John Ashbrook on Tuesday 19th November

John Ashbrook - poet, playwright, short fiction writer

John Ashbrook – poet, playwright, short fiction writer

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.

​His partner is Elizabeth Baines, a novelist and story writer, at present published by Salt. Her story, Compass and Torch is currently on a national GCSE syllabus.

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.


About theleopard66

I am a member of the Stoke Stanza of The Poetry Society and run a bi-monthly Poems & Pints event in Alsager.
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