Small Press Showcase: Nine Arches Press

Date: Saturday 3 November 2018
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Location: John Hansard Gallery
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Nine Arches Press is a publisher and platform for new and emerging poets. As well as publishing their own magazine, Under the Radar, Nine Arches run regular creative writing workshops, and offer workshops and masterclasses at a variety of festivals.

This event will feature three talented artists from Nine Arches Press.

Advanced tickets recommended, £8 per person. Save on admission costs with the Small Press Pass. Gain entry to all three shows for only £20 (+ booking fees), saving you nearly 20%!

This event may be recorded for future marketing and promotional purposes.

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Jacqueline Saphra

Jacqueline Saphra is a poet, editor, agitator, teacher, organiser and word-enthusiast, but not necessarily in that order.

Jacqueline’s most recent collection, All My Mad Mothers (2017) was shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot prize. Her series of poems accompanied by musical ‘miniatures’ for ‘cello and piano by Benjamin Tassie won the Best Collaborative Work in the Saboteur Awards 2015.

Her book of prose poems, If I Lay on my Back I saw Nothing but Naked Womenillustrated by Mark Andrew Webber was published in 2014 by the Emma Press.

Jacqueline’s pamphlet, Rock’n’Roll Mamma was published by Flarestack in 2008. The Kitchen of Lovely Contraptions from flipped eye was published in 2011, and was nominated for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.

Jacqueline founded The Shuffle, a regular live poetry night, she was Poet in Residence for Good Housekeeping and a board member for Magma Poetry. She offers mentoring and also teach poetry in all kinds of settings including The Poetry School.

Gregory Leadbetter


Gregory Leadbetter is a poet and the Director of the MA in Creative Writing and the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University.

His debut full-length poetry collection, The Fetch, was published by Nine Arches Press in October 2016. Gregory has written radio drama for the BBC, and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 2013.

His book on Coleridge’s poetry, the transnatural and the dilemmas of creativity, Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English (formerly CCUE) Book Prize 2012.

His pamphlet of poems, The Body in the Well, was published by HappenStance in 2007, and his work has appeared in The Poetry Review, Poetry London, The Rialto, Magma, The North, Agenda and elsewhere, including several anthologies.

Rishi Dastidar
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Rishi Dastidar was educated at Mansfield College, Oxford University and the London School of Economics. Rishi’s first collection, Ticker-Tape, was published by Nine Arches in 2017.

A fellow of The Complete Works, the Arts Council England funded programme for BAME poets in the UK, he is a consulting editor at The Rialto magazine, a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective, and also serves as a chair of the writer development organization Spread The Word.

His poetry has been published by the Financial Times, Tate Modern and the Southbank Centre amongst many others, and has featured in the anthologies Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins) and Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe).

Presented in partnership with John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton.

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