Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 19:00


Polly Atkin | Launch of Much With Body

Polly Atkin’s new collection Much With Body is a Poetry Book Society winter choice.

In this collection, the beauty of the Lake District is both balm and mirror, refracting pain and also soothing it with distraction: unusual descriptions of frogs, birds, a great stag that ‘you will not see’. Much of the landscape is lakescape, giving the book a watery feel, the author’s wild swimming being just one kind of immersion. There is also a distinct link with the past in a central section of found poems taken from transcripts of the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, from a period late in her life when she was often ill. In common with the works of the Wordsworths, these poems share a quality of the metaphysical sublime. Their reverence for the natural world is an uneasy awe, contingent upon knowledge of our fragility and mortality.

In this online event, Polly will be reading from the book alongside guest readers Hannah Hodgson, Éireann Lorsung and Claudine Toutoungi.

Register for free via Eventbrite here

Please note: Registration will close at 6:30pm on Wednesday 20th October. All attendees should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite 25 minutes before the start of the event containing the link. If you do not receive this email, or have trouble accessing the event on the night please email

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