The latest Leamington Shindig, run by Nine Arches Press, takes place this Sunday, May 16th, at Wilde's Wine Bar, The Parade, Leamington Spa.
Reading will be Bob Mee and Lydia Towsey, there's music from punk-folk accordionist Matt Campbell, and of course there are open mic slots to sign up for on the night. The doors open at 6.30pm, with readings from 7.30pm.
Lydia Towsey is a poet and performer. Commissions include: Freedom Showcase in 2007 and Beyond Words in 2009. Lydia has performed with John Hegley, Jean Binta Breeze and Keorapetse Kgositsile, the South African Poet Laureate. Her latest publication is within The Great Grandchildren of Albion (a forthcoming project of Michael Horovitz). She comperes and coordinates WORD! the longest-running East Midlands poetry night (www.myspace.com/wordleicester) and in 2009 was the Artistic Director of The Lyric Lounge(www.lyriclounge.co.uk). She’s doing an MA in Writing and putting together her first collection. She drinks a lot of tea.
Bob Mee is Co-editor of Ragged Raven Press and as well as writting several collections of poetry, his latest being The Maker of Glass Eyes (2009), he has written several boxing books, including Bare Fists. This history of bare-knuckle prize-fighting in the 18th and 19th centuries was Sunday Times book of the week, and recommended by the New York Times and Playboy... which might make him the only poet around these parts to have been in Playboy. Or maybe not.
Entry is absolutely free - come along and enjoy the evening.