Poetry, prose and a birthday cake!

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Poems, Prose & Pints, Tap n Spile,

Harrogate.

STEVE Toase was the featured artist for Poems, Prose & Pints’s second birthday event at the Tap & Spile.

It was another well attended night with a warm and friendly audience. The open mic featured several first time readers making a strong start with spoken word, and it is always great to hear our regulars, they have made the event into the success it has become.

Steve first read his fiction to an audience at the first ever Poems, Prose and Pints two years ago. He has become a regular particpant in the open mic, when vehicles and volcanoes allow!

His style has developed and confidence grown, and more than 20 of his stories have been accepted for publication.

In 2010 Steve won third prize in the Malton Literature Festival Short Story Competition, and second prize in the Harrogate Advertiser Crime Writing Festival Short Story Competition.

His stories tend towards the unsettling and unreal, dealing with revenge, loss, faeries, chess playing bears and ancient gods.

In his writing Steve explores the places where other worlds seep into ours. A new story about hitchhiking saplings went down particularly well, and Fernando the cat with a paintbrush for a tail made an appearance both in Steve’s set and as our special second birthday cake by Alex Gout!

We’ve had another creative year of Spoken Word at Poems, Prose & Pints. For the second Harrogate Festival Fringe we put on Writing on the Move and Poems, Prose & Pints with Helen Burke, and it was exciting to be part of the small team that put the whole Fringe together.

We had a presence again at Feva during the OrbLive event, and we have an ongoing project with Orb Community Arts, recording several of our guests and open mic participants in their Knaresborough studio.

We will be making spoken word CDs to sell and part of the money from them will go back to support the Orb.

Our monthly open mic nights have seen a huge variety of participants step up and share writing of their own or by others that they found inspiring enough to read out.

Every month we have a featured artist and since our last birthday we’ve been entertained by Oz Hardwick, James Nash, John Coopey, Toby Bull, Ash Dickinson, Hayden Cohen, Jem Henderson, Steve Nash, Ashley Fisher, Helen Burke, and Ian Horn.

If you would like to get your diaries out now, there will be Dominic Berry on October 19, Joanna Ezekiel on November 16 and Tim Ellis on December 21.

Enry is £2.50 reduced to £2 for those who particpate in the open mic part of proceedings.

Nicola Everill