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Poetry Upstairs

Monthly Poetry Session featuring Guest Poets.

Ann Gray’s (Cornwall) collections include At The Gate (Headland, 2008), The Man I Was Promised
(Headland, 2004), and most recently, a pamphlet, I wish I had more mothers a winner in
the Smith/Doorstop pamphlet competition 2018. She was Poet in residence at Cambridge
University Botanic Gardens as part of the Thresholds University Museums Project, curated
by the Poet Laureate in 2013. Winner of the Ballymaloe poetry prize in 2014, “My Blue Hen”
was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for the best single poem in 2015. With David she was
co -director of the Bodmin Moor Poetry festival.

David Woolley (Cornwall) has published one pamphlet and three full collections, the latest being
Pursued by a Bear (Headland, 2010). A long poem, City of Water , celebrating his home city
of Plymouth is due in autumn 2022 from Kiss & Bite Letterpress. He has also co-edited
anthologies of poems in celebration of both Bob Dylan and The Beatles, both published by Seren.
David was in charge of events and festivals at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea for fifteen years.
He has more recently been co-director, with Ann, of the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival in Cornwall.

Together Ann and David live and work in Cornwall where Ann has run a care home for people
with dementia for more than thirty years. David has worked with Ann at the home for the last ten
years. They will read from their joint collection DearLife.

7pm.  £5.

To register, please email


18 Apr 2023


7:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Melville Centre
Penypound, Abergavenny
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