Language Club on Tuesday 29th May 2018 at 19.00 in the Lecture Theatre at the Plymouth College of Art


The next Language Club event will be on Tuesday 29th May, in the Lecture Theatre at Plymouth College of Art. Please arrive by 7.00 pm for a prompt start at 7.15.

Our extended session on this occasion is from Ric Hool. Originally from Northumberland, Ric is now resident in Abergavenny where he is the organiser of a regular series of poetry events. He has published nine collections of poetry, including Between So Many Words (Red Squirrel Press, 2016), A Way of Falling Upwards (Cinnamon Press, 2014) and Hut (Woodenhead Press, 2016). He was the Welsh Academy poet for the Abergavenny Food Festival in 2009.

His poetic themes are the psychological and geographical impact of place and space on the human experience. Water is a recurring feature in his work. Fiona Owen has commented on his work that ‘the word that most characterises this collection (No Nothing – The Collective Press, 2009) is ‘fluidity’. If water is its central element then winter is the season that Ric Hool seems most at home in, with its qualities of darkness, receptivity and the music of weather’.

Marion Clare is a performance poet and organiser of Soapbox, an open mic event which occurs on the first Wednesday of the month, currently at Bread and Roses in Ebrington Street. She works with a group of musicians named The Spoils and her solo projects have included ‘The End of the Party’ and a piece based on an encounter with a whale, inspired partly by the late Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation.

Sam Richards is a musician and composer as well as a poet and has also written a number of books on music, including Soundings (essays, Plymouth University Press, 2017) and The Engaged Musician (2013). He has also published a mammoth history of Dartington Arts – Learning by Doing. He is a regular reader of his poetry in the South West and his work has appeared in The Broadsheet and The Plymouth Herald. A first collection is overdue.


Rachel Gippetti‘s first poetry collection, Birthright, was published by Eyewear in 2017. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Plymouth and works as a Higher Education study manager at Plymouth College of Art. Her poetry has also appeared in a number of magazines, including Shearsman, and deals with questions of genetic inheritance, birth, fertility and her Jewish ancestry.

We look forward to seeing you there. Entry is by donation: the Language Club receives no public funding so the more we receive, the greater our ability to invite readers from further afield.


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