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Final Week of Teaching

Liver Literature, Bolton

This semester at the University of Bolton seems to have been busier than ever. I have been running a live literature series as part of my post and all the guests have been fantastic. Helen Mort, Les Smith, Simon Holloway, Beverley Bie Brahic and Marli Roode all came to Bolton and read to great audiences. Students have also performed a selection of first world war poetry and some read for the first time. There were lots of nerves but I was very proud of them.  I have seen a great progression in my third year students’ work and I am looking forward to working with them on their dissertation projects. All in all, it has felt like a very positive autumn. I have also managed to submit a new manuscript to Cinnamon Press and a proposal for a Phd. I would like to spend a Christmas recovering a little and perhaps switching interests – it would be good to have a couple of weeks that are non-word based – so lots of swimming, walking and film-watching are in order! (I do understand film contains language but I am sure you know what I mean…)

Poetry by Heart, Leeds – Poetry Reading 29th January

Leeds City Centre

I am reading in Leeds this month in Headingley, at the Heart Centre Cafe, LS6 3HN.

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The other poets are Julia Deakin, William Thirsk-Gaskell, Neil Clarkson and Andy Armitage.

The event takes place on the 29th January, 7.30pm. I am looking forward to the chance to try some new work and meet the other poets.

I once lived in Headlingley many moons ago and worked at a bookshop on the High St. I had just fallen in love and moved to the city without knowing a soul! My boyfriend at the time worked nights and I worked during the day. So I had plenty of time to explore Leeds and get to know the city. I have very fond memories of it, but left after a couple of years to seek my fortune in London! Leeds was a very different city then. Quite run down, rough around the edges and a cheap place to live. I bought a local magazine called ‘Leeds other Paper’ and did yoga, saw lots of films and eat lentils… What can I say!

Sqaure Chapel event – Saturday 12th October

I am taking part in an event at the Square Chapel for the Arts in Halifax this Saturday. The main focus of the evening is poetry by Heathcote Williams, performed by Roy Hutchins. The piece is called Forbidden Fruit.After the interval a number of poets are performing, including myself. Last year’s event was great – a real mixture of younger voices and people like myself! http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/en/event/888It would be great to see you.

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2011

I was reading for the first time at the Ledbury Poetry Festival this year, and although nervous, I think I enjoyed the experience!

Here are some pictures from the festival 2011. The whole town seemed to be humming with poets and poetry throughout the weekend I was there. Obviously a highlight for me was reading with Jo Shapcott to a great audience – warm, enthusiastic and book buying – what more could you ask for!?

Jo Shapcott and Judith Palmer at Ledbury – I wonder what is in the bags?

I am admiring a poetry biscuit here – just one of the more quirky elements of the festival.

Here are a group of poets doing what they do best.

Touring events this summer and autumn

I have been having some great feedback about my book, with many readers saying how much they enjoyed the storytelling of the first sequence of poems in particular. I am touring this summer, so please get in touch if you are able to come to any of these events:

List of Summer and Autumn Events – to date:
Talking With the Dead – Cinnamon Press

Saturday 18th June 4pm Manchester Book Market
St Anne’s Square, Manchester (tbc)
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/events/event/2152/

Monday 4th July  8pm – Guest Reader – The Puzzle Poets, Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge,
21 Hollins Mill Lane, HX6 2RF

Saturday 9th July – 7.45pm with Jo Shapcott –
Ledbury Poetry Festival, Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DH
http://www.poetry-festival.com/calendar.html

Saturday 10th September – Life Writing workshop
Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, Calderdale HD6 2AF
Contact Anna Turner for more details Anna.Turner@calderdale.gov.uk

Saturday 8th October – Exeter Poetry Festival – tbc with Rachel Boast
http://www.exeterpoetryfestival.com/

Saturday 12th November – with Paul Munden
NAWE conference book launch, Northampton
anne reading

Talking With The Dead

Here is a current list of events that I am doing in 2011 that relate to the book:

List of Summer and Autumn Events – Anne Caldwell
Talking With the Dead – Cinnamon Press

Saturday 18th June 4pm Manchester Book Market
St Anne’s Square, Manchester (tbc)
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/events/event/2152/

Monday 4th July  8pm – Guest Reader – The Puzzle Poets, Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge,
21 Hollins Mill Lane, HX6 2RF

Saturday 9th July – 7.45pm with Jo Shapcott –
Ledbury Poetry Festival, Burgage Hall, Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DH
http://www.poetry-festival.com/calendar.html

Saturday 10th September – Life Writing workshop
Brighouse Library, Halifax Road, Brighouse, Calderdale HD6 2AF
Contact Anna Turner for more details Anna.Turner@calderdale.gov.uk

Saturday 8th October – Exeter Poetry Festival – tbc with Rachel Boast
http://www.exeterpoetryfestival.com/

Saturday 12th November – with Paul Munden
NAWE conference book launch, Northampton

Broccoli and Politics

As the end of the year draws near, I have been working on a poem to try and put into words some of the anger I feel about the political situation at the moment. I have had a few weeks of high drama including getting locked in a building in Leeds with fifty arts activists and David Cameron – surrounded by police vans and horses. The prime minister had come to visit ‘Shine’ to talk to relate counsellors and got angry arts people instead!

Here is the poem – a bit bleak, I know. But there it is.

October 2010

 

Our purple sprouting broccoli

struggle to grow heads this year.

The roots are pot-bound in the plastic tubs

we bought in bulk. Cabbage whites have feasted

on the shoots. Each crocheted plant is sick.

 

Today The Coalition will announce its cuts.

Our friends who work in libraries

and museums, poets who scrape a living

in schools, posties with their arthritic knees –

hold their breath.

 

We stare into a future where lives

are stunted and may not flower;

where leaves yellow and drop

onto the cracked paving stones,

onto the pot-holed streets.

 

In the Bleak Midwinter

This photo was taken up in Hardcastle Craggs this week to inspire a new personal writing project I have just started. I have decided to do the same route once a week for a year and write about this walk from different angles – observation, sensory details, diary thoughts and research. I am going to see what kind of material comes out, but I started this week in appalling weather and came across this extraordinary wall of icicles half way down the main route into The Craggs. It looked like the entrance to The Underworld!

I am also going to be working in South Leeds Academy this term with year 11 pupils. I am looking forward to meeting them all on the 25th January. I am running a writing project in Warrington for Anna Wenlock which will be open to local writers (and non writers). It is based at Birchwood Library and will look at unlocking creativity, helping new writers get started and building confidence and self esteem. I intend to do a mixture of poetry, creative non-fiction and short stories with the group.

I did a project last year at Birchwood as part of a ‘Some Girl’s Mothers’ tour, and had the best workshop experience I have ever had! It was a very mixed group of young people and retired people and they all clicked. The evening flew by.

Two events coming up this summer

I have just had a poem published in Magma no.44 and I am delighted as I think it is such a good magazine. I am going to its launch event at The Troubadour in London 8pm on the 22nd June. Please come and join me if you are around that evening. I will post up the poem once the magazine is in production.

Magma issue 43

http://magmapoetry.com/

I am also doing an event with Nell Farrell, Char March and others at the Lowdon Literature Festival on Saturday 20th June at 6.30pm. We are reading from ‘Some Girls’ Mothers.

I have been following quite a lot of material in the papers about the Poet Laureate and want to congratulate Carol Ann – this seems a very important step forward for women and poetry in particular and I am really pleased to see the raised profile the art form has. I just hope the actual Laureate post does not have a detrimental affect on her work. I wonder if there is a better way of celebrating poetry in this country? It seems such an archaic institution. I would prefer something that did not focus on one person and had a wider spread. I would be interested to hear what other people think.