Details of 2019 are below however, if you would like to enter our competition please ENTER LITERARY COMPETITION HERE
Saturday 22nd June
10.00 Poetry Workshop for 8 places - 5-8 year olds
10.45 Storytime - Children of all ages welcome
11.30 Poetry Workshop for 8 places - 8-11 year olds
12.15 “Once upon a paintbrush” art activity session for 8 places - 4-8 year olds
13.15 Poetry Workshop for adults - 8 places
14.00 Storytime - Children of all ages welcome
15.00 Performance poetry 5 x 15 minute performances from some brilliant writer/performers. Possibly a world premiere of poem set to her own ukulele accompaniment from Bekki Louise.
17.00 The 2019 Beacon Prize for Poetry presentation of awards. Winning entries judged by author Mark Hadden.
Gaby Sambuccetti (Argentina, 1986) is a writer, literature teacher and director of events at the Oxford Writers’ House. She has a BA Creative Writing from Brunel University. She is the host and founder of Words at the cellar and See you later! events in Argentina. She is the author of Glasses Love to be Broken and To the knot for What it Took Away. She was part of three anthologies, an online video called ‘Mirrorphosis’ and an essay about an Argentine writer called Perlongher. Her short story ‘Spider Web’ was chosen to be part of Wizards, Werewolves and Weird Engines - an anthology of flash fiction and non-fiction writing by English and Creative Writing students at Brunel University London. She created a podcast called “La Ninfa Eco”. She also collaborates with Revista El Humo (Mexico). Currently, she works as a teacher, writer and as the director of events at the Oxford Writers’ House.
Ahmed Kaysher is a poet, fiction-writer, film and literature critic as well as the director of Saudha, Society of Poetry and Indian Music (www.saudha.org), one of the leading Indian classical music promoters in UK. He is also the chairman of Eastern Arts and Media Network (EMAAN) that has been running an internet based television (www.emaan.tv) along with number of media projects and activities. He is the key organiser of RadhaRaman Festival, (www.radharamanleeds.wordpress.com), the largest Bengali cultural event in the North. Kaysher works for local government in library and information services. He directed few unique musical theatres here in UK which have been critically acclaimed and highly praised by both musicologists, theatre-academics and houseful audiences. He performs his own poetry and folk music in major literature and poetry events around UK.
Ashanti is an poet, writer and actor, described by the BBC as 'one of the Rockstars of poetry', currently working on her first poetry collection. When not writing poetry, or theatre reviews for Upper Circle Theatre blog, you'll find her developing her debut one women show, British Vogue for its performance in Offbeat, Oxfords Fringe Festival from 27th-29th June. Ashanti is the laziest dangerous and busy person you know. You can follow her creative endeavours on Instagram @poetrythatunpicks, Facebook @Ashanti Wheeler-Artwell or on her website ashantiwheelerartwell.co.uk.
David Lee Morgan has travelled the world with his saxophone as a performance poet and musician. He has won the London, UK, and BBC Slam Poetry Championships, featured at StAnza, the international poetry festival in St. Andrews, and his most recent poetry collection, The River Was a God, is published by Stairwell Books.