Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 19:00


Hannah Hodgson | Launch of 163 Days

Join us on Zoom on the 5th July to see poet Hannah Hodgson launch her debut collection 163 Days alongside guest readers Kathryn Bevis and Lydia Allison. Register for FREE via Eventbrite here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/375089381437

Hannah Hodgson is an award-winning poet and a palliative care patient. In her compelling debut collection 163 Days, she uses a panoply of medical, legal, and personal vocabularies to explore what illness, death and dying does to a person as both patient and witness.

163 Days is the length of Hannah’s longest period of hospitalisation to date. In this long poem, she probes various truths, personal and medical; truths which clash like a tray of dropped instruments in a silent operating theatre.

The mundanity of hospital life is marbled by a changing landscape of mood, hope and loss. Her symptoms are painful. She has numerous tests and procedures to keep her alive long enough to figure out what’s wrong. A gap yawns between the person she is, and the person in her medical notes.

At the end of the collection, the section ‘Aftercare’ sees Hannah navigate the worlds of both nightclubs and hospice care as she embarks on a new version of her life as a disabled adult. 163 Days is an important collection, in which Hodgson’s true voice takes poetry into difficult places.

Join us on Zoom on the 5th July to see Hannah launch the book alongside guest readers Kathryn Bevis and Lydia Allison.

Captions will be provided by Otter.ai and the poems will be shared on screen during the readings.

Please note: Registration will close at 6:30pm on Tuesday 5th July to ensure everyone receives the link. Attendees will be sent an email from Eventbrite containing the Zoom link after this time. If you do not receive this email, or have trouble getting into the event on the night please email sarahjohnson@serenbooks.com directly.

About the readers

Hannah Hodgson is a poet, writer, palliative care patient and advisory consultant. Her poems have been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma , amongst other outlets. She is a recipient of a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry, and the 2021 Poetry Business New Poets Prize. Her first pamphlet ‘Dear Body’ was published by Wayleave Press; and her second ‘Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow’ was published by Verve Poetry Press. She is a recipient of both the Diana and Diana Legacy Awards. You can find her on Twitter @HodgsonWrites. Her website is hannahhodgson.com.

Kathryn Bevis is a neurodivergent poet and poetry teacher, founder of The Writing School Online, and was Hampshire Poet, 2020-21. She is the Selected Poet for Magma (the Solitude issue) and her poems have appeared widely in magazines and journals, including: Poetry Wales, Poetry Ireland Review, Wasafiri, Mslexia, Bad Lilies, and The London Magazine . In 2022, she jointly won Belfast Book Festival’s Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry and the Poetry Society Members’ Competition; she also came second in the York Poetry Prize, the Poets & Players Competition, and the Edward Thomas Prize. Kathryn teaches Poetry for Wellbeing courses for vulnerable adults and is working towards her first collection. Find her on Twitter @BevisKathryn. For more information about The Writing School visit their website www.thewritingschool.co.uk.

Lydia Allison is a poet, writing facilitator, creative mentor, and tutor. She has been involved in a number of projects and collaborations, including Stevie Ronnie’s A Diary of Windows and Small Things, Doncaster Arts’ activity books for lockdown, and, previously, Ilkley Literature Festival’s Dancing with Words. Her writing is often inspired by her working life, which spans from bridal consultancy to teaching overseas. She has appeared a number of times in print and online, including The Result Is What You See Today, Introduction X, Surfing the Twilight, Poetry Salzburg Review, PN Review, Feral, and Ink, Sweat & Tears. You can read more at lydiaallison.com or follow her on Twitter @lydiarallison.