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Saturday 5 July 7.30pm The Drill Hall £12 & £10

NaCOT - On the Border - Presents 


Chepstow’s world-class poetry series continues

when Britains’s ‘wittiest poet’, Wendy Cope

meets young star & Forward prizewinner, Hilary Menos


Since her bestselling debut Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis was published in 1986, Wendy Cope has been responsible for some of the best-known and most-quoted lines in contemporary poetry.

Born in Erith, Kent in 1945, Cope studied history at Oxford University, then spent 15 years as a primary school teacher before becoming a professional writer. She was arts and reviews editor for education magazine Contact, then in 1986 became a television columnist for the Spectator, the same year Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis arrived.

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Hilary started writing poetry seriously in about 1999. She won the Envoi Poetry Competition in 2002. Her first pamphlet, Extra Maths (Smith/Doorstop, 2004), was one of four first stage winners of The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2004. Her first full collection, Berg (Seren, 2009), won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. Her second pamphlet, Wheelbarrow Farm (Templar, 2010), was one of four winners of the Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Competition 2010. Her second full collection, Red Devon, was published by Seren in June 2013.

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Thursday 17th July 2014 7.00pm


Poems and short stories from the Wye Valley Writers

Chepstow Library Admission FREE

Refreshments provided

 The Wye Valley Writers return to entertain you with an eclectic mix of poems and short stories, all written by members of the group - there will be something to suit all tastes. There will also be an open session for members of the audience who’d like to join in! FREE admission. Refreshments provided.

Friday 18th July 7pm Chepstow Castle

£15 full, £12 conc. In advance,  £18 and £15 on door.

POETRY PICNIC with Sir Andrew Motion and Simon Armitage

This unique evening features two of Britain's most acclaimed and respected poets reading in the spectacular surroundings of Chepstow Castle.