Come to Mid Wales Arts Centre for an afternoon of poetry and music which is rooted in place: Enjoy Black Country’s Steve Pottinger and Emma Purshouse – 2 exceptional performance poets whose work is both entertaining and thought-provoking; musician Andrew Warren – who along with a Welsh speaker will pay tribute to Caersws’ John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes; then sit back, laugh and revel in the 2014 Costa Award for Poetry winner Jonathan Edwards – who will read from My Family and other Superheroes, as well as treat us to some of his new work. Nadia Kingsley will be hosting.
About the Performers:
A performance poet, author, and ne’er-do-well. He’s gigged all over the country in pubs, clubs, and at festivals, wrote a letter to Cafe Nero about their tax avoidance, which went viral, and has co-written the autobiographies of two punk legends.
He’s currently collaborating with two other West Midlands poets on some exciting projects, plotting his fifth volume of poetry, working on another punk biography, and being inspired by the imagination, resilience, and determination of people in the face of greed and injustice.
In his spare time, Steve rides a mountain bike, bakes his own bread, and finds himself compulsively studying the psychological and political car-crash that is the 45th president of the USA. Not all at the same time though, because he’s rubbish at multi-tasking. You can find out more, and watch his poetry videos – at his website stevepottinger.co.uk
‘A rising star.’ Cheltenham Poetry Festival
‘Brilliant. And I hate poetry.’ Susan Murray, comedienne
‘Exceptional.’ Louder Than Words festival.
A lively and original performance poet from the Black Country. Expect laughs aplenty and possibly flamingos!
She performs her work nationally. Published by Offa’s Press and Fair Acre Press, she writes for adults and children. Find out more about her at http://www.emmapurshouse.co.uk/
‘A whirlwind of wit and humour.’ Write Out Loud
‘A very clever performer’ Behind the Arras
‘Emma Purshouse provides a brain-stimulating and spine-tingling performance.’ Arts Award Voice Magazine
Uneducated in music when at school, Andrew took up recorder when a student and a simple system flute some years later. In his thirties he added tenor sax and has more recently been studying grades on soprano.
Areas of interests have included 17th Century English folk music, French dance music, English ceilidh music, Irish, Welsh, South American flute & guitar and Klezmer. In recent years he has been playing classical and jazz in a sax quartet.
In the 1990s he performed regularly with the poet and storyteller Andrew Fusek Peters.
Jonathan Edwards’ poems often reflect his strong interest in Wales, Welsh history and also living in a close community.
He was born in Newport, South Wales and grew up in Crosskeys. He received a BA in English and American Literature, and an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, and now teaches English at a secondary school in Monmouth.
My Family and Other Superheroes, published by Seren in 2014, won the Costa Award for Poetry, and the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award; it was also shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.
“The warm reception of his work makes it tempting to speculate that Edwards might turn out to be the rarest of things: a genuinely popular poet, whose attention to the craft and construction of his poems stands comparison with any supposedly more ‘serious’ poet working today.
As evidenced by his poems’ exuberant titles, he possesses an ear for pop culture and a talent for striking, surprising imagery, which often occur together against the unassuming backdrops of ‘everyday life’ – the supermarkets, cafes and airport vistas of 21st century Britain – and make comparisons with poets like Simon Armitage or Billy Collins inevitable and justified.
Like them, Edwards discovers strange, memorable and affecting moments among familiar landmarks.
Throughout, a keenly felt concern with the histories of family and place grounds his work in a sense of reality that is eminently humane and relatable.
Edwards’s readings are enjoyably laconic, reminiscent of the dry humour and comic timing of the well-spun pub anecdote, yet carrying an unexpected weight of expression and feeling.” … from The Poetry Archive