Tuesday, 27 September 2016

New Lines | Old Maps - 16 November, Oxford

Roam cover image courtesy Éireann Lorsung

New Lines | Old Maps
Four writers read poems of maps, migrations and place: Nancy Campbell, Laressa Dickey, Carola Luther and Carol Rowntree Jones. 

Albion Beatnik Book Store, 34 Walton St, Oxford
Wednesday 16 November 2016
19:00, £2 entry, paid bar.

Nancy Campbell is a writer and book artist. Her poetry collection Disko Bay (Enitharmon Press, 2015) is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Other books include How To Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet which won the Birgit Skiöld Award; a new edition by MIEL books will be launched at this event.

Laressa Dickey is a writer based in Berlin. She’s the author of several chapbooks including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility and apparatus for manufacturing sunset, and the poetry collection Bottomland (Shearsman). Two books are forthcoming: Roam (Shearsman) in 2016, and Twang (Backwaters Press) in 2017. Laressa will launch Roam at this event.

Carola Luther’s first poetry collection, Walking the Animals (Carcanet Press) was shortlisted in 2004 for the Forward Prize for First Collection. Her second collection Arguing with Malarchy was published by Carcanet Press in 2011. Carola was Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust in 2012. Herd was published by The Wordsworth Trust in that same year. Carola now lives in West Yorkshire and works as a counsellor.

Carol Rowntree Jones’ work has been published in The North, Assent, Staple and 111O. She won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize with her chapbook This Is Not Normal Behaviour and has a chapbook out with Dancing Girl Press in the US. As well as poetry, she writes essays and short fiction and was one of winners of the Asham Award for women’s short fiction in 2013, the award anthology being published by Virago. She runs Nottingham Poetry Series and teaches creative writing and poetry workshops.

Poets, clockwise from top right: 
Carola Luther, Carol Rowntree Jones, Laressa Dickey (by Dina Debbas) and Nancy Campbell (by Tom D. Jones)

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Polar Tombola - News

The Polar Tombola continues its UK tour this autumn with the following dates:

At The Poetry Library, London on 16 October, as part of Southbank Centre Literature Festival.
The Polar Tombola will be open from 12:00 until 18:00 for the Poetry Library's annual Open Day, with the theme Living in Future Times. Hang around! There's a poetry reading in the evening (20:00 start), at which I'll present newly commissioned work responding to the library collections.

At The Polar Museum, Cambridge on 29 October, for Cambridge Festival of Ideas.
Drop in between 12:00 to 16:00 to play the Tombola in the atmospheric surroundings of the UK's best polar collections.

At the World Museum, Liverpool, on 20 November,as part of the Women Crossing Cultures / Being Human Festival.
Come and play the Polar Tombola between 14:00 and 16:00; I'll conclude the event with a reading of Arctic poems from my collection Disko Bay at 16:15.

All these events are free, no booking required.

Can't make the dates above? The Polar Tombola will be making its final appearance in Bristol on 2 April 2017. Watch this space for details...