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The Vale Live Presents: Anthony Anaxagorou and Arlen Connelly

In partnership with Mossley Town Council’s Christmas Cracker 2020, The Vale Live is delighted to present Anthony Anaxagorou and Arlen Connelly for an evening of poetry and music.



ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.

His second collection “After the Formalities” published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year.

He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press.




ARLEN CONNELLY is a self-taught, classical/Spanish guitarist playing original Spanish, folky, fast, progressive, improvised, melodic, sometimes energetic music, always heartfelt.

Arlen was guitarist for the band Skutch Manos playing alongside Holly Prest (Percussion) and Chris Cliff (Double Bass) who received critical acclaim for their collective virtuosic live performances.

Arlen plays with great heart and musicality” – Pierre Bensusan
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Dec 04 2020


Date: 4th Dec 2020
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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