BREAKFAST TALK -- LYRICS AND RUTABAGAS:
DEGREES OF DIFFICULTY IN POETRY
What do we mean when we call a poem ‘difficult’? What kinds of difficulties are there, and how should we approach them and hope to solve them? Does ‘difficulty’ go in and out of fashion? And can a poem be too simple? Christine Webb invites the audience to think about these questions with the help of examples – and of course free coffee and croissants.
THE EUROPEANS -- BRITISH, DANISH & DUTCH POETS
John Greening reads his poem after the Finnish composer Sibelius, from his new collection, The Silence. In his second collection, The Europeans, David Clarke, Professor of German Studies by day, reads poems that capture a schoolboy fascination with Europe on exchange trips across the Channel. In Bookmarks, D A Prince reads poems inspired by the tickets and receipts she used to mark the page, taking us on travels in food and time. Half-Danish and half-deaf, Lisa Kelly, Chair of Magma Poetry, launches her debut collection A Map Towards Fluency with formally astute poems where she asks, how Danish can she be when she cannot hear her mother’s tongue with understanding? Amsterdam-based poet, Hagar Peeters, reads poems from her new collection, her participation is sponsored by New Dutch Literature.
On 9 November the UK may have left the European Union, but will remain a part of Europe. Poets of different nationalities explore their own experiences of travel on and around ‘The Continent’.
Niall Campbell reads from the Forward Prize-nominated Noctuary, his much-awaited second collection that explores five years of fatherhood. UEA lecturer Alison Winch reads candid, contemporary and comic poems from her debut collection Darling, It’s Me, which Clare Pollard described as ‘one of the cleverest, filthiest, most incendiary debuts I’ve ever read’. As the Huffington Post said, Helen Calcutt’s Unable Mother reads like the diary of a close friend, a letter to myself, or the delicate and kaleidoscopic thoughts of the many women’ who have given birth. Patricia Debney has probed many aspects of family life in her three collections, the most recent of which, Baby, ‘deftly fractures narrative, lines, and syntax to evoke a daughter’s struggle with an unstable mother’ (Carrie Etter).
Marriage and parenthood are rich themes explored by four poets, each with their own distinctive voice and channelling personal experience.
TIME SONG: SEARCHING FOR DOGGERLAND
Julia Blackburn reads from her eponymous and enthralling book which is in part a series of journeys along the coast of East Anglia and elsewhere in search of traces of what is called Deep Time, and in part a meditation on the country called Doggerland which once joined the east coast of England to mainland Europe. She will read some of the 'songs' that form a layer of thinking in the book. The reading will also be complemented by poems from Dutch poet Miek Zwamborn.
FOUR POETS ON WORK AND PLAY
As film director Ken Loach said: ‘Phil Hancock’s insights are precise and authentic – he is part of the great tradition of writers who capture the true spirit of working-class life.’ His poems in City Works Dept. explore repair and maintenance with patience, empathy and unshowy skill. Robert Selby works in wine journalism and is editor of Wild Court, the online magazine run by the English Department at King’s College London. He reads poems, including several located in Suffolk, from his forthcoming collection in 2020. Head of History at the BBC, poet, actor and broadcaster Robert Seatter reads witty, well-crafted work from his five collections (the most recent, The Book of Snow) as well as new poems.
The poems of these four readers work hard and play hard too. Audrey Arden--Jones has enjoyed a wonderful nursing career, specialising in cancer genetics. Doing the Rounds touches on various travels from childhood in Africa to adulthood on London hospital wards in a first collection full of humour, humanity and hope.
AMBIT AT 60 – POETS' LETTERS FROM THE ARCHIVE
Celebrate Ambit's 60th birthday with a hilarious look into the archives with editor Briony Bax with readings from Ambiteers Anthony Thwaite, Rebecca Goss and Jane Lovell. Hear about Ambit's famous 'Drugs and the Writer' competition and how Dr. Martin Bax managed to keep Ambit afloat for so many years.
LONG STORY SHORT: HELEN DUNMORE'S LYRIC GIFT
A short lyric poem might evoke a longer story. How does this differ from other narrative forms? Close reading poems by consummate storyteller, Helen Dunmore, from the collected, Counting Backwards, Niall Campbell, Claire Dyer, Pamela Johnson, consider lyric as story.
CELEBRATING SALT PUBLISHING AT 20 -- FOUR POETS
Four Salt poets explore the territories and drama of contemporary Britain: from colonial legacies and modern media, to the pulsing tidelines of our remote islands, from the dazzle of twenty-first century London to the dreamscapes and detritus of life glimpsed from a passing train. Join Kaddy Benyon, David Briggs, Peter Daniels and Andrew McDonnell for a mental journey that will astonish and delight.
JEREMY NOEL-TOD ON THE PROSE POEM
Jeremy Noel-Tod, Senior Lecturer at UEA and Sunday Times poetry critic, discusses the development of a uniquely modern poetic form. His edited anthology 'The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem: From Baudelaire to Anne Carson' was published last year to widespread acclaim, sparking new interest among readers. In thiss talk, he will reflect on the history of the prose poem's development, from 19th-century France to the present day, and will discuss some of the most original examples of prose poetry published in Britain in the last year.
DAME GILLIAN BEER AND MARTIN SHAW
The critic and writer Dame Gillian Beer and mythologist
Martin Shaw will explore the role of poetry within story and story within poetry. Central to the conversation will be Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', alongside other favourite poems, translations and other things they may have in their pockets. What do stories gain from rhyme, breath, and listening and how does the energy of stories change poetry?
HIGH WIRE ACT -- LOLITA PAINTS HER TOENAILS
Three women on gender, its complexity, its poetry
The show, performed by Two Rivers Press poets Claire Dyer, Lesley Saunders & Susan Utting, is a tender, funny and sometimes angry conversation on the themes of gender and identity which preoccupy them, often as a result of long-lived feminist instincts but in other ways too, and which they hope will surprise and move you. There will be time at the end for your own comments and questions.
POETRY WALK AROUND ALDEBURGH
Free ‘witching hour’ poetry walk around Aldeburgh with Suffolk Poetry Society. Meet outside the Baptist Church at 3:10. Dress appropriately and bring a torch. If the weather is dire, there will be a witchy retreat indoors. Maximum 15 people, tickets limited to max three per booking. If you wish to read out a poem, please send it by 15 October to email@example.com
EUPHORIA BLISS – COME & ENJOY AMBIT COCKTAILS
SATURDAY 5 - 7pm
THE GARAGE GALLERY
Come and wonder at 60 years of publishing with an exhibition of 237 vintage Ambits and join Editor Briony Bax and Deputy Poetry Editor Jade Cuttle for a celebratory Euphoria Bliss Gin cocktail. This is the final event of a year-long celebration for the magazine and is free for everyone (including the cocktail courtesy of Langton's Gin).
BOOKS FOR DISQUIETING TIMES -- FOUR POETS
The poems in Matthew Caley’s Trawlerman’s Turquoise are ‘full of meting borders, random dangers, shifting identities, misread commmuniqués, false reports and information overload – destabilising and exhilarating in equal measure’. Carrie Etter grew up in Normal, Illinois, but the poems in The Weather in Normal are anything but. They explore changes in the town since her parent’s death and the impact of climate change on the US state’s lansdscape and lives. Kate Noakes' The Filfthy Quiet teems with poems ‘aloud with every imaginable sensation’ and ‘full of sparks and campfires, wakeful nights and miracles, and bold women who know the “art of repair” (Jane Commane). Tamar Yoseloff’s new collection The Black Place brings together work that ‘eschews the sentimental’, offers us antidotes to cheery capitalist hype and all with a dark grandeur to her view of mortality. Diagnosis and disaster float ominously.
As Iceland mourns the death of a glacier and politicians blow hot and cold – loudly and with their own turbo-charged language – these are indeed disquieting times.
CARCANET AT 50 – LAUNCH OF FIFTY FIFTY: CARCANET'S JUBILEE IN LETTERS
Founder Michael Schmidt talks with Robyn Marsack to celebrate a new 'book of letters'. Each of Carcanet’s fifty years is marked by an exchange of letters between an author and an editor. The aim is to reveal something of a half century’s history of publishing and one small, ambitious press, the nature of editing, the poet/editor relationship, the conflicts, friendships and vicissitudes that occur at the nexus between the poem, its creator, publisher and reader. The book celebrates the poet’s, editor’s and reader’s risks, passions and pleasures.
THREE AMERICAN STAR POETS
Poetry in Aldeburgh is delighted to showcase three prize-winning poets from the United States as our main Saturday early evening reading. They will be reading from their work. Carmen Bugan teaches at the Gotham Writers Workshop in NYC. In 2017 Carmen was made a George Orwell Prize Fellow. Gregory Pardlo is poetry editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review and teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University, Camden. He has won the Pulitzer Prize. Joshua Weiner is the poetry editor of Tikkun
magazine and professor of English at the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
DARK MOUNTAIN PROJECT AT 10
LAUNCH OF ISSUE 16 -- REFUGE
Join Charlotte Du Cann and Nick Hunt, Ava Osbiston, Mark Watson, Jane Lovell and others on the editorial team and contributors to celebrate the launch of Dark Mountain: Issue 16 - Refuge, our 10th anniversary edition of uncivilised writing and art looking back at a turbulent decade. A peek into the pages of this on-the-edge collection of essays, short stories, memoir, poetry, painting and photography, with live readings and a picture show by some of our most seasoned 'Mountaineers'
CONFINEMENT -- EXPLORING FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES
Have women poets truly broken free of the masculine frame of reference? Are we seeing more poetry that explores (and subverts) traditional female experience or takes us beyond the expected confines of a woman’s world? Ink Sweat & Tears Pamphlet Commission Competition co-winners, soldier Jo Young and ‘fothermather’ Gail McConnell, join Mona Arshi and Helen Ivory at the discussion table with poetic-folk songwriterJade Cuttle giving us the perspective of youth. Moderated by writer, producer and critic Dzifa Benson. ( with wine )
POETRY AND SONG WITH HOLLIS AND SCOTT
In this rare and intimate event, Richard Scott (poet and countertenor) and Matthew Hollis (poet and guitarist) will explore the confluence of music and poetry by performing a variety of songs, moving from the Renaissance to folk, including John Dowland, W.B.Yeats and Jolie Holland. They will also be in-conversation and reading interconnected selections from their own poetry. ( with wine )
‘FINISHED CREATURES' AND 'HARANA' LAUNCH AND OPEN MIC
SATURDAY 10 - 11pm FREE
THE CROSS KEYS
Join two brand new and innovative poetry magazines - 'harana' and 'Finished Creatures', both launched earlier this year, for a sample of their latest editions. Readings from featured poets, followed by an open-mic. Be prepared to stay late, join in and celebrate.
Hosted by Kostya Tsolákis and Jan Heritage.
and https://www.haranapoetry.com/ @haranapoetry