National Poetry Day 2018



The Poetry Village together with Friends of Marsden Library are delighted to present a very special evening of poetry to celebrate this year’s National Poetry Day. Direct from the poetry town of Otley, we will be showcasing some of the most exciting new poetry published by local community interest company, Half Moon Press.

The evening will feature readings and book launches from poets including Andy Armitage, Barbara Howerska, Rachel Kerr, Nick Allen and Alicia Fernández.

The event will be hosted by local poet and artist, David Coldwell.

There will be a bottle bar, hot drinks and, of course, the legendary home made cakes. Entry is by a suggested donation of £2.00 on the door to cover room hire.

The Poets:

Andy Armitage is a poet and editor from Leeds. His first chapbook ‘Letters to a First Love from the Future’ was published in July 2018.
He has a PhD in English and has published poetry in Acumen, Dream Catcher, Strix, Riggwelter, The High Window, and Algebra of Owls. In 2017, Andy won First Place in the Leeds Museums Poetry Competition and this year he was Highly Commended in the York Mix/York Literature Festival Poetry Competition. He’s written scholarly articles on Ted Hughes’s poetry for the British Library and the Ted Hughes society websites. His website is

Andy Armitage
Andy Armitage

Rachel Kerr has been published in Dreamcatcher, The Stares Nest, a Templar poetry anthology, and elsewhere including the great but late Smiths Knoll. She has read at Derwent Literature Festival and twice at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe. Born in Sunderland, brought up in Scotland, she now lives in leafy Bradford where she works in education communications and runs a weekly creative writing class for adults.

Rachel Kerr (1)
Rachel Kerr

Barbara Howerska lives in Bradford and worked in education, publishing and careers advice , before retiring to an active life of poetry!
Barbara is a member of the Beehive Poets. She works with the Brick Box Arts organisation, promoting poetry events and runs the ‘Talking in Tongues’ monthly open mic event. She did a solo show at the Ilkley Literature Fringe Festival last year and has just had her first collection/pamphlet of poems published by Half Moon Press.

Barbara Howerska

Alicia Fernández was born in Spain. She works in Leeds as a translator. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and published in magazines like Dream Catcher, Bunbury and the Saboteur-shortlisted publication Strix. Her pamphlet If Moments Were Places was published by Half Moon Books in 2017. She won the title of Chapbook Champion at Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, awarded by former BBC Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra. She was commended in Prole’s Laureate Poetry Competition 2018.


Alicia Fernandez (1)
Alicia Fernández

Nick Allen has recently twice been runner-up in poetry competitions based in Ireland: the Bangor Literary Journal, poems of 40 words or less; and the 2018 Hungry Hill Writers International competition, “Poets meet Politics”. His first pamphlet, the necessary line, was published by Half Moon Books in October 2017. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Verse Matters and magazines like The Interpreters House and Poetry Salzburg Review. He talks to poets in darkened rooms at the back of pubs and sometimes feels enlightened.

Nick Allen
Nick Allen

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