Free as a Bard returns to the Jam Jar on Sunday May 19th, with the usual format of a brace of brilliant poets and a fantastic musician, hosted by Rob Walton and Peter Mortimer.
You can now book one of the lush, plush seats in the main auditorium. 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 raffle.
Lesley Mountain was born in Sheffield to restless parents and spent her childhood in Hereford, Guildford and Leicester, returning to Sheffield in school holidays. She has lived in the North-east of England longer than she has lived anywhere but people still ask where she comes from.
It is perhaps in an attempt to find this out that her poems show a preoccupation with place and a fascination for maps. A love of the natural world causes her to be very concerned about climate change and to campaign against fossil fuels. She currently lives in West Gateshead and spends a lot of time walking and writing in Derwentside and Weardale.
She has published three poetry pamphlets Hunting the Air (Vane Women, 2004), Dance of the Disappointed (Red Squirrel Press, 2010), and most recently Vamoose (Mudfog, 2018). She has an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University and won the James Kirkup Memorial Prize in 2010.
Alistair Robinson is a poet, musician and lecturer. Among his publications are South of Souter (Sand, 2003), Stereograms of the Dead (Red Squirrel Press, 2009) and The Land Before Yoghurt (Red Squirrel Press, 2014). His new collection, As Blind as Rain, is due to be published next year.
In 2004 he won a Northern Promise award from New Writing North. Alistair is a senior lecturer in Journalism at the University of Sunderland, where he runs the BA Journalism degree programme.
He is the author of two books on theatre history and one on the history of Sunderland.
Alistair plays guitar with the Bicycle Thieves, a jazz trio that performs all over the North East of England. His compositions for the band’s debut album, Stolen Moment (Road Goes on Forever Records), were published in the USA by Bug Music.
For many years he worked as an arts journalist. Alistair is married with three daughters and lives in South Shields.
Lily Dures Taylor is an exciting musical and performing talent based at the coast. She has performed with Cloud Nine Theatre Company and on her own, and is looking forward to sharing her songs with the FaaB audience.
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.