The Poetic Impulse/Drivers of Poetical Creativity

Where: Media Factory – Room 210

Time: 2:30pm

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An exploration into the drivers of poetical creativity by four very different poets from the North of England; Martin Domleo, Vince Smith, Nick Williams, Gordon Aindow. Including questions from the audience.

About Martin Domleo:

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Martin was born in Derby in 1941. The first seven years of his working life were spent in a butcher’s shop, the next thirty-five as a teacher in Liverpool, Leamington Spa and Preston. His first published book, The Desk, was self-published in 2002. A very successful venture, this was followed by a novella, The Haunted Barn, and two collections of poetry, published by Lapwing. A novel, Scream Over Stallard’s, came out in 2005. In 2012, his poem Sunderland Point won the Dickens Two-hundred Writing Prize. Recently, his historical novella The Rest Is Silence, was translated into Chinese and published in China with a first production run of four-thousand books. Alongside the writing, Martin has been painting in oils for over half a century.

About Vincent Smith:

thumbnail_vincent smithBorn Sheffield, 1944. Life-long interest in poetry, both reading and writing. Favourite poets include Hardy, Housman and Shakespeare. Many publications and competition credits, most notably with Orbis and Literary Review. One published collection and several more languishing in drawers. Other writing includes a novel and a travellers’ guide to English architectural heritage (unpublished). Chair of Preston Arts Association which organises annual Arts Festival. Other interests include painting, piano and theatre. Main professional life was in IT with British Aerospace; now an associate lecturer in maths department of OU.

About Nicolas Guy Williams:

thumbnail_Nicolas WilliamsBorn in Gloucester in 1970, has been writing poetry, prose since 1988 and making art since 1984; attended Cardiff institute in 1989 and completed a Fine Art Degree. Since then has travelled extensively, lived in France for ten years, and China for a month. Has been published a few times by Poetry Now, appeared in a few anthologies, for example ‘Words against War’ by the international facebook poetry group : The Accidental Poets. Had the pleasure of performing in a group as a support Poet to Benjamin Zephaniah during the Picture the Poet Exhibition held at the Harris Gallery in Preston and is one of three Poets that can be seen on a video on the National Portrait Gallery Website which commemorates that exhibition. Has been involved for several years with Korova Poets in Preston who changed their name to Damson Poets after the close down of Korova arts cafe and bar. Has also written and performed as part of the small group the 4 poets performance project and the group Guests Of The Earth and recently had a podcast on the Gods & Radicals website as well as a poem published in their Beautiful resistance. Has published two finished Poetry collections The Excanto and The Preludes both written largely in France and are part of a sequence of three books, the third still being written.

About Gordon Aindow:

thumbnail_Gordon AindowI am a local writer based in Preston. I write short stories and poems with an emphasis on life, landscape and love, capturing the fascination and poignancy we can find in situations all around us, if we look a little harder. I belong to several local writing groups – ScRibble, the Creative Network Writers’ Group, and Damson Poets, all of which help to keep up the momentum. I have been involved with two collaborations at the Harris Museum between poets and artworks, resulting in public readings, and have been involved with Lancashire Archive Office in creative writing projects to commemorate local and international events, such as World War One and Victorian Literary Lancashire. I have performed at several spoken word events, such as What’s Your Story, Chorley? Some of my short stories have appeared in the Lancashire Post newspaper. I have achieved success in local, national and international poetry and short story competitions.