Leafing through the jottings in my Winchester Poetry Festival notebook, I see that I wrote down some of the comments Sinéad Morrissey made, before she read amazing poems, all new work, from her next collection (out in 2017). "We're in a toxic revolution," the poet said, referring to the Northern Ireland Department of Arts and Culture being replaced by… Continue reading Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival
Talking to people after the festival, many have mentioned the Sunday readings by Inua Ellams, Sarah Howe and Kei Miller as one of their highlights. These three major poets are all associated with The Complete Works, a national development programme for advanced Black and Asian poets. Who could have failed to be blown away by Inua… Continue reading The Complete Works at Winchester Poetry Festival
There have been so many outstanding readings at the festival, it would take me until the end of the year to tell you about them in detail. I'll write some more when I'm back at home but for now, here are some things poets have said which I've liked enough to record in my notebook. I… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival: Photos and snippets
Day Two of Winchester Poetry Festival started in the Children's Library at Winchester Discovery Centre. MPT Editor Sasha Dugdale and Access consultant Shelley Boden ran a session which introduced children to poetry (for children) in translation, "Poems from different countries can tell you things in a different way," Sasha told the young participants. "When you read… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: What isn’t translation?
Kim Moore, Ian Duhig and Sophie Hannah gave wonderful readings on the opening night of the festival. It really is a pleasure to hear poems you think you know quite well read aloud. Even if you've read them many times in magazines, websites, in collections and at award evenings, something surprising and new often turns… Continue reading Winchester Poetry Festival Diary: Day One (Part Two).