Boulevard Theatre and Live Canon present

Sunday Service: Poetry

New Voices from Valley Press

Presenting all aspects of the verse world,
from ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slams

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From ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slam battles, this event will explore how we take poetry from the page and bring it to life through performance and discussion. Curated by leading poetry society Live Canon, each week offers a platform to guests from different parts of the verse world to come together and share their work in an exciting and enlightening way.

New Voices from Valley Press

Established in 2008, Valley Press is an independent publishing house based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK. Representing local authors from York and Leeds, and not-so-local writers from London, Brighton, the US, Bermuda and China, we are bringing the world to Yorkshire and Yorkshire to the world.

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Adham Smart is a writer and three-times Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award winner. He has had work published in The Cadaverine Anthology, Korsakoff’s Paper Chain and The Salt Book of Younger Poets. His first solo publication Yes Yes Mouth was published by Valley Press in 2019.

Chérie Taylor Battiste graduated from SOAS University of London and worked as a TV researcher before moving to acting. She has since won the Norman Beaton Fellowship, joined the BBC Radio Drama Company and gained roles on stage and screen. Alongside this she has facilitated workshops in prisons and schools, going on to project manage the embedding of creative learning in schools with CapeUK. Her first collection, Lioness, was published by Valley Press in 2019.

Julia Deakin was born in Nuneaton and worked her way north to Yorkshire via Shropshire, the Potteries, Manchester and York to Huddersfield where she began writing poems. The Half-Mile-High Club (2007) was a Poetry Business Competition winner and her full-length collections, Without a Dog (2008) and Eleven Wonders (2011) drew praise from nationally-renowned poets. Widely published, she has featured twice on Poetry Please and has won numerous prizes. Her latest collection, Sleepless, was published by Valley Press in October 2018.

Ralph Dartford was the founding member of influential spoken word collective A Firm of Poets, and his first collection of poetry, Cigarettes, Beer and Love was published by Ossett Observer Presents in 2013. A new collection, Recovery Songs – also touring as a spoken word show – is forthcoming from Valley Press in October 2019.

Adham Smart

Chérie Taylor Battiste

Julia Deakin

Ralph Dartford