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Words & Jazz

Words & Jazz hosted by Nicki Heinen. Poetry, stories and jazz – and perhaps a few cocktails to help the creative juices flow…

Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo was born and educated in Trinidad and holds a DPhil in Old Norse from Christ Church, Oxford. Her most recent book is Measures of Expatriation (Carcanet, 2016), the Poetry Book Society’s Choice for Spring. She is creating site-specific events and initiating artistic collaborations abroad, on the Harper-Wood Studentship (St. John’s College, Cambridge), and in Britain as the first ‘poet on tour’ for the Out of Bounds project, an AHRC-funded initiative between the Universities of Stirling and Newcastle, partnered with the British Library and Scottish Poetry Library, which will capture sound and images for a new clickable digital map of diverse poetry of place across these isles.

Tim Cumming

Tim Cumming’s first collection, The Miniature Estate, was published in 1991, and subsequent books include Apocalypso (1999), Contact Print (2002), The Rumour (2004), The Rapture (2011). Etruscan Miniatures (2012s) and in 2015, Rebel Angels in the Mind Shop from Australia’s Pitt St Poetry. Since 2007, he has made a number of acclaimed film poems that have been shown at festivals worldwide, and he made the acclaimed BBC documentary, Hawkwind Do Not Panic in 2006-2007. His work has appeared in The Forward Book of Poetry, its Best of the Decade anthology, and in Bloodaxe Books’ major 2010 anthology, Identity Parade.

Crispin Best

Crispin Best lives in London and at He edits For Every Year, an online project aiming to collect a piece of art or writing in honour of every year since 1400. He was named as one of Faber & Faber’s New Poets for 2015/16.

David McGrath

David McGrath’s debut novel, Rickshaw was published by Thistle Books in 2015. He has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Peirene Press Story Competition, was a prizewinner in the Words with Jam Short Story Competition, the 2016 WOW! Awards and was highly commended in the Manchester Fiction Prize 2013. He has won a StorySLAM at the Royal Festival Hall, performed at London LitCrawl, Wilderness Festival, Rattle Tales & several Liars’ League events for which he won MVP in 2013. He has been published in Litro, Open Pen, the forthcoming Third Script and several other short story anthologies

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