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An Entertainment for W.S. Graham

Friday 8 February 2019, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

£6 – £8
W.S. Graham © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow square

with Rachael Boast, Emily Critchley, Sarah Howe & guests

W.S. Graham© the Estate of Michael Seward Snow.
W.S. Graham © the Estate of Michael Seward Snow.
L to r: Rachael Boast, Emily Critchley and Sarah Howe.
L to r: Rachael Boast, Emily Critchley and Sarah Howe.

“These words said welcome. Fare / Them well from what they are.”
– from ‘Letter I’ by W.S. Graham

Join us for a celebration of W.S. Graham with Rachael Boast, Emily Critchley, Sarah Howe and guests, reading poems inspired by Graham’s life and enduring legacy. Doors from 7pm, readings from 7.30pm.

To hear marvellous readings by Graham of his poems ‘I Leave This At Your Ear’ and ‘The Constructed Space’, recorded in his Cornwall home in the 1970s, follow the links below:


 

The reading is the final event of The Estate of W.S. Graham’s centenary project, ‘Language is Where the People Are’, a celebration of a poet whose reputation and influence continues to rise. Throughout 2018 and into 2019, the project has engaged a diverse array of writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds from across the UK.

About the readers

Rachael Boast won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for Sidereal (Picador, 2011). Void Studies (Picador, 2016) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is co-editor, with Andy Ching and Nathan Hamilton, of The Caught Habits of Language: An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him Having Reached One Hundred (Donut Press, 2018).

Emily Critchley‘s poetry collections include Arrangements (Shearsman, 2018) and Ten Thousand Things (UEA: Boiler House Press, 2017) and a selected writing: Love / All That / & OK  (Penned in the Margins, 2011). Critchley is editor of Out of Everywhere 2: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America & the UK (Reality Street, 2016). She is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich and lives in London with her daughter.

Sarah Howe is a British poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award; it was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. She is a Lecturer in Poetry at King’s College London.

The anthology of poems inspired by Graham, The Caught Habits of Language: An Entertainment for W.S. Graham for Him Having Reached One Hundred, edited by Rachael Boast, Andy Ching and Nathan Hamilton, was published by Donut Press in 2019.

“A grand sing-song, and a grand makar leads it.” Carol Rumens, reviewing The Caught Habits of Language in The Poetry Review

Friday, 4pm: We have taken tickets for tonight’s event off sale via the website now, but there will be a handful of tickets available to buy on the door.