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Music and poetry, please: Spotlight Club line up announced

John Freeman
Ann Wilson, aka Ann the Poet. Photo: Richard Davis (
This month's Spotlight Club - a regular eclectic feast of poetry, performance and music - features South Cumbrian-based poet Ann Wilson and Lancaster musician Mikey Kenney.

Here's a rundown of the main performers next Friday at the Storey.

Ann Wilson - (aka Ann the Poet) is a South Cumbria based poet performs and delivers writing and performance workshops. She’s also the host of the Spoken Word Open Mic at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

Ann, who won a Tough Guy’s Music Award for Best Solo Act in 2009, is currently working with Whitewood and Fleming in the role of Looked After Children's Projects co-ordinator; and leading creative writing workshops for MIND in Ulverston and one off workshops for various organisations.

Jim Turner's poems appeared last year in An Elastic Sky, published by Flax. "My poems may seem to go out of their way to avoid human concerns," he admits. "Often they describe remote landscapes or encounters with animals. Indeed many of the ideas first occur to me when I’m out walking in such places. They are not, however, escapist poetry; their primary concern is to reveal very human themes such as jealousy, power, sexual desire, loneliness and mutability."

Mike de Tore started writing poems three years ago. "I try to keep them simple and hopefully lyrical. I seem to write about landscape, memory and love."

Beth Cortese will be performing a short play entitled On the Verge of Discovery which was inspired by the fall in Paradise Lost and parodies village life.

Mikey Kenney, one of Lancaster's finest songwriters and a virtuoso musician, rounds off the evening, which also includes the usual 'Open Mic' session, in which almost anything can happen!

Compered by Simon Baker the event kicks off from 8.00pm.

• Spotlight Club Friday May 20th, The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane. Lancaster. Doors will be open from 8.00 pm;  Open Mic 8.30 - 9pm. Admission £4 / £2 (conc.). Web: Lancaster Spotlight is funded by Arts Council England and works in close association with litfest.