Monday 2nd September at 7pm; Rossiter Books, Monmouth – Ticket £5;
2019 New Poets Prize winner with The Poetry Business and longlisted for the 2019 National Poetry Prize, Ben Ray is an accomplished young poet from the Welsh borders with ‘a fresh and original poetic voice – full of wit, twists, surprises, echoes and challenges’ (Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian).
He will read from his second collection ‘What I Heard on the Last Cassette Player in the World’. Ben will be joined by Forest of Dean poet, Vicky Hampton who will also share some of her poetry at the start of the evening.
Since releasing his first collection ‘After the Poet, the Bar‘ in 2016 Ben’s work has appeared in a wide array of journals and websites and he has gone on to explore a wide range of poetic disciplines, including combining his work with music. From performing at sold-out venues to one-to-one mentoring, from leading poetry groups to giving talks and workshops with young people in schools, Ben is a versatile and consummate poet, performer and mentor.
This event will be opened by local Forest of Dean poet Vicky Hampton. Runner-up in the 2018 Welsh International Poetry Competition and regular performer at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Vicky’s poems explore family, history and mountains.