Virtual First Thursday May
West-Wales based author Rosalind Hudis joins us to read from her new collection Restorations (Seren 2021) alongside Elizabeth Parker, author of In Her Shambles (Seren 2018). Heather Trickey will also read from her debut collection Sorry About the Mess (Happenstance Press).
As usual, our main reading will be followed by an open mic. Please email email@example.com to sign up. We ask readers to stick to one page of poetry or prose. Tickets £2 (plus admin fee), available from www.eventbrite.co.uk. Please note ticket sales will close at 7pm, half an hour before the start of the event to ensure everyone is able to access the meeting.
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About the books:
Restorations is a journey into what it means to preserve – a monument, a moment, a life-story, a poppy. It’s about the hunger to possess and the need to let go. Welding themes from art and history with the contemporary, there are poems about pigments and dictators, glue and glass houses, collections, crinolines, and barometers, and the vagaries of memory itself. Entwined, is a more personal story that tracks the loss of a parent to dementia. Also running through, is a theme of women eroding the straitjacket of gendered roles: we meet a variety of characters including the explorer, Isabella Bird, and the nineteenth century navigator Sarah Jane Rees (Cranogwen) who lived in Llangrannog in Ceredigion. Linking all is a play with colour, particularly blue, in all its stages from vital to decayed.
Spiky, provocative, declamatory, these energetic poems sweep the reader along through their narratives. In Her Shambles introduces us to a poet who uses language with verve and zest. Her subjects range from a poem where family members are embodied by their own rivers, to carefully observed set-pieces inspired by relationships, from burgeoning first loves to break-ups.