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Poetry for All – Accessible Poetry

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Tickets: here

New this year, we’re offering poetry for everyone: A BSL interpreter, big screen projection of poems submitted in advance, assistive animals – including guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf – and carers welcome!

Featured poets: Raymond Antrobus, Donna Williams (DeafFirefly), and York’s own Imogen Godwin!

Raymond Antrobus is a poet, performer and hearing aid user, born and bred in Hackney, East London. Raymond has read and performed internationally, at festivals, universities, and on BBC Radio 4, and he’s published in The Rialto, Magma Poetry and The Guardian among others.“ His monologues are stunning studies of voice and substance, and his lyric poems are graceful and finely crafted” – Kwame Dawes.
Donna Williams is a deaf poet who uses English and British Sign Language. She has performed around the UK including at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Albert Hall, as well as in America and Brazil. Several of her poems have been published, most recently in the anthology Stairs and Whispers and in Magma magazine. Her poems
cover many themes, from bilingualism to identity, to her beloved cats.
Imogen Godwin is relatively new to York’s poetic scene but she’s jumped right in, appearing at open mics, competing in slams, and featuring in York Disability Pride 2017. As Imogen says, “Disability Pride actively challenges our idea of ‘normal’ and celebrates the exciting diversity of human body and mind.”
Fay Roberts is Spoken Word Artistic Director at the Free Fringe, regional coordinator at Hammer & Tongue Cambridge, and founded (and still edits) Allographic Press: poetry, prose, art, music available online and in print publications. Fay hosts Other Voices Spoken Word Cabarets: shows dedicated to the words and voices less heard. Fay is secretly a nerd IT specialist but please forgive her.
Rose Drew is a poet and anthropologist: at home in a lab, and on a stage performing poetry. She’s a public speaker, book publisher, events manager, and has co-hosted the York Spoken Word Poetry & Prose open mic since January 2006. Rose is delighted to fulfil this goal of offering poetry by all, for all, here in York.

Hosted by Fay Roberts & Rose Drew. Contact 07914271871 for info & to book a 3-4 min slot. Bar available for Dutch Courage.

A limited number of FREE carer tickets are available to this event. This event is supported by Yorsensory, part of The Wilberforce Trust.

£7 concessions, or £10.


March 24
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Clements Hall, Nunthorpe
Nunthorpe Road
York, YO23 1BW United Kingdom
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