Great news for Pighog Press and poetry at Red Roaster.

A great evening of poetry at the Red Roaster Coffee House last night with sets from Pete Howells and Andrew Forster, ten open micers and wonderful news about a new lease of life for Pighog Press.DSCF0052 after news of it’s demise hit us a couple of months ago.

Michaela Ridgway was on hand as usual  to compere the evening with gentle humour and even an attempt at a selfie with the full audience behind her on her mobile.DSCF0009

But the bouquet (if there was one) had to go to ‘Red Hen Press’ the leading not for profit publisher based in Los Angeles who has to agreed to take over the goodwill of Pighog, including brand, imprint and list.DSCF0010

John Davies, former managing director, provided the statement which also told us that Pighog will continue  to be represented by Inpress and distributed by Centra Books in the UK and Europe. John has known Kate Gale and Mark E Cull of Red Hen for many years and can only be delighted at this turn of events particularly as Red Hen and Pighog share the same ethos.DSCF0011 

Pause for applause and general whooping at this good news.


Pete Howells then took the mic. He is an inspirational novelist who also writes poetry, a spirited performer of much of his poetry which was  greeted with enthusiam by the audience tonight.   His set included The Old Guitarist, which examines the subject and the artist in Picasso’s painting of the same name, autobiographical poetry and a spirited piece set in a prison. 

Pete  studied Art and Drama, gained a first degree from Leeds University and  an MA from Brighton. He spent 4 years as a singer songwriter touring with various bands before returning to teaching.

Andrew Forster has published two collections of poetry and was shortlisted for the Forward prize for best first collection in 2006.DSCF0045

He has read as part of the ‘Poetry Live’ series, won awards and is the Literature Officer for the Wordsworth Trust.  Tonight he has  a wonderful range of poems. My favourite was ‘Going Fishing with Raymond Carver’ from his new collection ‘Homecoming’.

There were two sessions with open micers Catherine Bishop, Eleanor Gamper, me, Patrick Turner, Mattiew Ramsawak (urging audience participation with a mantra) Tim Blackwell, Andie Davidson, ( with a brilliant two voice poem) Vic Stayanowich, (lively spoken word piece) Adam Winbush and Alice Purnell in reflective mood and not necessarily in that order, but adding spice to a popular evening of poetry thanks  to our host Red Roaster Coffee House

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Thanks also has to go to those who have continued to support these poetry nights after the announcement that John Davies was  sadly having to give up Pighog.

Well done Michaela for continuing to get brilliant poets to read, encouraging the open micers and generally keeping the show on the road!

Pighog Press is now back in business and I for one hope to see the Pighog banner, back in place together with  a  Red Hen Press banner  at Red Roaster very soon. Well done John Davies!

Next poetry night the last Thursday in the November.

You’d be a fool to miss it now wouldn’t you? 


Stop Press  –  Just put this post up and received  Michaela’s selfie –  it was all to do with mantras, poets and losing their ego etc. Sorry folks you just had to be there to get the drift…..but just had to pop it in…

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1 Response to Great news for Pighog Press and poetry at Red Roaster.

  1. Good news Ann, delighted that Pighog rides again. What did you read?


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