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Joe Williams

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Joe Williams is a 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 poems have been included in anthologies published by Otley Word Feast Press, Stairwell Books, Picaroon Poetry and Beautiful Dragons Collaborations, in magazines including Dream Catcher, Picaroon Poetry and the Northern Correspondent, and on poetry websites 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, 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. His debut pamphlet collection, 'Killing the Piano', is published by Half Moon Books. --- Gigs: Saturday 21 October: The Chemic, Leeds Saturday Night Acoustics (Compering) Thursday 2 November: Café Lux, Pudsey Guest poet at SWALK - Spoken Word at Lux Kafe Saturday 11 November: The County Hotel, Hexham 'Killing the Piano' northeast launch, with Alicia Fernández, Lorna Faye Dunsire and Harry Gallagher Saturday 18 November: The Primrose, Leeds With Hadron Collider, Atrocious Cactus, Pat Bourne (music line-up) Tuesday 21 November: Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Guest poet at Write Out Loud Sale Saturday 25 November: City Screen Basement, York Say Owt Slam, with Mark Grist and Tim Clare Wednesday 6 December: The Hop Shack, Horsforth, Leeds Guest poet at WordSpace Thursday 7 December: Victorian Craft Beer Cafe, Halifax Guest poet at Spoken Weird, with Genevieve Carver and Carol Robson Sunday 10 December: Word Club Radio, Chapel FM Radio show Sunday 7 January 2018: Way With Words, 5 Towns Radio Radio show Wednesday 10 January 2018: The Golden Ball, York Guest poet at Speakers' Corner, with Alicia Fernández Thursday 15 March 2018: The Exchange, North Shields Guest poet at the Stanza --- Website: Facebook page: YouTube channel:


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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