Sunday 30 September 2012


October 9 and 11-14, 2012

Agenda/St Leonards Mayfield School

International Poetry Festival

The Old Palace, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6PH

Prize-winning poets from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, India.

Art exhibitions: Brian Whelan, Carolyn Trant, Johnny Marsh

Tuesday 9
Gillian Clarke reading, 2.30 Workshop midday
Thursday 11
Split Tongues: Three Irish (Joseph Horgan), Scots (W.S.Milne) and Indian (Sudeep Sen) poets
read their poetry and discuss how it is to have two or more native languages 7.30pm
Friday 12
Mimi Khalvati reading, 2.30 Workshop 6.30pm
Hearteners: Gill McEvoy, Abegail Morley and Sue Roe read their moving poems 8 to 9pm
Saturday 13
Four Shades of Translation: Timothy Ad├Ęs, Susan Wicks, Josephine Balmer, Sian Thomas giving
readings and discussing the ‘impossible art of translation’. Poets discussed include Catullus, Ovid,
Resistance French sonnets, modern French poetry. 2-3.15pm
Poetry workshop: Fragments with Josephine Balmer 4-4.45pm
Getting Yourself into Print with editors Simon Jenner, John F. Deane, Sudeep Sen and Patricia
McCarthy 6-7pm
Storm Houses: Tim Liardet and Peter Carpenter read their haunting poetry 8-9pm
Sunday 14
John F. Deane, revered Irish poet, founder of Poetry Ireland and the Dedalus Press, a Chevalier
d’Honneur reads his poems in the ancient Chapel 2.30pm

Launch of Rodin’s Shadow by Patricia McCarthy (Patsy Cornish):
a dramatic reading of five voices 4pm
Accompanying art work: Johnny Marsh

Young Agenda Broadsheet Poets reading their poems 5.30pm

Grand finale: launch of ‘Celtic Mists’ issue of Agenda and drinks 7pm.
Refreshments and wine available at all events.

Stroller ticket for all events (except workshops) £20 Other events £5 each; Gillian Clarke’s and
Mimi Khalvati’s workshops £20 with lunch/supper; Jo Balmer’s workshop £10
Spaces only for 10-14 people in the workshops. Special prices on day/evening events.

Contacts: Tel 01435 874600 for tickets; 01435 873703 for further details or

email for further information, tickets and times.

Full programme


I am very happy to be involved again with an Agenda event ; I believe I have images in the new Celtic Mists volume being launched on the sunday evening - from my work in progress on Mharbna, the book I wrote when on a residency in Donegal; (one day this book WILL BE FINISHED!).

I hope also to be exhibiting in Handmade and Bound at St Brides Printing Library on November 18th - watch this space for further details.