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Jill Abram presents Stablemates

Thursday 27th April 19:00 - 20:30 at London - Piccadilly

Ahead of the Writers of the World Unite! literature festival at Piccadilly this coming weekend. this month's Stablemates welcomes Smokestack poets Steve Ely, Nancy Charley and Richard Skinner in conversation with Jill Abram. 

Steve Ely has been described as Ted Hughes on the rampage (Alan Morrison: The Recusant) and one of the most exhilarating poets currently working in the UK (Katy Evans-Bush). His work is strongly influenced by his socialism, his Catholicism and his Yorkshire roots. Englaland is an unapologetic and paradoxical affirmation of a bloody, bloody-minded and bloody brilliant people. 

Nancy Charley is the first archivist at the Royal Asiatic Society, where she finds inpiration for many stories. Little Blue Hut was written after spending six weeks in a beach hut near Whitstable. Rich with the music of waves and the tang of salt these watchful poems celebrate the mysteries of change (Maggie Butt). 

Richard Skinner is Director if the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy. He runs Vanguard Readings and its publishing arm Vanguard Editions. Terrace is a series of poems like a row of linked houses or steps where we spectators stand to watch the match of Life v. Death (John Davies for Sabotage Reviews).

Smokestack Books aims to hold an open space for what is left of the English radical poetic tradition in the 21st century. Smokestack believes that poetry is part of - not apart from - society, and argues that if poetry does not belong to everybody, it is not poetry.  

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London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Thursday 27th April 19:00 - 20:30

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