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Counting Backwards: In celebration of Helen Dunmore at Piccadilly, London

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To mark the publication of Helen Dunmore’s Counting Backwards, a retrospective covering ten collections and four decades, we’ll be joined by Helen’s family and some of her close friends – Amanda Craig, Maura Dooley, Tony Curtis, Lawrence Sail and her lifelong poetry publisher, Neil Astley – for an evening of readings, celebrating “one of this country’s finest literary talents.”

Helen Dunmore was a poet, novelist, short story and children’s writer. Alongside her critically acclaimed, award-winning fiction, she also published ten collections of poetry. Her final collection – Inside the Wave – won the Costa Book of the Year, highlighting her talents as a spellbinding storyteller in poetry, as well as prose. Counting Backwards brings together all the poems she included in her earlier selection, Out of the Blue (2001), with all those from her three later collections, Glad of These Times (2007), The Malarkey (2012) and Inside the Wave (2012), along with a number of additional poems from her earlier collections.

Amanda Craig is a British novelist, short-story writer and critic, and will be chairing this event. She has worked as a journalist for newspapers including the Observer and The Sunday Times, as well as being the children’s critic for the Independent on Sunday and The Times. Her latest novel, Lie of the Land, is a suspenseful black comedy, which was selected as a book of the year for a number of publications.

Maura Dooley is a freelance writer, and lectures at Goldsmiths. She edited Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets, and The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems, as well as publishing selections of her own. Her work has been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and many other awards.

Tony Curtis is the author of several collections of poetry, including War Voices, The Arches and Crossing Over. Alongside this he has published a number of books of criticism ranging across Welsh Artists and Poets, Seamus Heaney amongst other topics. He is Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales, and has won a number of poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas Award.

Lawrence Sail was programme director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 1991, and has also judged for a number of awards. He has published a number of poetry and essay collections, including Waking Dreams: New & Selected Poems. A Poetry Book Society Special Commendation, the collection covers over four decades worth of material.

Counting Backwards: Poems 1975-2017 is published this month by Bloodaxe. The book and ticket option includes a copy of Counting Backwards (£14.99), along with entry to the event.

Please join us for what promises to be a touching, celebratory evening of Helen Dunmore’s life and work.


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