Calderdale Launch of Werewolf

The Calderdale launch of Steve Ely’s ‘Werewolf’ took place at The Blind Pig in Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 pm. A splendid occasion with a gathering of discerning poetry people, and chip butties in the interval.

Steve read, and explained the thesis behind the poems: that violence exists where it is sanctioned by those in control, from governments to managers of schools.

Steve Ely reading from "Werewolf"

Steve Ely reading from “Werewolf”

Steve also discussed the poems with publisher Bob Horne, with contributions from the audience.

Steve Ely discussing his work with Bob Horne

Steve Ely discussing his work with Bob Horne

As if poems, chat and butties weren’t sufficient fare for the evening, there was a guest reading by John Foggin, recent winner of The Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition, judged by Billy Collins. John was on great form, as was Steve. A lovely evening.

Bob Horne and Steve Ely presenting Steve's pamphlet "Werewolf"

Bob Horne and Steve Ely presenting Steve’s pamphlet “Werewolf”


Mark Hinchliffe Launch

On Thursday 19th May, 7.30 pm, at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield. And what a wonderful evening it was. Back room at The Albert packed with poets and Mark’s family and friends.

Let Steve Ely speak for those present:  ‘A superb evening – Mark’s reading was sensitive, gentle, decisive and well-judged – as are his poems – honest and genuinely moving. Powerful readings from Carola and  Stephanie Bowgett. One of the best poetry events I’ve attended in recent years. Take a bow Bob Horne for the good work you’re doing with Calder Valley Poetry.’ Steve, thanks for that endorsement, and thanks to the 40+ people who were there for a memorable occasion.

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