Vespers #21 – November 2018

Corbett, Hollander, Davies

Vespers #21, Tuesday 6 November 2018, 7.15pm, Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT

It should be a special night at the Scottish Poetry Library for Vespers 21. Readings start at 7.30pm sharp – the 7.15pm above is just an encouragement to get there in good time 🙂 . This is a line-up you may never see in Edinburgh again, so don’t miss it!

Sarah Corbett
Jodie Hollander
Sian Robinson Davies
Matthew Sweeney tribute –

Sarah Corbett‘s fifth collection, ‘A Perfect Mirror’, (Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press, 2018) explores questions of belonging in an unsettled world in poems set in the West Yorkshire landscape and the Lake District, and was Highly Commended in this year’s Forward Poetry Prizes. She published a verse-novel, ‘And She Was’, with Pavilion Poetry in 2015, and has three previous collections with Seren Books. Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes and is widely translated and anthologised. Sarah works regularly on projects with other artists, writers and filmmakers, most recently ‘Dorothy’s Colour’ with the visual artist Zoe Benbow in collaboration with The Wordsworth Trust, and currently ‘Deer, Woman, Child’ with the filmmaker Gabrielle Russell. Sarah lives in West Yorkshire and teaches Creative Writing for Lancaster University.

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England, and her work has been published in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Yale Review, PN Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The New Criterion, Australia’s Best Poems of 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. Her debut full-length collection, ‘My Dark Horses’, is published with Pavilion Poetry/Liverpool University Press in the UK and Oxford University Press in the US. Hollander is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant in Italy, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She currently lives in Colorado.

Siân Robinson Davies is an artist and comedian based in Edinburgh whose work encompasses performance, writing and video. She graduated from Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2007 and Applied Linguistics at Birbeck College, University of London in 2011. Her latest book is ‘Naked and Practical’, a collection of short stories, scenes and fragments about how people come to know what it is that they want. In each chapter the characters do their best to communicate, negotiating each other using language and their bodies.

We’ll also be reading a few poems in tribute to Irish poet, Matthew Sweeney, who died on 5 August this year from Motor Neurone Disease. His most recent collection is ‘My Life as a Painter’ (Bloodaxe, 2018) –

Hosts will be Jane Bonnyman, Chris Kerr and Rob A. Mackenzie. Raffle tickets are £1 each. Entry at the door is £3.

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