Deerhart Art and Poetry Exhibition Shortlisted at Saboteur Indie Literature Awards!

The Deerhart Art and Poetry Exhibition has been shortlisted at the Saboteur Indie Literature Awards!


The Saboteur Awards have run for five years in various guises each time on the birthday of Sabotage Reviews. The first two years were only focused on magazines. Our third birthday was the first time we had a proper birthday party for the Saboteur Awards, with an awards ceremony and book fair at London’s The Book Club. In 2014 we decamped from London and held the awards at the legendary Jericho Tavern in Oxford. In 2015 we returned to London at the ‘club for the surrealistically distinguished’: Vout-O-Reenees thanks to a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England. This year we are back at Vout-O-Reenees, on 27th May, and have crowdfunded the awards. The prizes are sponsored by Sacred Gin.

You can vote for it to win here:

In The Open: DEERHART Art and Poetry Exhibition

DEERHART – Art and Poetry Exhibition
At In the OpenAt PR1 Gallery, Preston
Deerhart is an exciting journey into nature and our own animal nature. A fusion of poetry and art, this new exhibition is the brainchild of poet Yvonne Reddick and artist Diana Zwibach.
Come and meet a dinosaur called Eva, enter a suburban house full of cave paintings, see Roman soldiers appear in a Yorkshire pub and watch a grandmother take wing as a pink-footed goose!
Deerhart has toured to the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge, as part of the collaborative exhibition In the Open, and to PR1 Gallery Preston. It will be travelling in the future watch this space!

In The Open: Women’s art and poetry exhibition

Women's Art

Amy Cutler – Ciara Healey – Irma Irsara – Mary Modeen – Frances Presley – Yvonne Reddick – Harriet Tarlo – Judith Tucker – Diana Zwibach

Landscape installation images – poetry films – poems on windows – photography – prints – palimpsests – charcoal drawings – collage – artists’ books – text fragments


Opening reception: 1st September

Exhibition dates: 2nd – 22nd September

Opening hours: 10am-6pm

Curators: Dr. Judith Tucker, Eliza Gluckman


Display area above bar, New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge:

Part of the ASLE-UKI conference:


‘A group exhibition of artworks in a variety of media, including artists’ books, texts, images and objects made and curated by the women collaborators on the ASLE-UKI conference, all of which are the result of their inter-disciplinary collaborative practices. This exhibition will reflect the artists’ pre-occupation with and experimentation with space on the wall and within the book-space in relation to landscape.’ – Judith Tucker


The New Hall Art Collection is the largest women’s art collection in Europe, and contains work by UClan’s Prof. Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh.

Poem Up in Lights: Blackpool Illuminations

One of Yvonne Reddick’s poems has been selected to be displayed in lights at the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations. It will be seen by an audience of 3,500,000.

The display will run from the 4th of September of the 8th of November 2015.

Blackpool Poems

Famous poet to visit UCLan for National Poetry Day

Internationally renowned poet Pascale Petit will be coming to UCLan for National Poetry Day 2015 (Thursday 8th October).

Special events with Pascale will include:

National Poetry Day Workshop – The Wild and Rural Lives of Poems

Thurs 8th October


Literature Room (Harrington 127)

Students, University members and the public are all welcome.


National Poetry Day Reading – An Evening with Pascale Petit

Greenbank Lecture Theatre


We’ll also hear readings from local poets Lindsey Mansfield Holland, Will Daunt, Alan Dent and Maria Isakova-Bennett.

Students, University members and the public are all welcome.


Sponsored by Preston Cultural Partnership.

Article forthcoming in Cambridge Quarterly, publishing a previously unpublished student poem by Ted Hughes, gains traction on

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Korova Poetry

Sarah Hymas
Mike Cracknell
Student headliner: UCLan student Josh Moorby

Sarah Hymas is a poet and collaborator. Her writing has appeared in print, multimedia exhibits, dance videos, lyrics, pyrotechnical installations, on stage and as an improvised opera. She has performed with a musician, singer and other writers. Host, her poetry collection,is published by Waterloo Press (2010). Her artist’s booklet Lune (2013) was runner-up in the Sabotage Awards and featured in The Guardian Books Blog as an excellent example of the form. She has produced a second that continues to marry subject and form before her next collection Speaking Salt

Sarah Hymas

Mike Cracknell’s first poem was written in 1961, and his second in 1989. He remains indebted to the tutor David Bateman for opening his eyes as to what poetry is all about. Bateman also suggested that he went to read at the Dead Good Poets Society in Liverpool and for the next few years he performed there regularly with occasional appearances at many other venues in the North West. His poems have been published in a number of anthologies, sometimes in the company of the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah and Roger McGough. He also studied playwriting at Liverpool and his first play was premiered at the Rose Theatre in Ormskirk, Subsequent plays have been performed on stage and radio and Cutler’s Last Stand received nominations in two of the 5 categories in the annual Preston One Act Theatre Festival.

Josh Moorby is a literature student in his final year of study. His poetry has been published four times in total, this includes anthologies by both Forward Poetry and United Press. He is currently working on an amalgam comic ‘3 Parts Mad’ (featuring short stories, flash fiction, poetry and stand-alone art) which will be released this May.

Open mic participants: Yvonne Reddick, Flora Martyr, Terry Quinn, Nicolas Guy Williams, Paul Wilkins and Phil Howard.

Yvonne Reddick read her poems ‘Mute Swan Cob, Opposite the Fishing Temple’, ‘Hare in Winter Wheat, Haslingfield’ and ‘Wire-Tailed Swallows, Siloka Island’, to be published in her first collection.

York Literature Festival

York Literature Festival

Yvonne Reddick’s poem ‘Ermine Street’ was commended in the York Literature Festival poetry competition, judged by Carol Bromley.

On Saturday the 28th of March, Yvonne Reddick read ‘Ermine Street’ at York St John university at 4pm, as part of York Literature Festival.

The poem was published on the York Literature Festival website:

The poem ‘Ermine Street’ will be published in the pamphlet Deerhart.

At the request of Graham Harris, the Manager of York’s Roman Bath Museum, the poem will be displayed on the wall of the Museum.

Korova Poetry

Will Daunt
Dorothy Nelson

Will Daunt lives in Ormskirk, and his sixth collection of poetry, Landed, was published by Belfast’s Lapwing Publications in 2013. Its predecessor, Powerless, was a winner in the 2009 Indigo Dreams Collections competition. Will has reviewed for Envoi magazine and the (now defunct) New Hope International website, as well as adjudicating international poetry competitions for the London-based Sentinel Press.

Dorothy Nelson, who lives in Appley Bridge, Nr Wigan, has been a member of Preston Poets’ Society since 1997, and has held the Hon Sec post for the past 5 years. Since retiring as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in 2012 she has had time to enjoy more involvement with Preston Arts events. She is primarily a novelist, and has just completed her fourth novel. Shouting Back and Passing the Parcel are currently available from Waterstones and Amazon. She has always written poems, although this was her first headline performance as a poet. She also leads an on-line writing school business.

Open mic performers: Yvonne Reddick, Jackie Pemberton, Mike Cracknell, Nicolas Guy Williams, Tim Allen, Paul Wilkins, Martin Domleo, Vincent Smith, Sue Hicks, Terry Quinn, Enid Harrison.

World Poetry Day

Preston’s literary community, UCLan staff and students and the Harris Museum and Gallery marked World Poetry Day with a packed programme of readings and performances.

Beginning in the exhibition, we moved to the library for Julie Callan’s sung versions of poems inspired by classical Chinese verse. Gordon Aindow and Vicky Lindsay read in the Fine Art Gallery, and Yvonne Reddick read her poem ‘The Migration of Tundra Swans’, for her pamphlet Deerhart. Mike Cracknell celebrated the work of poets associated with Preston, such as Robert Service, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Francis Thompson, as well as much more contemporary voices.

The Red Poetry Ladies of UCLan’s Confucius Institute read and sang some Chinese poetry in the library.

Gordon and Vicky read again in the Picture the Poet exhibition, and Yvonne Reddick read her poem ‘My Grandmother was a Pink-Footed Goose’ (a winner in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly competition and to be published in her pamphlet Deerhart).

UCLan graduate and IBAR administrator Lorna Smithers gave us a talk about Cumbria and Lancashire’s Celtic history, read us ancient bardic poems, and showed how her own practice is inspired by bardic traditions. The Clwb Cymraeg Preston treated us to some Welsh poetry.

We had a finale in the Picture the Poet exhibition, with poems by John Agard, Bernard O’Donoghue, Gillian Clark and Les Murray. We wanted our selection of poets to be diverse in terms of nationality, race and gender. Yvonne Reddick read Murray’s ‘Possum’s Nocturnal Day’, inspired by her research on ecopoetics.