The 23 September marked the penultimate reading of the Wordsworth Trust’s 2014 poetry season and the first time we’ve seen two female poets share a stage since the Women’s Poetry Festival in April. Katrina Porteous and Jean Sprackland were well worth the wait. Katrina Porteous started the night off with poems from her new book Two […]

The latest evening reading brought to the Trust two poets whose work is deeply involved in place and the language of those places. Liz Berry began proceedings with readings from her collection Black Country, shortlisted for this year’s Forward Prize for Best First Collection. The accent of her native Dudley was, she said, a beautiful […]

Despite the torrential rain and as a testament to their appeal, the room at the Daffodil Hotel was all but full for the reading of two of the Trust’s former poets-in-residence, Owen Sheers and Paul Farley. Sheers, resident in 2004, began the evening with readings from his verse drama Pink Mist, which he developed from interviews […]

Although the two poets at the Trust’s latest reading came from very different places, they had much to unify them. Pickard is from Newcastle whereas Kleinzahler originates in New Jersey, but they both came with recommendations from Allen Ginsberg (the influence of the Beats was evident in both of their readings), studied under Basil Bunting, […]

It was a warm summer evening in Grasmere last Tuesday —with only slight hints of the coming rain that would fall upon the valley the next morning—when guests gathered from all over to the Daffodil Hotel for another night of contemporary poetry. Almost all the seats in the Prince of Wales room were filled as […]

Simon Armitage’s annual reading came on a balmy evening at the half way point of this year’s Poetry Season. St Oswald’s was filled with regulars and newcomers alike and it quickly became apparent why Armitage continues to draw large numbers, as he engaged the audience by joking that the reading had been well organised to […]

Last Tuesday may have been one of the hottest days of the year so far but people still decided to forgo the sunshine in order to come and listen to poetry. The two poets, Lee Harwood and Stewart Conn shared a good natured, conversational outlook which made for a relaxed yet highly entertaining reading. The […]

Jen Hadfield kicked off last Tuesday evening’s poetry reading with an interesting self-introduction: her works, she informed us, concern “strange beasties” of the Shetland shores. “I have a bit of a fetish about them,” she explained with a slight smile that was, somehow, both welcoming and introspective. Coming from an English background, with family in […]

The second evening of the Wordsworth Trust’s 2014 poetry season started with not one but two events this year. Ahead of our Poetry Reading we were lucky enough to be joined by visiting Brazilian Poet Angelica Freitas, her translator Hilary Kaplan and the editor of Modern Poetry in Translation, Sasha Dugdale, for a conversation about […]

If the heart of the Wordsworth Trust beats around a hallmark poet of English literature, Tuesday evening’s poetry reading indicated the organisation’s respect for and interest in international contributors to the poetic scene. Traveling from their homes in Scotland and Brazil, the evening’s featured poets—Thomas A. Clark and Angélica Freitas—brought words, landscapes, and cultures to […]