We are starting our 2019 programme with our popular annual event with three of our own members reading, and the splendid line-up on January 15th. at 8.00 pm comprises Susan Wicks, Mara Bergman and David Hensley, our very own Chair!
Susan Wicks Mara Bergman David Hensley, (R) with Clive Eastwood
We are also celebrating our first meeting in our new venue, the Vale Vaults, below The Bedford, and opposite Tunbridge Wells Station, on the corner of the High Street.
Susan Wicks has won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize, the Scott-Moncrieff Prize and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, and been short-listed for the T.S.Eliot Prize, the Forward Poetry Prize, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. She has had seven collections of poetry published by Faber & Faber and by Bloodaxe. She has also published two novels with Faber & Faber.
Mara Bergman has won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and the Templar Quarterly Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in many magazines including Acumen, Ambit, Oxford Poetry, and The Rialto ,as well as in various anthologies. In 2018 she published her first full-length collection, The Disappearing Room, as well as her latest illustrated children’s book, The Tall Man and the Small Mouse.
David Hensley has had poems published in magazines, including Agenda and Calliope, and the Paper Swans Press anthology Best of British, 2017. His poems have inspired paintings by local artists including Chris Burke and Lucy Clayton.