Guest Poet: Claire Crowther
Claire Crowther has had three collections, and a pamphlet arising from her residency at the Royal Mint, published with Shearsman Press. Three other pamphlets have been published by Flarestack, Nine Arches and Hercules. Her first collection was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh Prize for Best First Collection. Her poems appear in such journals as the London Review of Books and she has been called 'one of our most intelligent surrealists'. Her new pamphlet, Hap, is published this year by Happenstance, while her upcoming book Solar Cruise (March 2020) has been awarded a PBS Recommendation for Spring 2020. Claire is co-editor of Long Poem Magazine.
Guest Poet: Carrie Etter
Carrie Etter's fourth collection, The Weather in Normal (US: Station Hill; UK: Seren), explores the losses of home through parents' deaths, the sale of the family house, and the effects of climate change. As Philip Gross remarks, "One of the particular gifts of poetry is here in force: the power of a few words to create great spaces. The spaces of a prairie landscape round a small town or between present and past, between people in a family or between words on the page, these are not emptiness but tingling with resonance, with the poems' fine attention. Touched and unsettled, we slip seamlessly between the intimate detail of loss and the vast perspective in which even the prairies are dwarfed by the scale of climate change." Carrie is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also regularly teaches for Poetry Swindon and The Poetry School.
28th November 2019, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN
7:30pm - 10:00pm.
Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £5 on the door.