Opera, poetry, music & art to launch new
East Sussex supporters group
Join us for the exciting launch of our new East Sussex supporters group. The group will support Freedom from Torture's essential work by raising vital funds and awareness of our work and aims.
Freedom from Torture CEO Susan Munroe will start the evening off followed by:
Popular opera from local Lewes residents Paul Austin Kelly, tenor, and Carol Kelly, pianist
Paul is a renowned operatic tenor who has sung across the world, from the New York Met to Milan’s La Scala, and nearer home, Glyndebourne. Carol is a former repetiteur at the Washington Opera and music director at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory Opera Workshop, and teaches piano in the area.
Poetry from Catherine Smith, Clare Best & John Myers
A writer of prose and drama as well as poetry, Catherine Smith's short fiction and narrative poetry have been adapted for Live Literature performances in conjunction with Lewes Live Literature. She teaches for the Creative Writing Programme in Brighton, for The Poetry School in London and for The Arvon Foundation. Twice shortlisted for Forward Prizes, in 2004 she was named a PBS/Guardian 'Next Generation' Poet and as one of Mslexia's Top 10 Best New Women Poets.
Clare Best’s first full collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. She has performed her autobiographical poem cycle Self-portrait without Breasts across the UK, and in the USA, Canada and Ireland. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL. Springlines will be published in 2017. Clare is a university teacher of Creative Writing and she chairs Needlewriters, a quarterly reading series in Lewes.
John Myers (aka Mister John) runs the Poetry Café, a monthly held event at Eastbourne’s Under Ground Theatre. The Poetry Café is a platform for local poets to present their own work to an appreciative audience in a relaxed, comfortable and popular space.
From local songwriters, singers and guitarists: Andreas Long & Jesse Walton, and Dan Ewan, Charlie Crabtree and Maya & Amalie Luthra.
An opportunity to buy works donated by local and national artists, including Jonathan Smith, Sara Hindhaugh and Carlotta Luke. More names to be announced shortly.
Tickets are £10 (including a welcome drink) and can be bought on-line (above) or from Skylark bookshop, Old Needlemakers, West Street, Lewes, BN7 2NZ