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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.

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 ‘Tresure’.  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.

Andy Brown reading in Dusseldorf

bloodlines-9781905208401-300Andy Brown will be reading from Bloodlines at the Goethe Museum, Dusseldorf on Tuesday 30 October.

Andy will give an audio-visual reading and talk using the medical images that inspired some of the poems.

Organised by the German-British Society, the event starts at 7pm at the Goethe Museum, Jacobistraße 2, 40211 Düsseldorf, Germany.

Register online





New for Autumn 2018 – Patricia McCarthy’s Rockabye

rockabye-9781905208395-300We are delighted to announce the publication of our second new title for Autumn 2018, Patricia McCarthy’s vital and timely collection Rockabye.

“In this new collection, Patricia McCarthy reveals, graphically and fearlessly, how the trauma of domestic violence can spread to everything, besmirching and despoiling our fairy-tale endings. Rockabye ranges far and wide, borrowing from folklore, mythology and psychology; there is the fate of a girl-goddess in Nepal, or of a young woman from Catholic Ireland, bereaved by her father’s sudden death, and an account of an abusive relationship. It is a necessary book for our times, a grave and a brave achievement.”– Stephen Romer

Find out more

A poem from Rockabye:

The Shiver

Not the childhood shiver under a towel
with goose-bumped skin after a swim
in the refrigerated sea on Killiney Bay.

Nor the shiver of a rigor like that
from malaria lying dormant in your father
decades after his time in the Tropics.

This: with chattering teeth and white face
on a sultry summer night, escaping
to the kitchen from a fist in a bedroom—

and your father asking, ‘What’s wrong?
You can’t be cold’. But you never saying
in case of repercussions as the kettle bubbled.

Its steam deleted you and your terror
so you could protect your father from
worry, and join him with a cup of strong tea.