Birmingham Poet Laureate 2012/2013 Longlist and Shortlist Poets
After much debate and deliberation, six local poets were longlisted for the role of Birmingham Poet Laureate 2012/2013. The six poets were invited to a brief interview to share some of their poetry and to expand on the written applications they had submitted. The successful longlisted candidates were all poets who are capable of producing original and creative poetry, who are also able and willing to read their own work and prepared to get involved in key high profile corporate, arts, cultural and educational events throughout the year.
The six poets longlisted were Gary Longden, Pauline Morgan, Stephen Morrison-Burke, Hayley Frances, Rosie Miles and Alan 'Kurly' McGeachie. To celebrate National Poetry Day 2012, each poet was also asked to write a poem on the theme of 'STARS'.
From the 6 poets longlisted, three poets made it to the Shortlist.
You will also get the opportunity to hear from the city's current Poet Laureate Jan Watts and David Hart, Birmingham Poet Laureate 1997/1998. For more details about Birmingham Poet Laureate, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0121 303 2895
Gary Longden has lived in Birmingham for twenty years and is an active presence on the Midlands poetry scene as a performer, event organiser, workshop leader, broadcaster with Radio Wildfire ,and reviewer on his Behind the Arras website. He is a member of Birmingham poetry collective ,“Write Down Speak Up ,“ and was involved in the production of the Big Brum Poem , appearing around the city.
Gary Longden - Hearing a Black Hole
Pauline Morgan is a retired teacher who enjoys reading and writing. She writes reviews for the online website SFcrowsnest, short stories under the name of Pauline E. Dungate, and poetry. She regularly represents Hall Green Poets at the Middle Earth weekend at Sarehole Mill each year and helps run Cannon Hill Writers Group which meets on Thursdays at Hall Green Library. In whatever spare time is left she enjoys travelling in search of wildlife to places such as Ghana, Ecuador and Scotland or trying to keep the garden under control.
Pauline Morgan - Silvershine
Stephen Morrison-Burke is a Spoken Word Artist/Poet from Birmingham who has been performing for 18 months. In that time Stephen has won multiple poetry slam competitions, taken part in theatrical projects, performed at various festivals in front of hundreds of people and has been asked to support two separate internationally renowned poets whilst they visited Birmingham on their European tour. Recently Stephen won a regional Poetry Slam Final in Cambridge which put him through to the national final, expected to take place in March 2013. Stephen currently work as a Freelance Poet teaching workshops to youth offenders and young carers when not taking to the stage to perform.
Stephen Morrison-Burke - Star Shaped
Hayley Frances sees writing as a way to create understanding of those emotions that are hard to communicate or explain and this is why she see poetry as being so important. She sees language as our performance tool and she works to improve and integrate art forms to accentuate language in poetry in a magnitude of ways to appeal to different types of people - at least she hopes too! To find out more about Hayley and her work, visit: www.hayleyfrances.co.uk
Hayley Frances - Lonely Companion
Rosie Miles has been shortlisted previously for Birmingham Poet Laureate, and lives in Stirchley. She has been published in poetry magazines such as The Rialto, The North, Artemis, Raw Edge, The Cannon's Mouth, and the competition anthology Mr Barton Isn't Paying (Flarestack, 2010). She has also featured in Carol Ann Duffy's Poetry Column in The Daily Mirror. Her poem 'You enter' is etched into King's Heath Village Square as a lead into the urban labyrinth there. She is finishing off an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University, where one of the highlights has been a collaborative project working with over twenty artists who made visual responses to her poems. Rosie teaches English at the University of Wolverhampton and -- oddly -- is remarkably fond of jelly.
Rosie Miles - My Only Claim To Fame
Alan 'Kurly' McGeachie
Alan (Kurly) McGeachie is passionate about poetry and the way it can comfort or empower others regardless of literacy level, age, gender or background. Alan is a trained Arts Award Advisor and uses poetry as a means for many pupils to gain a nationally recognised qualification which has given them a big boost in literacy confidence and self belief to achieve more in the wider curriculum. He regularly runs performance poetry workshops in various of settings (schools, galleries, youth organisations, arts events etc). To find out more about Alan’s poetry visit his website: www.kurlyspoetry.com