On Sunday 8th March 2015, the Southbank Centre is hosting a day-long celebration of Women of the World. I’ll be taking part in a discussion of Emily Dickinson’s life and work at midday, along with Lyndall Gordon, Erica Wagner and Juliette Stevenson. Other events include explorations of women in tech and in sport, ownership of the female body, the sexualisation of black women in popular culture, and female icons from the Classical world. All the details are here: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/wow-sunday-pass-2015-88807
I’ll be onR4′s Start the Week this coming Monday 26th January at 9am, talking about (dis)organised minds, creativity, the information age, and whatever else comes up. The other guests are neuroscientist Daniel Levitin; conductor and Mozart expert Ian Page; and cognitive scientist Maggie Boden, who will be talking about creative AIs. More info and listen live here.
There will be a reading in the Chapel at St Chad’s College, North Bailey, at 7.30pm, followed by a drinks reception in the quad.
Entry is free, and there’s no need to book – just turn up on the night!
I’m holding an event to celebrate the launch of Disinformation at the LRB Bookshop on Friday 6th February. All welcome for a reading and drinks reception, and the chance to browse the lovely shop after hours.
The event will run from 7pm-9pm at the LRB Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL. Nearest tubes are Holborn, Russell Square and Chancery Lane.
Public tickets are free but limited, so if you want to come you need to book ASAP. Click this link for bookings.
Poetry Ireland Review‘s Heaney special issue, just out, features fifty essays on individual Heaney poems by poets like Michael Hofmann, John McAuliffe, Ange Mlinko, Paul Batchelor, David Wheatley, Alan Gillis, Jane Yeh, Ciaran Berry and Lavinia Greenlaw.
I’m happy to have written something for it, on “A Basket of Chestnuts”, but mostly just happy the issue exists as a testament and tribute. Much respect to the editor Vona Groarke for putting it all together.
So, the aforementioned guest blog post for the Poetry Editor’s Blog is now available to read. It’s called The Red Squirrels at Coole, and concerns, amongst other things, Yeats, Cavafy, the Scottish referendum, and creative independence. The lovely little guy or girl to the right is from the Coole Park website.
Very happy indeed to have a poem in the October 2014 issue of POETRY magazine. It’s called “Trimmings”, and you can read it here.
Less convinced by the “UK poets” context: for more on that, you’ll have to read the guest post I’ve written for the Editor’s Blog, coming up in the next few days.
Delighted to announce that my second collection of poems, Disinformation, will be published by Picador on 12th February 2015. Here it is, listed on Blackwell’s.
The beautiful cover image is by Wayne Sleeth. You can see more of his work on his own website, here: http://www.waynesleeth.com/
I’ll be doing a couple of launch readings in February. More details anon.
Writers’ Centre Norwich have invited me down to teach a weekend poetry workshop, The Figures Poems Make, on Saturday 29th November 2014. We’ll be looking particularly at poetic structure, using Frost as a starting point and then roaming elsewhere, and there will be chance to discuss your poems in progress with the group. All the details are on the Writers’ Centre website.