Poetry showcase at Penarth LitFest

By Contributed Item in Local People

Events for all ages and reading tastes feature in the programme for this year’s Penarth Literature Festival,over the weekend of July 7-10.

Poetry lovers will particularly appreciate the Poetry Showcase on Sunday, July 9 at Waterloo Tea, Stanwell Road, starting at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm).

Local resident Stephen Payne hosts an evening with three contemporary poets reading from their work, plus music from Penarth Acoustic Club co-founder, Phil Nedin.

Michael Laskey, founder of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and considered one of the leading poets writing in the UK today, comes from Suffolk. He has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and has five published collections, most recently Weighing the Present.

Amy Wack grew up in California but has lived in Cardiff for nearly 30 years. She is the poetry editor for Seren Press/Poetry Wales, and her own most recent published work was a 12-part piece in Long Poem Magazine, inspired by Spanish feral cats.

Katherine Stansfield is a novelist and poet whose first published collection was Playing House. She is currently completing her second collection, for which she was awarded a bursary by Literature Wales.

Tickets are £5 each. To book places for this and all other Penarth Literature Festival events, go to www.griffinbooks.co.uk or contact Griffin Books on 02920 706455.

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