The Saturday Club is back!

Aubrey Beardsley, the celebrated book illustrator, was also a published poet - join three poets this Saturday, 8 January at 3pm for an hour to explore What A.B. Sees: Poetry Reading... and Writing!

Local poets Stephen Emmerson, Gareth Durasow and Chris Stephenson will be playing with language and words, exploring poetry and art, inspired by Aubrey Beardsley's artwork exhibited in the current exhibition 'Fancy and Imagination: Beardsley and the Book Illustrators'.

Walking through the pictures of the exhibition, you can take (or become) part of a collaborative poem about the sinister fairy tale world of the distinguished Mr. A. B., the Dandy of the Grotesque.

What does A. B. see? And what does his audience see? Art? Aubrey? One another?

Stephen Emmerson lives in the North of England and his work has appeared in Jacket, Poetry Salzburg Review, nthposition, FREAKLUNG, Oxford Poetry, Eratio, and The Red Ceilings. He is the author of 'X' (The Arthur Shilling Press 2009), 'Chimera' (Erbacce 2010), 'Attack of the gas powered Angels' (KF&S, 2010) and 'Poems found at the scene of a murder' (ZimZalla 2010). He also edits Blart.

Gareth Durasow was born in the year of the pig. His work has appeared in The Rialto, Onedit, Sunfish, Grist, Cleaves, Shadowtrain, Openned and other publications. His poetry has won prizes at Ilkley and Huddersfield literature festivals. His plays have won nothing at all.

Chris Stephenson is the co-editor of Spine, an online poetry magazine dedicated to publishing interesting and innovative art and poetry. His own work has most recently been found in Freaklung, and Blart. His first collection Revenge of The Mirror People is due soon from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

To book your place at this free event, please contact Zsuzsa at

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