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Poetry in the Pub

Martina Evans, Jackie Wills & Catherine Smith

Date: Tuesday 26 November

Time: 7:45pm 

Venue: Upstairs at The Royal Oak, Lewes

Address: 3 Station Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DA 

Tickets: £7.50 advance / £10 door

We haven't put on any poetry events in a pub for a while so we felt like returning to this fun and familiar format. So here we are: three great poets upstairs at the Royal Oak, just up from Lewes Station, a place where we've put on many memorable events in the past. 

About the poets

Martina Evans (pictured) is an Irish poet, novelist and teacher. She grew up in County Cork in a country pub, shop and petrol station and is the youngest of ten children. She is the author of eleven books of prose and poetry. Her latest collection, Now We Can Talk Openly About Men, was published by Carcanet in May 2018. It featured in the TLS, The Observer and Irish Times Books of the Year and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Irish Times Poetry Now Award.

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Jackie Wills's sixth book of poems, A Friable Earth, has just been published. It reveals a world in which she carries spiders in her hair, turns into an age-defying cream, then a crate - one of the many words used for an old woman. Heckled as a hag and badger she dreams of face hair, sees herself in the mirror as a tortoise and fantasises about turning into mud, or a slowworm. She's worked with multinational corporations, orchestras, museums, a children's secure unit, charities for homeless people and refugees.

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Catherine Smith is a highly regarded writer of poetry, fiction and radio drama. Her supernatural rom-com, Jellybelly, was broadcast in May 2005. She's worked on two live literature productions with LLL: Weight (2010), a stage adaptation of three short stories and The New Cockaigne, a rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess, which we presented at the Lewes Arms in 2014. She also teaches creative writing and mentors individual poets. 

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+ Amanthi Harris + Pam and De Femmes

Date: Wednesday 11 December

Time: 7:45m 

Venue: All Saints Centre 

Address: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE

Tickets: £12 advance / £15 door

Lemn Sissay headlines in this revival of LLL's Cabaret Sessions. A BAFTA nominated, award winning writer, poet, performer, playwright and broadcaster, he's read on stage throughout the world: from the Library of Congress in the USA to the University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, Bali to Greenland, and not forgetting Wigan Library. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature and was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics.

The evening will also feature award-winning local novelist Amanthi Harris, in conversation with LLL's Artistic Director Mark Hewitt, talking about her recently published book, Beautiful Place, and fun multilingual songs by seven-piece ensemble, Pam and De Femmes, encompassing a surprising range of traditions from cabaret to calypso to tango.

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