Mark Connors - Gigs

Mark Connors - author and poet

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

"Mark Connors not only writes with wit, inventiveness, humour and clarity, but he does that rare and difficult thing of learning his poems. He performs them rather than reading them. It's hard enough when you write metrically regular rhyming poetry. But Mark's work is much more subtle and complex than that. And he inhabits his poems which may celebrate the music he grew up with, or worry about the fact that an undertaker waves to him from the hearse...as though they're bus drivers, passing on a regular route. Whatever the subject of his poems...and you can't predict them.....he makes them live."
John Foggin

"Mark Connors's poetry is not only intelligent and crafted, but also funny and moving in equal measure - and his performances have those essential elements that all should have: engagement and entertainment."
Keith Hutson


Gigs and readings 2018

Friday 30th November • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Sunday 18th November • CHAR MARCH BOOK LAUNCH (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Friday 16th November • WATCH THE BIRDIE LAUNCH (Reading)
Leighton Moss Bird Reserve, Storrs Lane, Carnforth, LA5 0SW. 7.00 pm

Sunday 11th November • TALENT BY THE MANY LABOUR FUNDRAISER (Compere)
Shipley and District Social Club, 70 Saltaire Road, Shipley. BD18 3HY. 2.00pm

Thursday 8th November • SHAKEN IN SHEEPTOWN (Compere)
Bojangles, Newmarket Street, Skipton. BD22 2HR. 7.30 pm

Friday 26th October • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Saturday 20th October • Tom Tit and the Maniacs reading and Workshop (Prolewrites Day)
The Lloyds, 617 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. M21 9AN. From 11 am.

Sunday 7th October • Anything Prose (Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe) Tom Tit and the Maniacs reading with Rosalind York, Terry Simpson and Sarah McMahon.
Manor House, Ilkley LS29 9TD. 6 pm

Sunday 7th October • MENTAL HEALTH AND ME (Love Arts FestIval) Tom Tit and the Maniacs/Stickleback reading and Q&A with Rosalind York, Terry Simpson, Andrea Hardaker and Sarah MacMahon.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27 - 29 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BL. 12.30 pm

Friday 28th September • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Saturday 23rd September • EAST MEETS WEST Tom Tit and the Maniacs reading with Russ Litten, Michael Yates and Joe Hakim.
Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield. WF1 2QN. 2 pm

Sunday 9th September • EAST MEETS WEST Tom Tit and the Maniacs reading with Russ Litten, Michael Yates and Joe Hakim.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27 - 29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL. 1 pm

Friday 31st August • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Sunday 29th July • POETRY AT THE PARSONAGE (Compere and performance)
The Parsonage Meadow, Haworth. 12-4 pm

Friday 27th July • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Saturday 21st July • Andy Armitage Book Launch (Compere and poetry reading)
The Victoria Hotel, Leeds LS1 3DL. 7.30 pm

Saturday 14th July • WORD CLUB SPECIAL (Compere and poetry reading)
KIRKSTALL FESTIVAL, Kirkstall. 4-5 pm

Friday 29th June • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Tuesday 19th June • Tom Tit and the Maniacs Workshop and reading
Swarthmore Education Centre, Workhouse Square, LS3 1AD. 7 pm

Saturday 16th June • Tom Tit and the Maniacs Workshop and reading
Bradford Central Library, Princes Way, Bradford BD1 1NN. 10 am

Saturday 9th June • Tom Tit and the Maniacs Workshop and reading
Keighley Library, North Street, Keighley. BD21 3SX. 10 am

Sunday 3rd June • Tom Tit and the Maniacs book launch.
The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston Street, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 2NG. 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Friday 25th May • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Monday 14th May • Stickleback Reading and Q & A
St Mary's Church, Oxenhope. 7 pm

Saturday 12th May • WORD CLUB SPECIAL (Compere)
WORDS IN THE CITY FESTIVAL, Leeds Central Library. 1 - 5pm

Saturday 17th March • Half Moon Over The Chapel. Poetry reading with other poets from Half Moon Books.
Chapel FM (Writing on Air Festival), York Road, Seacroft, LS14 6JB. 9.00 pm

Saturday 17th March • Tom Tit and the Maniacs (new novel) Interview by John Lake of Armley Press.
Chapel FM (Writing on Air Festival), York Road, Seacroft, LS14 6JB. 5.30 pm.

Monday 12th March • Nothing is Meant to be Broken performance. Beehive Poets.
The Beehive Inn, 169-171 Westgate, Bradford BD1 3AA. 7.30 pm

Friday 23rd February • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Thursday 22nd February • Stickleback performance/Michael Yates launch
Henry Boons (Yard Bar), 130 Westgate, Wakefield WF2 9SR. 7.00 pm

Mon 12th February • Nothing is Meant to be Broken performance
The Square Chapel Centre, Halifax HX1 1QG. 7.30 pm

Friday 9th February • HALF MOON BOOKS/PRATTLERS...(Compere)
Chapel FM, York Road, Seacroft, LS14 6JB. 7.30 pm

Friday 26th January • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Gigs and readings 2017

Thursday 26th October • York Explore, York
York Explore Library, Library Square, YO1 7DS. 7.00 pm

Friday 13th October • Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe, Ilkley
Ilkley Playhouse, Wildman Theatre, Weston Road, LS29 8DW. 9.30 pm

Wednesday 4th October • Spire Writes, Chesterfield
Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House, 113 Saltergate, S40 1NF. 7.30 pm

Friday 29th September • WORD CLUB 100,000 poets for Change Special (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 1.30 pm

Thursday 28th September • Town Below the Steps Poetry Play. Otley
Korks Wine Bar, Bondgate. LS21 3AB. 7.30 pm

Thursday 14th September • SHAKEN IN SHEEPTOWN GILL LAMBERT LAUNCH (Compere) Skipton
Bojangles, Newmarket Street, BD22 2HR. 7.30 pm

Sunday 10th September • WORD CLUB HALF MOON LAUNCH (Compere) Leeds
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 1.30 pm

Saturday 26th August • Jackanory, Wakefield
Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate. WF1 1BW. 2.00 pm

Friday 28th July • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Wednesday 26th July • Rhubarb, Shipley
The Triangle. 47 Bradford Road, BD18 3DS. 7.30 pm

Thursday 20th July • Away With Words, Hull
Union Mash Up, 24 Princes Avenue, HU5 3QA. 7.30 pm

Thursday 6th July • Spoken Weird, Halifax
Victorian Craft Beer Café, Powell Street. HX1 1LN. 7.30 pm

Saturday 1st July • Poetry at the Parsonage, Haworth (Compere)
The Old School Rooms, Church Street, BD22 8DR. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Friday 30th June • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Tuesday 20th June • Sale Out Loud, Sale
Waterside Arts Centre, Waterside Plaza, M33 7ZF. 7.30 pm

Thursday 15th June • The Stanza, North Shields
Beldons, The Exchange, Howard Street, NE30 1EW. 7.30 pm

Monday 29th May • 12 Hour Open Mic, Leeds (Compere)
Hyde Park Book Club, 27 - 29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL. 11.00 am - 11.00 pm.

Friday 26h May • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Sunday 21st May • York Explore, York
York Explore, Museum Street, YO1 7DS. 1.45 pm

Thursday 18th May • Duke of York, York
Duke of York, 3-4 King Square, YO1. 7.00 pm

Thursday 11th May • Shaken in Sheeptown, Skipton
Bojangles, Newmarket Street, BD22 2HR. 7.30 pm

Monday 8th May • Puzzle Hall Poets, Sowerby Bridge
The Blind Pig, 4 Tower Hill, HX6 2EQ. 7.30 pm

Friday 28th April • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Wednesday 26th April • Unity Words, Wakefield
Unity Works Café Bar, Westgate, WF1 1EP. 7.00 pm

Tuesday 25th April • Working Title, Lancaster
The Three Mariners, Bridge Lane, LA1 1EE. 7.30 pm

Wednesday 19th April – • Poems, Prose & Pints, Harrogate
The North Bar, Cheltenham Parade, HG1 1DA. 7.30 pm

Friday 14th April • WORD CLUB - Anything Prose (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Wednesday 5th April • WordSpace, Horsforth
The Hop Shack, New Road Side. LS18 4QD. 7.30 pm

Friday 31st March • Best of Ilkley Literature Festival Open Mic, hosted by Mark Connors and Gill Lambert.
Chapel FM (Writing on Air Festival), York Road, Seacroft, LS14 6JB. 9.00 pm

Friday 31st March • Town Below the Steps (A Poetry Play by Matthew Hedley Stoppard and The Otley Poets)
Chapel FM (Writing on Air Festival), York Road, Seacroft, LS14 6JB. 7.00 pm

Friday 24th March • Headingley Literature Festival, Leeds
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Tuesday 21st March • Town Below the Steps (A Poetry Play by Matthew Hedley Stoppard and The Otley Poets)
Casa Vitae, 18 Market Place, Otley, LS21 3AQ. 7.30 pm

Friday 24th February • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Friday 10th February • WORD CLUB – Anything Prose (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Friday 27th January • WORD CLUB (Compere)
The Chemic Tavern, LS6 2NG. 7.30 pm

Gigs and readings 2016

Sunday 27th November – 11.30 am. Otley Pop-up Poetry Shop. 9a Westgate, Otley.
Life is a Long Song performance with OWF Press authors.

Friday 25th November – 7.30 pm. The Chemic Tavern, Leeds.
Compere at WORD CLUB SPECIAL with Kate Fox, Antony Dunn, Becky Cherriman and Tom Weir.

Saturday 19th November – 12 noon. Leeds Central Library, The Headrow, Leeds.
Stickleback performance with Nathan O'Hagan, K.D Thomas and Samantha Priestley.

Friday 18th November - 7.30 pm. WORD CLUB's 'Anything Prose' The Chemic Tavern, Leeds.
Compere and Stickleback performance with Nathan O'Hagan and K.D Thomas.

Tue 18th October - 7.30 pm. Drystone Radio. Coley, Keighley.
In conversation with David Driver about Stickleback and poetry. Interview will include music that has inspired Mark's work.

Saturday 15th October - 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, Keighley Library. The Writer's Book Shelf
Appearing with Gill Lambert and Friends. Hosted by David Driver of Drystone Radio.

Monday 10th October - 9.00 pm, Ilkley Playhouse (Wharfeside) Ilkley Literature Festival.
Stickleback performance with John Lake and Mick McCann (A Night with Armley Press).

Thursday 8th September - 7.30 pm, Bojangles Bar, 20 Newmarket Street, Skipton.
Shaken in Sheep Town

Friday 26th August - 7.30 pm, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds.
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Saturday 30th July. Heart Cafe, Bennett Road, Headingley.
Life is a Long Song performance

Friday 29th July - 7.30 pm, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds.
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July - from 12 noon. Poetry at the Parsonage Festival, Haworth.
Compere and performance

Friday 24th June - 7.30 pm, The Chemic Tavern, Leeds.
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Friday 10th June - 4.00 pm. Word Up West Leeds. New Wortley Community Centre, Tong Road, LS12 1LZ
Stickleback performance

Saturday 4rd June - 12.00 pm. The Big Book End Festival. Central Library, Leeds
Stickleback performance

Friday 27th May - 7.30 pm. The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Wed 11th May - 7.30 pm. The Speakers' Corner, The Golden Ball, York
Life is a Long Song performance

Mon 9th May - 7.30 pm. Puzzle Hall Poets, The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge
Life is a Long Song performance

Fri 29th April - 7.30 pm. The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Sun 24th April - 4.00 pm. Cleckheaton Literature Festival - Cleckheaton Library, Cleckheaton
Stickleback performance

Sat 23rd April - 6.00 pm. Inkwell Arts Centre, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds
Life is a Long Song and Stickleback performance

Sat 23rd April - 2.00 pm.Westgate Studios, 55 Westgate, Wakefield
Mark Connors & Joanna Sedgwick

Sat 16th April - 4.15 pm.Writing On Air Festival, ELFM Radio, Chapel FM
Mark Connors & Joanna Sedgwick

Wed 13th April - 7.30 pm. The Square Chapel Centre, Halifax
Life is a Long Song performance

Sat 25th March - 7.30 pm. The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
WORD CLUB (Compere)

Sat 19th March - 2.00 pm. Lancaster Literature Festival
My Dear Watson/Beautiful Dragons reading

Tue 15th March - 8.00 pm. ELFM Radio, Chapel FM
Stickleback reading and interview

Fri 11th March - 7.30 pm. The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
Stickleback Book Launch with special guests

Sun 6th March - 4.30 pm. Korks Wine Bar
Surprise View Book Launch + OWF Press Open Mic (Compere)

Thurs 3rd March - 7.30 pm. The Red Shed, Wakefield
Life is a Long Song performance