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The first of the Settle Sessions will be on Friday 25th April 2014 at The Folly in Settle at 7.30pm. More details below
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Prize winning Poets launch 2014 Sessions
Two writers with libraries of published books and prizes between them will be starting the 2014 Settle Sessions in April at The Folly in Settle. There will also be the opportunity for local writers and poets to present some of their own work in an Open Mic slot.
Organisers praise The Folly as an atmospheric and absorbing venue to present the written word. Their aim is to bring well known and successful poets and writers to Settle to entertain people who may enjoy book clubs and creative writing but might not think "poems are for them". As Jean Harrison explains: "As well as big names on the bill, Settle Sessions has discovered a lot of local literary talent in the area and we're delighted to be able to give people a chance to present their own work to new audiences".
Sue Vickerman used to live in Settle before moving to an old Mill in Bradford. She has several colletions of poetry and a novel published. She writes with "a dry northern sense of humour" and her work is described as "witty, loving and long-sighted" (U A Fanthorpe), "piercingly topical" Magnus Magnusson and Sandi Toksvig "loved it". She draws much inspiration from her work as a life model for colleges and artists.
Jennifer Copley lives in Barrow-in-Furness in her grandmother’s house where, she says, her roots go down through the floorboards. She was South Cumbria’s Poet Laureate in 2005 and has published several full-length collection and pamphlets (Smith/Doorstop and Arrowhead). Jennifer’s work has been described as charming, sensuous and disturbing with a magic-realist twist. ‘Deals with strange territory in a memorable and disturbing way’ (UA Fanthorpe), ‘sensuous and disturbing’ (Carol Rumens).
Settle Sessions is at 7.30pm at The Folly on Friday 25th April. Tickets, which are limited due to space, are £6 available from Cave and Cragg and The Folly. Season tickets are available for the four events in 2014. For more information people should ring 01729 823305 or 824537.