The Collective (Poetry Upstairs)
Poetry reading by:
John Barnie – one of Wales’s most distinguished and respected literary figures, well known for both his creative and discursive abilities. He has published several collections of poetry, prose fiction and essays, most notably The King of Ashes which won a Welsh Book of the Year Award. His verse novel Ice was published by Gomer in 2001. Trouble in Heaven was longlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award in 2008. Formerly editor of Planet, he lives in Comins Coch, Aberystwyth and performs with the bilingual poetry & blues group Hollow Log.
Frances Presley – a poet whose writing is widely published. Most of her work up until 2009 can be found in Paravane (Salt, 2004); Myne (Shearsman, 2006) and Lines of Sight (Shearsman, 2009). Since then she has produced An Alphabet for Alina with artist Peterjon Skelt (Five Seasons, 2012) and Halse for Hazel (Shearsman, 2014) which received an Arts Council award, with its companion volume, Sallow (Leafe, 2016).