Clevedon's Virtual Literary & Arts Event

Previewing the More Than Words Festival - June 2021

In The Footsteps of Poets

Poets read selections of their writings.


Ben Banyard

Ben Banyard lives and writes in Portishead. He has published two collections of poetry, Communing (2016) and We Are All Lucky (2018), both with Indigo Dreams Publishing. Ben’s next collection, Hi Viz, will be published by Yaffle Press early next year. You can find out more about Ben and his work at

Clive Birnie

Clive Birnie is a poet-artist-printmaker who works in both text and visual media.

He finds inspiration at a place where poetry and art collide
into something which gets called text-based-art but sometimes he types up the results as text only poems such as he reads here.

He lives in Portishead from where he runs poetry press, Burning Eye Books.

Mel Branton

Melanie Branton is a spoken word artist from Weston-super-Mare who has represented Bristol in three national slam finals.

She has two published collections: Can You See Where I’m Coming From? (Burning Eye, 2018) and My Cloth-Eared Heart (Oversteps, 2017) and has been published in a variety of journals.

Molly Cheek

Molly Cheek is a poet and musician from Portbury.

After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Cardiff University she began to write for Bristol-based magazines, with her poem ‘Taste Awakening’ recently featuring in The Everyday Magazine.

Her poems focus on family history, feminism and the natural world.

Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher lives in Bristol and has been widely published in magazines in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

His poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio, and in 2018 he was the winner of the Bristol Poetry Prize.

His collection The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead was published by The Blue Nib in March 2019.

He can be found on Facebook, Twitter @dominicfishpoet, and

Peter Gibbs

Peter Gibbs is a former Western Daily Press journalist, who has been writing poetry for more than 60 years.

He moved to Clevedon in 1968 and since then has written many poems inspired by the town and the surrounding countryside, some of which appeared in the anthology, In The Footsteps of Poets, published in Autumn, 2019, by the Clevedon Community Bookshop –

These poems, as well as others covering a wide range of subjects, can be found at

Deborah Harvey

Deborah Harvey’s poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please, and awarded several major prizes.

Her four poetry collections are published by Indigo Dreams, the most recent being The Shadow Factory (2019).

She is co-director of The Leaping Word poetry consultancy.

Chris Hope

I’m Chris Hope and I love poetry about as much as I do music. I often fuse the two either as spoken poems over music or songs – with a very poetic lyrics (think ‘Elbow’ rather than ‘Chas ‘n’ Dave’).

I earn my crust from teaching and composing and one day hope to actually BECOME Philip Larkin. Poems have been published in most of the big UK magazines.

I’m the Associate Composer for ‘Box of Tricks Theatre’; have released a range of albums under various monikers and am just about to release a 4-years-in-the-making project album involving national and international musicians, artists and spoken word artists.

Andrew Player

My name is Andrew Player. I live in Clevedon and have done so now for more than 10 years.

I have been writing poetry all my life and that’s quite some time!

Not a continuous stream of writing, no, not that, but throughout my life there have been periods when the words have welled up in my mind and I have been compelled to write them down.

I am currently enjoying, perhaps not always enjoying, but still finding I have to, one of those periods now.

Fire poetry magazine published three of my poems in 2002/3.

Bernie Simmons

Bernie Jordan (now Simmons) lived in Clevedon for over 30 years. She retired to Langport, Somerset, two years ago.

She has been writing poetry for 10 years and one of her poems, Resurrection Lake, written about Clevedon’s Marine Lake will shortly be unveiled there as a tile plaque, made by Unique Tiles, of North Perrott, near Crewkerne, Somerset, and beautifully illustrated by artist Nancy Farmer, of Moorlynch, near Bridgwater, Somerset.

It also appears in an anthology, Writing On The Lake, published by the Clevedon Community Press.

This original collection of 40 Clevedon poems, priced £4.95, plus p&p, has been published by Clevedon Community Press.

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