Poetry reading


York Library Marriott Room, Thursday 17 October, 6.15 – 7.45pm. Free entry.

Calder Valley Poetry presents three recently published poets reading from their pamphlets.

John Foggin’s Dark Watchers: ‘Each poem in this                                                                       collection is gift-wrapped in a rare richness of                                                                                     language … John Foggin is a poet at the top of his                                                                                  game and this is a collection that will stay with you                                                                                    long after the final note has been played.’ (Tom Weir)

The poems in Steve Nash’s Myth Gatherers are ‘desire paths, inviting us to find our own way through the rich, surreal, tender landscape he invokes, a world where silences are coloured in pencil, valleys brim with ‘intoxicating uncertainty’ and darkness is a benediction.’ (Helen Mort)

Emma Storr’s Heart Murmur: ‘In poems which explore our fragile bodies and selves with forensic kindness, Emma shares her medical and life experience with warmth and humour.’ (James Nash)





Launch of Heart Murmur


The launch event of my debut poetry pamphlet Heart Murmur on 22nd May, at Seven Arts, Leeds, was a great success. I am very grateful to Bob Horne of Calder Valley Poetry for offering to publish my poetry and suggesting a ‘blood red’ cover, as opposed to the alternative ‘stool brown’ option.

We had an audience of over 80 people and I was touched to see so many good friends and colleagues there. Further support came from poets Carole Bromley and John Foggin who both read their excellent work.

Bob Horne was delighted to have sold all of 77 copies of the pamphlet on the night. Although 15 of those were accounted for by my sister alone, it was still very encouraging. We’re already into a second print run.

I have a few copies for sale myself at £7.00, or go to the Calder Valley Poetry online bookshop where it can be ordered for £8.70 (inc p&p).