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Coming Home with Poetry - A Reading and Open mic

'Home is so sad’, Philip Larkin wrote, others have claimed it is 'where the heart is', and James Baldwin described it as 'not a place but simply an irrevocable condition'. This event will explore how 'home' has affected the work of four Gloucestershire-based contemporary poets. Will they, like John Clare 'sing the pleasure of a home'? Or have they, like Dylan Thomas 'longed to run away'. There will also be an open mic where participants are invited to bring poems on the theme of 'home'.

David Clarke

David Clarke is a Gloucestershire-based poet who has published two pamphlets and two full collections, the most recent of which was The Europeans (Nine Arches Press, 2019). His poetry has also appeared in journals such as Poetry Wales, Magma and Long Poem Magazine, as well as in The Guardian. His next book Out of True is due to appear with Nine Arches Press in the autumn of 2022.

Derek Healy 

Derek was born in and grew up in Cheltenham.  His second collection Home (Graffiti Books 2020) explores our sense of rootedness in many ways – our family, our friends, our lovers, through to our place in time and the universe. Derek has been published in a number of journals in the UK and in the USA and is presently working on his third collection Uncharted.

Duncan Forbes 

Duncan’s poems have been published by Faber, Secker and Enitharmon, who brought out Selected Poems in 2009, drawn from five previous collections. He read English at Oxford and has taught for many years.

Anna Saunders

Anna Saunders is the author of Communion (Wild Conversations Press), Struck (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and The Fox,  Ghosting for Beginners and Feverfew, (all Indigo Dreams). Feverfew has been described as ‘rich with obsession, sensuousness and potency’ by Ben Ray, and as ‘a beautiful and necessary collection’ by Penny Shuttle.  Anna's new book is called The Prohibition of Touch (Indigo Dreams). She is also the Executive Director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

Dates and times
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Wed 21 Sep 2022
Francis Close Hall Chapel
Swindon Road
GL50 4AZ
South West
£7.50 | £10.50 for participation in the open mic