Poet Maria is bring­ing writ­ers to­gether in jour­nal

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ACROSBY poet is launch­ing a new limited edi­tion po­etry jour­nal that wel­comes work from po­ets at all stages of their writ­ing lives.

Maria Isakova Ben­nett, who has re­cently been se­lected for a North­ern Writ­ers’ Award, and who reg­u­larly reads and runs work­shops in Liver­pool gal­leries, will bring to­gether po­ets for the jour­nal’s launch on Thurs­day, Au­gust 17.

Maria, who lives in Crosby, said: “The jour­nal is edited by my­self and poet Michael Brown.

“Michael and I have worked on nu­mer­ous projects on Mersey­side over the past three years.

“Coast to Coast to Coast comes out of our work linked to art and the river here in Liver­pool, and will be a reg­u­lar pub­li­ca­tion of some of the best new po­etry in the UK and fur­ther afield.

“The idea isn’t to limit the jour­nal to work from Liver­pool.

“Michael comes from Mid­dles­brough and was also awarded a North­ern Writ­ers’ award this year.

“We rel­ish the idea of mak­ing links east to west, north to south, and out­side of the UK… Coast to Coast to Coast.

“The project is partly in­spired by my work as an artist.

“In cre­at­ing the jour­nals and launches, Michael and I aim to bring art and po­etry to­gether to cre­ate some­thing unique and beau­ti­ful.

“The jour­nals are in­di­vid­u­ally hand-stitched, each one its own work of art.”

The launch of the first is­sue of Coast to Coast to Coast will take place at the Open Eye Gallery in Liver­pool on Thurs­day at 6pm, and is free to at­tend.

The hand-stitched jour­nals will be avail­able at the gallery on the night.

Maria said: “The event will be an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to see and lis­ten to po­ets read­ing their own work, and I hope it will in­spire some bud­ding po­ets maybe even to sub­mit to the next edi­tion of Coast to Coast to Coast.”

Maria Isakova Ben­nett

The jour­nals are all stitched by hand in an ar­ray of colours

Poet and co-edi­tor Michael Brown

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