ali davenport

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poetry events

TEDx warrington - june 22

I gave a talk at the first ever TEDx Warrington in June 2022. It's around the theme of connection and includes my poem 'Ripples'. Watch the video of my talk. Find out more here. 

Photo credit: TEDx Warrington, Andrew Collier Photography

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earth pathways diary & calendar 2023

I have poems in the Earth Pathways calendar and diary 2023. If you'd like to buy either work, see the Earth Pathways website

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space to emerge - beltane 

In late April, I joined a retreat in the woods for Beltane with The Way of the Buzzard. Saturday night was open mic and I shared several of my poems, including 'Be a human tree' (pictured). On the Sunday night, I shared 'Find your tribe' with everyone gathered around the fire in the growing dark.

Photo credit: Peter Yankowski

not another co-production festival - june 

I manned a poetry board at 'Not Another Co-production Festival' at the Science & Industry Museum, Manchester, creating poems from the collected words and sharing my poem 'Ripples' on stage. 

we are all trees - july 

I shared several of my poems, including 'Be a human tree' at the opening of 'We Are All Trees', a micro-festival in Fell Foot Woods in the Lake District. 

rhyming words #3 - august


I was a bit of an interloper on the photo from last Rhyming Words #3 at The Globe in Glossop. I was blown away by the poetry - and the poets - and honoured to share the stage with them as an Open Mic performer.

Sean Wood, third from left said, '...the stairs to the stage are the best metaphor to describe what we as performers do, and why all people who mount the steps deserve respect...there is no such thing as failure, because once you have climbed the stairs and bared your soul, that is a massive success'.  

words of hope poetry event

/ suicide prevention day is everyday - october

I took part in a poetry event at Stretford Public Hall for Shining A Light On Suicide, sharing 'ripples' and 'bring it back to the days'. I was also invited to share 'ripples' at a virtual event for Greater Manchester Suicide Prevention.

rhyming words #4 - october


On the Open Mic again at The Globe in Glossop, performing poems from 'Days of grace'. 

poetry for the soul - november


Coming up - Poetry For The Soul, a Twitter-share. Find out more here


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wythenshawe good neighbours my resilience matters - august

During the pandemic, Wythenshawe Good Neighbours produced a 'My Resilience Matters' pack with older people in the area. Snippets from my 'pandemic a-z' and 'we're all new to this' appear in it. Here I am at Wythenshawe AFC for the launch, where I shared some of my poems.

poetry & story share - october

I hosted a 'Poetry & Story Share' as part of Northenden's first ever arts festival on Thursday 28th October. As part of this, I shared some of the brand new poems from my second book of poetry.

poetry soul train - new year's eve 

Poetry Soul Train was a 24hr Twitterfest starting at 8pm on New Year's Eve 2021.The idea was to send words around the world celebrating being human. Supported by the Camerados, I came up with the idea as part of the 'Xmas Can Be Crap' activities. Find out more here. 

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'we're all new to this' poetry trail - september

In September 20, I put my pandemic poems around Northenden, creating a poetry trail for the 'Up Your Street' event. 

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