 7.30pm, and you can sign up for open mic slots on the door.