Sold out and prize draw

Confirmation that Words on Tap Presents… Paul Farley has officially sold out. Apologies to anyone who expressed an interest in buying a ticket but didn’t pay in advance – you will not be able to attend as the venue is now at full capacity. Thank you to everyone who did buy a ticket in advance – can’t wait to celebrate two years of WoT with you all!

And now for the fun part: the ticket stubs for the support slot raffle have now been randomly selected, thanks to John Hepworth’s RNG. Video evidence can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3QJmMj4J6I&feature=youtu.be
The names are written below. Commiserations to those who were not selected.

Howard Benn

Becky Cherriman

Caroline Wilkinson
Rosalind York
Ruth (sorry I don’t know your surname)
Just a quick reminder that November 28th will be the last WoT, but not the end of literary events held at the Chemic. The extremely capable Mark Connors will take over with his brand new spoken word night Word Club, which will start on the last Friday of January 2015.
Speak soon.
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Words on Tap, Friday Oct 31st, 7.30pm, Chemic Tavern

The penultimate Words on Tap will take place on Halloween, and we are delighted to welcome two outstanding York-based poets, Oz Hardwick and Steve Nash, who will no doubt give us a literary yet ghoulish performance. This month’s event will be the last chance to buy one of the nine remaining tickets to see/hear Paul Farley on Nov 28th at WoT, and there will also be a raffle, featuring prizes concocted in Matthew Hedley Stoppard’s laboratory. Lastly, the open-mic slots will be extended to four, possibly five, minutes as this will be the last chance to take part in the usual WoT format. Hope to see you at the Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse, Friday Oct 31st, 7.30pm, adm FREE, Fancy dress optional. More info below.

 

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Steve Nash is a writer, lecturer, poetry editor, and terrible musician based in Yorkshire.  His first collection, Taking the Long Way Home, published by Stairwell Books, has been called ‘The work of a rare artist with a fire in his head,’ and ‘an important addition to poetry in the English language’.  Steve recently won the Saboteur Award for Performer of the Year, winning from a shortlist that included Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish.  Steve lives on a diet of Guinness and scotch eggs and suspects his guinea pigs are plotting against him. You can follow him @stevenashyork.

 

Oz Hardwick

 

Oz Hardwick is a York-based writer, photographer and occasional musician. Widely published in journals, anthologies and other media, Oz’s fifth poetry collection, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice, will be published by Valley Press on 31st October 2014 and is the Poetry Kit’s ‘Book of the Month.’ Oz has performed his work, both solo and in collaboration with a variety of writers and musicians, in Europe, the USA, and throughout the UK. By day, Oz is Professor of English and Programme Leader for English and Writing at Leeds Trinity University. His only regret is that he is not Belgian.

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Words on Tap, Friday September 26th, 7.30pm, The Chemic Tavern

Next week sees the third-to-last instalment of not-for-profit literary event Words on Tap, featuring a fantastic line-up of authors including Mark Connors (who will be taking on hosting duties), Linda Marshall and Miles Salter. There will be the usual open-mic section and tickets for the Paul Farley event in November will be available. See you next Friday Sept 26th at The Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse, 7.30pm. FREE admission. More info below.

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Mark Connors is a writer from Horsforth, Leeds. His poetry has appeared alongside works by Simon Armitage, Andrew Motion and Antony Dunn in anthologies and also in magazines such as Dream Catcher, Prole, Indigo Dreams, The Dawntreader, the Alarmist, Sarasvati and many others. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of ezines/webzines both in the UK and the USA. Mark has also written two as yet unpublished novels and is currently working on his third. He is also the editor of the Twitter Fiction magazine, Twiction Addiction @twictionaddict. His website is www.markconnors.co.uk. You can also follow his Twitter Fiction @markywriter.
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Linda Marshall has had two collections of her poetry published, Brakken City (Fighting Cock Press, 1997) and Half-Moon Glasses (Flux Gallery Press, 2009). For many years, she was co-editor of Aireings poetry magazine. In 2012 she received a commission to write a poem in celebration of the centenary of her local cinema (Cottage Road Cinema) and took part in the Leeds Lieder event in 2013, in which she collaborated with a composer to write a poem set to music. She has written a series of poems that interpret paintings on a South Indian dance theme, exhibited in 2014. She was a member of Pennine Poets and is now involved with Lucht Focail, a group of Irish writers, and takes part in readings in and around Leeds.
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Miles Salter is a writer, musician and storyteller based in York. He has published two collections of poetry with Valley Press, The Border (2011) and Animals (2013), and was shortlisted for The Times / Chicken House children’s writing award in 2010. He likes Marmite, early Bruce Springsteen albums, and Philip Larkin. Head to ww.miles-salter.co.uk

Words on Tap Presents… Paul Farley, Friday November 28th, 7pm, The Chemic Tavern

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After two years, not-for-profit literary event Words on Tap will cease operating. To celebrate we have one last showcase evening planned, headlined by multi-award-winning poet and BBC broadcaster Paul Farley who will read from his selected works in the intimate setting of The Chemic Tavern’s function room. 

Tickets are £6 (and are very limited) and can be acquired by emailing wordsontap@email.com. This is a unique opportunity to see and hear one of the nation’s finest poets reading his work at an informal venue. Those interested in a support slot will have their ticket stubs entered into a prize draw from which five poets will be selected to read on the night. More info about below.

 

Paul Farley was born in Liverpool in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He has published four books with Picador: The Boy from the Chemist is Here to See You (which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Award and a Forward Prize in 1998); The Ice Age (winner of the 2002 Whitbread Poetry Prize, and a Poetry Book Society Choice); and Tramp in Flames, which was short-listed for the International Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007 and the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2009 he received the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and a Travelling Scholarship from the Society of Authors. 

He has also written a book on Terence Davies’s Distant Voices, Still Lives (British Film Institute, 2006) and in 2007 edited a selection of John Clare for Faber’s Poet-to-Poet series. As a broadcaster he has written and presented many arts, feature and documentary programmes for BBC radio and television, including Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber, Sunday Features on Wilfred Owen and W.H. Auden, two Archive Hours on Philip Larkin, poetry features on John Clare, Frank O’Hara and Michael Drayton, and several original radio dramas and adaptations. His poems for radio are collected in Field Recordings: BBC Poems 1998-2008 (Donut Press, 2009) and a selected poems, The Atlantic Tunnel, was published in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2010. He has also written more widely on the arts and literature for The Guardian, Art Review, Granta, Tate etc, the Independent, the Observer and Poetry Review; he is a frequent guest on programmes such as Saturday Review, The Culture Show, Front Row, Night Waves and The Verb. 

His book, Edgelands, a non-fiction journey into England’s overlooked wilderness (co-authored with Michael Symmons Roberts) was published by Jonathan Cape in 2011; it received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award and was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. His most recent collection is The Dark Film, which was a Poetry Book Society Choice in 2012, and in 2013 he was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his Selected Poems appeared in 2014.

 

Words on Tap: Stoppard’s Birthday – Friday August 29th, The Chemic Tavern, 7.30pm

Not-for-profit literary evening Words on Tap offers many reasons to attend this month: once again there will be a stellar line-up of headlining poets, featuring Tim Ellis, Rosalind York and Kate Morgan (see below for more details), I will be celebrating my 29th year (to heaven), the headliner of WoT’s final event on November 28th will be revealed and tickets for that event will go on sale and there will be the usual open-mic opportunities available. Moreover, there will be fine ales and spirits provided by the legendary Chemic Tavern and admission is FREE. See you there, 7.30pm (doors).

Of course it would be foolish not to mention that WoT takes place the day after the Leeds launch of collaborative spoken word album, Runt County, recorded by myself and Hull-based art rockers The Glass Delusion at Seven Arts, Thursday August 28th (details can be found here: )

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A professional gardener in Harrogate by day, Tim Ellis also runs the town’s “Poems, Prose & Pints” open mic night. He produced two books with reputable publishers before plunging into the murky waters of self-publication. Winner of the 2011 Huddersfield Grist prize, he also has several slam victories under his belt. When time allows you are most likely to find him lurking behind a bush on a local bird reserve, unless he is roaming restlessly across the globe seeking out more exotic forms of wildlife.

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Under her real identity, Rosalind York read Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, has been a prize winner in the York Open Poetry Competition and features in the Other Poetry anthology, Miracle and Clockwork. Under this newly assumed identity, she is featured in the Otley Word Feast anthology, Spokes. She is an occasional gatecrasher of Otley Poets and a member of Ilkley Writers and will feature with them on the Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe in October.

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Kate Morgan is a 24-year-old PhD student and writer. She is really interested in gender, sexuality, power dynamics and the construction of self, but with a personal emphasis on doing that through storytelling. She lives in Leeds where she drinks copious amounts of tea.

Words on Tap, Friday 25th July, 7.30pm, Chemic Tavern

Time for another outing for not-for-profit literary event Words on Tap Friday 25th July at The Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse, Leeds. This month’s line-up includes poetry from Jimmy Andrex, Kath McKay, Siobhan MacMahon and Zach Roddis (more info below). There are also plenty of open-mic slots available, and admission is absolutely FREE. Doors 7.30pm. There will be some special announcements regarding upcoming WoTs, too. See you there.

Jimmy Andrex is a poet and nuisance who has previously published two collections, ‘Leet’ (2013) and ‘Gormless’ (2011). He performs to bemused audiences all over the region, makes programmes for East Leeds FM, has been Black Horse Poet of the Year twice and is currently promoting an album of poems set to music entitled ‘Cresties’.

Kath McKay has published a novel, had two Arts Council awards for short stories, and won the Poetry Business Prize for her collection ‘Anyone Left Standing’. Her most recent poetry collection is ‘Telling the Bees’ (Smiths Knoll, 2014), and a new full collection of her work will be published by Wrecking Ball Press, Hull, in autumn 2014.

She also writes short stories, which have been published in magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4, and several will be on http://www.cutalongstory.com this year. She teaches creative writing in Hull University English department (info can be found on the website). She also writes occasional articles on short story writers.

Siobhan MacMahon is an Irish-born poet, performer and playwright, based in Chapel Allerton in Leeds, with a passion for live literature and the spoken word. She performs her poetry widely as well as devising and running workshops and projects which explore and celebrate the magic and mystery of words.

Zach Roddis: YOLO theory, existential confusion, and poems about video games. A 23 year spoken word artist from the northern grit of Manchester who will take you on a journey of internet-based surrealism and teenage angst. Having had a poetry podcast commissioned by Apples & Snakes, Zach engages different crowds and experiments with forms of alternative literature.

Words on Tap, Friday 25th July, 7.30pm, Chemic Tavern

Time for another outing for not-for-profit literary event Words on Tap Friday 25th July at The Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse, Leeds. This month’s line-up includes poetry from Jimmy Andrex, Kath McKay, Siobhan MacMahon and Zach Roddis (more info below). There are also plenty of open-mic slots available, and admission is absolutely FREE. Doors 7.30pm. There will be some special announcements regarding upcoming WoTs, too. See you there.

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Jimmy Andrex is a poet and nuisance who has previously published two collections, ‘Leet’ (2013) and ‘Gormless’ (2011). He performs to bemused audiences all over the region, makes programmes for East Leeds FM, has been Black Horse Poet of the Year twice and is currently promoting an album of poems set to music entitled ‘Cresties’.

Kath McKay has published a novel, had two Arts Council awards for short stories, and won the Poetry Business Prize for her collection ‘Anyone Left Standing’. Her most recent poetry collection is ‘Telling the Bees’ (Smiths Knoll, 2014), and a new full collection of her work will be published by Wrecking Ball Press, Hull, in autumn 2014.

She also writes short stories, which have been published in magazines and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4, and several will be on http://www.cutalongstory.com this year. She teaches creative writing in Hull University English department (info can be found on the website). She also writes occasional articles on short story writers.

Siobhan MacMahon is an Irish-born poet, performer and playwright, based in Chapel Allerton in Leeds, with a passion for live literature and the spoken word. She performs her poetry widely as well as devising and running workshops and projects which explore and celebrate the magic and mystery of words.

Zach Roddis: YOLO theory, existential confusion, and poems about video games. A 23 year spoken word artist from the northern grit of Manchester who will take you on a journey of internet-based surrealism and teenage angst. Having had a poetry podcast commissioned by Apples & Snakes, Zach engages different crowds and experiments with forms of alternative literature.