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Culture Matters Presents: Online Poetry Reading

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Culture Matters Presents: Online Poetry Reading

Culture Matters is pleased to invite you to the third date in our monthly series of online readings. It will take place on Saturday November the 27th at 7:00 PM GMT. The event is hosted by Fran Lock and features two Culture Matters poets alongside two guest poets from a fellow independent press.

The idea behind this reading series is simple: to build solidarity between small presses and emerging artists. We feel there is far too much emphasis on competition within contemporary poetry, and we want to push back against this trend. Poetry is big enough for all of us, and we are stronger together.

This month we are proud to be hosting poets from Nine Arches Press, and our readers are Wendy Young and Peter Raynard from Culture Matters, with Nine Arches' Jane Burn and Daniel Sluman.

Our readers:


Jane Burn is a poet and illustrator based in the North East, author of the hotly anticipated and recently released Be Feared (Nine Arches Press). She has won many awards, including the Silver Wyvern at the Poetry on the Lake Festival, and first places in the Wirral, PENfro, Bailieborough and Wolverhampton Literary Festival Poetry Competitions. She is a working-class bisexual with a late diagnosis of Autism. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and appeared in various anthologies, including Writing Motherhood (Seren, 2017), #MeToo (Fairacre Press, 2018),The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (2019), and The Anthology of Illness (The Emma Press, 2020). Her work has been nominated for the Forward and Pushcart Prizes. In 2019, she co-edited Witches, Warriors, Workers, a volume of contemporary women’s poetry and essays with Fran Lock for Culture Matters. Her illustrations have also been used as covers for many books. She lives with her family for eight months of the year in an off-grid wooden cottage as she cares deeply for nature and the environment. Poetry is her true love and the only place where she feels confident, fluent and able to express the unique way she sees the world.



Peter Raynard is Editor of Proletarian Poetry. His books of poetry are: Precarious (Smokestack Books, 2018) and The Combination: a poetic coupling of the Communist Manifesto (Culture Matters, 2018). Rumbled will be published by Nine Arches Press in 2022.


Daniel Sluman is a poet and disability rights activist. He co-edited the first major UK Disability anthology Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, and his second collection the terrible was published by Nine Arches Press in 2015. He has appeared widely in UK poetry journals and his third collection of poetry, single window, about living with disability and chronic pain, was published by Nine Arches Press in September this year.


Wendy Young is a poet/performer who cut her teeth with Survivors Poetry, performing widely in London and beyond, at festivals including Shuffle, and Liberty. She has been published in South Bank Poetry, Anomalie Magazine, I am not a Silent Poet, Poetry Express, Militant Thistles, and Disability Arts Online, where she writes reviews, and has also performed and facilitated workshops as part of daisyfest. Her publications include: Living with Ghosts (Natterjack Poetry, 2015), Ooetry (William Cornelius Harris Publishing/London Poetry, 2015) and The Dream of Somewhere Else (Survivors Press, 2016). Her wonderful poem 'The Time is Ripe and Rotten Ripe for Change' was selected for Handbook for 2021, the anthology of the Bread & Roses Poetry Award 2020 (Culture Matters).

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Fran Lock

Fran Lock Ph.D. is a writer, activist, and the author of seven poetry collections and numerous chapbooks. She is an Associate Editor of Culture Matters.