Events and readings 2017

2017 is Grey Hen’s 10th anniversary year, and there will be a series of readings across the UK from all eleven anthologies to date. Hopefully there will be the launch of a twelfth by the end of the year!

 

28th September  Anniversary celebration reading at Woodbridge Library with Anne Boileau, Hilary Elfick, Sylvia Fairley, Kate Foley and Angela Kirby. 7-9 pm

16th September  Anniversary celebration reading in Bristol at Bordeaux Quay with R V Bailey, Ann Drysdale, June Hall, Joy Howard, Ruth Sharman and Pat Simmons. 7-9 pm

27th July Anniversary celebration reading at the Glasgow Women’s Library with AC Clarke, Joy Howard, Mandy Macdonald, Anne B Murray and Sheila Templeton. 12.30-2.30

8th July Anniversary celebration reading at Sale Library with Julia Deakin, Susanna Harding, Joy Howard, Janet Loverseed and Frances Nagle. 2-4 pm

13th June Anniversary celebration reading at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle. With Joy Howard, Meg Peacocke, Katrina Porteous and Fiona Ritchie Walker. 7-9 pm

29th April  Anniversary celebration reading at York Explore Library. With Carole Bromley, Joy Howard, Pauline Kirk, Thelma Laycock and Josie Walsh. 2-4  pm

11th March  Anniversary celebration event at Reading Central Library. With Wendy Klein, Gill Learner, Susan Utting, Jean Watkins and Christine Webb. 2-4 pm

 

 

Events and Readings 2016

10th November  London launch of Extraordinary Forms at Queens Park Books 87 Salusbury Rd NW6 with Ann Drysdale, Angela Kirby, Ruth Smith and Anne Stewart  7-8.30.

29th October  South East launch of Extraordinary Forms at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) with Gill Learner, Wendy Klein, Jean Watkins and Christine Webb. 3-4.30.

6th October Scottish launch of Extraordinary Forms at the Glasgow Women’s Library. With Joy Howard, Mandy Macdonald and Eveline Pye. Plus a launch reading by Hilary Stobbs from her Hen Run competition-winning pamphlet Until It Rains. A National Poetry Day event. 12.30-2pm

2nd October North West launch of Extraordinary Forms at The Harris Library and Art Gallery, Preston. With Julia Deakin, Rosemary Doman,  Joy Howard, Char March, Frances Nagle and Hannah Stone. 2-3.30. Part of the National Fun Palaces events programme.

14th July  East Anglia launch of the new anthology Extraordinary Forms at Woodbridge Library. With Sylvia Fairley,Kate Foley, Angela Kirby and Vee Singleton 7 – 8.30.

8th March International Women’s Day reading at Kendal Library. Talk  on setting up and running Grey Hen by Joy Howard. Readings from all Grey Hen anthologies with Pamela Coren, Joy Howard, Geraldine Green and Gill Nicholson. 3pm

2015

6th Sept South West launch of the new chapbooks Shades of meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable at Black Book Café, Nelson St, Stroud. ‘Pies and Poetry’ event.Readings by various contributors. 2 -3.30pm

9th July  Scottish launch of the new chapbooks Shades of Meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable at the Glasgow Womens’s Library, Landressy St, Glasgow. Picnic event. Readings by various contributors. 12.30 – 2pm

6th June. North West launch of the new chapbooks Shades of Meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable at the Central (Harris) library in Preston. Readings by various contributors. 3 – 4.30 pm

15th May. London launch of the new chapbooks Shades of Meaning, Transitions and Outlook Variable at The Queen’s Larder, 1 Queen Square London WC1. Readings by various contributors. 7.30 onwards.

14th May. A reading from Running Before the Wind at the Whitstable Literature Festival with Maggie Butt, Rosemary McLeish and Anne Stewart. The Old Neptune Pub, Marine Terrace, Whitstable CT15 IEJ.  8-9pm.

26th April. Wenlock Poetry Festival. Working Lunch with Joy Howard at Wenlock Books 12.30 – 2 pm. reading with RV Bailey and Joy Howard at the Pottery 4.15 – 5 pm.

Events and Readings 2014

28th October. A reading from Running Before the Wind at Take 5, 17 Tombland, Norwich with Sally Festing, Joy Howard and Jenny Morris.  7.30 – 8.30

23rd October. A reading from Running Before the Wind at  the Zest café, 95 South Street, St Andrews, Fife with A C Clarke, Eleanor Livingstone, Lyn Moir and Sheila Templeton. 6 – 7.30

20th September. A reading from Running Before the Wind at Plymouth Central Library with Ann Alexander, Caroline Carver and Rose Cook. 2 – 3.30

11th September. Joy Howard will read from her collections Exit Moonshine and Refurbishment, plus new poems, at The Albert, Huddersfield. 8pm

6th September. A reading from Running Before the Wind at the Poetry Book Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 with Joy Howard, Gerda Mayer, Katherine Gallagher and Christine Webb. 1.oo pm.

21st July. A reading from Running Before the Wind at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne with Joy Howard, Katrina Porteous, Meg Peacocke and Fiona Ritchie Walker. 7-9pm

10th July. A reading from Running Before the Wind at the Albert, Huddersfield, with Doris Corti, Jo Haslam,  Susanna Harding and Joy Howard. 8pm

16th June. A reading from all the anthologies and a short talk about Grey Hen Press with Joy Howard. Gateshead Library 2pm.

4th June. A reading from Running Before the Wind at Woodbridge Library, Suffolk with Sylvia Fairley, Kate Foley and Pauline Stainer. 7- 8.30 pm

31st May. Launch of new chapbook series Hen Run with Gill Nicholson and Joan Poulson reading from their books The Buoyancy of Space and Tequila & Shooting Stars. Preston Harris Library, 3-4.30

10th May. A reading from No Space But Their Own at the RSPB Scottish Bird Fair with A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone. 3pm

22nd March. A reading from No Space but Their Own and The Price of Gold for World Wildlife Week at Sale Library, Greater Manchester with Jo Haslam, Joy Howard and Joan Poulson 2 – 3.30 pm

22nd March.  A reading from  No Space But Their Own and The Price of Gold for world Wildlife Week at  Reading Central  Library with Gill Learner and Christine Webb, including contributions from local poets Wendy Klein and Jean Watkins  3 – 4.30 pm

20th March. A reading from No Space But Their Own and The Price of Gold for World Wildlife Week at the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Tetbury with Alison Brackenbury, Ann Drysdale, Angela France and Joy Howard  7 – 8.30 pm Change of venue. This reading will now take place at The Ormond in Tetbury, 23 Long St, Tetbury

20th March. A reading from No Space But Their Own and The Price of Gold for World Wildlife Week at Grange over Sands Library with Pamela Coren  and Geraldine Green,  including contributions from local poets Kerry Darbishire, Pauline  Keith and Gill Nicholson 2.30 – 4 pm

5th February. A reading from Running Before the Wind at Queens Park Books London NW6 with Marianne Burton, Wendy French, Katherine Gallagher, Joy Howard, Angela Kirby and Gerda Mayer  7 -9pm

30th January. A reading from Running Before the Wind at Grange-over-Sands Library with Pamela Coren, Geraldine Green, Joy Howard and Meg Peacocke. 2.30 – 4pm

2013

12th December. A reading from Running Before the Wind at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge with Carole Bromley,Pamela Coren, Jo Haslam, Joy Howard Meg Peacocke.        7 -9pm

22nd October. A reading from Cracking On at Blackwell’s, South Bridge, Edinburgh with A C Clarke, Joy Howard, Lyn Moir and Margaret Wood. This event is part of Age Scotland’s Luminate Festival. 7 – 8.30pm

28th Sept A reading from Running Before the Wind at Reading Library with Gill Learner, Wendy Klein and Jean Watkins. 3 – 4.30pm

7th September A reading from Running Before the Wind at Sale Library with Doris Corti, Jo Haslam, Janet Loverseed and Joan Poulson. 2- 3.30pm

31st August The official launch of Running Before the Wind at The Storey Centre, Lancaster. Various poets from the anthology will read. 3 – 5pm

19th July Penzance Litfest. Joy Howard will be giving a talk on Grey Hen Press and there will be a special launch reading of Running Before the Wind at The End of the World bookshop. Further details www.penzance-literary-festival.org.uk

20th June  Poetry and Picnic on Glasgow Green*. A C Clarke, Eleanor Livingstone, Maggie Rabatski and Sheila Templeton will read from their own work and from the new Grey Hen anthology Running Before the Wind: poems about the sea. 12 – 2pm.  * NB venue now changed to Kelvingrove Park.  Further details from the Glasgow Women’s Library 0141 248 9969

27th April A reading with Joy Howard and Ann Alexander at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival. Hotel du Vin, Parabola Rd  11.00 – 12.00 www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk

6th April A reading from the anthologies at the Wenlock Poetry Festival with Alison Brackenbury, Ann Drysdale, Gill McEvoy and Pat Simmons. 12.25-1.30  info@wenlockpoetryfestival.org

8th March.  Grey Hen is to be presenting the 2013 ‘Showcase’ event at StAnaza Poetry Festival. Ann Drydsdale, Kate Foley, Joy Howard, Angela Kirby and Christine Webb will be reading  at the Town Hall, St Andrews, Fife. 12.45 – 1.45.

27th February at Headingly Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART), Bennett Rd Leeds LS6 3HN. Joy Howard will read from her collection Refurbishment with two other Ward Wood poets – Keith Armstrong, David Cooke.

21st February at Queen’s Park Books, 87 Salusbury Rd, London NW6 6NH. A reading from The Price of Gold with Marianne Burton, Maggie Butt, Katherine Gallagher, Joy Howard and Christine Webb. 7-8.30 pm

26th January at The Equity Centre, Providence St, Bradford, W Yorks. An women-only evening of words and song with Sue Burgess and Joy Howard. From 7pm. Booking essential (email Rachel@equitypartnership.org.uk)

 

 

 

Events and Readings 2012

8th December at Todmorden Library. A reading from The Price of Gold with Jo Haslam, Joy Howard. Gina Shaw, Margaret Speake and Sue Wood. 2-3.30pm.

15th November at the Saltaire Bookshop, 1 Commercial Place Saltaire. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Carole Bromley, Julia Deakin, Joy Howard and Gina Shaw. 7pm

19th October at The Limpsfield Bookshop, High St Limpsfield. Anne Stewart, Rosemary McLeish and Ruth Smith will read a selection from all the Grey Hen anthologies. 6.30 for 7pm. NB  Deborah Sloan will now be reading in place of Ruth Smith

18th October at The Library, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Joy Howard will read with Geraldine Green. 7pm

2nd September at Walpole Old Chapel Walpole Suffolk. A reading from No Space But Their Own and The Price of Gold with Ann Drysdale, Kate Foley, Joy Howard, Gina Shaw, Pauline Stainer and Christine Webb. 3 – 5pm.

11th July in Glasgow, Kelvingrove Park. Picnic and Poetry event with readings from all the Grey Hen anthologies as part of the Glasgow Women’s Library Summer Programme. With A C Clarke, Margaret Christie, Joy Howard, Eleanor Livingstone, Helena Nelson, Sheila Templeton and Margaret Wood. 12 – 2pm. For further details see www.womenslibrary.org.uk

6th and 7th July in Leeds. The Price of Gold launch celebration readings. Friday 6th at Waterstones 93 Albion St, 7 – 8.30 and Saturday 7th at Leeds Central Library Exhibition Room 12 – 1.30

4th July at The Bookshop 2 Barras St Liskeard Cornwall . A reading from the Grey Hen anthologies with Ann Alexander, Elisabeth Rowe and Liz Woods.

2nd May at Lochwinnock RSPB Nature Reserve Largs Rd Lochwinnoch Renfrewshire, 6.30 – 8 pm. With A C Clarke, Sally Evans, Katherine Gallagher, Geraldine Green, Eleanor Livingstone and Sheila Templeton read from No Space But Their Own and The Price of Gold.

20th April as part of the Chelltenham Poetry Festival. Alison Brackenbury, Ann Drysdale, Angela France, Joy Howard. Pat Simmons and Christine Webb read from the Grey Hen anthologies at The Frog and Fiddle, 313-5 High St Cheltenham. 2-3 pm.

8th March at Queens Park Bookshop Salusbury Rd London N6. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Joy Howard, Angela Kirby, Gerda Mayer, Rosemary McLeish and Ruth Smith. 7 – 8.30pm

2011

17th December at Todmorden Library. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Pamela Coren, Joy Howard, Pauline Kirk and Gina Shaw. 2-3.30 pm

13th December at Lumen, Tavistock Sq, London WC1. Joy Howard will read from her collection Refurbishment. 7 – 8.30 pm

4th December at Waterstones, Bradford. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Julia Deakin, Joy Howard, Thelma Laycock, Gina Shaw and Josie Walsh. 2-3.30 pm

26th September at Richmond Library, N Yorks. Joy Howard will read with Meg Peacocke and Anne Pilling. 7 – 8.30 pm

18th September at The Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, as part of the Festival of Women’s Writng. Readings from all the Grey Hen anthologies with Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Julia Deakin, Cathy Grindrod, Jo Haslam, Joy Howard, Pauine Kirk, Hilary J Murray, Alison Orlowska, Gina Shaw and Josie Walsh. 2 -4 pm

4th September at Walpole Old Chapel, Walpole, Suffolk. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Ann Drysdale, Kate Foley, Joy Howard, Angela Kirby, Rennie Parker, Gina Shaw and Anne Stewart. 3 -4pm

2nd September at King’s Bookshop Callander, Perthshire as part of the Callander Poetry Weekend. A reading from all the Grey Hen anthologies with A C Clarke, Margaret Christie, Helena Nelson, Eleanor Livingstone and Margaret Wood. 5 – 6pm

16th August at Blackwell’s Bookshop 53-62 South Bridge, Edinburgh. A festival ’Fringe’ event with readings from all the Grey Hen anthologies with Marianne Burton, A C Clarke, Margaret Christie, Julia Deakin, Angela Kirby, Wendy Klein, Eleanor Livingstone and Rosemary McLeish. 3-4.30 pm

12th August at Hebden Bridge Library Cheetham St, Hebden Bridge. A reading from Get Me Out of Here! with Helen Burke, Julia Deakin, Joy Howard, Char March. Alison Orlowska and Gina Shaw. 7 – 8.30 pm

6th August at The Shropshire Wildlife Centre 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. A reading from No Space But Their Own with Anne Cluysenaar, Anne Drysdale, Jo Haslam, Joy Howard, Gill McEvoy and Hermione Sandall. 2-4 pm

11th June at the Scottish Poetry Library, Crichton Close, Canongate, Edinburgh. A reading from No Space But Their Own with A C Clarke, Eleanor Livingstone and Lyn Moir. 2-3.30 pm

7th June at the Market Hall Tetbury, 7-8.30 pm. Readings from all the Grey Hen anthologies as part of the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop Summer Festival. With Alison Brackenbury, Ann Drysdale, Angela France, June Hall, Joy Howard, Elisabeth Rowe and Pat Simmons.

12th May at Waterstones, 93 Albion St Leeds 7-8.30pm. Launch of new anthology Get Me Out of Here! Poets reading include: Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Julia Deakin, Ann Drysdale, Cathy Grindrod, Angela Kirby, Pauline Kirk, Roemary McLeish, Gina Shaw Josie Walsh and Margaret Wood. Follow up reading on 13th May at Leeds Central Library, 12.30-1pm

26th March at RSPB Leighton Moss Nr Carnforth, Lancs LA5 0SW Official launch celebration of No Space But Their Own. Poets reading include Pat Borthwick, A C Clarke, Pamela Coren, Kathryn Daszkiewicz, Ann Drysdale, Jo Haslam, Gill McEvoy, Alwyn Marriage, Gina Shaw and Christine Webb. 2-4 pm, with live music and cream tea. All welcome.

23rd March at The Luxe, 109, Commercial St, London E1 6BG. a reading by Grey Hen poets Helen Burke, Wendy Klein, Rosemary McLeish, Ruth O’Callaghan, Anne Stewart and Christine Webb. Basement Bar 6.30 – 8pm

16th February 2011 at Waterstones 220-226 Chiswick High Road London W4. A reading from Cracking On with Connie Bensley, Joy Howard, Angela Kirby, Wendy Klein, Gill Learner and Ruth O’Callaghan. 7-8.30 pm

18th January at Queen’s Park Bookshop 87 Salusbury Rd London NW6. A reading from No Space But Their Own with Marianne Burton, Joy Howard, Alwyn Marriage, Christine Webb and Lynne Wycherley. 7-8.30 pm

2010

11th December 2 – 4pm at Todmorden Library. A reading from the new anthology No Space But Their Own. Various contributors (to be notified).

30th November 7-8.30 at the Friends Meeting House, Nailsworth, Glos. A reading from Cracking On with Ann Drysdale, June Hall, Joy Howard and Pat Simmons. Special guest R V Bailey. Sponsored by The Yellow-lighted Bookshop.

19th November 7.30-9pm at David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City. A reading from Cracking On. Various contributors (to be notified)

18th November 6 -7.30 at Waterstones, Wool Exchange,Bradford. Pat Borthwick, Carole Bromley, Joy Howard and Gina Shaw read from Cracking On.

5th Sept 5pm at Walpole Old Chapel, Walpole, Suffolk. Ann Drysdale, Kate Foley, Joy Howard, Angela Kirby, Jenny Morris and Christine Webb read from Cracking On.

24th July 2010 2-3.30 at the Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. A C Clarke, Lyn Moir, Margaret Wood and Rosemary McLeish give a reading from Cracking On

9th June 6.30 – 8 at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge. Hilary Elfick, Pam Coren, Kate Foley and Joy Howard read poems from Cracking On

13th March 2-3pm at The Women’s Library, Old Castle St London E1. As part of the Women’s Library Wisewords Bookfest, Angela Kirby, Dinah Livingstone, Ruth O’Callaghan, Alwyn Marriage, Kate Foley and Diane Tang will read from Cracking On.

12th March 6.30 – 8pm at The Jam Factory, Oxford. RV Bailey, Kate Foley, Christine Webb, Joy Howard and Pat Winslow. Lesbian Poetry event (NB new venue and time.)

6th March at the Friends Meeting House, Leicester. Alice Beer, Christine Coleman, Pamela Coren and Hermione Sandall read poems from Cracking On.

12th February 2010 at Hebden Bridge Library. Pamela Coren, Meg Peacocke, Joy Howard and Gina Shaw read poems from Cracking On.

19th January at Queens Park Books. Gerda Mayer, Angela Kirby and Joy Howard read from Cracking On. As a commemoration, Eve Featherstone will read Berta Freistadt’s poems form the book.

7th January at Oxford Central Library. RV Bailey, Kate Foley, Christine Webb, Joy Howard and Pat Winslow. Lesbian poetry event. This reading cancelled due to severe weather. Re-sceduled for 12th March – new venue – see above

July 09 – Dec 09

21st July 2009 at the Bluebell Bookshop, Penrith
Kate Foley, Joy Howard and Meg Peacocke

13th August 2009 at Saltaire Bookshop, Saltaire
Joy Howard reads from Exit Moonshine

8th October at Ilkley Literature Festival
Second Bite poets Joy Howard, Hilary J Murray and Gina Shaw will be headlining an open mic session (National Poetry Day)

17th October 2009 at Chester Oyez
Pamela Coren, Ann Drysdale, Joy Howard, Gill McEvoy and Gina Shaw will read from A Twist of Malice

13th November 2009. Launch reading from ’Cracking On’ at Central Library, Leeds. Various poets from the anthology

18th November 2009. Reading at Gay’s the Word, Marchmont St London WC1 with Kate Foley, Cherry Potts and Joy Howard. Women only event

28th November 2009. Launch reading from Cracking On at Morrab Library, Penzance. Joy Howard, Ann Alexander, Ann Drysdale, Christine Webb, Pat Simmons and Elisabeth Rowe

12th December 2009 at Todmorden library. Janet Loverseed, Joy Howard, Gill McEvoy and Gina Shaw
A series of readings by poets featuring in A Twist of Malice was organised around the country from December 2008 to July 2009. The poets read from A Twist of Malice plus selections from their other work.

6th December 2008, at Todmorden Library.
Char March, Gina Shaw, Clare Shaw, Joy Howard .

8th January 2009 at Borders, York
Carole Bromley, Helen Burke, Thelma Laycock, Hilary Murray

22nd January 2009 at Queen’s Park Books, Kilburn NW6
Berta Freistadt, Marianne Burton, Angela Kirby, Gerda Mayer

11th February 2009 at Waterstones, Leicester
Christine Coleman, Kathryn Dszkiewicz, Pamela Coren, Alice Beer

21st February 2009 at Waterstones Kendal
Meg Peacocke, Rosemary McLeish, Gina Shaw, Carole Bromley

12th & 13th March at Waterstones in Amsterdam and Brussels
Kate Foley, Christine Webb, Gina Shaw, Angela Kirby, Ann Drysdale, Marianne Burton, Anne Stewart.

28th March at Hebden Bridge Library
Gill McEvoy, Pamela Coren and Gina Shaw

23rd April at Watersones Cheltenham
Angela France, Ann Alexander, Ann Drysdale and Ruth Sharman

30th April at Borders Charing Cross Rd WC2
Joanna Ezekiel, Gerda Mayer, Jenny Morris, Ruth O’Callaghan, Anne Stewart, Diane Tang and Christine Webb

21st May at Borders Oxford
Gill Learner, Judith Priestman, Angela France and Christine Webb

6th June at Housmans, Caledonian Rd NW1
Berta Freistadt, Gerda Mayer, Angela Kirby, Marianne Burton

5th July at Walpole Old Chapel, Walpole, Suffolk
Angela Kirby, Marrianne Burton, Anne Stewart, Kate Foley, Joy Howard, Ann Drysdale, Christine Webb