Poetry Pamphlet Launch. Echolocation by Becky Cherriman. Sunday 28th February 2016 at the Hyde Park Book Club

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28/02/2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Join Becky Cherriman for the launch of her pamphlet Echolocation, a poetic journey into single motherhood, infertility, the adoption process and more by a writer who has lived them all. Becky will be reading alongside poet Michael Brown whose poetry has often dealt with familial relationships and the experience of being a father in our time.

Our compere for the afternoon is poet Matthew Hedley Stoppard.

There will be an open mic session too so if you would like to read, please arrive promptly with your poems on parenting or being parented.  Due to time constraints, each performer will be limited to a 3 min slot.

Timetable: 2pm start, Becky and Michael; 2.45pm, short break; 3pm – 4pm open mic.

This event is aimed at adults but is family friendly and is run in partnership with the Leeds Library and the Hyde Park Book Club, celebrating International Women’s Day 2016.

Due to the small size of the venue, booking is essential. Please reserve your free tickets here.

Words in MOTIION-19Becky Cherriman is a writer, workshop leader and performer based in Leeds.  Published on umbrellas, by MslexiaNew WalkEnvoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed and in Poets For Corbyn, she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013.  Her work has been translated into opera, film, art and into Italian for the socialist magazine Internazionale.

After thirteen years as a workshop facilitator, she works regularly for a number of key organisations and charities and is well-respected locally for her work.

A current collaboration is Haunt, an Imove commission, working with writer Steve Toase and people experiencing homelessness.  The Hepworth Wakefield, The Rotunda Museum, Humbermouth Literature Festival, Imove and Grassington Festival have all commissioned her writing in the past.  Much shortlisted in competitions, Becky’s poem First Date was runner up in the Yorkshire Open 2013.  Poems Namesake and Paisley Quilt won first prize for The Speakeasy Open 2012 and second prize in the Ilkley Literature Open Mic 2011 respectively.

Echolocation is published by Mother’s Milk Books and is her first pamphlet.  Her first full collection is due out late in 2016 with Cinnamon Press.

In the run up to the publication of Echolocation, Becky is embarking on a series of weekly blogs focusing on a different inspiring mother: Mary Woolstonecraft, mother of feminism and Mary Shelley; Michelle Pfeiffer, adoptive mother; Margaret Garner – protective mother/murdering mother; Indira Gandhi – political mother; Kate Bush – singer-songwriter/strange mother; Marie Curie, scientist mother; Frida Kahlo – artist/ill/infertile mother; Teika Bellamy – publisher mother.

Becky’s website is www.beckycherriman.com

Becky’s photo is courtesy of Bryony Pritchard. The original cover image for Echolocation was taken by Jane Cardie at Whitby in July 2012.

fb coverMichael Brown has been published widely including in The RialtoLighthouse Journal, Other Poetry, Crannog, South Bank Poetry, Envoi, The North, Brittle Star, New Walk and The Interpreter’s House. In 2014 he won the Untold London Brazen Valentine Competition with his poem, From Hungerford Bridge, Looking East. He recently contributed to the Irish anthology Fathers and What Needs to be Said with a poem about his daughter. The poem The Bridge about his sleeping daughter was published in the Irish magazine Crannog last year. Michael was placed third in the York Poetry Prize, 2015, with the poem Water Lilies. He was one of the six shortlisted poets by  judge Andrew McMillan for Bare Fiction’s 2015 Collection Award.

He recently collaborated with the Liverpool poet Maria Isakova Bennett in a project at the Walker Gallery as part of Light Night. They will be running a poetry workshop together on 13th February at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

His pamphlet Undersong (2014) is available from Eyewear Publishing.  Michael is currently working towards a first collection.