November News – Readings, Prizes, Reviews


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  • We were delighted to launch Patricia McCarthy‘s new collection Rockabye at the beginning of October. Find out more about this “remarkable new collection” in Ian Brinton’s review on Tears in the Fence. Patricia is the editor of Agenda, the latest issue of which commemorates the end of the First World War and its aftermath with works by nationally and internationally-known poets and translators. The launch event is at the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, Saturday, Dec 1, 2018, 7pm. Patricia will give a short dramatic reading, including her poem that won the National Poetry Competition. Find out more about the launch and the special issue on the Agenda website.
  • Andy Brown‘s collection Bloodlines has been reviewed by Simon Collings on Stride magazine.
  • John Freeman has won the Bridport Poetry Prize with his poem ‘Exhibition’. The winning poem was selected from over 5,300 entries by poetry judge Daljit Nagra who said it was “A highly accomplished and beautiful poem that’s edged between joy and perhaps something more foreboding…” John has published two collections with Worple, A Suite for Summer, and What Possessed Me, which won the Wales Poetry Book of the Year 2017.  Congratulations to John from everyone at Worple!
  • Linda Saunders has won first prize in the Second Light Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Treasure’.  Linda will read at the prize-giving on Friday 16 November at the Art Worker’s Guild, London, 4.45pm. Find out more (pdf). Linda also recently won 3rd prize int the Wells Festival competition in October. Many congratulations to Linda from the team at Worple!

Further ahead…

  • Diana Hendry, whose collection The Watching Stair appeared earlier this autumn, will be reading at next year’s StAnza Festival in St. Andrews, Scotland.  The festival takes place from 6-10 March 2019. www.stanzapoetry.org/festival
  • Next February, Worple’s co-director Peter Carpenter is speaking and leading two sessions at the Royal Academy of Arts’ weekend-long art history and creative writing course The art of poetry and the poetry of art. Featuring expert lectures, readings and artist talks alongside writing workshops with leading poets, the course will allow participants to dive into the complex history of the continuing relationship between art and poetry through their own creative writing. Find out more and book now on the Royal Academy website.