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In 2001, Brenda Read-Brown gave up the good salary, secure pension and company car that came with her job as an IT project manager to be a full-time freelance poet and writer. She has won many poetry slams, and has performed in Texas, Denmark, the middle of the Atlantic, the House of Lords, at many festivals, on radio 4, and in any number of low dives. Her first collection, Arbitrary edges, was published in 2013, and in November 2019 V Press published her second collection, Like love. She has also written several prize-winning plays.
Brenda was elected Gloucestershire Poet Laureate in 2012.
Angela France is a Gloucestershire poet who has had poems published in many of the leading journals and has been anthologised a number of times. Her publications include ‘Occupation’ (2009), ‘Lessons in Mallemaroking’ (2011), ‘Hide’ (2013) and her latest collection The Hill (Nine Arches Press 2017) which is based on Leckhampton Hill near Cheltenham, and which Angela has been touring as a live multi-media poetry show. Angela teaches creative writing at the University of Gloucestershire and in various community settings. She runs a reading series in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’.
Angela France has recently had to relinquish her role as judge, but has been an integral part of ‘The Search for The Next Gloucestershire Poet Laureate’ and we would like to offer our utmost appreciation for all her support and work in the ongoing search and campaign. Alcicia Stubbersfield has now taken up this role through Angela’s reccomendation.
Alicia Stubbersfield has published four collections of poetry, the most recent is The Yellow Table (Pindrop Press 2013). She has read her work in prisons, schools, many poetry festivals including Aldeburgh and Ledbury, The Royal Festival Hall and many other places. After retiring as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University she continues to tutor regularly for Arvon and was Writer-in-Residence for Gloucester Academy and Pittville School, Cheltenham.
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