BREAKFAST TALK – ON NARRATIVE IN POETRY
SUNDAY     8:30 - 9:30am          £8 
PETER PEARS GALLERY

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
SUNDAY        10 - 11am       £10
JUBILEE HALL

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
SUNDAY   10 - 11am              £8
PETER PEARS GALLERY

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.

POETRY OF WITNESS –
DICTATORSHIP, ECOLOGY, TERRORISM
SUNDAY     11:30 - 12:30pm      £10
JUBILEE HALL

How do we look at a difficult past? Carolyn Forché has put forward the notion of ‘poetry of witness’ for a category of poems that ‘bear the race of extremity’ and end up as ‘evidence of what occurred’. Three poets explore very different and difficult themes with Will Harris moderating.  

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SUNDAY 10th NOVEMBER                      £8 
11:30 - 12:30pm 
PETER PEARS GALLERY

Gale Burns, Kathryn Maris, Tom Sastry and Laura Scott

ALL THE ROOMS OF THE HOUSE – FOUR POETS
SUNDAY    11:30 - 12:30pm       £8
PETER PEARS GALLERY

The word ‘stanza’ means room. And so the poem itself is a house, often a construct of many rooms. Four poets read from work – including three debut collections – that is by no means immobile or quietly domestic.

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CARCANET AT 50 –
POETS THROUGH THE GENERATIONS
SUNDAY     1 - 2pm             £10
JUBILEE HALL

To celebrate 50 years of the Manchester-based independent poetry publisher, this event brings together Carcanet poets of

all ages and provenances. Two feature readings from Alison Brackenbury and Peter Sansom, followed by a five poet showcase.

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LUNCHTIME TALK –
THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY US POETRY
SUNDAY      1 - 2pm              £8
PETER PEARS GALLERY

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.

RELEASE FROM THE DREAM – ON TONY HOAGLAND
SUNDAY     2:30 - 3:30pm        £10
JUBILEE HALL

Tony Hoagland read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in 2015. The concert hall at Snape was packed and all his books sold out. Sadly, he died only three years later in October 2018.

 

This event brings together two British and two American poets to celebrate his life and work. Moderated by Kathryn Maris, we hear personal insights from Martin Shaw (Hoagland’s close friend and co-author), Josh Weiner and Peter Sansom.

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SOUTH COAST POETS VENTURE EAST
SUNDAY     2:30 - 3:30pm          £8
PETER PEARS GALLERY

Grace Nichols and Maria Jastrzębska live on the South Coast, as Clare Best did too until last year when she moved to the Suffolk coast and this year joined the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival team.  Grace Nichols was born in Guyana and spent the first 27 years of her life there, arriving in the UK in the 1970s, and her poetry still carries Caribbean rhythms, memories and cultures. In her most recent collection, The Insomnia Poems, ‘memories of her own Guyana childhood mingle with the sleeping spectres of dreams and folk legends such as 'Sleeping Beauty’. 

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UNPACKING THE SIX PACK ...to end the weekend
SUNDAY     4 - 5pm                  £8 
PETER PEARS GALLERY

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!

GODS, GIRLS AND RECKLESS BIRDS –
FINALE OF FOUR POETS
SUNDAY     4 - 5pm              £10
JUBILEE HALL

Our festival finale of poetry fireworks brings together four hugely distinct voices with new collections and work. Mona Arshi, who won the Forward Prize for First Collection in 2015, reads from her much-awaited second collection 'Dear Little Gods', which was included in The Guardian's June 2019 best recent poetry round up. Dzifa Benson was selected for the Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics Scheme in 2017. The intersections between science, art, the body and ritual animate Dzifa’s practice. John McCullough launches his third full collection 'Reckless Birds' which Richard Scott has called 'such transformative magic!'. Following her popular and moving reading with the Laureates in Aldeburgh Church in 2018, 

Rebecca Goss performs work from her recently published third collection 'Girl'. After the four readings, do stay on at the end for the big party!

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FESTIVAL CLOSING PARTY 
SUNDAY     5 - 6:30pm 
JUBILEE HALL

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

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