These Writers and Artists have generously contributed to our meetups although they are not at the moment Subscribers to the group. We are delighted that they have wanted to share our afternoons. The highlighted names have links to content on Pages elsewhere on this blog. Please explore!
MARGARET HEATH introduced and read three poems by George Mackay Brown in the Pass on a Poet session on 19th May.
WILLIAM HEATH Kelston BarnWilliam Heath is a general enthusiast and entrepreneur. Since moving to Bath he helped found The Bell Inn Co-op which took over and runs the iconic Walcot Street music venue and the Big Bath City Bid which has seen the Twerton-based club come under community control. He’s working with the Friends of Fairfield House to secure the future of H.I.M Heile Selassie’s legacy to the city and with Bath Quakers to secure the future of the Friends’ Meeting House. He purchased Kelston Roundhill in a partnership which has restored the Old Barn, which is now used for schools trips, awaydays, events and concerts for the “Kelston Records” indie label.
ROSIE JACKSON lives in Frome and teaches writing workshops. Her poetry is widely published in journals such as Acumen, Ambit, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Salzburg,
Scintilla, Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, set for GCSE, used for a sculpture in the grounds of a Dorchester hospital and she has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her poetry pamphlet What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014) was followed by her first collection The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016). She won 1st prize in the Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017, 3rd prize in the Hippocrates Open 2017, joint first prize in the Bath Poetry Competition 2015, Second Prize in Battered Moons 2015. Her books of prose include Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion; Frieda Lawrence; The Eye of the Buddha (fiction); Mothers Who Leave and a memoir The Glass Mother (Unthank Books, 2016). She is a member of Knucklebone Poets and Subversif Poets.
FRANCES-ANNE KING contributed one of the readings from Michael Symmons Roberts’ Drysalter to the meetup in the Duncan Room on 19th May 2018.
ANDREW LAWRENCE performed Patrick Kavanagh’s song ‘Raglan Road’ with Phil Shepperd at the inaugural meeting on 24th March.
MATT PROSSER Photographer
Matt Prosser is an accomplished amateur photographer living in Keynsham where he has enviable views of Kelston Roundhill. This iconic landmark is an obvious draw for local photographers and Matt’s photos soon caught the attention of the owner of the ‘Tump’. When the Old Barn at Kelston was renovated Matt was invited to take architectural photographs of the building and surrounding landscape for promotion of the barn as a communal space for hire. This successful project led to a more formal association as a photographer for Kelston Records, where highly gifted and original musicians who are moved by themes of community, place, landscape and the environment record live gigs in the Old Barn. This association with ‘true’ artistic talent has inspired Matt to continually develop his craft and his collaboration with the Bath Artists and Writers Group is an opportunity to continue in this quest. The photographs on show will include some new images commissioned specifically for this event as well as past photos of the Old Barn, the Roundhill, its flora and fauna, and the people and events that bring it alive. To find out more about Matt’s photography visit his website at www.mattprosser.com
JAMES THOMAS The Beaufort Bookshop, Larkhall
James Thomas runs an excellent bookshop/events space in Larkhall and is happy to host interesting spoken word events created by Bath Writers & Artists Group, including book launches. He hosted a ‘ticket only’ mixed media evening in April showcasing JUDE WISDOM’S illustrations for SUE BOYLE’S The Letters from Mexico with guitar accompaniment specially composed by MIRANDA PENDER.
ROGER WHELAN introduced and read three poems by Kei Miller in the Pass on a Poet session on 19th May.