Pasta, Pudding & Poetry

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Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

Queens Road

Bristol

BS8 1PX

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Pasta, Pudding & Poetry ... a supper-club at Bristol's RWA with guest-poet Adam Crothers (Carcanet Press)

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Pasta, Pudding & Poetry is a supper-club that intersperses poetry-readings from some of the UK’s best poets with a hand-crafted set-menu of pasta and dessert … all within an intimate setting at the historic RWA gallery in Clifton.

The supper-club provides up to 30 guests with a unique setting in which to experience some of the UK’s finest poetic talents. For this event, we are pleased to present guests with readings from award-winning poet Adam Crothers of Carcanet Press.

Each event introduces guests to a hand-crafted set-menu using the highest-quality locally-sourced ingredients. The set-menu includes:

  • a pasta dish (made using Cacklebean eggs from Cackleberry Farm in the Cotswolds, as well as Shipton Mill flour, and Bungay Butter);
  • a wine-pairing;
  • a homemade dessert from The Epiphany Cafe's Bethen Reid;
  • award-winning barista Alex Zeal will also be serving a specially-selected coffee on the night.

(NB. This event’s set-menu will be vegetarian, but not vegan.)

People

The team behind The Epiphany Cafe are proud to present guests with readings throughout the evening from poet Adam Crothers of Carcanet Press. Adam will be reading poems from his award-winning collection Several Deer (2016), as well as giving guests exclusive previews of new poems from his forthcoming collection The Culture of My Stuff (2020).

Adam Crothers was born in Belfast in 1984, and works in a library in Cambridge. His first collection, Several Deer, was published by Carcanet in 2016 and won the 2017 Shine/Strong Poetry Award and the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre Prize. In 2016 he was selected as one of Poetry Ireland Review's 'Rising Generation' poets. A second book of poems, The Culture of My Stuff, will be published in May 2020.

Several Deer is available to buy here.

Alex Zeal and Bethen Reid are the team behind the award-winning Epiphany Cafe @ The RWA. Alex is an award-winning barista and Bethen is one of Bristol’s best cake-makers. The event will be hosted by Oliver Newman, a poet and Ph.D. researcher at Bristol University.

The Pasta, Pudding & Poetry logo and design is by Raffy Greaves of Bristol design studio Printed Goods.

Places

Owing to the unique nature of the space inside the RWA, places for this event are limited to 30.

This event’s menu may be inspired in some way by these lines from Elizabeth Bishop’s The Moose ...

‘the sweet peas cling

to their wet white string

on the whitewashed fences;

bumblebees creep

inside the foxgloves,

and evening commences.’

We look forward to welcoming you on the night.

Praise for Adam Crothers:

'... a poet of the new post-Troubles era, who, unmistakably assembled on Ulster soil, has been given a metallic spray-job in some garage near the English fens.’ - Thomas McCarthy

Several Deer is [...] as much indebted to Bob Dylan and Lana Del Rey as to Emily Dickinson and George Herbert, Crothers writes about destruction, consumption, misogyny, gods, sex, failure, and rock ’n’ roll. But he does so with rhythmic subtlety and verbal craftsmanship, with unmistakable technical acuity. The poems are acrobatic: homophones, mondegreens, malapropisms, paraprosdokians, antanaclasis, polyptoton and puns are juggled with dexterity. Yet, for all their craft, the poems remain empathic, sincere, abscised from the particular experience rather than plucked from the common branch, addressing real people, albeit with the cynic’s ironizing compulsion. ‘Now send in the clowns’, ends the collection’s opening poem - and so they follow: happy and sad, wise and tragic, a touch melodramatic, wilfully misunderstood. They console themselves with rhythm, with rhyme, and with riffs on literary and pop culture new and old, high and low. Above all, perhaps, it is the air of excited verbal mischief that endears the ear to Several Deer. Easily sidetracked and keen to be soundtracked, the collection doesn’t take its sadness seriously. It listens to the hits.

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Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

Queens Road

Bristol

BS8 1PX

United Kingdom

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