BREAKFAST TALK – ON NARRATIVE IN POETRY
For most of its history - in oral and written forms - poems have been used to tell stories. But what role do narrative poems have today? Should poems tell stories? What about the lyric poem? Is it the enemy of narrative? In this lecture (with added diagrams), Will Harris will argue for the reinvention of the narrative poem today. Coffee and croissants included.
THE WASTE LAND – A PERFORMANCE
The Waste Land is commonly regarded as the most influential poem of modern times. It has been said to reflect the catastrophe of the First World War; it has been said to explore sexual relations, mythology, spirituality, moral decay. It has been described as a poem about rebirth; it has been described as a poem about death. It has been considered as among the most truthful poems of the age; it has been labelled a masterful fake. Drawing upon archive images and recordings, Matthew Hollis recounts the story of the poem’s invention and its skilful editing by Ezra Pound. He is joined by Richard Scott for a dramatic reading of the complete poem.
NO FAR SHORE – CHARTING UNKNOWN WATERS
Hear the tale of a coastal quest (in talk, excerpts, image & music) which took poet Anne-Marie Fyfe from her native Cushendall by way of Felixstowe, Orkney, Barra, Swansea & Cork to Cape Cod & Cape Breton Island. Looking into myth, memoir & the mesmerised horizon-gazing of maritime writers such as Virginia Woolf & Elizabeth Bishop, & back, emotionally, through shifting tidelines of memory to chart the hidden inlets & unexpected deeps in her own family narrative.
LUNCHTIME TALK –
THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY US POETRY
Gregory Pardlo showcases the most exciting new American voices. There are auspicious signs that the US American literary landscape is growing more diverse. Prestigious prizes have helped writers of colour reach broader audiences in the last few years, a trend that seems to be on the rise. This warrants celebration. We should also celebrate the poems themselves, the experiences they reflect, and the impact these have on the landscape.
For this talk, he will read and discuss poems from a range of American poets who have significant influence on American poetry today. These will include Vievee Francis, Jericho Brown, Ada Limon and Shane McCrae.
UNPACKING THE SIX PACK ...to end the weekend
Lewis Buxton moderates on poetry and masculinity with
Seán Hewitt, Richard Osmond, Gregory Pardlo, Anna Selby
Join a panel of poets writing as they unpack the six pack, unlearn toxic language and look to creatively reconstruct masculinity. This discussion and readings of favourite poems will go beyond the buzzwords and look at how masculinity, sport and the body arrive in poetry and what role poetry can play in subverting or reimagining gender in our society.
Following the readings, do come to the Jubilee Hall for the big party!
FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY
SUNDAY 5 - 6:30pm
Food and Wine
with jazz from The Ashby Quintet
Max Avery – keyboards
Peter Murphy-Cload – electric guitar
Rory Murphy-Cload – drums
George Richardson - bass guitar
Freddie Willatt – saxophone