09 November 2018
Start times: 19:30
Tickets: £12Book tickets online
Stroud Book Festival@SVA
Join us for a wonderfully varied and immersive evening of readings, performance and music by a hand-picked bill of acclaimed poets, compered by Stroud’s own renowned wordsmith, Adam Horovitz.
19:30 – 21:00
We present readings by three poets, from Gloucestershire, that most fertile poetry county!
Kate Carruthers Thomas
Addressing experiences of displacement and connection to both place and people, Kate’s poems traverse landscape and memory, mingling the two and using beautifully controlled metaphor to explore the tensions between familiarity and strangeness. Kate will read from her debut solo collection, “Navigation”, in which some of the poems were inspired by or feature the landscapes of the Stroud Valleys.
The river Rhine starts to flow through Gloucestershire. Someone reads Russian poetry as the general election approaches. The people who live in the sun turn out to be worried about the people down here on earth, who include (in other poems), John Wayne, Osip Mandelstam, Margaret Thatcher and Amy Winehouse. All this, and perhaps more as Patrick reads from his latest collection, “The Further Adventures of the Lives of the Saints”, promising to “mine a wild humour from the vastness of our cultural disarray”.
Maria Stadnicka is a writer and freelance journalist who has lived in Stroud since 2003. Between 1996 and 2003 Maria lived in Romania and won 12 Romanian National Prizes for poetry. Maria will read from her latest book, “The Unmoving” (Broken Sleep Books), a “a masterfully succinct” collection written “in defence of the marginalised, the poor, the displaced”.
21:30 – 22:30
We are delighted to welcome poet, songwriter and BBC radio presenter Paul Henry to read poems and perform acoustic tracks from his latest collection, “The Glass Aisle”, which has been praised by both Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy.
From the sea of the poet’s childhood to the stillness of a canal walked in middle age, “The Glass Aisle” moves between rage and stillness, past and present, music and silence. In the title poem, a telephone engineer repairs a line that crosses a canal to the site of an old workhouse, and finds himself haunted by the voices of former ‘inmates’. Elsewhere there are love poems, elegies, evocations of a 1960s childhood, and a long poem entitled “The Hesitant Song” which ‘orchestrates silence’ to convey the loss of a mother’s songs.