Crafty Crows ~ Online Poetry, Featuring 'Helen Sheppard' & 'Pratibha Castle', plus Open-Mic

Oct 5, 2022 at 19:00 — 21:00 (BST)

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The Gloucestershire Poetry Society presents our regular online event in 2022, 'Crafty Crows', hosted by Josephine Lay.

Wednesday 5th October 2022, from 7.00pm until 9.00pm, Featuring 'Helen Sheppard' and 'Pratibha Castle', plus open-mic.
Via Zoom (Technical stuff by Jason Conway)
To reserve an open-mic slot for this event, please email, after the 7th Seprember 2022. Open-mic slots will be 3 minutes max. (please stick to this, as we don't want to have to cut people off). Please be aware that Crafty Crows is recorded, and subsequently posted via youtube...


Helen Sheppard is a Bristol based writer and worked as a midwife. 

Her poetry explores themes of birth, health, loss, and those whose voices are often unheard.

She started to write in her forties during a ‘kick start your reading’ class.

Co-runs Satellite of Love Spoken Word Events and Wordsmiths.

Helen’s work has been Published widely, including These are the Hands NHS, Tools of the Trade – Poems for New Doctors, Under the Radar, Ink Sweat & Tears.

She has performed at Milk Poetry, Raise The Bar, Arnolfini, Harvard Medical School and Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

Helen interviews extraordinary poets for her podcast Health Beat Poets, their ‘take’ on Poetry, Health and Community.

Her debut  poetry collection 'Fontanelle' published recently with Burning Eye Books.

Social media

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Pratibha Castle is an Irish poet living in West Sussex. Her award-winning debut pamphlet ‘A Triptych of Birds & A Few Loose Feathers’ (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was published in 2022.

Her work appears amongst others in Agenda, HU, Blue Nib, Ink Sweat &Tears, London Grip, Lime Square Poets, OHC, Friday Poem, The High Window. She is widely anthologised, most recently in Not The Time To Be Silent.

Highly commended and long-listed in various competitions including Bridport Prize, Binsted Arts Competition, Brain Dempsey Memorial Award, Gloucester Poetry Society Competition, Storytown Competition, she was given special mention in The Welsh Poetry Competition 2021.

She is a regular reader on The Poetry Place: West Wilts Radio.

Her second pamphlet – ‘a trip down memory lane in 60s Notting Hill and India’ – is forthcoming with Hedgehog Poetry Press towards the end of the year.


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