Friday, 22 October

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Friday, 22 October

10:30-12:30, £15
with Vahni Capildeo
Sitting with Discomfort: We can enjoy the instant shock quickly delivered by poems in performance or translated into visual media. What happens when a poem feels uncomfortable to us in some way? What happens if we decide to spend time with it, instead of clicking to the next? Let’s explore our complicity and our shifts in response, via slow and appreciative reading of texts by Solmaz Sharif, Shivanee Ramlochan, and Padraig Regan.

Vahni Capildeo is Writer in Residence at the University of York, a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Contributing Editor for PN Review. Capildeo’s interests include poetry, non-fiction, silence, traditional masquerade, and collaborations. Capildeo’s 2021 winter journal, ‘Lighthouse and Anchorage’, twins Edinburgh and Norwich for the National Centre for Writing’s UNESCO project, ‘Imagining the City’. Recent work includes Like a Tree, Walking (Carcanet, forthcoming 2021).

7-8:00, £5
In Search of the Perfect Poetry Film
Helen Dewbery has been searching for the perfect poetry film. Is it out there somewhere and if it is what would it be like?

8:30-9:45, £5
Evening readering with Mary Jean Chan, Cole Swensen, Kazim Ali. Hosted by Carrie Etter.

KAZIM ALI was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition, Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One’s Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. After a career in public policy and organizing, Ali taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.

Cole Swensen is the author of 19 books of poetry; her most recent, Art in Time (Nightboat Books, 2021), features hybrid poem-essays on innovative landscape art. A former Guggenheim Fellow, she’s a recipient of the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the National Poetry Series, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award. Also a translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, she has won the PEN USA Award in Translation. She divides her time between Paris and Providence, Rhode Island.

Mary Jean Chan is the author of Flèche, published by Faber & Faber (2019). Flèche won the 2019 Costa Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted in 2020 for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Poetry Prize. Chan was guest co-editor at The Poetry Review in Spring 2020 and is a contributing editor at Oxford Poetry. Chan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University.

10-10:30 Drop-in poetry cafe
Join fellow festival goers to talk about the day’s events in this informal gathering.

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