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Poetry Brunch - 3 poets, coffee and cake

Poetry Brunch - 3 poets, coffee and cake

Sunday 25 November 2018
11:00am 12:30pm
Stop! Cafe, Shrewsburt Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1lg

A Poetry Brunch

with Ben Wilkinson, Rhiannon Hooson and Brenda Read Brown



Tickets  Full - £10.00    Under 21 - £6.00

Ben was born in Staffordshire and now lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. He received his first degree from the University of Sheffield, and holds an MA and PhD from Sheffield Hallam University. He has won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Poetry Business Competition and a 2014 Northern Writers' Award

His debut full collection of poems, Way More Than Luck, was published by Seren Books in February 2018.  From the thumping heartbeat of the distance runner to the roar of football terraces across the decades, Ben Wilkinson's debut confronts the struggles and passions that come to shape a life.

He is a keen distance runner, lifelong Liverpool Football Club fan, and among other things he works as poetry critic for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.


Dr. Rhiannon Hooson is a Welsh poet and author.  She has won major awards for her work, including an Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors, and performed at literature festivals and venues across Europe and the UK, including London, Milan and the Hay festival. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, Magma, and Poetry Wales among others.

Her first full length collection, The Other City, was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year award, and was described by the judges as "Stunning... at a pitch of achievement many of us will not reach across a career."

She is an experienced workshop leader and creative mentor, with five years experience of teaching Creative Writing at a university level, and fourteen years experience of creative mentoring and leading workshops.  In 2018 she became the poetry editor for Creative Countryside magazine.  She now lives in the Welsh marches after time spent living and working in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.


Brenda Read Brown was Gloucestershire Poet in Residence from 2012 to 2013.  She describes herself as "poet; writer; project manager; performer; reader development worker; creative writing tutor; technical author and more. I seem to do something different every day, but it’s all to do with writing, reading or the spoken word."

Brenda competed in the first SFL Poetry Slam in 2017 and was a very popular winner.  As a result of her win she is part of this year's Poetry Brunch.


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