Join us at the Poetry Café for a special reading by A.B. Jackson and A.E. Stallings – poets who mine our shared literary heritage for inspiration – as they commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Expect brilliant bardic resampling with references to Shakespeare, Pliny and Lucretius.
Entry on the door: £6/£5.
About the readers
Andrew Buchanan Jackson was born in Glasgow and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. His book Fire Stations (Anvil Press, 2003) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. In 2010 he won first prize in the Edwin Morgan Poetry Competition, and in 2011 Donut Press published a limited edition pamphlet, Apocrypha, which was the PBS Pamphlet Choice for Summer 2011. His second full collection, The Wilderness Party (Bloodaxe Books), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
A.E. (Alicia) Stallings studied classics in the US and at Oxford. She has published three books of poetry, Archaic Smile (1999), which won the Richard Wilbur Award; Hapax (2000), recipient of the Poets’ Prize; and Olives (2012), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, United States Artists, and MacArthur Foundations. Her verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, has recently been reissued in hardback with Penguin Classics, and she has a new verse translation of Hesiod forthcoming. She has lived since 1999 in Athens.
Tongues in Trees, Books in the Running Brooks: workshop with A.B. Jackson
Saturday 23rd April. 11am-5pm. In partnership with the Poetry School
Join A.B. Jackson in a day-long workshop in the Poetry Café, which will take Shakespeare’s words as the inspiration for found poems and erasures. Participants will be provided with a choice of texts and coloured pens to exercise their creativity, and the results are expected to astound the Commonwealth and set a Will-o’-the-Wisp among the hedge-pigs.
For full details and to book your place, visit the Poetry School webpage.
The workshop and exhibition are inspired by the Poetry Café exhibition, New Types of Shakespeare, with new settings of some of Shakespeare’s best-known lines by typography students at Middlesex University. The exhibition runs from 14 March to 7 May 2016.