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Next Events

CURRENTLY February to June 2007
(with Exhibition and Reading 1 July 2007, 2.00 to 6.00pm)
In Bed Together

The Tai Chi Village Hall, South Manchester
(behind the house at 163 Palatine Road, Didsbury M20 2GH)

Poets and Players is (are?!) currently involved in a collaborative project with Hot Bed Press, a print makers cooperative in Manchester. 30 poets will be choosing artistsí prints as inspirations for new poems. The poets will visit the HBP workshop and see how the prints are made and the artists will be invited to attend poetry workshops with the poets. The culmination of the project will be a celebration at the Tai Chi Village Hall in south Manchester. This will take the form of an exhibition and a poetry reading and--- of course, a party. Then the work will be on view at the Poetry School Garden Party, open to the public, on 1 July.

SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2007 3.30 to 6.00pm
Poetry Workshop,

£20 (£15 Concessions)
The Tai Chi Village Hall (as above)

Poems can fall flat if they don't make meaningful connections. In this workshop we will examine the ways in which two poets have done this and discuss the importance of authenticity. We will then try out different techniques to make connections. There will be time to start developing a book reports online. To book, send £10 deposit to Linda Chase at the above address
Cheques payable to Poets and Players
Full details available in the next Dear List message

SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2007 7.30pm
READING to celebrate Images of Women

Edited by Myra Schneider and Dilys Wood for Second Light Network
Readers to include Myra Schneider, Linda Chase and others
£4 (£2 concessions)
Tai Chi Village Hall (as above)

Images of Women, is a key anthology of poems by 169 well known and up and coming women poets which looks frankly at all aspects women's lives. The preface by U A Fanthorpe which begins: This is a book which has been waiting to be written...These images of women are images by women constructed out of twenty-first century consciousness. The anthology is published by Arrowhead Press in association with the Second Light Network of women poets. Readers to include Myra Schneider, Linda Chase who will also read connected poems from their own work. Other contributors to the book will also read and there will be an open mic session for both sexes to read poems about women.

Myra Schneider lives in London. Writing, especially poetry, is central to her life. She has published nine collections of poetry. The most recent are Insisting on Yellow, New and Selected Poems (Enitharmon 2000) and Multiplying The Moon (Enitharmon 2004). Becoming, a long narrative poem has just been published by Second Light Publications. She wrote a handbook: Writing for Self-Discovery with John Killick (Element 1998). Writing My Way Through Cancer (Jessica Kingsley 2003) is a fleshed out journal with poem notes, poems and therapeutic writing ideas. She has also written fiction for children and teenagers. She is very interested in women's poetry and has co-edited four anthologies of women's poetry. She is a core tutor for The Poetry School and consultant to the Second Light Network of Women poets.

Linda Chase is an American poet based in Manchester. She teaches part time on the MA course at MMU, is the coordinator of the Poetry School Manchester, and runs a reading series called Poets and Players. Her two latest books published with Carcanet are, The Wedding Spy and Extended Family.

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