Plymouth Language Club has found a new home at the historic Plymouth Athenaeum.

The Language Club had been regularly hosted at Plymouth College of Art but due to the development of the Plymouth Arts Cinema, found itself in need of a new home. The first event will take place at the new venue on Saturday 30th March.

The event will feature an extended reading from John Wedgwood Clarke, who is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter. His new poetry collection, Landfill, explores the poetics of rubbish and marine ecology and was featured recently on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. His poems have appeared in PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, POEM, Poetry Wales, The Guardian and The New Statesman. Recent commissions include the poetry project, Red River: Listening to a Polluted River, which explores global river pollution and the emotional impact of environmental damage through a small polluted river in his home area of West Cornwall. His TV credits as a presenter include the documentaries The Books that Made Britain (2016) and Through the Lens of Larkin (2017), both for BBC4.

Thom Boulton, Plymouth’s current Poet Laureate said, “The Language Club is a vital part of the literature scene in Plymouth. For years it has brought some of the biggest names in the poetry world to our city as well as showcasing local talent. It is great to see it find a new home.” He continued, “Poetry has been appearing in the headlines a lot recently as it seems to be drawing in a new audience. It is wonderful to see a surge of enthusiasm and we are noticing the same locally. Lots of the open mic nights and grassroots literature events are packing out rooms across Plymouth.”

The Plymouth Language Club will also be playing host to Gabi Marcellus-Temple who is a visual artist, translator and writer and has a Masters degree in translation from the University of Manchester, Mark Totterdell whose first collection This Patter of Traces (Oversteps Books, 2014) was shortlisted for the Stare’s Nest Fledgling award for the best first collection by a poet over forty, Sarah Cave who is a poet and academic currently working towards a practice-based PhD. at Royal Holloway, on the poetics of prayer in contemporary poetry, and James Turner whose poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Rialto, Tremblestone, Envoi and Acumen.

Entry is by donation (suggested minimum £5 waged, £3 unwaged). The event starts at 7.15pm. For more information about the event, click here.