As this post’s heading implies, I have two announcements. First: Kingston Writing School is hosting an open mic night this Wednesday (May 27th) at Kingston University, and I’ll be reading (possibly debuting a new poem). See the attached flyer for details.
Second: on Saturday, June 20th, I’ll be reading with four other stellar poets as part of the Carshalton Festival. Myself, Lucy Furlong, Nik Way, Neil Horabin, and Sarah Dawson (collectively known as The Water Poets) will be commandeering the stage at the Cryer Theatre from 12 to 1pm. The festival’s theme is “Carshalton-On-Sea”, so we’ll each be reading a selection of our finest water-related poetry, including pieces inspired by Carshalton, which we’ve specially prepared for the occasion. Again, see the attached flyer for details.
Here’s a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/425836990927784/
And here are our author bios:
Lucy Furlong’s writing has been widely published, and last year one of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Forward Prize. Her poetry map, Amniotic City was reviewed in The Guardian newspaper. Her first collection, clew, was recently published by Hesterglock Press, and is available from www.lucyfurlong.com
David Russomano’s poetry has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications’ 2012 Best of the Net Anthology. In 2014, Kingston University awarded him the Faber and Faber Creative Writing MA Prize. His work is due to appear in upcoming issues of Elbow Room, Structo, and The London Miscellany.
Sarah Dawson is a mostly visual poet, specializing in asemic works inspired by sheet music or architectural drawings. You can view more of her work here: http://reversesnowball.tumblr.com/tagged/my-poetry
Nik Way writes, acts and directs. He has been known to shave his head for a part and undress during poetry readings. In 2013 he was shortlisted to be the Young Poet Laureate of London. Broadway Baby described his play Last Supper as “thought-provoking and poignant”. He tweets from @NikWay
Neil Horabin earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Kingston in 2014. During that time he had poems published in Ripple, Gone Fishing and Words, Pauses, Noises where a short story also appeared. Saying all that, Neil considers himself to be a novelist, he is currently editing his second novel. He teaches creative writing for Surrey County Council as an Adult Learning Tutor.