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FtW with Wendy Pratt, Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Philippa Atkin

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Come and listen to some of the best poets from Yorkshire and beyond at Finding the Words, our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening

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Finding the Words with Wendy Pratt, Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Philippa Atkin

Please note this event is on a Wednesday rather than the usual Thursday

Wendy Pratt is a poet, author, workshop facilitator and mentor living on the North Yorkshire coast. Her latest collection, When I Think of My Body as a Horse won the Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet award in 2020. She is the founder and editor in chief of Spelt magazine: a magazine of poetry and creative non-fiction celebrating the rural experience. Wendy is currently working on a collection of essays exploring the psychogeography of burial landscapes. To find out more about Wendy and the courses she runs, visit her website: wendyprattpoetry.com and and follow her on twitter: @wondykitten

Matthew Hedley Stoppard lives in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he is the UK’s first official Town Poet. His first collection, A Family Behind Glass (Valley Press), was a Guardian Readers' Book of the Year. His poems have appeared in Butcher's Dog, Iota, Magma, The Morning Star and Shearsman, and he has appeared on programmes for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6. His second full collection of poetry, The Garland King, also published by Valley Press in November 2020, explores the traditional customs and rituals of the working/labouring classes.

“I love the unusual combinations of phrase, the constantly shifting and startling imagery, and the depiction of ordinary lives and imaginary moments with genuine vigour.” Daljit Nagra

The Garland King is singular, exciting, wry and anarchic – working-class history meets modern anxiety. Matthew’s poems upend the everyday and examine what falls from its pockets; to say that he finds poetry in these things would be patronising: the poetry is there all along. The trick’s in knowing how to listen, how to report back. Reader, you’re in safe hands.” Helen Mort

Twitter: @MHStoppard / Insta: @mhstoppard

Philippa Atkin is 53 and lives in the Calder valley in West Yorkshire with her partner and her dogs and horses. Retired from a career in sales and marketing, she says, “Writing, in one form or another, has always been part of my life and now, with more time on my hands, I have turned increasingly to poetry. I love the music of words and the rhythms of language and for me, both the challenge and reward of poetry lies in attempting to distil a thought or an idea onto paper, as sparingly, as elegantly, or even as funnily, as I can”.

Philippa’s poem In The Time of Quiet, became a viral internet hit at the start of the first lockdown last year and has encouraged her to keep writing!

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