July 20, 2017 - 20:00 til 22:30

the “Endangered Species” one

THURSDAY 20th July
Doors 7.30 pm – Start 8.00 pm. Upstairs at Union Mash Up, Princes Avenue, Hull
Admission – FREE

The next “AWAY WITH WORDS” open mic evening will take place at Union Mash Up, the epicentre of the cultural earthquake that is the HU5 post code area. This event has been bringing you the best spoken word performers since long before Rosie Millard typed Hull back into her satnav. The event will henceforth be referred to as the “Endangered Species” one.

Poets, performers, comedians and spectators are welcome to the cosy intimate surroundings of the upstairs bar at Union Mash Up on Prince’s Avenue, Hull.
Come along and perform your poetry, prose, comedy, jokes, satire in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

July special guest is the marvellous Mark Connors

Mark is an award winning writer from Leeds, UK. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies. He’s also had over 70 poems published in a variety of magazines and literary journals both in the UK and overseas, including Envoi, Prole, Dream Catcher and a number of Indigo Dreams imprints.

Mark’s debut poetry pamphlet, Life is a Long Song was published by OWF Press in 2015 and is now in its second edition. His first full length collection “Nothing Is Meant To Be Broken” is published in March 2017.

Mark’s debut novel, Stickleback, also now in its second edition, was published by Armley Press in 2016. The second edition features a recommendation on the front cover from the acclaimed poet and novelist, Helen Mort.

Mark’s award winning short fiction has won him prizes and commendations at North London Literature Festival, Dartmoor Literature Festival and Otley Word Feast. Mark also won the prestigious open mic competition at Ilkley Literature Festival both in 2014 and 2015.

Mark features regularly as a guest compere at literature festivals and also runs WORD CLUB, his own acclaimed poetry night, at The Chemic Tavern in Leeds. Mark recently worked with the Bronte Society and good friend, Joanna Sedgiwck to run, host and help organise the Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, which featured over one hundred poets performing over a weekend in July 2016.

“Mark’s work is full of surprises. Sometimes mournful, always potent, and everywhere filled with good humour. Even at his most experimental, Mark’s generous spirit shines through making for sometimes provocative, but always an inclusive, body of work.”
Steve Nash

“The only thing equal to Mark Connors’ enthusiasm for poetry is his own writing. To watch him take the stage and perform is to watch a tennis player waiting to serve the first ball of a Wimbledon final. There is a quiet hush, a slight shuffle, then his voice – strong and assured. It’s no surprise to see him finally getting the recognition he richly deserves, both for the championing of other poets’ work and for his own, often mesmerising, poems.”
Tom Weir