Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden

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Date / Time
Date(s) - 03/05/2015
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm




Steve Nash

As part of the Alternatiba Todmorden festival of climate alternatives, Fundevogel is hosting a poetry extravaganza with

Headliner Steve Nash

and four other featured poets:

  • Gaia Holmes

  • John Siddique

  • Freda Davis

  • Simon Zonenblick

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden is being compered by Steve Anderson

Steve has sporadically written poetry since 1978 gleaning inspiration from angst, nature, culture, music, food, politics, craft, and angst.

Performing guitar blues/ragtime/jazz solo/duo/trios since 1985.

In 1980 Steve, unaccompanied, walked 1180 miles between John ‘O’Groats and Lands’ End, collecting publicans’ autographs, sleeping in barns/under hedges…(now referred to as hedge-surfing).

Perhaps best known for his playing of Christmas tunes in an unusual way, Steve was last year diagnosed with advanced cancer which he views as a great opportunity to do that which remains to be done with the greatest of gusto.

There will be 4 minute open mic slots for anyone who wants to perform their work.

Every poet will have to perform at least one poem related to climate change in their set… but all are welcome to experience Poetic Alternatiba Todmorden.


is a new canal side art space with occasional cafe (v) in Todmorden opposite ‘The Great Wall of Tod’ brought to you by artists Rosanne Robertson & Debbie Sharp. Fundevogel is a place for the curious delivering a special menu of interesting arts events, exhibitions and live music. 
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Steve Nash

Steve Nash

is a writer, lecturer, poetry editor, and musician (of sorts), based in Sowerby Bridge.

Steve’s work has been published widely, and internationally.

His first collection, Taking the Long Way Home, published by Stairwell Books, has been called ‘The work of a rare artist with a fire in his head,’ and ‘an important addition to poetry in the English language’.

Steve is a regular headliner at events and festivals, and he recently won the Saboteur Award for Performer of the Year, winning from a shortlist that included Kate Tempest and Hollie McNish.

John Siddique

John Siddique

John Siddique

is the author of six books, the most recent of which is Full Blood. His work has featured in many places, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review and BBC RADIO4. The Spectator refers to him as ‘A stellar British poet.’ The Times of India calls him ‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart.’ John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at York St. John University. A new book will be published later this year. www.johnsiddique.co.uk


John Siddique is
Fellow Royal Society Arts 
Royal Literary Fund Fellow

‘A stellar British poet’ – The Spectator 

‘Rebellious by nature, pure at heart’ – The Times of India


Twitter @johnsiddique

Books by John Siddique 

‘All I want of you
is that you shall achieve your own beauty 
as the flowers do.’ 
D.H. Lawrence

Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes

Gaia Holmes

lives in Halifax. She is a free-lance writer and creative writing tutor who works with schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the West Yorkshire region.

She runs ‘Igniting The Spark’, a weekly writing workshop at Dean Clough, Halifax.
She has had two full length poetry collections published by Comma Press: Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed (2006) and Lifting The Piano With One Hand (2013).
She is currently working on her third collection which will, amongst other things, deal with gaps, sink holes, taxidermy and broad beans.


Simon Zonenblick

Simon Zonenblick

was born in Leeds and studied at the city’s art college, and has worked in mental health, social services, education, retail and library services in West Yorkshire and across London, but since 2012 has lived in Sowerby Bridge.

He also works occasionally as a gardener and has a Diploma in Horticulture, experiences that have informed some of the writing on his website Ryburn Ramblings https://sites.google.com/site/ryburnramblings/home which features essays and reviews of poetry, nature and local history, as well as poetry by other poets in the local area.
Simon has been involved in various local arts events and groups, and is the author of two collections of poetry: Little Creatures – Poetry of Insetcs, Small Mammals, and Micro-organisms (Caterpillar Poetry, 2013) and Random Journeys (The Unpretentious Arts, 2014).

Freda Davis

Freda Davis

Freda Davis

Born in WW2, live in the Pennines, poet, artist, creative thinker: Chair of WomenCentre Ltd.and currently co-chair of GPRC.

Freda created Moon Calendar, available here.

twitter: @uathindigo