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Launch of The Hill by Angela France

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The Wheatsheaf

283 Old Bath Road

Leckhampton

Cheltenham

GL53 9AJ

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Join us to celebrate the launch the new collection of poetry by Angela France, The Hill (published by Nine Arches Press) with a special live poetry show in a unique venue.

The Wheatsheaf, Leckhampton, Cheltenham

From 6pm for 6.30pm start.


This is a book launch with a very special local and historical twist - it takes place in The Wheatsheaf pub where the 'Leckhampton Stalwarts', who feature prominently in The Hill, used to meet.

This launch event will also feature Angela France's multimedia poetry show which accompanies the book and includes the images, maps and voices of the characters Angela found in the archives, as well as a selection of live poems from Angela France interwoven into a compelling story of trespass, place and memory.


About the book:

Angela France’s The Hill is a remarkable sequence of poems that leads us up the winding footpaths of Leckhampton Hill near Cheltenham. Under our feet are fossils and flora, bones and the relics of quarrying. France is masterful in capturing the sense of place and weaving the entrancing voices of the hill, its walkers and inhabitants, into the fabric of these formally adventurous poems that range from prose to ‘anglish’, richly worded and delighting in their shapes and sounds.

Here, we encounter ghosts, foxes and ancient kings. We meet the protestors who, years before the Kinder Scout Trespassers, were standing up for their rambling rights and took the law into their own hands in 1902 when a landowner tried to enclose the hill they had walked for generations. And though history is never far from the surface, The Hill raises questions that are just as important today; who has the right to roam, whose land is it, anyway?

Praise for The Hill:

"This magical book shows poetry can still perform its ancient task of recording history memorably. The Hill makes an essential contribution to the literature of landscape." - Claire Crowther

“In Angela France’s multiply-layered word-geology of sited memory and belonging, the things of a hill long to still be, to persist.” - Phil Smith, author of Mythogeography and On Walking

"Exuberant, controlled, angry, elegiac, this is a poetry of landscape, politics, witness." - Sheenagh Pugh

More information, or to pre-order The Hill, visit our website.

Tickets are FREE for this very special launch event, but please book in advance as they will be limited.


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