Famous for his televised Charlie Resnick novels, crime writer John Harvey is also well-known as a poet and published many emerging poets in Slow Dancer Press which he ran for nearly twenty years. In addition, he has written scripts for television and radio, including dramatisations of novels by Graham Greene, A.S. Byatt and (with Shelley Silas) Paul Scott’s The Raj Quartet.
Matthew Caley’s Thirst (Slow Dancer, 1999) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He has been Poet-in-Residence at the Poetry Café. His second full-length collection, The Scene of My Former Triumph (Wrecking Ball Press, 2005), was followed by a third, Apparently (2010), from Bloodaxe Books. He also co-edited Pop Fiction: The Song in Cinema with Stephen Lannin (Intellect, 2005). In a previous life he designed record sleeves including Prefab Sprout’s debut, Swoon
Liz Simcock, a regular at Fourth Friday, is an accomplished singer songwriter who performs widely in folk and acoustic clubs, in the Southeast. In 1999 she featured on the Playpen Album of New Acoustic Music alongside Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Eddi Reader and Kathryn Williams. She has since trodden an independent path, recording three albums, & gaining a growing reputation as a performer and songwriter. She will be backed on 26th by two other accomplished musicians and Fourth Friday Regulars: Dave Ellis & Boo Howard. http://www.lizsimcock.com