Ian Parks & Gaia Holmes at Saltaire Festival
introduced by Andrew Oldham
Supported by Salt’s Mill
Date/Time(s): Sat 12 Sep 2:00 PM
Venue: Saltaire Bookshop
IAN PARKS’ first collection was published in 1986. He was made a Hawthornden Fellow in 1991 and received a Travelling Fellowship to the USA in 1994. He was one of the National Poetry Society New Poets in 1996. He has taught creative writing at the universities of Oxford, Hull, Sheffield and Leeds. A THROUGH ALTERED LANDSCAPES was published in 1998 and followed by SHELL ISLAND and THE CAGE. epoems appear in THE OBSERVER, THE LIBERAL, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, POETY REVIEW and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His collected love poems is due out this autum from Flux Gallery Press.
GAIA HOLMES was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Her debut poetry collection Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed was published by ‘Comma Press’ in 2006. 8 of her poems have been adapted to film by regional film makers. Her poem Desires (dir: Kate Jessop) was shortlisted for a ‘Virgin Media Shorts’ award and has since been screened in cinemas and city squares throughout the country. Gaia is a graduate of Huddersfield University’s English with Creative Writing BA, and has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant,an oral historian, a lollypop lady , a poet in residence and a Creative writing lecturer. She is currently a freelance writer, a part-time lecturer and a DJ for Phoenix FM (her local community radio station) where she broadcasts a fortnightly show music and literature show called ‘Themes for dreamers’. She is slowly gathering her dreams, ideas and favorite words and weaving them into the shape of a new collection.
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