Zoë Brigley - Letters to the World
Sunday 10 a.m - 12 p.m. at the Holiday Inn
Writer Lynette Roberts once told her friend, poet Alun Lewis, that on reading his letters, she was almost in love with him. Letters can seduce, entrance, bring sorrow or joy, but they are always intriguing. This workshop asks: what do poems and letters have in common? The group will consider what we might learn from the intimacy and directness of writing a letter, and we will investigate what happens if we address not only people but the things around us that create a fragile, beautiful, and intricate world.
Zoë Brigley grew up in Wales, and is now an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University in the US. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and received a Welsh Academy bursary in 2005. Her first book of poems, The Secret (Bloodaxe Books, 2007), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008. Her second collection, Conquest (Bloodaxe Books, 2012), was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, as is her third collection, Hand & Skull (Bloodaxe Books, 2019). A book of her non-fiction essays, Notes from a Swing State, is due from Parthian Books in 2019. She also researches violence against women, and is co-editor of a volume of scholarly essays, Feminism, Literature, and Rape Narratives (Routledge, 2010).