Poetry Chatshow Friday 22nd March 7pm to 8.30pm                                               Tickets £2 each available at the Bookshop

Hosted by Radio 4 regular Kate Fox, with Andy Croft and Mike Barfield 

three poets and writers with a definite satirical bent.

 Move over Parky….these three Northern writers and performers, share their work, interview each other and take audience questions. . . Expect laughs, insights and irreverence.  Find out more about poetry, publishing, Private Eye and private lives….  With ukulele accompaniment from poet and crime novelist Alfie Crow.

Andy Croft lives in Middlesbrough, where he has been active for many years in community writing projects.

He has written five novels and forty-two books for teenagers, mostly about football.

His poetry press Smokestack Books has published poets from Barnsley’s Ian McMillan to Chile’s Victor Jara.

His most recent of many poetry collections is 1948- a verse version of 1984- and he has edited many poetry anthologies. He writes a regular poetry column for the Morning Star.

Kate Fox is a poet and comedian who moved to Sowerby a year ago from Tyneside.

She’s a regular on Radio 4 shows including Saturday Live and the Wondermentalist Cabaret with her topical poetry. She performs all over, used to be a radio journalist and writes a weekly column for Newcastle’s The Journal newspaper. She’s hosted other White Rose events recently and now her debut full length poetry collection “Fox Populi” has been published by Smokestack Books and has it’s Yorkshire launch tonight. (Review here; http://www.journallive.co.uk/culture-newcastle/book-reviews/2013/02/09/the-word-is-that-kate-fox-is-a-one-off-61634-32775433/)

Mike Barfield is a writer, poet, performer and Private Eye cartoonist living in Helperby. He has written for everyone from Dennis the Menace to Patricia Routledge and his poems have appeared in numerous anthologies. His humorous dictionary This Septic Isle was published by Ebury in 2008 and his picture book for children Swat! A Fly’s Guide to Staying Alive is coming out with Brambleby Books in April.

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