Derek Adams and Alex Toms will be reading from their poetry and talking about their inspirations. This event forms part of the Essex Poetry Festival 2018.
Derek was born in Walthamstow, London, and lives in Stansfield, Suffolk. Widely published in the UK and abroad, his poems have been featured in Ambit, Magma, Rialto, Smith’s Knoll & many others. He was BBC Wildlife Poet of the Year 2006.
He has published three collections: 'Postcards to Olympus' (2004), 'Everyday Objects, Chance Remarks' (2005) and 'Unconcerned But Not Indifferent - the Life of Man Ray' (2006). 'Did I Hear That' (2012) was a creative project with Royal Philharmonic Society exploring music as a source of inspiration.
Derek has published short stories, and is also an award-winning photographer.
Alex lives in Wivenhoe and is active within the local poetry scene. She has been published in magazines, journals and anthologies including the Bloodaxe book, 'Hallelujah for 50 ft Women'.
She was commended in the 2013 Poetry London competition and has twice been a runner up in the Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition. She has a poem in the forthcoming Emma Press anthology, 'In Transit' and her debut collection will be published by Dunlin Press this autumn.