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Welcome to Poetry Upstairs at The Melville on:

TUESDAY 19th JULY  at 7pm until 9pm

Doors open at 6:40pm  Entry £5

(cash on the door please, cards preferred for the bar)


Please contact us to register your place (you must book in advance), then pay on the door as usual.

To register, email info@melvillecentre.org.uk and send your full name/s and telephone contact numbers, or call Emma on 01873 853167
We regret we may not be able to admit anyone who has not registered beforehand, as we need to know numbers ahead of the evening; please call ahead to check availability.


Three more top-class poets:


Jeremy Hilton is the author of twelve books, most recently Lighting Up Time: Selected Poems 1991 – 2004. The full sequence of Fulmar’s Wings (75 poems) is due from Knives Forks & Spoons Press in 2021. A novel, A Sound Like Angels Weeping was published by Brimstone Press in 2012. Hilton was born near Manchester in 1945 and has degrees in English Literature and in Social Work. From 1972 until 1998 he served as a social worker, mostly in Worcestershire. Between 2007 and 2017, he studied music composition, and completed a number of contemporary chamber music pieces, some of which have been performed. In 2017, he moved to Bridport in Dorset with his partner, the writer Kim Taplin.


Ann Drysdale now lives in South Wales and has been a hill farmer, water-gypsy, newspaper columnist and single parent – not necessarily in that order. Her poems have been published in several of the Potcake Chapbooks. Her seventh volume of poetry, Vanitas, has recently joined a mixed list of published writing, including memoir, essays and a gonzo guidebook to the City of Newport.


Mike McNamara was born in Ireland but lives in South Wales. He had his first collection Overhearing The Incoherent published in 1997. His poetry, short stories and drawings have been published in mags in Ireland, North America, Canada, Singapore and the UK. Mike also had a selection of poems published in The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian, 2003). His latest collection Loose Cannon is published by Subterranean Blue Press.



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