Sunday, 24 October

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Sunday, 24 October

10:30-12:30, £15 

“Approaches to Poetry Reviewing” with Maryam Hessavi and Sandeep Parmar: Sometimes formulaic, reviews are framed by critical assumptions. Looking at examples from a range of publications that revolve around similar texts, we will consider how others have framed and supported those critical judgments. How do we carry the reader with us? How do we avoid making general or grandiose statements? How do we choose the right evidence to support our critical claims? We will also look at a selection of inadequately supported reviews where judgments are more opinion than evidence-based claims. You will have the opportunity to not just reflect on the historical and cultural role of the poetry critic (via a few essays and resources on reviewing) but to also attempt to plan a review of your own. Please bring to the session a recently published book of poetry that you’ve read well enough to write about. Our session will involve discussion, a brief planning exercise and some workshopping of those review plans/outlines. We will also talk through the practicalities of pitching.

Sandeep Parmar FRSL FRSA is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she co-directs Liverpool’s Centre for New and International Writing. She is the author of scholarly books and critical editions of modernist women poets and two poetry collections, The Marble Orchard and Eidolon, winner of the Ledbury Forte Prize for Best Second Collection. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Statesman, the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a BBC New Generation Thinker and co-founder of the Ledbury Poetry Critics’ scheme for poetry critics of colour.

Maryam Hessavi is a freelance writer, poet and critic. She is an assistant reviews editor for The Poetry School and contributing editor for Ambit. Her work has featured in various publications and was recently selected for Carcanet’s New Poetries VIII anthology. As a committee member for the Poets & Players series, she helps to run free poetry and music events at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. She is also a member of the Ledbury Poetry Critics.

Afternoon debut poets reading with Caleb Parkin, Vik Shirley, Marvin Thompson, Miranda Barnes and Chaucer Cameron.
Hosted by Julia Webb.

Miranda Lynn Barnes is a poet from the US, now resident in the UK. Her poems have appeared in New Welsh Reader, Shearsman, Tears in the Fence, Under the Radar, Marble Poetry, and Lighthouse Journal, among other journals. Miranda’s work has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Bloody Amazing, Maths Poems, and A Hatchery of Shadows: Poems about Plants, Brain and Imagination. Miranda taught creative writing for five years at Bath Spa University, where she now serves as Research Publications Librarian. Her debut pamphlet, Blue Dot Aubade, was published with V. Press in 2020.

Chaucer Cameron is the author of In an Ideal World I’d Not Be Murdered (Against the Grain, 2021) She has been published in magazines and anthologies, including Under the Radar, Poetry Salzburg and The North. She is also the creator of Wild Whispers, an international poetry film project, and curates and presents poetry film at events and festivals. She is co-editor of the online magazine, Poetry Film Live.

Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions was published by Picador in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Jhalak Prize Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour.  She is the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for women of colour, housed at the Southbank Centre. 

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020-22, won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017, and has placed on other competition shortlists. His poems have appeared in The Rialto, Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Magma, Butcher’s Dog, Lighthouse, and elsewhere. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, and First Story, and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). He previously worked in BBC TV and radio production, as a teacher, and as a Senior Inclusion Worker. He lives in a human-canine pack in suburban Bristol. His debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow, was published with tall-lighthouse and his debut collection This Fruiting Body with Nine Arches Press in October 2021.

Vik Shirley’s chapbook, Corpses (Sublunary Editions), was published in 2020, and her collection, The Continued Closure of the Blue Door (HVTN Press), and her photo-poetry book, Disrupted Blue and Other Poems on Polaroid (Hesterglock), were published in 2021. Her work has appeared in such places as Poetry London, The Rialto, Magma, Shearsman and 3am Magazine. She is currently studying for a PhD in Dark Humour and the Surreal at the University of Birmingham.

4-4:30 Drop-in poetry cafe hosted by Helen Dewbery.
Join fellow festival goers to talk about the day’s events in this informal gathering.

8:30-9:45, £5
Evening reading with Forrest Gander, Vahni Capildeo and Raymond Antrobus. Hosted by Carrie Etter.

Raymond Antrobus was born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is author of To Sweeten Bitter (Out-Spoken Press), The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins), All The Names Given (Picador), and children’s picture book ‘Can Bears Ski?’ (Walker Books). In 2019 he was a recipient of the Ted Hughes Award and won the Sunday Times/University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award and became the first poet to be awarded the Rathbone Folio Prize.

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).

Forrest Gander, a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature, was born in the Mojave Desert and lives in northern California. His books, often concerned with ecology, include Be With, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Twice Alive, coming out in 2022 from Arc in the UK. Gander’s many translations include Alice Iris Red Horse by Gozo Yoshimasu, Firefly Under the Tongue by Coral Bracho, and Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems. He has received grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting and United States Artists Foundations.

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