News & Reviews

23 October 2019

Friday, 25 October at Rheged:   the premier of In Our Hands, a film of a poem that Brewery Poet Harriet Fraser wrote for Friends of the Lake District’s 85th anniversary.

Harriet says: ‘Terry Abraham (who has produced the ‘Life of Mountain’ films, for Scafell and Blencathra) got involved and the poem has been utterly transformed – with more than 30 people reading it, in sections, in locations across the Lake District … and the filming is amazing. It’s quite bizarre, and wonderful, to start with a poem and see it grow like this, and it would be lovely to share the premier evening with anyone who can make it.’

Here’s the link:

In Our Hands

I love the idea of film-poems – we should see what other ideas Brewery Poets have.


10 October 2019

News on latest publications:

Carole Coates has a new pamphlet of prose poems entitled The Stories They Told Her, published by Shoestring Press.     She also has a poem The Brexit Boat in Bollocks to Brexit, an Anthology of Poems & Short Fiction edited by Ambrose Musiyiwa, Civic Leicester.     Her poem Events leading up to Mr Wellington’s Concert appeared in Strix 7 in the summer this year, and two poems – Coming Back Unexpectedly You Look through the Window at Your Own Room  and  Two Poets  were published by Poetry Salzburg Review.


Kerry Darbishire is reading at the launch of a new Grey Hen Press anthology edited by Joy Howard, entitled Vaster than Empires  – poems about vegetables .   Helena Nelson describes it as ‘a feast of an anthology – funny, educative, sexy and thought provoking – from aubergine to artichoke, salsify to turnip – there’s something here for every poetry palate.’   The reading on the 26 October at 2.00 – 4.00 pm in Performance Space One, Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD.


6 October 2019

An Invitation to Suki’s Poetry Soiree – part of the Three Peaks Art Trail

Sunday 13 October, 2019     7.30 pm at 6 Commercial Street, Upper Settle, BD24 9HP

This is a free event, with refreshments!   To confirm attendance phone 01729 825816

or 0757 836 5134   (18 places max including some floor seating)

Is the artist/model relationship one of domination and submission?  Is life drawing a technical, erotic or spiritual exercise?  Would you employ an anorexic as a life model?  Are artists more likely to be nuts?  Sue Vickerman’s created character ‘Suki’ will read from her poetry, addressing the ‘male gaze’ and more, in this informal event.

4 October 2019

Fantastic news!   No sooner had I posted the update below than Kim phoned to say she and Clare have succeeded in getting Arts Council funding for KPF 2020.  They just heard today!   This is a huge achievement – congratulations to them both.   We’re all on tenterhooks now, waiting to find out who’s on the programme!

4 October 2019

Mea culpa!  There was so much going on with the KPF and it’s own amazing website, updates and bloggers that the Brewery Poets website has become lost in the admin, the report writing and future planning.

I think everyone will know by now that I have stepped down as co-director of the Festival in order to spend more time on poetry writing, making pots and generally being less attached to a computer.    I’m still fully functioning in Brewery Poets, however, and I think it’s good that we maintain a website link between BP and the Festival.   I’ll make sure that our readings and any other spoken word events at the Brewery or in Kendal and South Lakes are highlighted here, as well as passing on information or requests for the next Festival.  It’s great to see that there have been several other poetry readings over the last twelve months in different Kendal venues, all well attended and with some great poetry.

Clare Shaw has taken my place as co-director, and she and Kim have already submitted an Arts Council bid for 2020, and they are hoping for a reply before the end of October. The planning is going really well, and I know that the programme is already looking fabulous.  Kim will be posting regular updates on the KPF website.

You may also know that I’m a trustee on the Brewery Arts Centre Board of Trustees and we have recently appointed a new Artistic Director, Miriam Randall.    This is a fantastic appointment and Miriam has great strategic vision to take the Brewery into the 2020s.  Part of her plan is to develop spoken word events at the Brewery for Brewery Poets, KPF and the wider poetry scene generally.   I think the time is right for this, and it’s very exciting.

I’ll keep posting as things arise and do get in touch if you have comments or suggestions that you’d like to make.

Enjoy your poetry, whether it’s reading  or writing!

Hoping to see you in November.


11 April 2018

It’s not long now before the launch of the Third Kendal Poetry Festival website, so keep a lookout so you can start booking early.   The dates this year are 6 – 9 September and the venue for most of the events is the Castle Green Hotel, on the outskirts of Kendal.   We hope this going to be a really successful venue where we can have several events running at the same time and where you will be able to use the bistro, restaurant and bars all through the weekend.   There are even gardens and woodlands for you to stroll through if the urge to take it quietly and write comes over you.

Don’t forget we have a Brewery Reading before that, on Friday 25 May with the amazing Kim Moore, John Foggin, Jean Harrison and the duo Further to Fly – details on on the Events page.

4 April 2017

The Second Kendal Poetry Festival!  16 – 18 June 2017  Abbot Hall, Kendal

We know you’ve all been waiting for this moment! It’s been a full-on couple of months of planning, organising, proof reading and today the website has finally gone live! There’s an amazing line-up of readings, workshops, open-mics and discussions – we hope you love it all and will book for the entire weekend.

All tickets should be booked through the Brewery Arts Centre, either by phone –

01539 755133 or on their website: Brewery Arts Centre

The full programme and the link to the Brewery booking page can be found on the Festival website:  Kendal Poetry Festival

2 April 2017

It seems as though Brewery Poets have been sleeping! On the contrary, we have had a really busy year, with our numbers expanding constantly and we have a vibrant and talented group of writers. We are now pretty much at capacity for our regular monthly workshop.

We continue to hold two readings a year, and the next one is on Friday, 26 May in the Warehouse Cafe at the Brewery Arts Centre with Karen Lloyd, Maggie How and Martin Reed, with music by the fabulous duo Demix. This will be a special evening. Details of this event are on the Brewery Website – go to Literature and click on Brewery Poets.

15 July 2015

Welcome to the first Brewery Poets post.  We’re not planning on blogging in any regular way, but, as the News & Reviews heading suggests, we will periodically post miscellaneous thoughts, ideas, events, reviews and anything else we think may be of interest to you.

If there is anything you’d like us to highlight, mention or comment upon, just get in touch with me, Pauline Yarwood, or Kim Moore.

The members of Brewery Poets who have their own websites are highlighted under Poets on the menu, and they also appear in Links.

I hope you enjoy the site.

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