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A series of relaxed and intimate afternoon events when poets, writers and thinkers immerse you, through the spoken word, in ideas and experience. Set within Mary’s Room of the beautiful Turret House at Sheffield Manor Lodge.

Rob Hindle was born in Rotherham.  He lived in Madrid in the early 1990s and has worked for the WEA since his return. His poetry collections are Some Histories of the Sheffield Flood 1864, Neurosurgery in Iraq (both Templar Poetry), The Purging of Spence Broughton, A Highwayman (Longbarrow Press) and Yoke and Arrows (Smokestack Poetry).  His extended poem-sequence, ‘Flights and Traverses’, appeared in The Footing (Longbarrow Press), winner of the Guardian Online Poetry Anthology of the Year in 2013. Rob lives in Sheffield.

He is going to structure the reading around three works:

1 – ‘Flights and Traverses’, a poem-sequence published in The Footing, a walking-focused anthology tracing routes around Sheffield and other locations.  The sequence Rob chose imagines five journeys of personal / public figures in and through the city between 1782 and 1940.

2 – Yoke and Arrows, which explores the first weeks of the Spanish Civil war, culminating with the assassination of Federico García Lorca in August 1936, against a background of historical brutality between communities in Spain.

3 – Neurosurgery in Iraq, which contemplates the connections between the personal and the political in Iraq, Spain and other places.

There is a maximum capacity of 17 guests. Drop in – first come first served basis.