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Patricia McCarthy – Guardian Poem of the Week

Patricia McCarthy’s poem ‘Ivy Leaves’, from her collection Rockabye, was Carol Rumen’s Poem of the Week in the Guardian in early March. Read the poem and Carol’s commentary on the Guardian here. Find out more about Patricia’s collection Rockabye.

Celebrating Europe – the launch of Peter Robinson’s Ravishing Europa

Ravishing EuropaWe are delighted to announce the publication of Ravishing Europa, the eleventh collection by Peter Robinson, marking a wholly unexpected development in the poet’s work, prompted by the fissures exported from a political party to an entire country and beyond by the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union.

Find out more and order a copy today.

Ravishing Europa will be launched at a special event on Tuesday 12th March:

Poetry and Europe: A Celebration

However the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland leaves the European Union, if it does, on 29 March 2019, the long and deep-rooted connections between the poetic cultures of these islands and those of continental Europe will continue to be, and need to be, sustained.

As a celebration of these continuities, whose existence has, if anything, been made more urgently manifest by the current political crisis in which the countries of the British archipelago find themselves, the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading and Two Rivers Press, the town’s most prominent publisher, are hosting an evening of readings featuring poems and translations from or about experiences of Europe.

This event will also serve to launch two new volumes on these and related themes, Ravishing Europa by Peter Robinson (published by Worple Press) and A Part of the Main by Philip Gross and Lesley Saunders (publish by Mulffran Press). Jane Draycott, reading from Storms under the Skin, her translations of Henri Michaux (Two Rivers Press), a Poetry Book Society Recommended Translation in 2017, will join them; and the evening, hosted by Steven Matthews, will include guest appearances by other poets published by Two Rivers Press in 2019, including Kate Behrens, James Peake and Conor Carville.

The event will take place in the foyer café at the Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, on Tuesday 12 March 2019. Doors will open at 5:30 and the event will be from 6 to 8 pm.

There will be a pop-up bookstore and refreshments. ADMISSION IS FREE. Further information: [email protected]


Diana Hendry – Spring 2019 readings

watching-stair-9781905208418Join Diana Hendry at a number of events this spring as she reads from her “poignant, often wryly humorous and always beautifully-crafted” new collection The Watching Stair.

Edinburgh – Sunday 27 January  – Diana will be the guest poet at Shore Poets, The Outhouse, 12a Brought Street Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3LY.  7.00pm (doors open 6.30pm). Find out more at Shorepoets.org.uk

Edinburgh -Tuesday 5 February – StAnza Poetry Festival preview, 2-3 p.m. at The National Library of Scotland, George lV Bridge, EH1 1EW  www.stanzapoetry.org

St. Andrews – Saturday 9 March – StAnza Poetry Festival, 11.30-12.30, The Undercroft, St.John’s House, South Street. www.stanzapoetry.org/festival/poets-artists/hendry

Thornbury, Gloucestershire – Tuesday 30 April – Diana will be at Thornbury Arts Festival, ‘in conversation’ with writer and broadcaster Sarah LeFanu, talking about her time as artistic director and reading from her new collection, The Watching Stair. Cosham Hall, Thornbury, 1 p.m. thornburyartsfestival.org.uk

Book Now for Peter Carpenter at the Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts logo lockup BLKOn 23-24 February 2019, 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. In this creative writing course, participants are invited to join leading poets, writers and artists in exploring the history of the rich relationship between art and poetry, as inspiration for writing their own poems about works in the Academy’s galleries.

Peter Carpenter has taught creative writing for many organisations including the Arvon Foundation and the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival. His work has included stints as Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Reading and as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Warwick. His chapter on creative writing (‘Singing Schools and Beyond’) appeared in the O.U.P. Handbook of Contemporary British and Irish Poetry; he is currently writing a series of articles on this subject for The English Association. His ‘New and Selected Poems’, Just Like That, (Smith/Doorstop) came out in 2012, and Peace Camp (Maquette) in 2015.

Find out more and book now on the Royal Academy website.