Winter | Spring 2020

27 January | Helen Ivory 10 February POSTPONED DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS. NOW 17 FEBRUARY | Valentine’s Open Mic Night & Blind Date with a Book 24 February | Jane Rogers 09 March | Oz Hardwick 23 March | Verve Poetry Press Showcase 27 April | Open Mic   Venue and Time for All Readings:…

CANCELLED! Verve Poetry Press Showcase | 23 March

We are afraid this event has been cancelled – for the time being, at least – due to the COVID-19 situation. Join us for an evening of poetry with Verve Press, featuring former Keelite Scarlett Ward. Verve Poetry Press is a new, Birmingham-based publisher dedicated to promoting and showcasing Birmingham and Midlands poetic talent in…

Oz Hardwick | 09 March

Oz Hardwick is a poet, writer, photographer, occasional musician, and academic, whose work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media. His chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI/Recent Work, 2018) was the winner in the poetry category of the 2019 Rubery International Book Awards, and his most recent collection The Lithium…

The Lithium Codex | Oz Hardwick

About the Poems:   Everything sings in these pages, from birds to buildings who remember the children who once lived there. The work is a soundtrack of ghosts, a world of recovery where the dead sit on deckchairs and the living compare themselves to chalk outlines on the pavement. Powerful, startling, and utterly original these…

Q&A | Oz Hardwick

  Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Yes, I write every morning while I’m having breakfast. I’m in an online group in which we exchange prose poems. A number of the most active members are in Australia, so when I get up in the morning, there’s a strong…

Jane Rogers | 24 February

Jane Rogers has published ten novels, a collection of stories, original television and radio drama, and adapted work for radio. Her novels range from historical (Mr Wroe’s Virgins, which she adapted into an award-winning TV serial) through contemporary (Island, about a young woman who sets out to murder her mother) to science fiction (The Testament…

Body Tourists | Jane Rogers

From the Book Sleeve: WHEN THE RICH DIE, THEIR MINDS ARE STORED DIGITALLY. In a private clinic in London, a maverick scientist is at work transferring these digital identities into the sleeping bodies of young volunteers. He offers the opportunity for wrongs to be righted, for fathers to meet grandsons, for scientists to see their…

Q&A | Jane Rogers

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. I write in the mornings, my brain works much better first thing, and I try to avoid opening emails or going online. I write early drafts longhand, so I take the laptop off the desk and settle down with pen and paper….

♥ Valentine’s Open Mic | 17 February

The Valentine’s Open Mic Night returns! Join us for an evening of readings by Keele’s very own creative writing talent. The theme will be love – in all its facets and permutations. AND(!), while you are there, why not try a Blind Date with a Book?! Click the link to find out more. If you…

♥ Blind Date with a Book | 17 February

Looking to spice up your reading life? In need of new thrills, of mystery and surprise? Tired of judging books by their cover? Then join us this Valentine’s, and have a blind date with a book! How it works: Find a book at home you are happy to give away and/or have been meaning to…

Helen Ivory | 27 January

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fifth Bloodaxe collection The Anatomical Venus was winner of the East Anglian Writers Book by the Cover Award (East Anglian Book Awards 2019) and shortlisted for the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards 2019.  She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and has 20 years teaching experience at all…

The Anatomical Venus | Helen Ivory

About the Book: An Anatomical Venus – which gives this book its title – was an eighteenth-century anatomical wax sculpture of an idealised woman, a heady mix of eroticism, death and biological verisimilitude. Venus could be opened up and pulled apart by all the men who studied her. She would give up her secrets the…

Q&A | Helen Ivory

Do you have a writing routine? If so, please give a quick overview. Not at the moment, but I do go through phases when I am working on a book, especially ones which needs lots of research like many of the poems for The Anatomical Venus, and also the Tarot project.  For these poems, I…