We are delighted to welcome John Ashbrook to The Leopard on Tuesday 19th November at 7.30pm. Admission free, all welcome.
John lives in Manchester and writes short fiction, poems and plays. His short stories have appeared in The Guardian, in Arts Council Anthologies, and prestigious magazines like PNR and Stand.
His best known play is Reaching for the Sun, broadcast this summer on BBC Radio Four. It tells the story of a blind boy and his family and placement in a mainstream school. This links to his day job as a child psychologist.
John’s poems have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Arts Council Anthologies and Poetry Wales. Death Duties was one of a series of six which includes volumes by Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon and Glyn Hughes, later a well-known novelist.
In the Footsteps of the Opium Eater refers to Thomas de Quincey, who also originated in Manchester.
John has also written articles on early literacy and phonics drawing from his interests in psychology, linguistics, poetry and the sound of language.
Come and hear John Ashbrook read and discuss his work. There’ll be opportunity to read, share and discuss your own work during the session.