Calderdale poet Gaia Holmes will read from her new collection, ‘Lifting the Piano with One Hand’, at The Book Case, Hebden Bridge, next Thursday (August 22).
She will be joined by special guest Anne Caldwell, author of ‘Talking With the Dead’.
Gaia, who hails from Halifax, has been a busker, a cleaner, a lecturer, a lollypop lady, an oral historian, a vegan caterer and a gallery attendant.
She has worked as a writer for several years doing poetry readings, appearing at festivals and facilitating writing workshops throughout Britain and beyond.
Her poems have appeared on local buses, in doctors’ surgeries and in hospitals in the Calder Valley. She has also worked as a DJ for community radio station Phoenix FM.
She has collaborated with artists, musicians and film makers. Eight of her poems have been adapted to short films as part of a project launched by Comma Press. Her poem ‘Desires’ was adapted by the director Kate Jessop and was shortlisted for the ‘Virgin media Short film ‘ prize in 2008.
Gaia’s debut full-length collection ‘Dr James Graham’s Celestial Bed’ was published in 2006 by Comma Press, who have also published her new collection.
Gaia, a former poet in residence at Bradford Library, will be at the independent bookshop in Market Street as part of the regular Poetry Nites@The Book Case, which aims to promote the best in new and established poetry in the UK through monthly readings and Book of the Month.
The event on Thursday starts at 7pm and costs £5, which includes wine and the opportunity to receive £5 off the cost of her new book, which will be available to purchase on the night.