15th Nov 13
and in the shop…
“Mr Bowlly Regrets”,
“Clark Gable in Mansfield”
, King’s England Press;
“Mytton… Dyer… Sweet Billy Gibson…”
Nine Arches Press;
“Writ in Water”
Keats House / City of London;
this poet is taking part in the poetry pRO project
Deborah Tyler-Bennett’s current poetry collection is Kinda Keats (Shoestring Press, 2013), a volume based on her residency at Keats House, Hampstead, in 2010.
Turned Out Nice Again: Stories Inspired by the Music Hall Tradition (King‘s England, 2013) is her first volume of short fictions. Poems on variety also feature in the Max Miller appreciation society magazine, There’ll Never be Another.
Other collections include Revudeville (King’s England, 2011) a volume centred round visual art, Pavilion (Smokestack 2010), set in Brighton and inspired by dandies. The chapbook Mytton … Dyer … Sweet Billy Gibson (Smokestack, 2011), contains three portraits in verse.
Her first collection was Clark Gable in Mansfield, the title poem from which is published as the epilogue to Clark Gable in Pictures: Candid Images from the Actor’s Life by Gable’s biographer, Chrystopher J. Spicer (McFarland Books, 2011).
Selected poems appear in Shoestring’s Take Five (2003), and a forthcoming volume, Anglo-Punk (Salmon, 2014), tells the story of Beau Brummel’s life using sonnets, poems from the sequence having previously been published in the US, Ireland, and UK.
Selected poems and an interview have been translated into Romanian (with poems broadcast on Romanian National Radio). She co-wrote The Victoria and Albert Museum’s creative writing web-package. She edits Coffee House magazine. In 2001 she won the Hugh MacDiarmid Trophy at the Scottish International Poetry Competition, also winning first prize in the Long Poem section in 2005 for a poem on William Hogarth (in Revudeville).
Regularly performing her work, recent readings have included Castor and Pollux Modern Artwork (Brighton), Pighog Press at the Red Roaster (Brighton), Debbie Bryan Studio and Shop (Notts), Shindig! (Leics and Leamington Spa), Keats Festival 2010/ 2011 (London), Poetry in the Crypt (London), Lowdham Book Festival, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Callander Poetry Weekend (Scotland 2011/ 12/ 13), Lumen (London), Wordsmiths (Warwick Arts Centre), plus AT Open House Performance Sunday (Brighton Festival Fringe 2011/ 2012/ 2013) and Lichfield Literature Festival. She was recently resident writer at Nottingham’s first Festival of Words (2013).
She works as a poet for many national galleries and museums, including workshops for the Science Museum, the National Gallery, the Collection, the Usher Gallery, once being resident poet for Sussex Day at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
Web pages: poetry p f and on facebook/twitter via her publisher, King’s England Press, King’s England.
Blurb on Turned Out Nice Again:
Set in the 1940s, these stories chart the formative years of Beryl Potter, forbidden Variety despite the fact her Uncle, Billy Bean, is about to make it big on the halls. Billy’s teamed up with Courtney ‘The City Gent’ Cooper (so famous he’s almost Max Miller) to form ‘Cooper and Bean – The Boys Most Likely to …’ Beryl‘s Mum wants her to avoid Variety and study to be ladylike, but life seldom continues as you expect, especially not in wartime. Still, the presence of Grandwem Win, Beryl’s champion, and her budgie, the irrepressible George Formby, suggest if you wait long enough things might just turn out nice again …