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POETRY@thePPL ft. Tom Sastry & Robert Garnham + open mic

Thursday, October 27

Welcome to the latest edition of the PPL’s foray into the world of live poetry!

Located in the characterful and intimate space that is Plymouth Proprietary Library (inside half of a converted church hall), these events invite poets and fans of poetry alike to join us for an evening of reading, performing, and basking in the glow of the library’s mountain of books.
The evening will open its doors at 7PM for a 7:30 start, and will consist of two 25-minute open mic slots, followed by two 20-minute performances from our guest poets of the evening. These will be interceded by a 10 minute break.

Entry to this event will be on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis, with a suggested donation of £5 per person. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or on the door.

This event will feature the wonderful TOM SASTRY & ROBERT GARNHAM!

TOM SASTRY is a poet from Bristol. A funny and engaging performer, he will be showcasing his new collection You have no normal country to return to (Nine Arches, 2022) – a darkly comic exploration of national identity and the power of modern myths. It follows A Man’s House Catches Fire (Nine Arches, 2019) which was highly commended in the Forward Prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize. His pamphlet Complicity (Smith|Doorstop, 2016) was a Poetry School Book of the Year and a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice.

‘Tom Sastry navigates the mysterious everyday…making friendships and love affairs new and strange’ – Carol Ann Duffy

‘ A magician of deadpan’ – Hera Lindsay Bird

ROBERT GARNHAM has been performing comedy poetry around the UK for over ten years at various fringes and festivals, and has had three poetry collections published by Burning Eye; most recently Yay! (2021). He has made a few short TV adverts for a certain bank, and a joke from one of his shows was listed as one of the funniest of the Edinburgh Fringe. He was recently an answer on the TV show Pointless and, very briefly, on Britain’s Got Talent. His short stories have been published widely.

Open Mic:
If you would like to take the stage, there will be slots available to book in advance, or on the door, of roughly five minutes each. To grab one now and avoid disappointment, post on the event page!

The Plymouth Proprietary Library is located at The Gables, St Barnabas Terrace, Stoke, Plymouth, PL1 5NN. The nearest car park is Stuart Road, and the venue is roughly a ten minute walk from Plymouth train station.

Plymouth Proprietary Library is fully wheelchair accessible, with step free access and a disabled bathroom. There is also accessible parking just outside the entrance. If you have accessibility needs, let us know, and we will do our utmost to accommodate them.

Teas, coffees, wine and snacks will be available at the event, in exchange for donations to the Library. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own!

Hosted, in the usual erratic and vaguely concerning fashion, by Jonah Corren.

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