If you couldn’t make it last night or you’d just love to see it again here’s Matthew Hedley Stoppard from last night’s Soundbites. Thanks to everyone who made it such a marvellous evening – our guest poet, the open mic poets and of course our wonderful appreciative audience.


Matthew lives in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he is the UK’s first official Town Poet. His first collection, A Family Behind Glass’(Valley Press), was a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. His poems have appeared in Butcher’s Dog, Iota, Magma, The Morning Star and Shearsman, and he has appeared on programmes for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6. His second full collection of poetry, The Garland King, also published by Valley Press in November 2020, explores the traditional customs and rituals of the working/labouring classes. Twitter: @MHStoppard / Insta: @mhstoppard