Nov 212019

Twenty-four poems for Advent

Reflections on endings of years and of relationships, on lives lived, on beginnings, anxieties, hopes, and an uncertain future – with a dash of humour thrown in!

Sue Vickerman will be signing copies of Adventus at
The Shambles, Market Place, Settle
Saturday 30th November from 4pm until the Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm
A free pop-in event!

‘Adventus’ – a murder at Christmas, a slash of red dissolving in an illusion of snow; the poet a wandering Orlando figure with a tsunamic sense of insecurity
The Yorkshire Times

Nov 012019

Jean will be launching her new collection ‘Speak to the Earth‘ at the Quaker Meeting House, Settle on Friday 8th November at 7.30.

These are searching, restless poems, haunted by both darkness and light, by how we damage the earth and how we are forever connected to it.  Their yearning for what is tender within us as well as what is wild is both a surprise and a delight.
Kim Moore

Persuasive and deeply moving
The Yorkshire Times

For Jean Stevens, love, grief, elegy, longing are insuperable states of mind, as natural as the taking of measured breaths

Stevens’ relationship with landscape is existentially-charged, and in Speak to the Earth – a message of love and nourishment to the visible universe – she offers a fitting libation to a natural world which continues to give her comfort in times of retreat and contemplation.
Steve Whitaker

Oct 012019

Suki’s manager and minder, Sue Vickerman, and Bel the photographer’s assistant, Mike Kilyon, are organising a number of events in Settle, North Yorkshire, UK in October 2019 to celebrate the culmination of the Suki Project. These events were part of the Three Peaks Arts trail.

There is much to celebrate

  • Suki’s blog and all the discussions on it –
  • Suki’s autobiographical trilogy; A Small Life, Two Small Lives and True Life Nude (the latter two parts published by Naked Eye
  • two poetry collections; Kunst and Thin Bones Like Wishbones
  • online publication of the trilogy in serialised form
  • video shorts based on each book in the trilogy
  • the Life Room project; a series of video shorts of artists and art rooms where Suki has modelled
  • and of course all the art work produced by the innumerable artists who have been inspired by Suki.

More information can be found on Suki’s website here.

Oct 272018

On 3rd November at The Corner in Settle, Naked Eye poet Sue Vickerman together with Mike Barlow, Jane Routh & John Killick will be reading alongside Gemma Reid who is launching My Black Glove.

Oct 092018

David Pendleton is delighted to be opening series lunchtime sporting lectures at the Record Cafe, North Parade, Bradford.

Have a pint, lunch and listen to some talks about our sporting and social history.

Dave will be launching his new Naked Eye published book Kick-off and chatting about how trams helped facilitate Bradford league cricket.

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We are so pleased to announce that David Pendleton will be discussing Women and Sport with Philippa Velija at Ilkley Literature Festival on Sunday 7th October, and talking about his new Naked Eye book Kick-off.

Jul 102018

Sue Vickerman (second right) and Jamie Osborn (second left) with other participants at a Poetry Translation Centre workshop in London. (They can be identified as having the similar coloured, distinctive hair!)

We hope to be publishing poetry translations by Sue and Jamie in the not too distant future.

Jun 282018

Jean Steven talking about her poetry and people who influenced her to write, at Settle Library.

Jun 272018

Jean Stevens and Sue Vickerman had a very successful poetry reading on Saturday at Keighley Library. There was a lovely and very appreciative audience.

” We loved Sue and Jean’s poems – it was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. “

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Jean Stevens will be reading from her Naked Eye poetry collection Driving in the Dark at a Three Peaks Arts event on Saturday 30th June at The Corner, Settle.

Jun 162018

Two poets published by Naked Eye will be reading their poems at an event at Keighley Library on Saturday 23rd June at 2.00pm.

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Apr 212018

Jean reading from Driving in the Dark at Victoria Hall, Settle last night. What a fantastic evening!

Nov 282017

bf749943a37ebfa0f97a79b9131ce8c2_480x680“Advent starts on 1st December and we’ve a very special treat – an exciting exhibition preview and book launch, as a famous local artist artist joins an exceptional local writer for a one off not to miss event.  ‘Adventus’ will be a truly special event.  Call us to book for Prosecco and stand up Buffet, ahead of the launch and reveal at 7.30pm on 1st December.” From Hettie’s website.

ADVENTUS AT HETTIE’S is a book & art exhibition launch consisting of 25 poems and 25 original artworks.

Date: Friday 1 December 2017

7.00 pm: Prosecco & stand-up hot buffet, £8.00, please book: 01756 790949
7.30 pm: Arrive 7.30 for free entry to the poetry reading (with interval to view exhibition). Drinks at the bar.  

In this season of nostalgia, an ambient evening of listening to new poems and browsing original artworks will open with a welcoming glass of prosecco and warming winter buffet (optional; please book if you will attend from 7pm).

Artist-printmaker HELEN PEYTON heads up a group exhibition with a new series of her hallmark retro-themed prints, ‘Christmas’, which has been taken by the V&A London. Writer SUE VICKERMAN’s twenty-five poems tell of wistfulness for the past  and anxieties about the future – with a dash of humour thrown in – and serve as daily readings from 1st December.  

Hettie’s Cafe Bistro Limited
8 High Street
BD23 1JZ
Telephone: 01756 790949

Nov 222017

Red Adventus copySue Vickerman’s collection Adventus as been reviewed very enthusiastically and positively. The Yorkshire Times writes
Vickerman achieves a tour de force, a seamless and moving juxtaposition of messianic longing, gathering trepidation and xenophobia in parody
a fine body of work.
You can read the full article here.

In an article about Sue’s reading of Adventus at Settle Sessions the Yorkshire Times writes,
she is a well seasoned traveller, with a fine dispassionate eye for apparently insignificant detail, often viewed obliquely.
The full article is available here.

Nov 222017

22770783_1362746260497335_5547537134823199359_o (1)ADVENTUS – What is to come?

Exhibition & Poetry Book Launch – November 24, 2017, 7:00pm

Our country’s hankering for past times amid current turmoil and fears for the future are represented in this exhibition of Helen Peyton’s retro prints, Phil Moody’s obliquely political artworks and Sue Vickerman’s poems.

More information about this great evening here.

Nov 222017

OVXicdY6_400x400Sue Vickerman read from her Latest poetry collection Adventus at the recent Settle Sessions poetry night held at the Folly in Settle. Jean Stevens read from her pamphlet The Tilt set in Ghana. Winners of a poetry competition for young people held as part of the Tom Twistleton Centenary Festival also read their poems.

You can read all about this very special event here.

There is a review of the evening in the Yorkshire Times here. The reviewer wrote of Sue that,
she is a well seasoned traveller, with a fine dispassionate eye for apparently insignificant detail, often viewed obliquely.

Good poetry is often conceived in hindsight and at several geographical removes, and much of Vickerman’s is written from the perspective of distant, sharply felt, memory.

The figurative bruising remains: her measured rendition of the poem ‘The end of love’ gave visceral and emotional life to the shocking pain of relationship breakdown.


You can buy a copy of Adventus from Berlin Butike here.

Nov 222017

23319296_1930393590612743_3797510355526053998_nSue Vickerman launched Adventus, her latest poetry collection, at The Beehive on Monday 19th November.

The excellent John Foggin was also reading.

More about the evening here.


Dec 022015

TLNCover copy (2)True Life Nude, the third installment of Suki’s autobiographical trilogy illustrated with the work of eight Art Nude photographers is now available to read online for free.

You can read it from the beginning here.

Naked Eye will be publishing an illustrated book version in late 2017.

Return to our homepage here.