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Summer Solstice Poetry Bash

June 21 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM BST

£5.00 – £10.00

Join a cornucopia of poets in Ted Hughes’ heartland for an evening of Hughes-inspired poetry, wine and discussion. With poets Sarah Corbett, Michael Crowley, Jodie Hollander, Ed Reiss, Michael Stewart and Charlotte Whetton .

The readings will be followed by a discussion with American poet Jodie Hollander about her residency at The Elmet Trust and her new work responding to Ted Hughes and the Hughesian landscape.

About the Poets

Sarah Corbett
Sarah has published five collections of poetry, most recently A Perfect Mirror (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018), and the verse-novel And She Was (Pavilion, 2015). In 2022 she produced and directed the Sylvia Plath Literary Festival in Hebden Bridge and is co-editor of After Sylvia: Poems and Essays in Celebration of Sylvia Plath (Nine Arches Press, 2022). A new collection of poetry is forthcoming from Pavilion Poetry in 2025. Sarah lives in Hebden Bridge and is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing for Lancaster University.
Michael Crowley
Michael is an author and dramatist. He has written two collections of poetry, First Fleet and The Battle of Heptonstall, both published by Smokestack Books.
He is also the author of novels, history and numerous plays and lives in Heptonstall.
Jodie Hollander
Jodie Hollander’s work has appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Poetry, PN Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry London, The Hudson Review, The Dark Horse, The New Criterion, The Rialto, Verse DailyThe Best Australian Poems of 2011, and The Best Australian Poems of 2015.
Her debut full-length collection, My Dark Horses, was published with Liverpool University Press & Oxford University Press. Her second collection, Nocturne, was published with Liverpool & Oxford University Press in 2023 and was longlisted for the Laurel Prize in nature writing. Hollander is the recipient of a MacDowell fellowship and a Fulbright fellowship in South Africa. She is also the originator of ‘Poetry in the Parks,’ in conjunction with several National Parks and Monuments in the US. She currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Ed Reiss
Ed has published a collection of poems called Your sort with smith|doorstop. He has also completed a PhD on the poetry of Geoffrey Hill. Ed lives and works in Leeds.
Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart is the author of four novels: King Crow; Café
Assassin; Ill Will; and Black Wood Women; two short story
collections: Mr Jolly and Four Letter Words; two poetry
collections: Couples and The Dogs; and a hybrid memoir: Walking
the Invisible: Following in the Brontës’ Footsteps.  He is also the creator of the Brontë Stones project.

Charlotte Wetton

Charlotte’s first pamphlet I Refuse to Turn into a Hat-Stand won the Michael Marks Awards
2017. She has performed at Aldeburgh and Ledbury and StAnza festivals. Her work has
appeared on BBC Radio 3 and at the Manchester Festival of Libraries. She received a New
Writing North award in 2019 and is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Manchester. Her second pamphlet, Accessioning, is out with The Emma Press.


June 21
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM BST
£5.00 – £10.00
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Friends of Heptonstall Museum
The Elmet Trust


Heptonstall Museum
Church Yard Bottom
Heptonstall, HX7 7PL United Kingdom
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