Ian Parks’s If Possible (Cavafy Translations), published by Calder Valley Poetry, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Michael Marks Pamphlet Award. The prize (won last year by Charlotte Wetton’s I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand, also published by CVP) is £5,000 plus a writing residency in Greece next summer.


The winner will be announced at an Awards Dinner at The British Library on Tuesday, 11th December. Further details, including the other shortlisted poets, can be found on https://wordsworth.org.uk/michael-marks-awards-shortlist/

Mark Hinchliffe Launch

The launch of Mark Hinchliffe’s new collection, Miss Gale’s Garden, will take place at The Albert Hotel, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield, HD1 2QF, at 7.30 p,m, on Thursday 25th October.

‘Your poems are very moving and pure, your point blank economy of words and your sense of phrasing is everywhere.’                        Ted Hughes

Guest readers Stephanie Bowgett and Alison Lock.

Ian Parks Launch

Due to illness, the launch of Ian Parks’s pamphlet If Possible (Cavafy Translations), scheduled for Thursday 27th September at The Albert Hotel, Huddersfield, has been postponed, hopefully for a few weeks only.

Further information will be posted when an alternative date has been arranged.

Kirklees Launch of ‘If Possible (Cavafy Translations)’ by Ian Parks

Thursday, 27th September, 7.30 p.m., at The Albert Hotel, Victoria Lane, Huddersfield HD1 2QF.

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‘The best versions of these poems I’ve ever read.’ 

Louis de Bernieres

‘Parks captures the measured, graceful voice and quiet humour on which so much of Cavafy’s poetry depends in a way that makes us feel we are reading it properly for the first time. This, you feel, is exactly what these poems would sound like if they had been written in English.’ 

Times Literary Supplement

Several guest readers on the night. Mexborough minibus of discerning men and women of letters expected. See you there.



This Friday, 31st August, Ian Parks’s pamphlet If Possible, translations of poems by the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, will have its first launch at Brewery Tap, 7, Young Street, Doncaster, DN1 3EL, 7.30 start. Copies of the pamphlet will be available on the evening, at a cost of £5.