Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme.
Susan Taylor has eight published poetry collections. The most recent is published by Oversteps Books. Her work has also appeared in many anthologies, pamphlets and magazines.
She spent many years as a shepherd on her family farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Now living on Dartmoor, where she draws much inspiration from the natural world. She’s still fond of sheep but, in best trickster fashion, her latest work is a poetry show walking in the path of wolves.
The Word Cafe
The Barrel House Ballroom
The Word Cafe and The Barrel House Ballroom presents The Lockdown Podcasts. Fourteen of the UK’s top poets take the guise of seven podcasts. Hosted by Matt Harvey & Julie Mullen during the lockdown of 2021.
These seven glorious poetry podcasts were created with support using public funding by Arts Council England.
The Word Café is the brainchild of the wondrous Julie Mullen. Since 2010 Julie has hosted sensational poetry and music events at an array of locations including The Cott Inn Dartington, The Landmark Arts Centre Teddington, The Pleasance Theatre London, The Rosemary Branch Theatre Islington, The Pleasance Theatre QueenDome and Bunker One Edinburgh, The Old Sorting Office Barnes & The Tea Box Richmond.
Since 2019, the home for The Word Café has been The Barrel House Ballroom Totnes, with whom this project is a collaboration.
The Word Café in the kind words of Roger Mcgough, “These are the kind of events that really bring poetry to life.”
Series Editor – Billie Eliot
Music – ’This’ by Wax Machine