Annie Freud and the Girls: poetry Sat 22 March

Annie Freud & the Girls: poetry performance

Saturday 22 March 6.30pm for 7pm

Tickets £10 / £25 with informal dinner afterwards.

Phone 01308 459511 to book now!

Annie Freud & the Girls features acclaimed poets Camellia Stafford, Chrissy Williams, and Amy Key who will perform a selection of their poems introduced and joined by Annie Freud whose eagerly awaited third collection is due out later this year from Picador.  These four dynamic females will sweep us away with their humour, pinpoint accurate perceptions and powerful imaginations.

Camellia Stafford 2Camellia Stafford

Camellia was born in Warwickshire. She read English Literature and Language at King’s College London and has an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art. Her debut pamphlet ‘another pretty colour, another break for air’ is published by tall lighthouse.

Camellia divides her time between Warwickshire & London. Letters to the Sky is her first collection.

Her poem ‘Violet’ is printed below.

Chrissy WilliamsChrissy Williams

Chrissy lives in London, works at the Poetry Library and is joint organiser of the Poetry Book Fair. She is half-Italian. Her pamphlet Flying into the Bear was published in 2013 by HappenStance Press and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Awards. The TLS called it “the most energetic, delightful collection you will read this year”. She has two other pamphlets, The Jam Trap (Soaring Penguin) and ANGELA (Sidekick Books), both created in collaboration with comics artists, and she has taught on poetry and comics for the Poetry School. Her poem ‘JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION in the Spring’ is printed below.

Amy Key Amy Key was born in Dover and grew up in Kent and the North East. She now lives and works in London. She co-edits the online journal Poems in Which.

Her pamphlet Instead of Stars was published by tall-lighthouse in 2009, and her first collection, Luxe, was recently published by Salt. She is currently working on an anthology of poems on female friendship Best Friends Forever, due autumn 2014 from The Emma Press. Her poem, ‘On my deathbed I ask you this’ is printed below.

annie-freud 2Annie Freud was born in London in 1948. She is the daughter of painter Lucian Freud, maternal grand-daughter of sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, and the great-grand-daughter of Sigmund Freud. Her first full collection from Picador, The Best Man Who Ever Was, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation in 2007, and went on to receive the Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award in the same year. Her latest collection, The Mirabelles, was published by Picador in 2010 and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2011. She teaches Poetry Writing at City University, London and The Poetry School as well as her to a local group in Cattistock. She lives in Dorset with her husband and has a daughter, May.

Sladers Yard’s poetry events bring some of the most interesting and highly rated poets to perform in an intimate setting with the option to join a delicious and informal buffet dinner afterwards in our acclaimed Licensed Café.



before the surface of the lake slid over my head,
before my held breath eased its bubbles through water
and right before my arms recalled the butterfly stroke,
I like to think I saw you
lifted a cabinet’s velvet veil
to peep at you like a painted miniature of a loved one
shielded from light. You were a watercolour baby –
all pale skin, eyes like blue suns setting in the dark
and a mouth like a giggling blossom
learning to take the air.

Camellia Stafford

C Williams copy

On My Deathbed, I Ask You This

Help me into fresh pyjamas,

lay out a blush-warm eiderdown

on a meadowed lawn, and grant me

a last lie down in the edible air.

Preserve me that way – on a garden’s feather

bed – my slunk body embroidered

with cobwebs, leaf drift, silver trails. Honour

this last voluptuous reluctance to leave.

Amy Key

Moths on a Blue Path Annie Freud copy

1 Response to Annie Freud and the Girls: poetry Sat 22 March

  1. Jan Reid Jones says:

    I only wish we could come to Dorset more often, so that I could join in with Sladers’ Yard events. You ladies sound wonderful. Jan Reid Jones

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