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Poetry Swindon Festival 2018

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Richard Jefferies Museum

Marlborough Road (corner of Day House Lane)

Coate Water

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Poetry Swindon Festival 2018

4th to 8th October

"Swindon! Where your poems turn into films & transform museum walls, where you perform in twinkling chequerboard tents, where sunsets bleed into fat moons while bonfires crackle with song." Ben Bransfield (Primers: Volume 2, Nine Arches Press 2017)

For 2018 we have an exciting line-up of poetry and community activity to bring us all together and leave us feeling inspired, happy and ready to read, write and listen to more!

Our resident poets this year will be Clare Shaw and Nicholas McLachlan with Jacob Sam Le Rose as judge and performer for Battered Moons during the festival. We have, Debra Alma, The Emergency Poet booked for all-day on Thursday 4th October, so make sure you get a dose of brilliant poetry to last all five wonderful days. Carrie Etter will be back with exciting editors to discuss your publishing dreams with: Tony Frazer of Shearsman and Laurie Smith, one of Magma Poetry's founders. There will be discos, Late Night Toast and fireside gatherings.

ASK ABOUT PAYING BY INSTALMENTS: hilda@richardjefferies.org

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE (if booking before 31st December): place EARLYBIRD18 into protional code area before booking tickets. All tickets turn to 20% discount.

Clare Shaw was described by the Arvon Foundation as "one of the country's most dynamic young poets", she has two collections from Bloodaxe: Straight Ahead (2006), which attracted a Forward Prize Highly Commended for Best Single Poem; and Head On (2012), which is, according to the Times Literary Supplement: “fierce … memorable and visceral”. Her third collection will be published by Bloodaxe in 2018.

Clare was born in Burnley in 1972, and her poetry finds its roots in place and an uncompromising voice. Often addressing political and personal conflict, it is fuelled by a strong conviction in the transformative and redemptive power of language.

Clare is Royal Literary Fellow at Huddersfield University, and a regular tutor for the Poetry School, the Wordsworth Trust, The National Writer's Centre of Wales, and the Arvon Foundation. She is also a mental health trainer, activist and author: recent publications include "Otis Doesn't Scratch: talking to young children about self-injury" (PCCS Books, 2015); and “Our Encounters with Self-Harm” (2013).

Nicholas McLachlan was born in Dublin and now lives in Ventry, Co Kerry from where he writes and teaches. His long-awaited first collection of poetry The Rain Barrel was published by Salmon Poetry in 2015. The following year he was awarded the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship. He was director of Dingle Writing Courses, which from 1996—2010 ran an annual programme of residential writing courses featuring tutors from Ireland, the UK and US.


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