Mark Connors - Life is a Long Song

Mark Connors - author and poet

Ilkley Literature Festival's Open Mic winner for 2014 and 2015!

"'Take them out of their boxes. Just look at how beautiful they are.'... Mark Connors introduces the reader to one ordinary life, rendered universal by a quietly powerful new voice. These are place poems (a place which is invariably and unmistakably Northern) but most of all, they are people poems; bursting with humour, shining with a direct, unsentimental love. Plain speaking and at times unforgiving, the poems are not without lyricism. Their music lies in the imagery, the humour in the understatement. Loss and celebration in equal measure, "Life is a Long Song" made me laugh, and ache, and I loved it."
Clare Shaw


Life is a Long Song (OWF Press, 2015)

"These are hymns for a life well lived, carefully considered memories and inventive modern-day tales playfully relayed in verse... here we have a musician without instruments who understands the evocative power of song and its interaction with poetry." Matthew Hedley Stoppard

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Forthcoming gigs

Thu 1st Oct 2015, 7.00 pm • St Mary's Parish Church, Woodkirk. Morley WF12 7JL (Morley Literature Festival)
Wed 7th Oct 2015, 7.30 pm • Medusa Bar, Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4RJ (WordSpace)
Thu 8th Oct 2015, 7.15 pm • Headingley Library, North Lane, Headingley LS6 3HG (National Poetry Day Event)
Thu 15th Oct 2015, 9.00 pm • Ilkley Playhouse Wildman, Weston Road, Ilkley LS29 8DW (Ilkley Literature Festival)
Sat 24th Oct 2015, 2.00 pm • Mooca Moocho, Wakefield WF1 1PH (Jackanory)
Fri 30th Oct 2015, 7.30 pm • The Chemic Tavern, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NG (Word Club)
Monday 2nd Nov 2015, 7.30 pm • The Fox & Newt, Burley Street, Leeds LS3 1LD
Thu 5th Nov 2015, 7.00 pm • Victorian Craft Beer Café, 18-22 Powell Street, Halifax HX1 1LN (Spoken Weird)
Wed 18th Nov 2015, 8.00 pm • The Tap & Spile, Harrogate HG1 1HS (Poems, Prose & Pints)
Mon 23rd Nov 2015, 7.30 pm • Kro Bar, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG