Plymouth Athenaeum is the new home of the Language Club

We are very excited that the Plymouth Language Club’s first event at their new home at The Plymouth Athenaeum will take place on Saturday 30th March (7.15pm for a 7.30pm start).

The line up features John Wedgwood Clarke, Gabi Marcellus-Temple, Mark Totterdell, Sarah Cave and James Turner.

The event will see an extended reading from John Wedgwood Clarke, who is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.

His new poetry collection, Landfill, explores the poetics of rubbish and marine ecology and was featured recently on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

His poems have appeared in PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, POEM, Poetry Wales, The Guardian and The New Statesman. Recent commissions include the poetry project, Red River: Listening to a Polluted River, which explores global river pollution and the emotional impact of environmental damage through a small polluted river in his home area of West Cornwall.

His TV credits as a presenter include the documentaries The Books that Made Britain (2016) and Through the Lens of Larkin (2017), both for BBC4.

Gabi Marcellus-Temple is a visual artist, translator and writer who has a Masters degree in translation from the University of Manchester. Her translations have been published worldwide.

She currently focuses on installation, performance and writing and exhibits, performs and curates regularly in Plymouth with groups such as Flameworks, WonderZoo and Feminist Fusion.

Mark Totterdell was born in rural Somerset and now lives in Exeter. He studied at the University of Southampton.

Mark’s first collection This Patter of Traces was published in 2014 by Oversteps Books to great acclaim and was shortlisted for the Stare’s Nest Fledgling award for the best first collection by a poet over forty.

His second collection, Mapping (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2018) blends tradition and experiment in the field of landscape poetry and has also received critical acclaim.

Sarah Cave is a poet and academic currently working towards a practice-based PhD. at Royal Holloway, on the poetics of prayer in contemporary poetry.

Her third chapbook, Like Fragile Clay, was published by Guillemot Press in September 2018, and her first full collection, An Arbitrary Line, was published in November 2018 by Broken Sleep Books.

Her second collection is due to be published in late 2019 and she is working towards a third. She lives in Bodmin.

James Turner is two years older than the NHS, is retired and lives in Exeter where he was Poetry Slam Champion between 2014-15.

His poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Rialto, Tremblestone, Envoi and Acumen.

His first collection of poetry, Forgeries, was published by Original Plus in 2002 and his second, A Chance of Love (sonnets of two decades), was published by Oversteps in 2014.

He has performed live at many venues including the Blue Walnut (Torquay), The Hay-on-Wye Fringe Festival, CrossCountry Writers and Uncut at Exeter Arts Centre.

Entry is by donation (suggested minimum £5 waged, £3 unwaged).

The Language Club receives no public funding at the present time and relies on your generosity to maintain regular readings.