25 May 2018

Before the launch of the amazing Kendal Poetry Festival website – which is due in the next 10 days or so – here are the details for our next poetry reading at the Brewery Art Centre.    It will be held, as usual, in the Warehouse Cafe which will be open at 07.00 pm for a 7.30 start.   Tickets £5 from the Box Office 01539 725133    This is going to be a great evening.   Our line up this time is:

Kim Moore, John Foggin and Jean Harrison

Kim Moore’s first collection ‘The Art of Falling’ was published by Seren in 2015 and won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her poem ‘In That Year’ was shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Published Poem. Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and a Northern Writers Award in 2014.  Kim is also Co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival.

John Foggin lives in Ossett, West Yorkshire. His work has appeared in The North, The New Writer, Prole, and The interpreters house, among others, an in anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry [2015, 2018].He publishes a poetry blog: the great fogginzo’s cobweb.
His poems have won first prizes in The Plough Poetry [2013,2014], the Camden/Lumen [2014], and McClellan [2015] Competitions respectively. In 2016 he was a winner of the Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition judged by Billy Collins.
He has had published four pamphlets/chapbooks: Running out of Space [2014] Backtracks [2015], Larach (WardWood Publications) [2015] and Outlaws and fallen angels (Calder Valley Poetry) [2016], and two collections, Much Possessed (smith|doorstop) [2016], and Gap with Andy Blackford (SPM Publications) [2017]

Jean Harrison has published two full collections of poems, Junction Road (Cinnamon 2009) and Terrain (Cinnamon 2012) . She has also published two novels. Her Poem ‘Woman on the Moon’ was shortlisted for the 2004 Forward Prize for the Best Single Poem. Her most recent pamphlet is The Tilt, published by Wayleave Press in 2017.

The wonderful duo Further to Fly will be singing and playing guitar.


3 November 2017

The next Brewery Poets reading is the fabulous line up of

Caroline Gilfillan, Harriet Fraser and Katie Hale.

This will be a fantastic evening – usual place:  Warehouse Cafe at the Brewery Arts Centre on Friday, 3 November 7.00 for 7.30 pm   Tickets £5 from the Box Office 01539 725133

Harriet Fraser’s poetry emerges from her time outdoors and slow enquiry into natural and cultural history of place. She writes for the page but also sites poetry in the landscape through temporary installations. Her recent project, The Long View, with Rob Fraser, focusing on seven remarkably ordinary trees, features in The Long View book and touring exhibition, her collection Meadow shares poems created in Cumbria’s High Borrowdale, and Bloodlines records two years with upland farmers. Her work has been exhibited across the UK and has been published in The Goose, Dark Mountain, The Telegraph, Toast Travels, The Treeline Anthology, Earthlines, Leaf and other magazines.

Caroline Gilfillan’s collection Yes (Hawthorn Press, 2010) won the East Anglian Book Award for the best poetry collection. She won the Suffolk Poetry Society’s George Crabbe award in 2012 and 2015. Her poetry collection Pepys (Hawthorn Press, 2012) was developed into a performance piece. Her most recent book is Poet in Boots (Brewster Press, 2015).She also writes fiction and songs.

Katie Hale’s debut pamphlet, Breaking the Surface, was published by Flipped Eye in 2017. She recently won the Jane Martin Poetry Prize and the Ware Poetry Prize, and was shortlisted for the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published in Poetry Review, The North and Interpreter’s House, among others. Katie also writes fiction, and is currently being mentored for her first novel, My Name is Monster, by Penguin Random House on their inaugural WriteNow scheme.

Hope lots of you can come – spread the word.


4 April 2017

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

The day you’ve been waiting for!   We’re live from tonight!  Start booking – it’s a fabulous weekend of events.  The full programme is available on line:

Kendal Poetry Festival

Brochures will be available from many outlets in Cumbria very soon.

All tickets should be booked through the Brewery Arts Centre:

Brewery Arts Centre

Looking forward to seeing you all there.


2 April 2017

The next May Brewery Poets Reading will be held on Friday, 26 May 2017 in the Warehouse Cafe, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal.  Doors open at 07.00 for 07.30 pm.

1. Karen Lloyd is a writer of creative non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal. She graduated with distinction from the M.Litt at Stirling University where her tutor was Kathleen Jamie. She has written for The Guardian and is a regular contributor to The Guardian Country Diary. She has written features for a number of journals and magazines including Caught by the River, The Clearing, The Island Review, The Great Outdoors and Scotland Outdoors. She is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets.

Her non-fiction book, ‘The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay’ contains writing on land, landscape and memory and was published by Saraband in January 2016. The book won Eric Robson’s Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place and was runner up at The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2016. Eminent nature writer Mark Cocker wrote that the book is ‘full of earthy realism, authentic observation and quiet lyricism. It is a hugely impressive debut.’

Karen’s poetry is most frequently a response to events in the natural world.

2. Maggie How was born in Sunderland but spent many years living Cumbria. She has recently re-located to Worcestershire. She graduated from Lancaster University in 2015 with a merit in an MA in Creative Writing and is currently studying for an MSC in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes at the Metanoia Institute, London. In 2016 Maggie had three poems published in The North magazine and won third prize in the Settle Sessions Poetry Competition.

3. Martin Reed was born in Somerset and now lives in Worcestershire. He has been widely published in magazines and his current collection is The Two-Coat Man (HappenStance). He won the National Poetry Prize in 1988.

The jazz-duo Demix is back for another wonderful performance – they never disappoint!

Tickets are now available from the Brewery Arts Centre – Box Office:  01539 725133 or through the Brewery Arts Centre website:  Brewery Arts Centre

Go to Literature and click on Brewery Poets.

9 March 2016

Our next event is The May Brewery Poets Reading to be held on Friday, 20 May 2016, as usual in the Warehouse Cafe, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.  Doors open at 07.00 for 07.30 pm

Our readers this time are:

Carole Coates

Carole’s new collection, Jacob, was published by Shoestring Press in February, 2016. Shoestring has already published her three earlier books: The Goodbye Edition, 2005, a “volume that excites and challenges” according to Other Poetry; Looking Good, 2009, of which Jean Sprackland said “these poems revisit intense experience with painful honesty and wry humour”; and Swallowing Stones, 2012, of which Elizabeth Burns said “she creates an utterly convincing world and peoples it with vivid characters whose voices – sometimes shocking, sometimes lyrical, always perfectly judged – are woven together in this powerful and moving sequence”.

In 2014 Wayleave Press published the pamphlet Crazy Days which Carol Ann Duffy said it was “one of the best things I’ve read all year”

Polly Atkin

Polly lives in Grasmere. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012, and was a runner-up for the 2014 Lakeland Book of the Year. In 2014 her poem ‘A Short History of the Moon’ won the Wigtown prize, and she was awarded New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize, for work in progress ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’. She teaches English Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde.

Sarah Hymas

Sarah’s writing has appeared in print, multimedia exhibits, dance videos, lyrics, pyrotechnical installations, on stage and as an improvised opera. Host, her poetry collection, is published by Waterloo Press (2010). She also makes artist books and story walks of her poetry. Her work is a continuing exploration into the relationship between man and the sea.

The jazz-duo Demix will provide some wonderful music and singing.

This should be a really great evening – hope you can come.

It’s best to book tickets through the Brewery Box Office – 015395 725133 – or on the Brewery websitego to Links in the menu above where poetry events are listed under ‘Lit”, although this event probably won’t be posted for another couple of weeks.


September, 2015

The next Brewery Poets Reading is in the Warehouse Cafe, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal on Friday, 13 November 2015.   Doors open at 7.00 for 7.30 pm.

The readers will be Brewery Poets Kerry Darbyshire and Barbara Hickson,  and from Manchester, guest poet David Borrott.

Music by the South Lakes Brass Ensemble, formed in 2014 by Kim Moore, who has schemed, planned and plotted to set up a brass group in Cumbria that would systematically go about taking over the world.  It consists of two trumpets, one cornet, french horn, tenor horn, trombone and tuba.  In their real lives, the musicians that make up the group teach music, write poetry, manage food banks, go to school, run animal rescue centres or are busy retiring gracefully.  The group enjoy playing a variety of music and are looking forward to performing with Brewery Poets.

Go to Links to check the Brewery Arts Centre Programme.  Brewery Poets events are listed under ‘Lit’.


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