Launch for A Hatchery of Shadows, 9 November 2020

The launch for the 2019 SciPo Conference anthology, A Hatchery of Shadows: Poems About Plants, Brain and Imagination, was held on Monday, 9th November 2020. A number of poets included in the anthology read their poems, including the winner of the youth poetry contest, Isaiah Ambssa Robinson-Lewis, for his poem ‘Nereum oleander’.

I read my poem from the anthology, ‘The Pinecone’, and participated in a wonderfully interesting Q&A about Science and Poetry.

The video can also be found on the TORCH Oxford page here: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/a-hatchery-of-shadows-poetry-anthology-launch

Details about the launch and information on the readers can be found here: https://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/event/a-hatchery-of-shadows-poetry-anthology-launch

More about the anthology and how to purchase a copy can be found here: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/article/new-scipo-publication-a-hatchery-of-shadows-poems-about-plants-brain-and-imagination

‘I have read this anthology three times, with immense pleasure. Each reading has uncovered new meanings, new levels of enjoyment in the resources of free verse, handled with exceptional skill here by a bunch of fine poets. The anthology’s central themes — plants, the brain and imagination — are interwoven in a delightfully varied but unified verbal dance. The anthology is testimony to the unending capacity of the natural world to elicit wonder, curiosity, puzzlement and imaginative exploration.’

 Lucy Newlyn, Poet and Emeritus Fellow in English

Bloody Amazing Anthology Launch (17 & 18 October 2020)

The launch of the Bloody Amazing anthology was held over two nights in October (17th & 18th) 2020, with readers from all over the UK, and the world, joining in on Zoom. This was arranged by the two editors, Gill Lambert and Rebecca Bilkau. The anthology contains 123 unique poems, and aims to smash taboos around menstruation. The first run of copies is now out, but proceeds from the sale of the anthology went towards supporting the work of period poverty charities.

I read my poem in the anthology, ‘Eve’s Punishment’, on Sunday, the 18th October 2020. The poem is a dark rebuke of the many excuses for women’s suffering inbuilt in certain religious mythologies.

Cover image by poet and illustrator, Jane Burn.

Interbeing: Final video of ensemble performance (October 2020)

Our performance, which was originally scheduled for March 2020, finally went forward as an online launch on the 17th October 2020. After the event, which included a Q&A with Lucy English as part of the Lyra Festival, The Bristol Festival of Ideas, and the Bristol Festival of Literature.

After the event, we made the pre-recorded ensemble reading live, which can be viewed above on YouTube.

Interbeing/Poets for the Planet members performing are: Simon Williams, Susan Taylor, Deborah Harvey, Dominic Fisher, Miranda Lynn Barnes, Rachael Clyne, and Alwyn Marriage