Poetry Café

Poetry Café

Returning by popular demand for the third year running, the Poetry Café once again will be an informal relaxed inter-generational evening featuring poets James Nash, Kevin Holloway and Stephanie Shields. Emma Gordon will be performing as will drama pupils from the Nicola Hipps School of Drama.

It will see a stream of like-minded poets and poetry lovers gather together for an event that will wax lyrical on everything that rhymes, or does not.

Leeds-born Emma Gordon fell in love with the stage at the age of three when she piggy-backed onto her big sisters’ elocution lessons. She has since carved out her own path in the Arts world, making a career from juggling Acting, Teaching and Applied Theatre jobs, all of which she is immensely passionate about. Having written for over a decade, Emma has finally begun to experiment with calling herself a writer. Watch this space to see where that may take her in 2018. Emma is delighted to be featuring at the Milim poetry cafe for the third time.

Nicola Hipps has been teaching speech and drama for over 25 years.  She enters students into local competitive Drama Festivals and LAMDA examinations, where she is the Leeds representative. Nicola is a qualified teacher and a member of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. She teaches, both at Moorfield School, individuals and groups of all ages from home as well as Public Speaking training.

Kevin Holloway taught in schools, colleges and universities across the north of England and is now retired. When not walking in Wharfedale he is working on a collection of poetry with the working title: ‘Out of Place’.

James Nash began his career as a teacher then decided to give it all up and become a writer. He now spends much of his time travelling around the country talking to and interviewing writers about their work.

Brought up in the East Midlands, Stephanie Shields has spent her adult life in the north of England. She has combined sheep farming in the Washburn Valley, north of Leeds, with a career in further education. Her short fiction and poems have appeared in anthologies, magazines and on radio. Her flash fiction and poetry have been shortlisted and longlisted for literature competitions. Steph’s first short story collection, Swan Landings, was published in October 2017, and is receiving very enthusiastic reviews.

Admission: Free. Registration on Eventbrite is necessary