03. Oktober 2017 - 19:30 bis 22:15
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Poetry Alight 24 | George IV Lichfield | Dienstag, 03. Oktober 2017

Open mic slots are available on the night. Featured poets are Dr Gregory Leadbetter, Bert Flitcroft and John Mills.

Poetry Alight prides itself on bringing the best national, and international, poetry talent to Lichfield alongside a vibrant, and diverse, open mic section. Immediate past Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Gary Longden, hosts.7.30pm start.

This event will be proceeded by the last Poetry Alight of 2017 on
Dec 5th

Poetry Alight 24 once again boasts a guest poet line – up of which I am immensely proud.

Bert Flitcroft, current Staffordshire Poet Laureate will be making his farewell performance in the role. The irascible John Mills will be entertaining, and thought provoking. Dr Gregory Leadbetter, of Birmingham City University ; academic , poet, and world renowned authority on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, will be sensational.


Dr Gregory Leadbetter is Director of the MA in Creative Writing and Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University School of English .

Gregory is a poet and critic, with research interests in English Romanticism, poetry and creative writing. His poetry collections include The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016) and The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). A regular contributor to The Poetry Review, his poems are published widely elsewhere, including the journals The North, The Rialto, Magma and Poetry London, and the anthologies CAST: The Poetry Business Book of New Contemporary Poets, Birdbook II, and See How I Land: Oxford Poets and Exiled Writers.

He has held a number of poetry commissions and residencies at schools, conferences and festivals, including a recent commission by Writing West Midlands for broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and a poetry project working with refugees joint funded by Oxford Brookes University and Arts Council England. He has written radio drama for the BBC. His book on Coleridge’ s poetry, the transnatural, and the dilemmas of creativity, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English (formerly CCUE) Book Prize 2012. As well as his work on Coleridge, he has published essays on Wordsworth, Lamb, Keats and Ted Hughes. These include chapters in the Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth (Oxford University Press), John Keats in Context and the forthcoming Ted Hughes in Context (both Cambridge University Press).

Gregory has also carried out primary research on witchcraft and magic in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century fiction, as part of a project funded by the British Academy. He regularly speaks at international academic conferences on Coleridge, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes, and chair events at Birmingham Literature Festival, including the Man Booker Prize event and interviews with leading authors.

Gregory is Vice-Chair and Trustee of the Friends of Coleridge, Trustee of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation, and Trustee of Writing West Midlands. He was Hon. Treasurer of the Wordsworth Conference Foundation 2014-16, and Trustee of Wenlock Poetry Festival 2013-16. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Ted Hughes Society, the British Association for Romantic Studies, University English, and the European Society for the Study of English.

Bert Flitcroft is currently Staffordshire Poet Laureate. He is an experienced and accomplished poet who for some time has been quietly and unassumingly spreading the poetry word in the Midlands – at workshops, as a teacher and mentor, as poet-in-residence and so on. He ran, for a number of years, week-long residential poetry-writing courses for sixth-formers in Staffordshire, working alongside guest poets in residence such as Carol Ann Duffy, Adrian Henry, Linda France and others.

In 2015 he was Poet in Residence at The Southwell Poetry Festival and he has performed at a number of national Festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe twice (as a 'Blackwell's Writer), Birmingham, Lichfield, Ilkley, Buxton, Stafford, as well reading at The Door at The Birmingham Rep. However he is equally at home in pubs, libraries - any place where people are interested in poetry.
He is a confident and assured reader, at ease with an audience, always ready to discuss his poetry and poetry in general and to tackle head on the questions that developing poets frequently ask.

“Thought-Apples” is his collection of 25 poems which are philosophical, occasionally piquant, always accessible, and will please poetry readers and the general public alike. This is lived poetry and many will identify with the places, moods and hazards on his journey.

'Thought-Apples' is available from . I suspect he may well have a few copies with him on the night.

John Mills - Since retiring from teaching some of his pupils still talk to him. He now devotes his time to an MA and performing at poetry and festivals across the country. John's poetry is fearless, moving and humorous, his presentation self-effacing but confident.

Accolades include – “Barnstorming” Jean Atkin and “ Compassionate, bold and generous” Helen Mort

He will be promoting his new book “Scarred”, available on the night for £4.