Join Ilkley Open Mic winners (2014, 2015 and 2016), Mark Connors and Gill Lambert, and Ilkley Fringe newcomers, Joe Williams and Alicia Fernández, for poems about the forces which move us forward, and those which ground us along the way.
— Mark Connors' first full poetry collection, 'Nothing is Meant to be Broken', is published by Stairwell Books and his debut novel, 'Stickleback', by Armley Press. He runs Word Club at the Chemic, Leeds, and is the director and managing editor of Half Moon Books.
Gill Lambert is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire. She has been published in several anthologies, and won the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival open mic. Her debut pamphlet, 'Uninvited Guests', is out now with Indigo Dreams.
Joe Williams is a writer and performing poet from Leeds. He has been published in anthologies by OWF Press, Stairwell Books, Picaroon Poetry and Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, and in magazines online and in print. His debut pamphlet, 'Killing the Piano', was published by Half Moon Books in September 2017.
Alicia Fernández was born and raised in Spain and is now based in Leeds, where she works as a translator. Her poems have been featured online by Algebra of Owls and have appeared in the anthologies 'Freefall' and 'Un/Forced'. She was shortlisted in the Poetry Kit's Spring Poetry Competition 2017. Her debut pamphlet 'If Moments Were Places' is published by Half Moon Books.
Photo by David Autumns.