World Book Night at Tirril Village Hall

Monday, 23 April 2012

7.30pm until 10.00pm

On St George's Day, come celebrate World Book Night at Tirril Village Hall.

Annie will of course be playing her harp and singing, two poets will be there to read some of their work (see below) and there will also be a book swap so if you like, bring along a “good read” to exchange for another one.

As ever, a glass of something will be available (wine and soft drinks).

Free entry – donations welcome in aid of Sunbeams Music Trust

There will also be a free copy of a book for the 1st 24 lucky people who come along – to find out which one of the 25 World Book Night books that will be handed out this year, you’ll have to come to the event!

Martin Malone

Martin Malone was born in West Hartlepool, County Durham, in 1963 and currently lives in Maulds Meaburn near Appleby in Cumbria.

He works as a Special Educational Needs teacher and has also worked as a sound engineer and as a guitarist / songwriter, releasing six albums under his own name and with the bands Innocents Abroad and Eskimø Chains.

Nowadays, he plays guitar with Simon Armitage for The Scaremongers, who released their debut album, Born In A Barn, in 2009.

Elsewhere, Martin has published studies of Thomas Hardy’s short stories and the poetry of Alexander Pope and Charles Churchill.

A recent winner of the 2011 Straid and the 2011 Wivenhoe poetry prizes, Martin has also been a prize-winner in the Mirehouse and Yorkshire Open Poetry competitions.

Josephine Dickinson

Josephine Dickinson was born in London in 1957. She lives in a remote corner of the high Pennines and keeps a small flock of sheep. She shares her home with a border collie called Jess and three cats named after three American Transcendentalists: Hawthorne, May and Waldo.

”I aspire to the qualities of the shepherdpoet, indeed it is my e-mail address. My sense of vocation as a poet emerged after I became profoundly deaf overnight at the age of six and I started reading and imitating poetry. I lost a physical sense but started seeing and hearing the miraculous. I read Classics at Oxford, then became a music teacher and composer after study with Michael Finnissy and Richard Barrett. Life events brought me to Alston.”

“Dickinson has been deaf since childhood. More than her subject matter, her acute relationship to the physical sensation of language distinguishes these humble, deftly made poems.” New York Times

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