Haunt Launch Photos, Exhibition at Bean and Bud and Harrogate Advertiser Article

On Tuesday 27th October we held the launch for the Haunt anthology at the Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate. With a large audience in attendance Steve introduced the project, talking about the background to the idea. This was followed by readings of the work in the anthology from Steve, Becky, Jem Henderson, Richard Harries and Nick Stirk.

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(Photos courtesy of Emma MacEwan)

We’re very grateful for the support from Harrogate Museums that has seen work from Haunt included in the Harrogate Stories exhibition, and enabled us to launch the anthology in a building so synonymous with Harrogate’s spatown.

During the performance we also showcased the photographs taken by Paul Floyd Blake for Haunt. These played behind the writers while they read, creating powerful juxtapositions with the poems and prose.

Paul Floyd Blake’s Haunt photos are currently on show at Bean and Bud in Harrogate.

The anthology is currently available to buy, in person, for £5 from;

Bean and Bud

Royal Pump Room Museum

Mercer Art Gallery

Waterstones Harrogate

This week the Harrogate Advertiser ran a great article about the project.

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The next event is on the 11th November in York. Steve and Becky will be performing work from Haunt at Speaker’s Corner in York, the regular spoken word night at The Golden Ball. Entry is £1, with open mic slots available.

Haunt Launch Photos, Exhibition at Bean and Bud and Harrogate Advertiser Article

The Haunt Anthology Back From The Printers

Very proud to say we now have copies of the anthology back and they look fantastic, filled with excellent writing from particpants as well as contributions from Becky Cherriman and Steve Toase.

Below is a small sneak peek at the cover and some of the contents. Keep checking back for news about the launch and further work from the Haunt project.

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The Haunt Anthology Back From The Printers

Homeopathy By Becky Cherriman

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Homeopathy

It is more than ten years since

we sloughed off our memories with unwanted cells.

Now we come, like door-knockers in suits,

to collect again what remains.

No arguing with the grave

pull of prolapse between my legs,

the thickened sceptre of your waist –

calluses of the years between.

After seventeen years of stilled voices,

these uncanny bodies are ours.

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Let’s undrawer the patterns of our youth.

strew them along the unmarked track

through the pinewoods,

dance the basement in a time before fear,

emerge, head back, to swallow the stars.

Despite the science, the body remembers

that gesture made once in love,

relays back to itself, anaphoric,

the grazing of bodies against bodies,

of bodies against walls.

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Dissolving into the homeopathy of our stories,

will we recollect what we are,

might we find a cure

in the well

springs

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Homeopathy By Becky Cherriman