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Poetry Day: Wayleave Press presents… Pauline Yarwood, Hannah Hodgson and Michael Bartholomew-Biggs

Saturday 17th March  5:15pm

Venue: The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, 18 – 20 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HY

Tickets: £10/£8 or SPECIAL OFFER POETRY DAY COMBO £35/£30 for five events

Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways: AVAILABLE NOW!

Online here (Single event ticket) and here (Poetry Day Combo)

In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

We conclude a bumper day of poetry with the welcome return of Wayleave Press, a small independent publisher of poetry pamphlets based in Lancaster founded by Mike Barlow in 2014. This final reading will showcase three of their poets, two with recent pamphlets and one forthcoming.


Hannah Hodgson is a young poet who has been published in Poetry Salzburg and Under the Radar magazine, won several young poets competitions and been poet in residence at Lakes Alive and Kendal Poetry festivals. She suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and has a YouTube channel where she talks about her illness and reviews books and poetry collections ( Her first poetry pamphlet is due to be published by Wayleave Press in 2018. It draws on her own illness and disability in an explicit and  courageous way, with direct and artful poems that beg questions about the relationship between personal identity, the physical body and our place in the world.


Michael Bartholomew-Biggs is a semi-retired mathematician but still-functioning poet living in London where he is poetry editor of the on-line magazine London Grip and has for many years been co-organiser, with Nancy Mattson, of the Islington reading series, Poetry in the Crypt. See also He has three full collections, the most recent being Fred & Blossom (Shoestring Press), a story of romance and aviation set in the 1930s. His fifth pamphlet collection is The Man Who Wasn’t Ever Here (Wayleave 2017) an imaginative exploration of his Irish roots through a sequence of poems about an Irish grandfather, taking in both personal reflection and the wider sweep of history.



Pauline Yarwood is a poet and ceramic artist living in Cumbria.  Her poems have appeared in The North, The Interpreter’s House and Fire Crane.   In 2013 she was mentored by Judy Brown at the Wordsworth Trust. Co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival, and a member of Kendal Brewery Poets, her first pamphlet is Image Junkie  (Wayleave 2017), work “It reminds me of what poetry can do when it’s confident enough to know some, but not all, of where it’s going, and not to try too hard.” Alex Josephy