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Poetry Day: Polly Atkin and Andrew McMillan

Saturday 16th March 3:30pm

Venue: The Herbarium, 5-7 Great John St, Lancaster, LA1 1NQ

Tickets: £10 Full/ £8 Concession/ £6 Student

or POETRY DAY COMBO 3 Double Bills for £25/£20/£15

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In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

Our final double bill of the afternoon of brings together two poets with links to Lancaster   University reading from their latest work. Experts in articulating the complexities of what it is to be human, Polly Atkin, a former lecturer, will be reading from her new pamphlet With     Invisible Rain and Andrew McMillan, a graduate of their creative writing programme, will be reading from his new collection playtime.

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her first full poetry collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) is followed by a third pamphlet, With Invisible Rain (New Walk Press: 2018), which draws on Dorothy Wordsworth’s late journals to find a way to articulate pain. Her first pamphlet Bone Song (Aussteiger, 2008) was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award, 2009, and second, Shadow Dispatches (Seren, 2013), won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, and the Universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria. She is a Penguin Random House WriteNow mentee 2017/18 for a non-fiction book reflecting on place, belonging and chronic illness.


Andrew McMillan’s debut collection, physical, published by Cape Poetry in 2015 won multiple awards including the Guardian First Book Award 2015. His new collection playtime was also published by Cape Poetry in 2018 and is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Telegraph Poetry Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Poetry Book of the Year. He lives in Manchester