32 – Strange Landscapes: Jim Dening and Christopher North

Burgage Hall. Christopher North and Jim Dening explore people, landscapes and ideas in reading from their recent work. Chris’s poems report surprising, sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, events and encounters. Jim looks for meanings, echoes and ghosts in his narratives. Both poets love the force of words and the power of poetry to open new windows…

50 – Book Launch: Heath by Penelope Shuttle and John Greening

Burgage Hall Heathrow Airport landed, in the early 1940s, as if from outer space, on the ancient common land of Hounslow Heath. In Heath John Greening and Penelope Shuttle transcribe and review the conflicts of modern life, of finding an equilibrium between the excitements of travel and the benefits of trade, and the continuing desecration…

52 – Poetry East: Maitreyabandhu in conversation with Medbh McGuckian

Burgage Hall McGuckian’s first major collection, The Flower Master, which explores post-natal breakdown, was awarded a Rooney prize for Irish Literature, and other awards. Since then she has published seven further collections. She was awarded the 2002 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem) for her poem She is in the Past, She Has This Grace….

54 – Old Rhymes for New – Shakespeare in Original Pronunciation

Burgage Hall Shakespeare’s poems in original pronunciation. In 96 of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets there are couplets that don’t rhyme in modern English. In the major poems, similarly, there are many lines that should rhyme, but don’t, to modern ears. David Crystal explains the way sounds have changed since the 16th century, and describes the evolution…

59 – Ledbury Poetry Competition Winners

Burgage Hall Deryn Rees-Jones hosts this reading of Ledbury Poetry Competition winners. Jane Satterfield from America won first prize in the adult category with Rosie Shepperd and Nisha Bhakoo taking second and third prizes. The young winners include Shaliyah Grant, Daniella Cugini, Elin Gray, Inés Rossi, Kitty Prince and Victor Nogueira. This event was a wonderful…

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