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Bridlington Poetry Festival 2014

Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 June
01482 392699


The beautiful cliff-top setting of Sewerby Hall in Bridlington plays host to the annual Bridlington Poetry Festival, founded in 2010 and now in its fifth year, with four days of performances and workshops for people of all ages.

Highlights include - on Thursday 12 June - the Festival's first ever event at Bridlington Spa Theatre, an evening to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Andrew Motion (Poet Laureate, 1999-2009) will perform a selection of poetry from the Great War and from his own poems as part of an evening which also features ‘Rupert Brooke’, the acclaimed one-man show by Useful Donkey Theatre Company.

Following the legendary ‘war’ poet from his time at Cambridge to his death in the Aegean Sea, ‘Rupert Brooke’ reveals a man with a tumultuous personal life, a man not afraid to shock his audience, and a man vulnerably reaching to be ‘forever England’.

One of Britain’s best-loved poets, Wendy Cope, hosts a high tea in a marquee in the stunning grounds of Sewerby Hall on Saturday afternoon, and other famous poets appearing at the Festival include Blake Morrison, Ian Duhig, Linda France (winner of the National Poetry Competition 2014), Rommi Smith and Matthew Sweeney.

Leeds-based poet and Artistic Director of the Festival, Antony Dunn, says:

“This is really a year of firsts for us – as well as visiting Bridlington Spa Theatre for the first time, this is also the first year we’ve dedicated a whole day to our work with schools in and around Bridlington. The Young People’s Laureate for Wales, Martin Daws, will be working with Yorkshire poets Andrew McMillan and James Nash to deliver workshops and performances for students from a number of local primary schools.

“It’s also the first time we’ve programmed a two-day Festival Fringe – on Friday 7 and Friday 13 June – called Little Lights Poetry Festival, a celebration of the many talented creative people living here in Bridlington and the East Riding. We’re staging performances and workshops in a range of venues including St Mark’s Church, West Hill, Bridlington Library and even the RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.”

Yet another first is the Poetry Business Reading Day with Peter & Ann Sansom (described by The Guardian as “the best poetry tutors in the world”) in which up to 30 people will be able to share their own favourite poems, and experience a carefully guided close-reading of the Sansoms’ own selection of poems from across the ages.

The Festival is organised by Wordquake, East Riding Library Service’s unique project to promote reading and live literature in the East Riding. Dorcas Taylor joined East Riding Libraries in November in 2012 to run Wordquake. She says:

“It’s very exciting to be involved in the Wordquake project. Because the Library Service is so committed to the project, it means that there is a lot of potential to develop our two main activities – Bridlington Poetry Festival and Beverley Literature Festival – and to involve more people from the local community across the East Riding.”

Don Paterson (twice winner of the prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize) will be announcing the winners of the Festival’s Philip Larkin & East Riding Poetry Competition, in association with the Philip Larkin Society, with £1000 going to the First Prize Winner. Entries have been received from around the world, Don’s selections have been made, and the winners and runners-up have been invited to perform on Saturday 14 June.

This year also sees the return of the Bridlington Poetry Festival Summer School, an intensive creative writing programme running alongside the Festival programme, led by Don Paterson with renowned poet and tutor Jean Sprackland.

Councillor Richard Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, added: “I am delighted that we are able to support the Poetry Festival in these difficult times.
As a council, we feel strongly that festivals such as this also support the local economy by helping to attract visitors and so boosting the local economy. I hope that lots of residents – and visitors – will be able to attend and enjoy this year’s Festival.”

Tickets are available from the Bridlington Poetry Festival website
or by phone on 01482 392699.  Some events are free but places are limited.

For more information about Bridlington Poetry Festival visit or call 01482 392699 to request a brochure.


Become a Reading Activist In The East Riding

East Riding of Yorkshire Council libraries will be encouraging children aged 4 to 11 years across the area to take part in the national Summer Reading Challenge later this year which has a Mythical Maze theme – but right now the libraries are looking for local volunteers to help to make the Challenge happen.

Councillor Richard Burton, the council’s portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture, said: “The annual Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, is a great way to help children to discover the pleasure of reading and I am delighted that our libraries will be taking part once again this year.”

The libraries team are looking for anyone aged 16 to 24 who would like to volunteer as a ‘reading activist’ to help to run the Challenge in 2014 from June to August. It will be a great way to improve your communication skills, get experience for your CV, and make a real difference to a child’s future.

The Reading Agency reports that “15% of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK are not in education, employment or training. Reading Activists gives young people new skills and opportunities through reading activities in their local libraries and communities. Because everything changes when we read.”

To find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge 2014, visit

To find out how to volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library, contact Jessica Thewlis on 01482 392765 or Kimberley Harston on 01482 392756 by 11 May 2014

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2014

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from thousands of entries for publication. Last year, poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers; a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.

Visit for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Looking for literary inspiration? CLICK HERE to pick up a copy of last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Bridlington Library Hosts History Event

Bridlington Library will be hosting a local history event on Saturday, 12 April at 2pm which will involve a talk from local historian Richard Jones.

The speaker will be talking about the Burton Agnes disaster 1947, a crash in which a train collided with a truck full of German prisoners of war on the level crossing in the village.

Ten Germans and two British soldiers were killed in the crash.

In memory of those killed, a memorial plaque was placed at the site of the disaster in December last year.

Richard Jones has published a book on the disaster and the book will be available at the event.

This is a free event and is open to anyone.

For more information visit Bridlington Central Library or call (01262) 672917.


East Riding Libraries Celebrate World Book Day

East Riding libraries are celebrating children’s reading this week, with a series of events and promotions which started at Hedon Library on 5 March to celebrate World Book Day.

Beverley Library will mark the day on Thursday, 6 March by screening ‘The Biggest Book Show on Earth’, hosted by CBBC’s Dick and Dom, in their Children’s Library at 11.30am and throughout the day.

Children who attend one of the events will receive a £1 World Book Day book token, to be redeemed for one of the 10 exclusive nominated books available at participating bookshops.

Library staff will be celebrating by dressing up as popular children’s book characters.

Kimberley Harston, East Riding librarian, is keen that the reading does not stop there. She said: “This year we have ordered several sets of the World Book Day books so that children have the chance to read several of them, not just the one they get with their book token.

“They will be available to borrow from all libraries and will hopefully keep the young people reading through the year.”

For more information contact your local library.


Bridlington Library regularly runs a variety of book clubs and this month, on Friday, 14 March, books with ‘a strange title’, will be the theme of the day at 2pm.

A particularly strangely-titled book that the library has in mind is ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’, by Rachel Joyce.

The writers group often invites guest authors to the library to discuss their books and will be doing so on Friday, 28 March at 2pm when they invite an author to discuss their book in depth and their reading experience of a particular book.

For more information visit Bridlington Central Library or call (01262) 672917.

Support For Poetry on Prescription as Part of the Poetry Festival

East Riding Libraries and Wordquake are inviting further care homes in the East Riding to take part in their popular Poetry on Prescription Project, facilitated by Ian McMillan, and the next event takes place on Tuesday, 4 February, with the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Claude Mole, attending the event.

The chairman and Ian McMillan will visit Red House, St Anne’s Road, Bridlington at 10.30am, The Waynes, 7 Marton Road, Bridlington at 1pm, and Mallard Court, Avocet Way, Kingsmeade, Bridlington at 3pm.

Poetry on Prescription is an innovative project that sees Ian writing poetry in some of the East Riding’s sheltered housing settings and residential care facilities, bringing carers and the cared-for closer together through poetry, humour and conversation.

Well-known to poetry lovers and radio listeners as the Bard of Barnsley, Ian is a poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster and has worked as Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet.

Ian hosts the weekly show The Verb and Proms variation Adverb on BBC Radio 3 and is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4.

Workshops are aimed at both residents and staff to give both a new way to connect and a different way to use poetry as inspiration for reminiscence in the care home setting.

Councillor Claude Mole, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “These workshops are an excellent way to encourage people to express their emotions and ideas through poetry.

“People can relate to a poem which can be used in their everyday life and, in some cases, can be more helpful than many forms of therapy.

“Poems have the ability to see readers through the most difficult moments of life”.

Each care home visited so far has created at least one poem as a group, with a lot of laughter and creativity along the way. Feedback has been incredibly positive and included the following:

“Just to say Ian's visit to Bempton was very much appreciated by service users and their relatives.

“Staff also enjoyed taking part, enjoying the banter with Ian and the ease of writing poetry.”

“Staff were initially apprehensive when the word ‘poetry’ was mentioned but Ian delivered the writing of poetry with ease interacting with all present.”

“We hope Ian will visit again in the near future.”

Mysteries of the Missing Mosiac

Bridlington Central Library is to welcome author Clive Ashman’s illustrated talk about the people and places behind his novel-sequence on Friday, 22 November at 2pm.

‘Mosaic’ was woven round the authentic mystery of a Roman mosaic floor – found during the Blitz on Hull, and stolen in 1948. His novel crosses two thousand years of war and crumbling empire, featuring crime, passion, danger and a daring archaeologist.

Clive’s sequel and latest novel, ‘Two Eight Six’, weaves a conspiracy spanning two millennia, involving ancient Roman politics; cyber-terrorism, a car-race across Italy, the trade in stolen antiquities and a milestone in Carlisle carrying the name of Carausius, also known as ‘the pirate’.

There is no charge for this event and free refreshments will be made available.

For more information call the library on (01262) 672917.

Audio Book Club

People who are interested in an audio book club are welcome to visit Bridlington Central Library on Friday, 15 November at 2pm for this month’s audio topic – A classic.

There are over 600 audio books to choose from in Bridlington Central Library and visitors are encouraged to borrow them and share the stories at the book club.

Sarah Hutchinson, librarian at Bridlington Central Library, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity to meet new people for a chat about the audio books they are listening to. Audio books are a great way to read a book without having to sit down and flip from page to page. The books can be enjoyed by all, from lorry drivers to people doing their ironing. Everyone is welcome to join in, share that love of hearing a book read to them and share a chat and a cuppa.”

The club meets monthly and welcomes everyone to pop in for a friendly chat and an audio book discussion.

For more information call Bridlington Central Library on (01262) 672917.

Author Visits Bridlington Library

Bridlington Library will hold its next writers’ group on Friday, 1 November when York author, N.E. David, will talk about his writing journey.

The author will also talk about how he came to be published and will be happy to answer people’s questions about writing.   As always, anyone can join this group, although please be aware that homework is set for this group each month.

For more information visit Bridlington Central Library, King Street, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 2DF or call (01262) 672917.


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