Free as a Bard returns to the Jam Jar Cinema on Sunday 25th November with two amazing poets
and the usual fabulous live music. Co-hosts Rob Walton and Pete Mortimer will be
introducing poets PETER BENNET and MARILYN LONGSTAFF, as well as music from TONY SZMANSKI
You can now book one of the lush, plush seats in the main auditorium, so gone are the days of fighting for a seat or tripping over cables. There will be a proper interval with a chance to buy books and drinks – and don't forget your tickets for the famous Iron Press
More information about the artists appearing on Sunday 25th November :
TONY SZMANSKI was born in Yorkshire but grew up in the North East.His songs are a mix of serious social comment
plus witty observational tunes very much in the style of Loudon Wainwright. What was a hobby has of late become a full
involvement in the local live music scene in the North Tyneside area where he is a well-known performer.
PETER BENNET is celebrated poet whose work has in the main been associated with his native Northumberland, where he lived for 33 years near the Wild Hills o’Wanney. The good cultural news for North Tyneside is that he has recently moved to Whitley Bay. The Glass Swarm (2008) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. His newest collection, Mischief will be published in November by the country’s leading poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books.
MARILYN LONGSTAFF has spent most of her adult life in the North East of England. She was born in Liverpool, the daughter of 'southerners', whose vocation meant a nomadic existence. She lives in Darlington and is a member of the writing, performing and publishing collective Vane Women www.vanewomen.co.uk .
In 2003 she received a Northern Promise Award, and in 2005 completed her MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University. In 2011 she was one of the three featured poets in New Writing North’s Read Regional campaign. She is published in a range of magazines and anthologies.
She is the author of five poetry books: Puritan Games (2001, Vane Women Press), Sitting Among the Hoppers (2004, Arrowhead Press), Raiment (2010) and Articles of War (2017, both Smokestack Books); her latest pamphlet, The Museum of Spare Parts was published by mudfog in June 2018.
Doors to the building open at 7.30, to the auditorium at 7:45 and the event starts at 8:00pm
There will be an interval and drinks are permitted into the screen.
Seating is allocated so
choose where you wish to sit when booking.