Litfest Autumn Weekend Launch: National Poetry Day with Clare Shaw

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To celebrate National Poetry Day 2022, for which this year’s theme is ‘Environment’, we invited everyone to submit a poem to the Litfest ‘Environment’ Poetry Mosaic. Submissions to the mosaic are now closed.

In the days leading up to National Poetry Day, Clare Shaw will curate a selection of 12 outstanding poems from those submitted to the Litfest ‘Environment’ Poetry Mosaic. Then on 4 October Litfest will contact those poets to invite them to read their work in person or online at this special event!

MC’d by poet Clare Shaw, the event itself will feature Clare’s own poetry, poems from the past, and the 12 selected poets’ work. After the event, all submitted and accepted poems will remain online in the ‘Poetry Mosaic’.

‘Clare Shaw writes rawly and brilliantly’Jackie Kay

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Clare Shaw is a poet and performer. They have published four poetry collections with Bloodaxe, most recently Towards a General Theory of Love. Clare is co-director of the Kendal Poetry Festival, a poetry tutor, and a mental health educator. Their work is grounded in place, and underpinned by a deep faith in language – the belief that words have the power both to harm and to heal at an individual and societal level.

 

 

Autumn Weekend Launch: National Poetry Day with Hannah Hodgson

7th October, 2021, 7.30pm, online

Many great poems have been written about choice, from Shel Silverstein’s ’The Voice’ to Julia Donaldson’s ‘I Opened a Book’, and from Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken’ to Grace Nichols’ ‘Harbour’ – about choosing a human hug over constant digital contact. Many of these poems are available online, others can be found in a book you might have at home or can get at the library.

Hosted by Hannah Hodgson, this event will feature some of the best poems written on the theme of choice from the past. It will also be a showcase for Northwest poets – of all ages – who are writing today.

In the days leading up to National Poetry Day, Hannah Hodgson will curate a selection of outstanding poems from those submitted to the Litfest Poetry Mosaic, and on 2nd October Litfest will contact those poets (or a nominated reader) to invite them to read their work online at this special National Poetry Day showcase event!

After the event, all the submitted poems will remain online in our specially created Litfest Poetry Mosaic.

Hannah Hodgson is a poet living with life-limiting illness. Her work has been published by BBC Arts, The Poetry Society and Magma, amongst other outlets. She is a recipient of a 2020 Northern Writers Award for Poetry. Her first poetry pamphlet, Dear Body, was published by Wayleave Press in 2018; and her second, Where I’d Watch Plastic Trees Not Grow, centred around life with serious illness was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2021. Her first full length poetry collection, 163 Days, is due to be published by Seren in early 2022.

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