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Trashed Organs In Newcastle

‘Newcastle’s most entertaining literary night out’, Trashed Organ, returns Thursday 26th July. This edition’s line up includes Sarah Corbett and Helen Mort, reading in support of Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam (Cinnamon Press, 2012) plus readings from local poets: Simon Moore, Kris Anderson and David Spittle. Music from Meghann Clancy and Fiona's Jazz Express.

And, of course, one lucky person will be crowned TRASHED LAUREATE winning a bottle of port for a fine line of lyrical bliss!

Sarah Corbett
Grew up in North Wales and lives in Yorkshire. Her collections are The Red Wardrobe, 1998, shortlisted for a Forward First Collection and the T.S. Eliot Prize, The Witch Bag, 2002 and Other Beats, 2008 (all published by Seren).

Helen Mort
Born in Sheffield in 1985. Her collection Division Street is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, 'the shape of every box' and 'a pint for the ghost', a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she received an Eric Gregory Award from The Society of Authors in 2007 and won the Manchester Young Writer Prize in 2008. In 2010, she was poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

Kris Anderson
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, but has called the North East of England ‘home’ for the past 5 years. She is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University and working on a collection of poems which explore her physical and spiritual connection to the landscape of the American West. Publications include work in The Ravenglass Poetry Press Anthology Volume 1, The Strand Book of International Poets and Pushing Out the Boat Issue 11.

Simon Moore
Simon Moore writes Sonnet Reviews, the world's leading 14-line rhyming review portal. He also researches Restoration prose and poetry at Newcastle University.

David Spittle
Is currently researching John Ashbery and surrealism for a PhD at Newcastle University. He has always had an interest in writing which found an outlet at Cardiff in the form of the Libretto. Studying for his undergrad at Cardiff University, he met a composer (from the RWCMD) and has since written two operas and worked on a project for the Music Theatre Wales. Although he has hugely enjoyed the challenge of the libretto and the thrill of hearing and watching his words performed, it has always been poetry that has inspired his love of writing. David has recently had one poem published in the December issue of The Delinquent; before that he was aso published online for Haggard and Haloo.

Meghann Clancy
An acoustic singer-songwriter originally from North Yorkshire. Her music combines catchy melodies and a pure, haunting vocal that can touch the soul, with songs drawn from stories of life experiences. While predominantly a solo performer, Meghann has most recently been working with a group of musicians to create her first album, ‘Take Flight’, with plans to release at the end of the summer. To hear more, visit

The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Doors open at 7.30pm. Performance 8pm.

Trashed Organ is a Newcastle based literature, theatre and music company directed by writer John Challis and theatre director Melanie Rashbrooke.

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