Events

UPCOMING EVENTS 2017

Guests of the Earth: Like A Dragon Newly Woken

Saturday 1st April 2-2.45pm
What’s Your Story, Chorley? The Buttonhole, 42 Chapel St, Chorley PR7 1BW

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A poetry and storytelling set:

‘Beneath the island that floats on the water a dragon sleeps…
her dreams must be told before she awakens.’

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Emerging from the Lake

Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th May (time TBA)
Space to Emerge, Fell Foot Wood, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8NN

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Stilled legendary depth:
It was as deep as England
Ted Hughes

Fell Foot Wood lies next to Windermere: the largest natural lake in England. In ancient British mythology, lakes are associated with the Otherworld, Annwn, ‘the deep’. Giants, monsters, water deities, and otherworldly treasures emerge from and return to their depths. Windermere has its own legends: the Claife Crier, Bownessie, and a ghostly white horse. Through a combination of meditation and creative writing we will explore the depths of Windermere, see what emerges and discuss how our insights can help us face today’s challenges.

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Culhwch and Olwen

Tuesday 6th June, 7.30-10pm
Manchester Moot, The Waldorf Pub, 12 Gore Street, Manchester, M1 3AQ

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The medieval Welsh story, Culhwch and Olwen, appears in The Mabinogion. Dated to 1070AD, it is the oldest Arthurian tale. This talk puts into question the legitimacy of Arthur as a British ‘hero’ and looks at the individual stories of the ancestral animals, giants, witches and pre-Christian deities he has slaughtered or subordinated so that Culhwch can win Olwen, daughter of the giant Ysbaddaden Bencawr. We will be looking at the hunt for Twrch Trwyth, the battle between Gwyn and Gwythyr for Creiddylad, the rescue of Mabon, the deaths of three giants: Ysbaddaden, Dillus and Diwrnarch, and the tragic fate of Orddu, the Very Black Witch. This will be followed by a meditation based on the oldest animals and Mabon’s release.

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2017

Lancashire Lore

Thursday 16th February 7.30-10.30pm
Wigan Moot, Edington Arms, 186 Ladies Lane, Wigan, WN2 2QJ

Auroch Skull, the Harris Museum

This talk will cover the lore of Lancashire from the Ice Age to the present day. It will include a mixture of archaeology, history, folklore and personal experiences with the spirits of the land.

Topics covered:
• Ancient animals and ancestors
• Pre-Christian gods and goddesses
• Lost friaries and holy wells
• Fairies, boggarts, and spectral dogs
• The impact of industrialisation and resacredizing the landscape in the 21st century

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2016

Damson Poets

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Damson Poets is a monthly poetry night with two headline acts and a series of open-mic slots. I will be headlining alongside Martin Domleo. Martin will be sharing poems with the theme of mountains and moorlands. I will be reading from my new book, The Broken Cauldron.

Wednesday 26th October 7.30-9.30pm
Ham and Jam Coffee Shop, 50 Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1DD

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Culhwch and Olwen

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The medieval Welsh story, Culhwch and Olwen, appears in The Mabinogion. Dated to 1070AD, it is the oldest Arthurian tale. This talk puts into question the legitimacy of Arthur as a British ‘hero’ and looks at the individual stories of the ancestral animals, giants, witches and pre-Christian deities he has slaughtered or subordinated so that Culhwch can win Olwen, daughter of the giant Ysbaddaden Bencawr. We will be looking at the hunt for Twrch Trwyth, the battle between Gwyn and Gwythyr for Creiddylad, the rescue of Mabon, the deaths of three giants: Ysbaddaden, Dillus and Diwrnarch, and the tragic fate of Orddu, the Very Black Witch. This will be followed by a meditation based on the oldest animals and Mabon’s release.

East Lancs Moot, Wednesday 19th October 7.30pm, The Forts Arms, 1 Lower Barnes Street, BB5 5TA

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Lancashire Folklore

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As part of Preston Arts Festival, for National Poetry Day, I will be giving a talk on Lancashire folklore illustrated with poetry. Come along and hear about our rich lore of fairies, boggarts, spectral dogs and water spirits.

Thursday 6th October 2-3.30pm
Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, PR1 2RE
£3 entry

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Giant’s Seat (Writing Workshop)

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Working with the primordial energies of the Silverdale landscape we will craft stories and poems honouring giants.

Saturday 6th August 2-3pm
Woodspirit Camp, Gibraltar Farm, Gibraltar Farm, Silverdale, Carnforth LA5 0UA

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Local Lore

Auroch Skull, the Harris Museum

This talk will cover the lore of Preston and the surrounding area from the Ice Age to the present day. It will include a mixture of archaeology, history, folklore and personal experiences with the spirits of the land.

Topics covered:

  • Ancient animals and ancestors
  • The Setantii tribe and Portus Setantiorum
  • Pre-Christian gods and goddesses
  • Lost friaries and holy wells
  • Fairies, boggarts, and spectral dogs
  • The impact of industrialisation and resacredizing the landscape in the 21st century

Friday 29th July, 7.30-9.30pm
Central Lancashire Pagan Moot, Masonic Hall, Ashlar House, Saul St, Preston PR1 2QU

Friday 8th July, 7.30 – 10.00pm
New Horizonz, Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Rd, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3BS

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Literary Lancashire

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Upcoming workshops and performances organised by Preston and Korova Poets in co-operation with the Lancashire Archives based around the theme of Literary Lancashire.

Workshops: Saturday 11th June 2-3.30pm and Saturday 13th August 2-3.30pm 2016
Pamphlet Launch: 13th October time 2-4pm 2016
Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston

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An Evening of Poetry with Nicolas Guy Williams

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Preston-based poet Nicolas Guy Williams will be performing his poetry to raise money for the charities Safe Child Africa and The Jinack Project and I’ll be supporting him.

Thursday 9th June 6.30pm 2016
The Mystery Tea House, Cannon St, Preston

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What’s Your Story, Chorley?

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Groups of poets from the monthly Korova Poetry night will be performing in various locations around Chorley town centre.

Saturday 23rd April 11am – 4pm 2016

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2015

Korova Poetry

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Headline set at Korova Poetry.

Wednesday 25th November 7.30 – 9.30pm 2015
Korova Arts Cafe & Bar, Charnley St, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2UR

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‘The Wild and Rural Lives of Poems’: ‘A Green and Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art’

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A day of poetry based on the rural life exhibition at the Harris. Readings and original poems from Melissa Lee-Houghton and David Borrott. Readings from Mike Cracknell, Vincent Smith, Dorothy Nelson and Martin Domleo. Bring a rural themed poem to share. I am organising this event on behalf of Preston Poetry Partnership and will be MCing with Phil Howard.

Saturday 26th September 11am – 3pm 2015
The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

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The Forest of Fulwood

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At this year’s Pagan Con I will be running a writing workshop. The venue stands on the fringe of the lost forest of Fulwood. Through meditation and free writing we will re-connect with its lost memories.

Saturday 11th July 2015
Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR4 0AP

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Guests of the Earth: The Silencing of the Flowers

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Poems and stories based on ancient British and Greek seasonal myths.

Penwortham Live, Aphrodites Health Food Shop, Friday 22nd May 2015
Chorley, What’s Your Story? Unit 25 Market Walk, Saturday 25th April 2015

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Sacred Preston Walk

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I will be leading a walk exploring the sacred history of Preston: the river Ribble (Belisama), lost rivers and holy wells, the buried friary, St Wilfrid, St Walburge’s, the Black Dog of Preston, Fairy Ointment, Chartism and the Plug Plot Riots.

Sunday 19th April, 1pm-3pm 2015
Meet at the Pavillion Cafe, Avenham Park

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Enchanting the Shadowlands Book Launch

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To celebrate the launch of Enchanting the Shadowlands I will be holding an evening of poetry, song and story. Forgotten voices from the land will be spoken. Lost myths of old gods will be awoken. And then there will be a free-for-all open-mic, drinking, merriment and maybe even howling! With MC Peter Dillon (story-teller), and headliners Nicolas Guy Williams (poet) and Nina George (singer).

Wednesday 22nd April 7.30pm-10pm 2015
Korova Arts Cafe and Bar, Charnley Street, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2UR

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Poetry Inspired by Welsh Mythology

As part of a celebration of World Poetry Day at the Harris I will be giving a talk on ‘Poetry inspired by Welsh mythology.’ I will speak about Welsh myths connected with the Old North and recite some of my poems inspired by them.

Saturday 21st March 7.30pm 2015
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

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Picture the Poet Live

Group performance with other local poets alongside headliner Benjamin Zephaniah, support acts Mike Garry and Ali Gadema and young people who have written work inspired by the exhibition with a musical interlude from the Horsedreamers.

Friday 20th March 7.30pm 2015
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

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Pagan Poetry Talk and Spirits of Place Workshop

Monday 2nd March 7.30pm 2015
Manchester Wheel Moot, The Waldorf, 12 Gore Street Manchester M1 3AQ

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Sacred Penwortham Walk

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Walk from Avenham Park down the river Ribble to Castle Hill, Fairy Lane and the site of St Mary’s Well and learn about this magical landscape.

UClan Pagan Society Outdoor Event, 1-3pm, Sunday 8th February 2015. Meet at the Pavillion Cafe on Aveham Park, PR1 8JT

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Poets take over the Harris

To celebrate the opening of the Picture the Poet photography exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, local poets will be taking over the Harris. Look out for poets performing all over the building.

Saturday 24th January 2015, 11am – 4pm
Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP

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2014

Paganism and The River Ribble as a Sacred Site

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Faith Trail with Preston Faith Forum

Avenham Park, Preston
12.10- 1.00, Monday 17th November 2014

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The Awen as Poetic Wisdom

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Awen is a Welsh word meaning ‘divine inspiration.’ I will speak about ways of accessing the Awen through communion with the land and its gods and working experientially with British myths. The talk will be illustrated by examples of my poetry.

One Tree Gathering, The Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Warrington, WA5 1HQ
10-4, Sunday 19th October 2014

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Guests of the Earth ‘Through Autumn Leaf-Gold

Autumn Leaf-Gold, Greencroft Valley

A set of autumnal poems and stories woven around Industrial Lancashire and its folklore.

Chorley Live, Chorley Library, Saturday 4th October 2014, 7.00 – 7.45pm

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Paganism and the Local Landscape

An introduction to Paganism and the local landscape and its deities. This will be followed by a meditation to connect with the Spirit of Preston and a round of mead.

UCLan Pagan Society, Harrington building 220, Preston
7-9.30pm, Saturday 27th September 2014

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The Preston Question

I will lead a discussion based on the question ‘What is Preston?’ with the aim of exploring the city’s identity through dialogue. This will be followed by a creative writing workshop where participants will draft a piece of poetry or prose based on inspiration from the debate.

Preston Women’s Network, Preston Town Hall Room A
Tuesday 5th August 12-1

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Preston Lights Out

As part of this event to commemorate the beginning of the First World War I will be reading ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon.

Preston Flag Market, Monday 4th August 2014, 9.30-10.30pm

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Imagining Silverdale

In this creative writing workshop craft poems and stories inspired by the crags, caves, woodland and coast of Silverdale. Participants will be invited to share their work at the end.

Woodspirit Camp, Jenny Browns Point, Silverdale, LA5 0UA
Saturday 2nd August

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Voicing Place

Talk on ways of connecting with and giving voice to one’s local landscape, gods and ancestors supported by examples from my poetry.

The Bibliomancer’s Ball, Oddfellows Hall, High Street, Ipswich
Saturday 14th June

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Guests of the Earth ‘Myths of Ancient Britain’

A cave of sleeping warriors, a lady of the lake, long lost treasures, hags and underworld gods – join us on a journey through the myths of ancient Britain.

Longton Live, Longton Library, Saturday 7th June 7pm, 2014

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The Local Landscape, Beltane and May Day

Talk on the landscape of Central Lancashire, its spirits and deities, and myths and traditions associated with Beltane and May Day. This will be followed by a creative writing workshop using a combination of meditation and free writing to connect with a place, deity or story mentioned in the talk.

UCLAN Pagan Society Preston, Harrington Building 220, Preston
Saturday 3rd May 2014

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Guests of the Earth ‘The Howling Wood

A journey into the wildwood to meet with ancient animals and ancestors woven from poetry and story.

Chorley What’s Your Story, Knitty Nora’s and Chorley Library, Saturday 26th April 2014

Penwortham Live, The Coach House, Hurst Grange Park, Saturday 29th March 2014

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Bardism, Pagan Poetry and Spring Equinox Writing Workshop

Talk on the Bardic Tradition and working with British myths, Pagan Poetry and its use in connecting with the landscape and honouring deities and ancestors. Recitals of some of my poems. Creative writing workshop focusing on the Spring Equinox.

Hedgewitch Hollow Moot, The Central Hotel, Clifton Crescent, Birkenhead
Wednesday 26th March 2014

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Riverside Poetry

Line up: Mike Cracknell, Lorna Smithers, Martin Domleo, Terry Quinn, Ron Scowcroft and special guest Kim Moore

The Continental, Friday 21st March 2014

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Cotton Mills

Talk on cotton mills in the local area and the history of Penwortham Mill. Introduction to poetry and recital of my poem ‘Penwortham Mill.’ Creative writing workshop where the class writes a joint poem about a cotton mill.

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, St Anthony’s Drive,Fulwood, Preston PR2 3SQ
21st March 2014

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2013

Shamanism and Questing Inspiration in the Bardic Tradition

Talk and Creative Writing workshop using maps and historical fragments to connect with the spirit of Preston.

Pagan Federation North West at Shamanism, Animism and Listening to the Land, , Harrington Building, Preston, Saturday 19th October 2013

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Autumn’s Gateway

Headline set alongside Sarah Miller at Lexical

Korova Arts Cafe, Preston, September 2013

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Poetry for All
Brockholes Nature Reserve, August 2013
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4Poets at Harris Flights
Preston, August 2013
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Poets & a Stage

at Penwortham Library, July 2013
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4Poets at Leyland Library, Leyland Live, July 2013

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The Ford of Industry and The Mystical Pen
Two sets with 4Poets at Penwortham Live, April 2013

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The Bardic Tradition
Talk and Creative Writing workshop.
UCLAN Pagan Society, Harrington Building 115,
Preston, April 2013

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2012

Ecopoetry and the Bardic Tradition
Talk and Creative Writing Workshop.
The Druid Network at Druidry in Changing Times, Lickey Hills Conference Centre, Birmingham,
November 2012

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Preston Guild Poetry Competition
Performance of ‘Proud of Preston’ at County Hall, Preston, September 2012

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 Archaeology as Art
Creative Writing Workshop.
Harvest Preston Creative Community, The Beautiful Planet Cafe, Preston,
October 2012

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Autumn Equinox
Creative Writing Workshop.
Harvest Preston Creative Community, The Beautiful Planet Cafe, Preston
September 2012

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