FEATHERS,Tim Cunningham with Adrian O’Reilly & Bob Devereux

Tim has had six collections of poetry published:
Don Marcelino’s Daughter (Peterloo Poets, 2001), Unequal Thirds (Peterloo Poets, 2006), Kyrie (Revival Press, 2008), Siege (Revival Press, 2012), Almost Memories (Revival Press, 2014) & The Lyrics to the Nightingale’s Song (Revival Press, 2016) .
He found a thrush’s feather,
Dipped it in a meadow
And penned a sonnet
He found a linnet’s feather,
Dipped it in a stream
And penned a ghazal.
He found a blackbird’s feather,
Dipped it in the sky
And penned a villanelle.
He found a swallow’s feather,
Dipped it in the sunset
And penned a ballad.
He found a skylark’s feather,
Dipped it in starlight
And penned an ode.
He found an eagle’s feather,
Dipped it in the sea
And penned an epic.
He found a barn owl’s feather,
Dipped it in time
And penned an elegy.
Failing to find
A nightingale’s feather,
He plucked one,
From its wing.
That was the poem
That refused to sing.


Neil Roper is both poet,playwright and translator.

His first major work was a bilingual book of poetry entitled “Monde Mers/Firmament of Seas” which sold out. It was published in two editions by Poesie Vivante, Geneva.

Other translated works were from Italian and Russian,.the latter one “Childhood” by Vadim
Andreyev, son of the famous Russian dramatist, .Leonid Andreyev. That covered the years
1904 to 1919.

He writes equally fluently in French and English .and has published original work in leading French literary periodicals. For “Monde Mers/Firmament of Seas” he was awarded the Grand Prix d’Édition,

The Thief’s Daughter: Victoria Cornwall +Free Speech

Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.
Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.
Victoria Cornwall will read from her new book and talk about her approach to publishing. After an interval there will be a Free Speech session.


Miranda Sykes
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out; one woman, one bass and one guitar.

Borrowed Places is a project that draws it’s inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes.

With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss.

Sunday 14th May 2017

tickets £14.00 from Dave Brotherton – daveinstives@hotmail.co.uk or 01736 799305
Limited seating book early

Poetry & Music in the Square

This is the first event in the 2017 St Ives Literature Festival. It will be a platform for those poets who have been writing A POEM A DAY FOR APRIL, but all all poets musicians and song writers are welcome.