Night Vision: a special evening of poetry in aid of Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Cancer Research

Night Vision: a special evening of poetry in aid of Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Cancer Research
Belgrave Music Hall is proud to host Night Vision: a special evening of spoken word and poetry in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research and Leeds Mind.

Night Vision is Leeds’ very own DIY spoken word event. Over the years, Night Vision has hosted some of the region’s most exciting poets and musicians – from Luke Wright and Hayley Gaftarnick, to Inua Ellams – and has been part of the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

After a seven-year hiatus, Night Vision returns this April to celebrate 35 before 35 – an ambitious project from Wakefield’s Gill Barker. On the run-up to her 35th birthday in 2020, Gill is completing 35 physical and mental challenges to not only raise money for Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Cancer Research, but to overcome her own mental health challenges and inspire others in the process. Read more about Gill’s challenges at

Night Vision will feature readings from three award-winning local poets – Oz Hardwick, Gill Lambert and Tom Weir.

Oz Hardwick’s work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media: books, journals, record covers, concert programmes, fabric, with music, with film, and with nothing but a residual West Country accent. He has published seven poetry collections, most recently Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry, which was a National Poetry Day recommendation in 2017. Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the Creative Writing programmes.

Gill Lambert is a prize-winning poet and teacher from Yorkshire. She has been published widely online and in print and her pamphlet Uninvited Guests was published by Indigo Dreams in 2017. She is a workshop facilitator and co-comperes the poetry nights Word Club and Shaken in Sheep Town with her partner, Mark Connors. Gill's first full length collection will be published by Yaffle in the Spring.

Tom Weir was the winner of the 2018 Magma Editor’s Prize and one of the inaugural winners of the Templar IOTA Shots competition. His poetry has been highly commended in both The Forward Prize and The National Poetry Competition and has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, among others. His first full collection All That Falling was brought out in 2015 and his second collection Ruin, for which he is grateful to have received a grant from Arts Council England, was brought out in September 2018.
You’ll have the chance to perform your own spoken word at an open mic, as well as being treated to a performance by Leeds Synthpop band Ladies Nite. There will also be a raffle on the evening, giving you the chance to win a host of exciting prizes donated by Belgrave Music Hall.

100% of proceeds from the event will be donated to Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Cancer Research, which will include ticket sales and a raffle on the evening.

“You had wanted soft, expected snow,
the snow that falls in lanes and covers gardens,
where footprints are the proof of destination”.
Extract from That Kind of Snow, Gill Lambert.

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