Trowbridge Stanza is looking forward to welcoming poets Stephen Lightbown and Caleb Parkin to read at Drawing Projects UK, Trowbridge, (Drawing Projects UK is in Bridge House, next to Trowbridge train station) on Saturday April 6, 2-4pm. There will also be the opportunity to perform your own poems at the open-mic. Tickets are £3 on the door. More information about Trowbridge Stanza here and read on for more about these two exciting poets.
Caleb Parkin is a day-glo queero techno eco poet; a performer, facilitator, educator & filmmaker, based in Bristol. He was second prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition 2016, shortlisted in The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016, commended in the Ware Open Poetry Competition 2016, first place in the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017, and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize 2018.His work has appeared (or will appear) in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Atticus Review, Moving Poems, Folia, Eyedrum Periodically, Under the Radar, Coast to Coast to Coast and other publications in print, online & performance – as well as in schools, universities, museums, planetaria and science centres.
Stephen Lightbown was born in Blackburn, Lancashire, and in 1996, aged 16, he experienced a life changing accident whilst sledging in the snow and is now paralysed from below the waist. In 2016, twenty years after the accident, he started writing poetry about his life as a wheelchair user.
Now living in Bristol Stephen has since spoken at events across the UK and has been published in a range of magazines and online poetry websites. He writes with the aspiration of one day replicating the high he felt when he was first published, aged 11, in his school magazine. He can be found on most social media channels via @spokeandpencil. Stephen’s first poetry collection, Only Air, was published by Burning Eye Books on March 1, 2019, International Wheelchair Day.