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Open Mic Event


Each month we have a guest poet before our open mic session.
Everyone is welcome to contribute their stanzas in the Open Mic that follows. We all get an enthusiastic encouraging welcome from the audience so why not give it a go?
Very friendly atmosphere. Good quality beers and wines; over 14 as event is in the pub

4th June 2012

This Month, at The Puzzle in Sowerby Bridge :
Julie Mellor
Monday the 4th of June 2012
deep down in the seams of the earth, the wings
of the first dragonflies, the flattened shells of crabs,
lie imprinted in coal, along with the thigh bones
of the tyrannosaurus rex

Julie Mellor was born in Penistone, where she currently lives with her partner and her most treasured possession: her dog.

After doing various jobs, including working in a shoe shop on London’s Oxford Street, and as an au pair in Sicily, she gained a degree in English at the University of Huddersfield. She went on to do an MA in Writing at Sheffield Hallam, followed by a PhD, which she completed in 2003.

Her poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Brittle Star, Mslexia, The Rialto and Smiths Knoll. The poem, 'What I Know', from which the title of her pamphlet, Breathing Through Our Bones, was taken, was a runner up in The Elmet Open Poetry competition, and voted best Yorkshire entry.

Breathing Through Our Bones was a winner in the 2011 Book & Pamphlet Competition, chosen by Carol Ann Duffy.
She enjoys walking, camping in fine weather and, on winters’ evenings, a glass of sloe gin.

We are proud to welcome Julie Mellor to the Puzzle to read for us this coming Monday

Time: 7.30pm for guest at 8pm

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Puzzle Hall Inn

Hollins Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG, GB

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Reviews for Puzzle Poets Live

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Gig Administrator

Wed 27th Jan 2016 18:54

Just a note to say we've had confirmation from the organisers that this event (1st February 2016 and onwards) will be taking place at The Blind Pig - a move of just half a mile from the recently closed Puzzle Hall Inn.

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 1 Feb 2016 (event)

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Gig Administrator

Fri 2nd May 2014 00:09

Please note - this event (5th May) has been postponed - now re-listed for Monday 19th May at the request of the host.
Further info in the description.


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Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 5 May 2014 (event)

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Greg Freeman

Tue 6th Aug 2013 21:07

The Puzzle Hall Inn, in God's own country of Pennine West Yorkshire, is full of character, and full of characters in the adjoining bar. But Sowerby Bridge's Puzzle Poets, aided by the mic, gave as good as they got on Monday night in terms of noise - and delivered high-quality poetry, too. Guest poet Ralph Dartford read from his new collection Cigarettes, Beer and Love, and gave us two football poems as well, and spoke of his pride at being named poet-in-residence of Ossett Town FC. John Foggin maintained the Ossett connection and contributed some masterly poems from his sequence of childhood recollections; David Lindsay delivered a fevered account of some right carryings on at Luddenden Foot; other contributors included Spoken Weird's Genevieve Walsh. Write Out Loud's Julian Jordon and Greg Freeman added their twopennworth, and with Freda Davis presiding serenely over proceedings, it was no puzzle why this was a very satisfying poetry night.

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 5 Aug 2013 (event)

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Freda Davis

Mon 28th May 2012 15:28

Hello, I didn't notice the comment section had been added to our gig. That's good. Look forward to a few more WOL visitors. This month's guest sounds worth a trip.

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 4 Jun 2012 (event)

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winston plowes

Fri 4th May 2012 01:14

Hi Alexandros, Michael does sometimes read at The Puzzle (And has been a past guest) but I am not in regular contact with him. As I suspect you know, his work and the delivery of it are spellbinding. Win

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 7 May 2012 (event)

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Thu 3rd May 2012 20:27

Does anybody know when Michael greavy will next be reading at an Event ?

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 7 May 2012 (event)

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winston plowes

Tue 6th Mar 2012 22:58

Hi Julie / Jim / Catherine / Rob. You are always very welcome in Calderdale, A real breath of fresh air from Hull. Nice to chat, hopefully we will meet up again. Winston

Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 5 Mar 2012 (event)

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Tue 6th Mar 2012 22:21

had a lovely evening four of us Jim Higo, Catherine scott, Rob Swan and Julie Corbett (Some of the Hull Carshare Poets). Warm and welcoming people, good beer and a pleasure to hear helen Mort and all the other poets.

thanks to Gaia and Sean


Review is about Puzzle Poets Live at the Blind Pig on 5 Mar 2012 (event)

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