Bristol Poetry Showcase

Bristol Poetry Showcase

For the first time, Southmead Hospital Charity are hosting a poety event as part of this year's Summer Buskathon. 

The Bristol Poetry Showcase featuires three poets who will be sharing their work in a special one off event on June 25 at Southmead Hospital. 

Come along and celebrate some of the best of Bristol’s thriving poetry scene in a relaxed and fully accessible atmosphere.

In a special event with all proceeds going to Southmead Hospital Charity, three poets will present poems and then take part in a lively discussion.

The event forms part of Southmead Hospital Charity's performance-based fundraiser the Great Brunel Buskathon which features 100 performances of live music and dance (and poetry!) in the hospital and at venues across Bristol throughout June. See the full programme of the Great Brunel Buskathon.

About the Poets
Stephen Lightbown is a Bristol based, Blackburn born poet. In 1996, aged 16, Stephen became paralysed following an accident when he hit a tree whilst sledging in the snow. Twenty years after the accident he began writing poetry and writes extensively but not exclusively about life as a wheelchair user. In March 2019 his first poetry collection, Only Air, was published by Burning Eye Books.
Josie Alford; Enigmatic. Mysterious. Drenched in Shadow. Josie, workshop coordinator & host of Hammer & Tongue Bristol is none of these things. Her stage presence is sequinned, Spice Girl inspired, pop culture referencing, infectious, & welcoming. Once seen, never forgotten, her work ranges from the subtle nuance of dealing with loss to meeting your partner whilst dressed up as Beiber...well. We've all been there haven't we?
Tom Sastry was chosen by Carol Ann Duffy as one of the 2016 Laureate's Choice poets. His resulting pamphlet, Complicity, was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice and a Poetry School Book of the Year. He was the Poet in Residence for the 2019 Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival. His first full collection, A Man's House Catches Fire, will be published in October by Nine Arches Press.

The event takes place in the Sanctuary in the Brunel Building at Southmead Hospital at 6.30pm. This event has been made possible thanks to funding by Arts Council England.

Tickets are £5 and can be booked online here

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