Who’s coming to Words on Waves, Thursday 2 May, 6.45pm?

Words on Waves on Thursday 2 May 2019 promises to be one of our most exciting, international, vibrant events yet. This amazing evening begins with pouring the Prosecco at 6.45pm in Harbour Books, Harbour Street in Whitstable and costs only £3 a ticket!

Publisher and performance company LIVE CANON brings five of their most exciting writers to Whitstable. Gillie Robic is a puppeteer and voice artist whose first collection Swimming Through Marble is a joy. Her second poetry collection is published soon and we hope she’ll give us a preview. Andrew George is a barrister whose 2017 poem Breakfast at Theresa’s won the LB of Greenwich prize that year.

What’s it like being a war reporter? Mark Huband has reported from all over the world, covering genocide in Rwanda and Burundi, conflicts in Angola and Sudan, Abidjan and Nairobi. He oversaw coverage of Al-Quaida following the 11/09/11 terrorist attacks for the Financial Times. Mark will be previewing his forthcoming collection Agony: A Poem of Genocide.

Tessa Foley is a prize-winning poet who works for University of Portsmouth and has volunteered with Portsmouth Abuse & Rape Counselling service for the last 4 years; to raise funds for the organisation she self-printed a book of poetry inspired by and dedicated to the strength of survivors of trauma, rape and child sex abuse complete with illustrations by her sister Anna. She plays the ukulele and might bring it along. 

What’s it like being poet in residence of a railway station? NJ (Nancy) Hynes will be able to help you out with that too!

From Kent we welcome Callum Beesley who won first prize at Faversham Literary Festival’s short story competition this year with Little Toffee Apple and soon starts an MSt in Creative Writing at Cambridge University.

Matt Chamberlain will join us with his recently released CD I remember the green gaze. He’s currently working on a new book with Thanet writer, Melissa Todd.

And we look forward to hearing Danne Jobin, a PhD student and assistant lecturer in American Literature at Kent University (following an MA at Neuchatel in Switzerland) who has read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival’s Queer Studio.



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