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Finding the Words with Alicia Fernández, Colin Fletcher and Avril Joy


18:45 - 19:45

York Explore Library


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Finding the Words with Alicia Fernández, Colin Fletcher and Avril Joy

Enjoyment guaranteed! Listen to poets from Yorkshire and beyond with a glass in your hand, at our relaxed and welcoming poetry evening.

Date : 28 February 2019
Day: Thursday
Times : 18:45pm - 19:45pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £3 (or £2 with a York Card)

Finding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.

Alicia Fernández is a translator, interpreter and poet. She was born in Spain and currently lives in Leeds. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies, including the winner of the Saboteur Award 2018 '#MeToo: A women’s poetry anthology'. She has also published poems in magazines like Dream Catcher, Bunbury and the Saboteur-shortlisted publication Strix. Her debut pamphlet 'If Moments Were Places' was published by Half Moon Books in 2017. She won the inaugural title of Chapbook Champion at Ilkley Literature Festival 2017, awarded by former BBC Poet in Residence Daljit Nagra. She was commended in Prole's Laureate Poetry Competition 2018.

Colin Fletcher is a traveller who likes to muse. Retired from being a researcher and a research tutor, he is now an adviser on projects. He loves observing patterns, writing vivid imagery and hearing everyday speech. With photographer friends he produced "Windows", Out of Doors" " Rural Gems" and the website He cherishes the companionship and critical skills of Border Poets, York Poetry Workshop and York Stanza. He is working on collection of simple whimsicals entitled "Mythics”.

Avril Joy’s short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies and has been shortlisted in competitions including, the Bridport, the Manchester Prize for Fiction and The Raymond Carver Short Story Prize. In 2012 she won the inaugural Costa Short Story Award. Her latest novel, Sometimes a River Song, is published by Linen Press.  Having returned to poetry – her first love – she is currently working on a sequence of poems reflecting her twenty-five years spent working in a women’s prison in County Durham.

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