Emma Storr Launch

Only three days to go until this


is launched at Seven Artspace, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD. That’s Wednesday 22nd May, at 7.30pm. Heart Murmur, poems by Emma Storr.

Guest readers Carole Bromley and John Foggin.

Launch: ‘Heart Murmur’ by Emma Storr

Venue: Seven Artspace, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD
Telephone: 0113 26 26 777
Date: 22nd May
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: Free event


Emma Storr will read poems from her newly-published pamphlet Heart Murmur, published by Calder Valley Poetry, a collection of 27 poems with a medical theme, based on Emma’s experience as a doctor, patient and human being. They are varied in form and subject, humour and gravity.

Also reading a selection of poems are well-known poets, John Foggin and Carole Bromley.


“Emma Storr draws on her scientific knowledge and medical experience in deft and lyrical ways to create different voices and styles. In her calm objectivity, in her honesty and accuracy of perception, she teaches us all that we should listen better. ” John Foggin.

“Heart Murmur is written from a place of humanity and wisdom. In poems which explore our fragile bodies and selves with forensic kindness, Emma Storr shares her medical and life experience with warmth and humour in extraordinary pieces that stay in one’s mind long after reading. A stunning poetic debut.” James Nash.


John Foggin lives in West Yorkshire. He is resident blogger for Write Out Loud. He was a winner of the 2016 Poetry Business International Pamphlet Competition . His work has appeared in numerous journals, and anthologies including The Forward Book of Poetry [2015, 2018]. His latest pamphlet was Advice to a traveller (Indigo Dreams 2018), and a new one, Dark Watchers, will be published in May 2019 by Calder Valley Poetry.


Carole Bromley lives in York where she is the stanza rep and runs poetry surgeries. Winner of many prizes, including the Bridport, she has three collections with Smith/Doorstop, most recently a children’s collection, Blast Off! Carole is currently working on a pamphlet about her recent experience of brain surgery and also on a second children’s book. Her website is www.carolebromleypoetry.co.uk

Ian Parks, by John Foggin

Ian Parks didn’t win the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award a week ago, but to be one of the shortlisted five from the original 160 is testimony to the quality of If Possible (Cavafy Translations). There was a moment when we thought the prize was ours. Sasha Dugdale, the chief judge, said they had compared Ian’s translations favourably with others, which presumably included Auden. Her praise for the poems was warm and generous.

John Foggin, in this week’s edition of The Great Fogginzo’s Cobweb, writes about the Ian Parks of that great collection, Citizens, published by Smokestack Books. Follow this link:

The best of 2018: February. Ian Parks and Matthew Stewart

Last year’s Michael Marks winner Charlotte Wetton (I Refuse to Turn into a Hatstand – Calder Valley Poetry; copies still available on the Bookshop page) was at the Awards Dinner at The British Library, reporting on her writing residency in Greece, which is part of the prize, and reading a poem, The Cave-Precipice of Andritsa, which came out of that residency.

The photograph below shows Ian, Charlotte, Mick Jenkinson and Steve Ely sharing a post-award drink in O’Neill’s on Euston Road, opposite the library. Ian, Charlotte and Steve are all published by Calder Valley Poetry; Mick is on the list for 2019. (Steve was there because the illustrations which accompany his 2018 collection Zi-Zi Taah Taah Taah, about the willow tit, won the illustrator’s prize for Ruth from Sheffield. (Can’t remember her surname, and she is credited only as PR in the pamphlet, which is available from Wild West Press.)


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.