Chelping at The Leeds Library

Sarah-Clare Conlon, Literature Editor
Helen Mort. Photo by Jonathan Pow
Helen Mort. Photo by Jonathan Pow.

Chelping @ The Leeds Library at The Leeds Library, Leeds, 15 September 2022, from £5.00 - Book now

Head to the stunning surrounds of 254-year-old The Leeds Library for one of Leeds’ leading poetry nights – now on its 17th instalment, this month Chelping stars Helen Mort and Matthew Hedley Stoppard, with an open mic hosted by poet Matt Abbott.

At the latest Chelping, you can hear from Helen Mort, shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2022 with her third poetry collection The Illustrated Woman.

Previous Chelping headliners have included renowned performers such as TS Eliot Prize winner Joelle Taylor and Anthony Anaxagorou (one of the guests at September’s Poets & Players). Sabrina Mahfouz and Theresa Lola have also read at the night, as have Toby Campion, Jess Green and Cecilia Knapp.

At the latest Chelping, you can hear from Helen Mort, shortlisted for the Forward Prize 2022 with her third poetry collection The Illustrated Woman. As well as writing poetry, Helen Mort is a fiction and non-fiction writer. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and in 2015 was chosen as one of the Next Generation Poets. She loves to collaborate with other artists, and recent projects have included working with a flamenco guitarist, a baroque orchestra, photographers, philosophers and football teams. She works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Matthew Hedley Stoppard lives in Otley in West Yorkshire, where he is the UK’s first official Town Poet. His first collection A Family Behind Glass (Valley Press, 2013) was a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. His poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Iota, Magma, The Morning Star and Shearsman, and he has appeared on programmes for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6. His second full collection The Garland King (Valley Press, 2020) explores the traditional customs and rituals of the working/labouring classes.

Matt Abbott is a poet, educator and activist from Wakefield. His debut poetry collection Two Little Ducks was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2018 and includes poems from his one-man show, which earned a string of 5* reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and on a 2018 UK theatre tour. His kids’ poetry collection A Hurricane In My Head was published by Bloomsbury in 2019 and was a National Poetry Day selected title. He formed Nymphs & Thugs, the UK’s leading spoken word record label, in 2015 and runs the regular Farsley night Tupthumping.

Door 7pm, event starts 7.30pm.

Chelping @ The Leeds Library at The Leeds Library, Leeds

15 September 2022 7:30 pm
From £5.00