– AT EYE LEVEL, 30 Sep. – 4 Oct. 2020, group exhibition.
‘At Eye Level’ / 30 Sep 2020 / Art book and art exhibition
Mark Mawer, Andrew Morrison, Maria Stadnicka and John Stadnicki at Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
At Eye Level is a collaboration between poet, painter, printer and photographer where a book opens dialogue towards interdependent yet autonomous responses to each other’s particular focus within the political. Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, GL5 1BB, Gloucestershire.– Tears in the Fence Festival, 10 – 13 September 2020. ZOOM events. Full programme available here. The Tears in the Fence Festival has a long history back to the 1990s and has always attempted to showcase a range of alternative voices. This year’s theme in the shadow of Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter is ‘Lost Connections: Light and Darkness’.
There will be sessions around migration, environmental, multilingual, intergenerational, colonial issues as well as the solitudes and vicissitudes of lockdown. There will be talks, videos, conversations with celebrated poets and the opportunity to question readers and panellists. Above all, there will be stimulating readings and conversations. We shall also be using breakout rooms for further late night social discussions.
Tears in the Fence encourages social inclusion and welcomes under-represented poets and writers to attend this year’s festival. 15 free bursaries are on offer to anyone who might not otherwise be able to attend. These may be any of the following:
BAME writers and poets, writers on no/low income, working class writers, writers from areas of rural or coastal deprivation, writers who have experienced homelessness, refugee writers, writers in the LGBTQ+ communities, writers who have survived abuse, disabled writers, neurodivergent writers, and writers with chronic health conditions.
Please email email@example.com with the subject ‘2020 Festival Bursary’ to apply for a free pass to all festival events. These will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
– Poetry Reading / Book Launch. Tuesday 25th August 2020, 7.30, British Zoom time.
– English: Shared Future Conference, Manchester 26-28 June 2020. Conference organised by The English Association and University English, and supported by the National Association of Writers in Education, Institute of English Studies and National Association for the Teaching of English. Event hosted by: Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Manchester, and the University of Salford. Further information here.
– Spectre of Tyranny: Docile Bodies and Rebellious Bodies, conference paper, Association for Psychosocial Research, 2-3 July 2020, Psychosocial Bodies Conference, Essex University.– The Ethics of Poetry: Writing after Jo Cox’s Murder, conference paper, London Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Research, 28th Mar. 2020, Comparative Literature International Conference, London, UK.– Lost in Books in Lostwithiel, 12th Mar. 2020, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Book launch: A Confusion of Marys (Sheasman Books, 2020) with Sarah Cave and Rupert Loydell. This is a free entry event, starting at 6.30pm. Lost in Books shop address: Quay Street, Lostwithiel, Cornwall, PL22 0BS, UK.– CRASH 2 – Poetry Reading, 15th Feb. 2020, Cardiff, UK. Poetry reading Tom Stewart, Jessica Mookherjee, David Turner, Peter Daniels, Maria Stadnicka and Luke Kennard.
– 2019 –
– Launch of SOMNIA, 5th Dec. 2019, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 7.30pm for 8pm.
– Poetry on the Move: Small Leaps, Giant Steps Symposium,University of Canberra, Australia, 21st Oct. 2019. Paper: Distortions and Truths: The Ethics of Poetry.
– Gloucester Poetry Festival 2019, reading 16th Oct. 2019,2pm at Gloucester Library. Further information here.
Reading @ Gloucester Poetry Festival / Gloucester Library, October 2019
– SHIFT MOVEMENT project 2019, Sunday 13th Oct., 5.30pm, poetry performance at St. Lawrence Church, Stroud, Gloucestershire. Further information and tickets here.
Reading @SHIFT / St. Laurence Church, 13th Oct. 2019.
– Berliner Zeitgeist, Falling with Uta, poetry performance marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, 12th Oct., 2019, 7.30pm at Atelier. Further information and tickets available here.
Reading @ Atélier, 12 Oct. 2019
– Blackpool Illuminations Festival 2019, collection S O M N I A published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, showcased at The Arts Trail, Sep.- Oct. 2019.
– Poetry in Revolution, 26th Sep. 2019, 7.30pm at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK. Free entry.
Reading @ Poetry in Revolution / 2019
– Slad Festival 2019, Water pamphlet published by Yew Tree Press, launch, 23rd Sep. 2019, 8pm at Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire.– Launch of SOMNIA, 20th Sep. 2019, Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival, Stourpaine, Dorset, UK. – Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival 2019,20th-22nd September, Dorset, UK.–Launch of If You Find My Mother, Buy Her Flowers published by The Poets’ Republic Press, with co-author JoAnne McKay. Friday, 6th Sep. 2019, 7.30pm, Edinburgh @ Waverley, EH1 1TA.‘Two unmissable poets – Maria Stadnicka and JoAnne McKay – read from their new book published by The Poets’ Republic Press. This is poetry of superb craft that goes for the jugular in its observation of violence, war, migration and a world that is both familiar and strange.’ (Neil Young, writer and editor)
– Hidden Narratives Challenge Authority, 3rd edition conference, University of Gloucestershire, UK, 26th June 2019. Further information available here. Talk: The Burden of an Exit Strategy.
– Cheltenham Poetry Festival 2019,28th Apr., 7.30pm at Cheltenham Playhouse.
Cheltenham Poetry Festival / 28 Apr. 2019
– 2018 –
Evenfall / Andrew Heath / album launch / The Old Church, London,21st September 2018, 8pm. Tickets available here.
Tears in the Fence Festival 2018, 14th-16th September, Stourpaine / Hidden Connections / Bookings and tickets available here.
The Edinburg Fringe Festival 2018, 25 August, 2pm / Scottish Poetry Library / The Poets’ Republic – Unleashed. ‘Verbal fireworks and lyrical shenanigans with Scotland’s sharpest poetry magazine. A big line-up of readers/performers in English, Scots and Gaelic plus open mic. It’s poetry with a bite at the launch of Issue 6 as The Poets’ Republic brings its inimitable fusion of brilliant verse, politics and humour to the Fringe for the first time.‘ Tickets here.
Maria Stadnicka, Hugh McMillan, Stuart Paterson, Edinburgh Fringe, 2018.
Cheltenham Poetry Festival, 2018 / 8th edition / Chapter and Verse with Jane Bailey and Maria Stadnicka, Sunday 29 April 2018, 2pm / The Strand / Cheltenham / Gloucestershire.’At the Festival’s popular Chapter and Verse events, a poet and a novelist share the stage and on this occasion we welcome novelist Jane Bailey and poet Maria Stadnicka. Spare and honed, and full of lyrical power, Maria’s poetry packs a punch.’https://cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk/chapter-verse-jane-bailey-maria-stadnicka/In the Pink: Poetry at Pembroke, Oxford University, Mary Hyde Eccles Room, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW. Monday, 19 February 2018 / 6pm-7pm. Poetry at Pembroke is a series of poetry readings taking place throughout Hilary term, by poet Peter King, Lecturer in Philosophy at Pembroke College. Performances take place every Monday evening at 6pm between 15th January – 5th March. Check our events page for further listings. To find out more please contact Peter King.
Reading @ Pembroke College, Oxford University, with piano composer Janet Davey / February 2018
‘Who We Are/ 8 Stories about Migration‘ book launch, Saturday 20th January 2018, at 2pm. The book is a collection of poetry, photography, drawings, journal notes, animation, printed by Emma Evans, UoG, Pittvill Press.
The event is free and will take place on Saturday 20th January 2018, at 2pm.
The Walled Garden Room at Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
– 2017 –
Tears in the Fence Festival, 15th – 17th September 2017 / The Politics of Engagement
The Festival’s theme is the politics of engagement. We shall be recalling and discussing the impact of Barry MacSweeney and Irina Ratushinskaya, both of whom read twice at our Festivals in the 1990s. At this time of extreme global political upheaval, our Festival aims to explore the lived experience of repression, austerity measures, migration, censorship and radical poetry.
Amongst the confirmed participants, so far, are Melisande Fitzsimons, Clive Gresswell, Sophie Herxheimer, Ric Hool, Norman Jope, Zibahoo Karbassi, Camilla Nelson, Kate Noakes, Luke Roberts, Steve Spence, Maria Stadnicka.
Stroud’s Politics Kitchen presents a musical experience showcasing a new and exciting political paradigm whose time has come – the Politics of the Heart. This is Politics that recognises that we have more in common than that which divides – a more intelligent, courageous and compassionate politics.
The event, on 11th February 2017 at 19.30 – The Subscription Rooms Stroud, features music from the sensational Bristol-based Spiro who are described as “World Music that speaks directly to the soul” – this is a truly unmissable event.
“This is soulful, passionate music, and I love it”, says Peter Gabriel, speaking of Spiro (see links below). If there were a ‘Stroud Sound’, Spiro would surely be it.
They are supported by Jennifer Maidman Music, stellar singer-songwriter and ex-member of the legendary Penguin Café Orchestra, 1984–2007.
Spiro are also supported by Hattie Briggs another wonderful singer-songwriter, inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor Hattie recorded her debut album, ‘Red and Gold’ with Peter Waterman (Joss Stone/Uriah Heep/Emma Ballantine), as was her second album, ‘Young Runaway’, in 2016.
The event is supported by and features poetry readings with Maria Stadnicka, Gabriel Millar and JoJo Mehta.