Plymouth Language Club returns to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Saturday 8th June

Plymouth Language Club returns to The Plymouth Athenaeum on Saturday 8th June (7.15pm for a 7.30pm start) with a line-up of readers featuring Annabel Banks, Brian Herdman, Rachel Gippetti, Crab and Bee and Ed Tapper.

Annabel Banks is an award-winning writer of poetry and prose. Her work can be found in such places as The Manchester Review, Shearsman, Stride, The Clearing and 3.AM.

Her poetry was included in Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets, 2016. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for the Queen’s Ferry Press best short fiction award, BlazeVox’s Bettering American Poetry and the Derringer Awards. Her debut poetry collection, DTR, was published earlier this year by Broken Sleep Books and was nominated for the Forward Prize in two categories. She lives in London.

Brian Herdman gate-crashed the Plymouth poetry scene a year ago and has enjoyed being a part of it ever since. Originally from Manchester, he moved to Plymouth in 1970 and has also lived and worked as a teacher of English and Philosophy in France, Greece, Scotland and most recently in China. He has intermittently published his journalism but sees writing as an important aspect of his life in terms of a ‘therapeutic outlet’. However, a first collection of his poems may be on the horizon….

Rachel Gippetti works in Higher Education at Plymouth College of Art and is a graduate of Plymouth University’s M.A. Creative Writing programme. Her poetry has appeared in a number of magazines, including Shearsman, and she also organised the Lit series of open mic readings at Plymouth Social Club, an important contribution to the local live event scene. Her debut poetry collection, Birthright, was published by Eyewear/Aviator in 2016.

Crab and Bee (aka Phil Smith and Helen Billinghurst) are the South West’s answer to Iain Sinclair, psycho-geographers who combine documentation with poetry and visual artforms (Richard Long also comes to mind). Their main focus is on addressing spaces of ‘exclusion, amnesia and marginalisation’ by creating artworks, exhibitions, texts, painted poems, performances, walks and maps. Phil Smith is associate professor in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth and a visiting lecturer at the University of Exeter. His books include The MK Myth; Walking, Stumbling, Falling; and Anywhere (a mythogeography of South Devon and how to walk it). Helen Billinghurst’s recent exhibitions include Crossing England (Ariel Gallery, Totnes) and English Diagrams (The Royal William Yard), an exhibition of paintings, drawings and asemblages. Their most recent project is Plymouth Labyrinth, exploring Plymouth through various myths: Ariadne’s Red Thread, Gogmagog of the Leap, Albina of Teat’s Hill and Mother of Albion.

Ed Tapper (aka Ian Sainsbury) is a painter and poet, making his debut reading at the Language Club. His exhibition Six Poets and a Painter, at the Ariel Centre in Totnes in 2016, documented aspects of the Language Club via a series of portraits of poets taking part over a period of several years.

Entry is by donation – suggested minimum donations are £5 waged, £3 unwaged. The Language Club receives no public funding and relies on your support.