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Into the Water: canal poetry readings and screenings (Zoom)

Wednesday 24 June 2020, 7:00 pm8:30 pm


As Canal Laureate, Nancy Campbell studied fish migration, learnt about locks, and paddled her kayak 100 miles during a drought. Poems bubbling out of these Laureate experiences have just been published in a handsome Happenstance pamphlet, Navigations, which Nancy will read from and discuss.

Joining Nancy will be Jo Bell, Canal Laureate 2013-15, reading new work from her narrowboat home. Duckling guest appearances are a distinct possibility.

The event will also include screenings of two poem films: Jonathan Edwards and Chris Morris’ collaboration set on the Monmouth & Brecon canal, and a very splashy interlude featuring Nancy and her kayak. 

Until we can all get out and about again, this evening of canal poems and conversation is the equivalent of a stroll along the towpath in good company. 

The Canal Laureateship is a collaborative project between The Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust, aiming to attract more visitors to the waterways, while surprising and delighting existing communities through exciting art projects. Canal Laureates have been Jo Bell, Luke Kennard and Nancy Campbell – more details at www.waterlines.org.uk

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