HT Mashup: Features

Spirited poetry from seascape master

John Wedgwood Clarke launches his latest book Ghost Pot this month (September). It's all about the Yorkshire Coast - with a few excursions inland, and quite a few poems are about Scarborough (one of which was shortlisted for the Manchester Poetry Prize and feature on the side of the QE Hall at the South Bank during their festival of Britain anniversary celebrations.

The work has been getting good reviews: see a selection below. And catch the launch at Scarborough Art Gallery on 28 September, 6-7pm - it's free.


What gives John Wedgwood Clarke's poems of the North-East coast of England their distinction is the expression of the findings of an intently observing eye through an exceptional lyrical technique. Whether the subject is sea-life or shoreline or history, these beautifully crafted poems tease out the essential meaning in things and places. Ghost Pot is a masterpiece that rewards continual rereading.
Bernard O’Donoghue
These are poems of texture, assonance and colour, as many-layered as the names of the places they investigate: Cloughton Wyke, South Batts, Lingrow Knock. Saunter, hike, swim, prospect the North Yorkshire coast with John Wedgwood Clarke, and find the philosophical scope of the regional, the human interest lurking among minerals, and a universe of minute new perspectives revealed by the microscope of the poet’s close reading of his favourite text – his surrounding landscape.
Carol Rumens
Ghost Pot’s rich, unhindered and limpid language, with its floods of light and complex darkness, creates an exhilarating sweep of elemental experience.
Penny Shuttle
Ghost Pot is a complex and delightful ecosystem of a book. The poems, for all their diversity, coexist in a balance at once dangerous and beguiling. There's a richness of language that suggests we're in the hands not only of a masterful poet but of an erudite marine biologist. Many of Ghost Pot's poems are specifically located on and off the coast of Yorkshire; all of them find a true home in the human heart.
Antony Dunn
There's a rare delicacy in John Wedgwood Clarke's poems, working as they do at edges and borders, but there's an energy too, in his formal skill and the clear-rinsed quality of his writing.
Michael Symmons Roberts

World films on show

Yorkshire’s oldest film society has returned after a summer break with a new season representing world cinema.
Movies from France, the USA, Scandinavia, Italy, Chad, Ireland, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Canada, the UK and Spain will be screened by Scarborough Film Society.

On the 2012/13 programme are The Well-Digger's Daughter (28 Sep), The Artist (19 Oct), Le Havre (26 Oct), Headhunters (16 Nov), We Have a Pope (23 Nov), Midnight in Paris (21 Dec), The Guard (4 Jan), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (18 Jan), The Source (1 Feb), Amour (15 Feb), A Royal Affair (1 Mar), Monsieur Lazhar (14 Feb), The Angels' Share (5 Apr), The Kid With a Bike (19 Apr), Even the Rain (26 Apr) and French Can-Can (10 May).
All but four are subtitled.

Scarborough Film Society meets at the town library roughly once a fortnight, at 7.30pm.
Admission costs £4 or £25 for eight films or £40 (concessions £35) for the season.
To book, ring organiser Tony Davison on 01723 361661 or write to him at 29 Peasholm Drive, Scarborough, YO12 7NA.
The society will also show A Screaming Man at Cober Hill in Cloughton on 7 December, as part of a film weekend.

Flying wheels: festival of cycling

These days you can’t accuse Scarborough of being behind the peloton. With Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade making cycling too cool for school, here comes our own mightily impressive Scarborough Festival of Cycling.


Three days of events from 13 to 15 July at Oliver’s Mount and the Skate Park at Hairy Bob’s Hole (a name that Bradley needs to conjure with) include everything from road racing, to grass track, BMX and hill climb, with tons of events for adults and kids to watch and try.


A major attraction will be the Jimmy Savile cycle challenge, a 64-mile road race starting at Oliver's Mount on the Saturday and passing through Scalby, Hackness, Dalby Forest and Yedingham, before moving up onto the Wolds, through Hunmanby and back to Scarborough. If you’re a budding Mark Cavendish you can enter on the day of the race; see the website below for details.


Saturday features the North Yorkshire school games, with teams of four riders battling it out over three events: a time trial, a four-station pursuit and a scratch race. The open grass track event has a four-hour programme of fixed-wheel track events including sprints, endurance events and handicap races with prize money for adults and children.


A series of road races will be staged on the Sunday together with closed circuit road and grass-track racing, BMX showcases, a hill climb and come-and-try-it sessions for kids and schools' events. Meanwhile Hairy Bob's skate park on Marine Drive will host a BMX jam, dirt jumps and competitions. Plenty to do and see and lots of inspiration for us all to saddle up and get those legs turning.


The Scarborough Festival of Cycling

13 to15 July


Home page pic: Dave Barry

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