Saturday 25th March 1pm
Basic Nest Architecture: The launch of Polly Atkin’s first collection
Basic Nest Architecture, Polly Atkin’s first collection of poetry, marks a startling new talent, with intelligent, densely metaphorical lyrics, often inspired by the Lake District where she has made her home for a decade. The book is divided into three sections, themed around three interwoven ideas: place as nest, the mind as nest, and the body as nest. The collection explores ideas of home and belonging, in the world and in our own selves. The remarkable poems in Basic Nest Architecture are a testament to the persistence and artistry of Polly Atkin. As well as being profoundly personal, they reach out to the modern world in all it’s complexity and diversity.
Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
Tickets: £9.50 Full /£7.50 Concession
SPECIAL COMBO OFFER!— Three poetry day events (Polly Atkin, Philip Burton and Gill Lambert, Kim Moore and Hannah Lowe) for £22/£18
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:
Online: VIC Ticketbox
In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres
By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808
Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. She is interested in the intersections between visual and literary arts, and poetry as a thing to be stumbled over during day-to-day life, as well as writing about the body, in poetry and prose. In 2014 an extract from her first collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was awarded New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize for ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’. Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She currently teaches English Studies at the University of Strathclyde.