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Book Launch – Ben Smith and Isabel Galleymore

Join Isabel Galleymore and Ben Smith for the launch of their debut pamphlets in Exeter.

Tuesday 2nd December, Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building, Exeter University from  5.30 to 7pm.

“These poems are something special. They shift the ground from under you like the subtle movement of tectonic plates. This is the proper stuff: succinct, observant, taut with precision; poetry that magnifies and strangely changes the way we see the world.”

Miriam Darlington

Find out more about Sky Burials

“At once hair-fine and resolute, these poems are filled with the quiet nuances of intimacy, hinting deftly at the moments and gestures that are vital to our most treasured relationships. The poems in this pamphlet show both promise and achievement.”

Robert Crawford

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Fossil Sunshine reviewed in TLS

Andrew McCulloch has reviewed Michael McKimm’s Fossil Sunshine in the Times Literary Supplement, writing:

‘Michael McKimm’s Fossil Sunshine (Worple Press) was written to help present the scientific evidence for climate change.  Appropriately enough, McKimm follows Tennyson – a keen champion of science – in imagining, in “Riptide”, a modern-day Kraken rising from the seabed, with terrifying consequences: “what’s incubated in the depths now free / swollen, then breathing… / and quickening in water”. Tennyson’s leviathan can sleep until Judgement Day: if we are as close to the carbon trigger as scientists believe, that could be sooner than we think. Read these poems!’

You can read other reviews of Fossil Sunshine from London Grip and Under the Radar magazines.

Buy Fossil Sunshine here.

Clive Wilmer launches Urban Pastorals

Join us on Monday 24 November to celebrate the publication of Clive Wilmer’s sequence Urban Pastorals, in the Milstein Room, Cambridge University Library, 5 – 6.30pm. Clive will read from this acclaimed new work and there will also be a display of papers from the Clive Wilmer archive in the University Library.

This reading forms part of Cambridge Poetry Collection, a week of poetry events in Cambridge, hosted by Cambridge University Library and a number of the colleges of the University. Running from Saturday 22 – Friday 28 November, the week features a series of readings, discussions and workshops relating to Cambridge poets and poetry.  All are welcome, and admission to events is free. Find out more on the festival website.

Find out more about Clive Wilmer and his Worple collections.