Tom Cleary Launch

The launch of Tom Cleary’s new collection, Dispatching a Horse, will take place in Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EP, at 7-15 pm on Friday 15th June.

There will be guest readings by Vicky Gatehouse and Natalie Rees.                                                        There will be the fellowship of poetry lovers.                                                                                              There will be wine and nibbles.                                                                                                                         There will even be soft drinks.

‘Dispatching a Horse takes you by the hand to old Catholic Ireland … narrative and linguistic skills … shaping of a life, and a nation.’





Mike Di Placido – It’s Tomorrow

Thursday 18th January, 6.30 pm, York Library. The launch of Mike Di Placido’s collection Crow Flight across the Sun, a series of poems dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes. Guest reader Carole Bromley.


Mike Di Placido, Carole Bromley, Ted Hughes, all at York Library, corporeally or spiritually.

Mike Di Placido Launch

Mike Di Placido’s collection Crow Flight across the Sun, a tribute to Ted Hughes, will be officially launched on Thursday 18th January, 6.30 pm, at York Library, Library Square, Museum Street,  York,  YO1 7DS. There will also be a guest reading by York poet Carole Bromley. As if that’s not enough, there’ll be wine and nibbles at the bar. Don’t miss all this. Lighten the January darkness.


I can’t remember when I enjoyed a book of poems so much; possibly ‘Season Songs’.               Keith Sagar (on Di Placido’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’)

Shrewdly, comically, with Blakean innocence, Mike Di Placido writes about enthusiasm and inspiration: how in practice we read poetry and fall in love with it.                                                           Ed Reiss

In these poems Ted comes alive again, he lives and breathes. These poems are healing gifts. Mark Hinchliffe



Charlotte Wetton’s I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand, published by Calder Valley Poetry in March, has been awarded the Michael Marks Pamphlet Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in The British Library. Charlotte had been one of five poets shortlisted from the original entry of more than 130.

Announcing the result, Chief Judge Ruth Padel said, “… we chose Charlotte Wetton’s I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand, published by Calder Valley Poetry, a very small very new press which started business two years ago. We chose it for its assured craft, its emotional and imaginative conviction across a really wide range of forms and tones, and for its lovely language – fresh, direct, powerful and elegant, all at once. The poems are poised and brief but each feels like a small miracle. Indelible images of restraint, powerlessness and loss dominate, but it’s not all grim: Wetton writes with wit, too. She is particularly adept at observing the refrigerated stillness of office life, the draw of the exotic, and how, even in sex, genuine connection is fraught and far from guaranteed. ”

Charlotte (centre) flanked by her mother, Jeni, to her right, and Ruth Padel.

Charlotte Wetton Shortlisted!!!!!!!

Charlotte Wetton’s  I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand is one of five pamphlets shortlisted for the £5,000 first prize in the Michael Marks Awards. The winner will be announced at a dinner at the British Library on Tuesday 12th December.


Copies available from the ‘Bookshop’ page of this website.

For further details of the shortlist, follow this link –

Launch – Tales from the Tachograph

Poems by Gaia Holmes and Winston Plowes, to be launched at Brighouse Library, Halifax Rd, Brighouse, HD6 2AF, on Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30 pm. Readings by Gaia, Win and guest, Marion Oxley.

There will be wine.                                                                                                                                                    There will be nibbles.                                                                                                                                               There will be poetry.                                                                                                                                               There will be music from Jumble Hole Clough.                                                                                                     There will be joy.

‘As a metaphor for twenty-first century transience, these poems speak not only to each other but to us all.’         Julia Deakin

‘The deeply felt work leaves its impression in its strength of imagery.’     Michael Brown