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Joe Williams

Web: www.joewilliams.co.uk
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Biography

Joe Williams is an award-winning writer and performing poet from Leeds. He tells tales of lost love, people in pubs, and how not to dispose of the bodies of family members, with the occasional moment of crushing heartbreak just to keep you on your toes. His debut poetry pamphlet, 'Killing the Piano', was published by Half Moon Books in September 2017. His poems have been included in anthologies published by Otley Word Feast Press, Stairwell Books, Picaroon Poetry and Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, in magazines such as Dream Catcher, The Poet’s Republic, Northern Correspondent and Soapbox, and on poetry websites including Picaroon Poetry, Algebra of Owls and Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis. His work has appeared on the Guardian’s website and was awarded third place in the 2016 Sheffield Communities Live poetry competition, judged by Ian McMillan. He performs regularly at events around Yorkshire and beyond, and comperes at poetry and open mic nights. He has appeared at several major literature festivals, winning the prestigious Open Mic Competition at Ilkley Literature Festival in 2017. He was awarded 2nd place in the Sheffield Sharrow Festival Poetry Slam in both 2016 and 2017, and commended in the Poetry at the Parsonage Slam 2016. --- Gigs: Thursday 4 January: Wakefield Labour Club (aka The Red Shed) Guest poet at Red Shed Readings, with Gaia Holmes Saturday 6 January: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Compere at Hair of the Dog, charity music event https://www.facebook.com/events/1991090157772916/ Sunday 7 January: Way With Words, 5 Towns Radio Radio show Wednesday 10 January: The Golden Ball, York Guest poet at Speakers' Corner, with Alicia Fernández Monday 29 January: Eagle & Child, York Noble Dissent anthology launch Wednesday 7 February: The Hop Shack, Leeds Portmanteau anthology launch Thursday 1 March: The Chemic, Leeds Compere at music event, details tbc Thursday 15 March: The Exchange, North Shields Guest poet at the Stanza Wednesday 18 April: Headingley HEART Centre, Leeds Leeds Combined Arts Poetry Night --- Website: www.joewilliams.co.uk Facebook page: www.facebook.com/haikuhole YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/joewilliamsyt

Samples

I’m In Love With Keeley Donovan I’m in love with Keeley Donovan Weathergirl extraordinaire I love her figure-hugging dresses Cheeky smile and silky hair I love the way she can’t stand still Rocks back and forth, sways side to side I love the fact she’s just a very Tiny little bit cross-eyed I’m in love with Keeley Donovan I hate it when Paul Hudson’s on I’ve sat through half a boring hour Of garden gnomes and knit-a-thons Then he shows up and my heart sinks All I want is lovely Keeley I switch him off, I couldn’t give A toss about the forecast really I’m just in love with Keeley Donovan She’s the sun that warms my heart She’s the storm within my soul The bolt of lightning through the dark But Keeley, I don’t think that you And I can ever be together If you don’t stop banging on and On about the bloody weather

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 2nd Sep 2017 11:50

Looking forward to meeting you in Sale in November. And, no, I don't think 'drunk'; doesn't quite fit the furrowed brow theme.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 31st Aug 2017 15:47

I don't know how I've missed you thus far. I'll really try to catch up. That's an impressive BIO.

Are you trying to look scary in the photo, or just sun-blinded? Or intense and intellectual? Or maybe deeply 'composing'? It's definitely a 'catchy' picture.

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Joe Williams

Wed 22nd Feb 2017 15:16

Thanks Frances, I'm glad you liked it!

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Wed 22nd Feb 2017 10:51

"I'm in love with..." made me smile, Joe.
I really liked the down-to-earth-ed-ness and focus on what really matters when attraction strikes...
Particularly how you told us using the 'circle of storytelling'.
Great structure.
I've now added you to my favourites.
😃

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