Bodies of Water and Stone: Poetry from Elizabeth Jane Burnett and Polly Atkin
Join us to hear from two poets sharing work from their debut collections, and the landscapes that inspired them, introduced by award-winning-poet, runner and climber Helen Mort.
About the event:
Bodies of Water and Stone is be a celebration of the works of poets Elizabeth Jane Burnett and Polly Atkin.
This exciting event will be introduced by award-winning-poet, runner and climber Helen Mort and will explore the duo's poetry.
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's long poem 'Swims' - documenting wild swims across the UK, each swim is conceived of as an environmental action, testing ways individuals might effect environmental change.
'Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's poems flow and sing through salt and sweet water, connecting time and place and spirit in an electric gesture of natural unity. Her oneness with the water is a oneness with words; and this collection is a wondrous, perfect thing.' Philip Hoare, author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-winning, Leviathan or, the Whale.
Polly Atkin’s poetry is deeply entangled with the Lake District, where she has made her home. Her poems explore and reflect the landscapes she lives with, as well as how illness and disability alter not only the ways in which we access and experience places, but also the places we find.
‘At the centre of Atkin's poetry is the dichotomy between urban and rural life, the question of the individual's entrapment in modern society, or resistance to it.’ Charanpreet Khaira on Basic Nest Architecture - The Poetry Review, July 2017
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