October 1, 2012

Peter Robinson and Tom Phillips

Peter Robinson has been writing since 1968, and has published many volumes of poetry, translations, imaginative prose, and literary criticism. He has been awarded the Cheltenham Prize, the John Florio Prize, and two Poetry Book Society Recommendations, most recently for his latest collection The Returning Sky (Shearsman Books, 2012). A Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, he is also poetry editor for Two Rivers Press.


Tom Phillips is a poet, playwright and journalist living in Bristol. His poetry and other writing has been published in a wide range of magazines, anthologies, pamphlets and on the internet. His first substantial poetry collection, Recreation Ground, has just been published by Two Rivers Press (2012). His plays include Hotel Illyria (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), Man Diving (Ustinov Studio, Bath) and solo show I Went To Albania (Bristol Old Vic). Tom is currently studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Reading.

August 26, 2012

Lindsey Holland and Annie Brechin

Lindsey Holland‘s poetry and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications including B O D Y, Tears in the Fence, Ink Sweat & Tears, Penning Perfumes, Sabotage Reviews, and Lung Jazz: Young British Poets for Oxfam. She is the leader and founder member of North West Poets and she holds an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick. Her collection, Particle Soup, is about to be published by The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She tweets @LindseyHolland.

Annie Brechin has been published in B O D Y, The Wolf, Stand, Magma, Rising, The Liberal and various other places. In 2003 while still at university she was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Poets Apprenticeship. For four years she lived and performed in London but now resides in Prague, where she is one half of the partnership who recently took over the long-running English language performance series Alchemy.

June 4, 2012

Peter Le Couteur

This month the musically gifted and startlingly well-dressed man about town Mr. Peter Le Couteur will be our feature act. Many Praguers will already be familiar with his manifold and multiplicitous talents, if not you are in for a treat... the aural equivalent of a big tub of Ben and Jerry's slathered in hot fudge sauce.

PLC is an English singer-songwriter living in Prague, whose jazz-influenced, high intensity anti-folk has been described as "a cross between Tom Waits and Bertie Wooster". With songs about tragic Greek myths, 1970s cults, and 19th Century whaling, PLC is known for his dark, wry lyrics, three octave vocal range, and heavily syncopated, self-taught piano style. He is in the process of recording his first album, New Myths, and plays in a variety of small venues around Prague.


March 4, 2012

Joshua Mensch

Alchemy was very happy to welcome the talented Prague-based Canadian-American writer Joshua Saul Mensch. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada.

He has lived in Prague since 2003, and since then has worked as a freelance reviewer, English teacher, and ghost-writer. His writing has appeared in GRASP, Rakish Angel 2, Bordercrossing Berlin, Four Minutes to Midnight, Poetry Miscellany and the only Czech English-language weekly, the Prague Post.