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Lodestone Poets Reunited

Ella Frears, Rebecca Goss, Roy McFarlane with Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely

Wednesday 16 March, 7pm
Online: £ Pay What You Can

(Donations to Lit Fest welcome)

The Lodestone Poets events were founded in 2017 by Sarala Estruch, Lesley Sharpe and Dave Wakely  to create a space for established and emerging writers to come together and perform. After five live events, featuring a glittering array of both established and rising name poets, circumstances sadly intervened. But for MK Lit Fest, Lodestone Poets return, bringing you three poetic voices as diverse as they are brilliant. The event also includes short readings by the Lodestone Poets founders.


Ella Frears is a poet and artist based in London. Her collection Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books, 2020) was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Her latest pamphlet, I am the Mother Cat (Rough Trade Books), was written as part of her residency at John Hansard Gallery. 


Rebecca Goss is a poet, tutor and mentor living in Suffolk. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013), was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Girl (Carcanet/Northern House,2019) was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. 


Roy McFarlane was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage. and has spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. Currently Canal Laureate England and Wales and the Birmingham & Midland Institute’s Poet in Residence, he has previously held the roles of Birmingham’s Poet Laureate and Starbucks’ Poet in Residence, His collections Beginning With Your Last Breath and The Healing Next Time are published by Nine Arches Press.  


Sarala Estruch is a British poet and writer of mixed European and Indian heritage. A winner of the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers Competition, and a member of the Ledbury Critics collective, her debut pamphlet, Say, was published by flipped eye in 2021, and she is currently working on her first full collection. 


Lesley Sharpe teaches literature and creative writing, and edits Heron journal for the Katherine Mansfield Society. Her poems, reviews and essays have been published in several journals and anthologies, most recently in Finished Creatures and The Alchemy Spoon, as well as short- and long-listed for prizes including The London Magazine, Aesthetica, Cinnamon Debut Collection, Primers 2 and Bridport.


Dave Wakely has worked as a musician, university administrator, poetry librarian, and editor in locations as disparate as Bucharest, Notting Hill and Milton Keynes. Shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction and Bath Short Story awards, his writing has appeared many literary magazines and anthologies.


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