Valley Press Poetry Readings 1

Helen Burke, Norah Hanson, James Nash


Saturday 14th April at 3.00pm
Admission is free

Helen Burke, born in Doncaster, started writing poetry in the  1970s with awards, including Manchester International,  Suffolk Poetry Prize, and Ilkley Literature Performance  Poetry Prize (twice). In 2011, Valley Press published  The Ruby Slippers, her first full-length collection.

James Nash is a resident of Leeds. He has published three  collections of poetry, most recently Coma Songs  (Grassroots Press, 2003). In October 2012, Valley Press  will publish his latest collection, Some Things Matter:  63 Sonnets, with a digital-only edition of ‘selected poems’  planned for release in early April.

Norah Hanson, born in Hull, has focused on writing poetry  since retirement in 1996. She has been short-listed for the  Bridport Prize and commended in the Yorkshire Open.  In November 2011, Valley Press published her first solo  collection of poetry, Love Letters & Children’s Drawings,  to popular acclaim.

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Valley Press Poetry Readings 2

John Wedgwood Clarke, Carl Potter, Jo Reed


Wednesday 25th April at 7.00pm
Admission is free

John Wedgwood Clarke is currently Leverhulme Artist in  Residence at the Centre for Environmental and Marine  Sciences at University of Hull, Scarborough. In 2010 he  was short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Prize.  In April 2012 Valley Press publishes, Sea Swim, the result  of a recent artistic project in Scarborough.

Carl Potter was born in Beverley, and studied English and  Creative Writing  at Leeds Trinity University College. He is  most widely published as a journalist for Hull Daily Mail.  His poetry debut, Form, is published in April 2012 by  Valley Press and this will be his first public  reading since the book’s release.

Jo Reed, born near Durham, has worked as an illustrator,  printmaker and teacher. She recently completed an MA in  Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Stone Venus,  her first collection of poetry, was published by Valley Press  in 2011, with her second book planned for release in 2013.

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Friday 27th April at 1.00 – 2.00pm
Admission is free

Simon is co-founder, with Christopher Taylor, of Wild Pansy Press. He is a practicing artist and currently teaches on the MA Fine Art course, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at University of Leeds.


Friday 4th May at 5.00pm
Admission is free

Patrick Coyle pursues reading as a performative act, by which making sense of the world through language  can fall into absurdity. His performance of ‘Beat I, Beat II  and Beat III’ on video is simultaneously riveting and  disorientating, promising a fascinating live performance  as the culmination of a day-long Artist Writes workshop  in company with Eileen Daly and Jeremy Akerman.    The performance is open to all, whether  participating in the workshop or not.

Patrick Coyle was born in Hull and is based in London,  having completed MFA Art Writing at Goldsmiths,  University of London in 2010 and BA Fine Art  at Byam Shaw, University of The Arts London, 2005.  He has exhibited and performed widely in the UK,  including at Hayward Concrete Café; Bloomberg  New Contemporaries 2010; ICA; Spike Island and  Arnolfini, Bristol.

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Writing Workshop for Artists

Akerman Daly with Patrick Coyle


Friday 4th May
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
£30 (members) £40 (non-members)

This is a workshop for artists who would like to explore  writing as part of their practice. Whether you need to write  a succinct statement about your work, a proposal,  biographical note or want to explore writing in a more  creative vein, this workshop will be of interest to you.

Share your thoughts and ideas about examples  of writing which inspire you, and discuss its relevance  to your practice. There’ll be an opportunity to edit  your own, or selected texts in small groups and to  work on presentation with a view to publication.

Eileen Daly and Jeremy Akerman will talk about their work  and approach to publishing, writing and working with artists.  Patrick Coyle will discuss his own practice and the process  of working with Akerman Daly. Patrick will give a live  performance of his work Beats I, Beats II and Beats III  after the workshop at 5pm.  This performance is open to the public.

We’re fortunate to be able to draw upon the expertise of  Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly who began their  collaboration as Akerman Daly in 2004, with the intention  of publishing writing by contemporary artists.  They develop projects to be realised in print, online or  through performances, and see artists’ writing as  complementing and extending what artists do.

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Participants in this workshop will have an option to develop a text with the help of Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly and to attend a second workshop in the summer. An additional fee will be charged for this.

Museums at Night

Friday 18th May 6pm – 10pm

(In conjunction with Scarborough Art Gallery)

‘The Grand Art Book Exchange’
Swap those forgotten art books and meet like-minded literarties over a glass of wine.

Watch this space for details of film-screenings at Crescent Arts as part of Museums At Night.

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