Friday 7 June 6.30pm
Don’t miss the fantastic Annie Freud and friends performing here in another ensemble of funny, moving, highly acclaimed and always interesting poems…
Joining Annie Freud are: Matthew Caley, Mark Waldron and Susan Grindley with new talent Lisa Storm-Olsen and Elaine Beckett
Tickets: £8 / £18 with supper. Please phone 01308 459511 to book.
MATTHEW CALEY’s third collection Apparently was published by Bloodaxe in 2010 and featured on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, as was his ‘lost fin-de-siecle’ concept collection Professor Glass [Donut Press 2011]. His debut Thirst [Slow Dancer, 1999] was nominated for The Forward Prize for Best First Collection and followed by The Scene Of My Former Triumph [Wrecking Ball, 2005]. He has been Commended, 3rd and 2nd in the National Poetry Competition. His work is included in Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets edited by Roddy Lumsden and The Picador Book Of Love Poetry edited by John Stammers. He has read at The Durham Book Festival, the 5th Novi Sad International Literary Festival in Serbia, The Aldeburgh Festival, Alchemy in Prague, Czech Republic, the King’s Lynn and Essex Poetry Festivals. Recently he has twice read at National Portrait Gallery for the Lucien Freud Memorial Readings and for The Lost Prince exhibition.
Praise for Matthew Caley’s Apparently:
“A book to delight and amaze long after you’ve fallen off the chaise-longue’ John Hartley Williams / Bloodaxe Books Catalogue
“Gleeful cultural cannibalism. Hauntingly lovely, immaculately constructed. Apparently is one of those collections which makes you see the world as suddenly more complex, strange and fascinating” Imogen Roberts / Poetry Books Online
“Satyrically playful, self-parodic, yes, but unable to conceal an emotional intelligence that lends depth and vulnerability to Caley’s voice even at moments of humour.” Jane Holland / Poetry Review
“Wrought with intensity, in possession of rare, encyclopaedic cleverness, great menacing characters, evident skill and poise. Apparently may be the first poetry collection of modern times with two poems about wanting to bonk plants.” Jack Underwood / Poetry London
“The most inventive user of the sonnet form currently writing.” Laurie Smith / Magma
MARK WALDRON’s first collection, The Brand New Dark, was published by Salt in 2008, his second, The Itchy Sea, came out in September 2011. He’s been widely published in magazines and his work appears in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe 2010) and Best British Poetry 2012 (Salt Publishing). He lives in east London with his wife and son.
Praise for Mark Waldron’s work:
‘This is urgent, thought-provoking poetry – one of the most important debuts for a long time.’ (Clare Pollard Magma )
‘Mark Waldron is the most striking and unusual new voice to have emerged in British poetry for some time. His offbeat observations and surreal imaginings are set off by a precise management of tone and mordant sense of humour. There is much black comedy in these poems but at the same time it becomes evident that a deeply humane sensibility is at work. His great gift is to face two ways at once: to our received culture, traditional and popular, and towards odd new ways of imagining ourselves. He brings to bear a sharp ear for the absurd coupled with a sure footed clarity and grace of speech. This enables him to write unforeseeable wordplays and images. In this way, his work captures exactly the uncertain mix of what it is to be a person living today – I really cannot recommend it highly enough.’ (John Stammers )
‘The late American comic Bill Hicks once began a stand-up routine with the deadpan line “If you work in advertising or marketing, kill yourself now”. He may well have made an exception for someone like Mark Waldron, a poet who writes adverts for a living. His debut, The Brand New Dark, is far removed from the clichés and superficiality of modern commercialism; witty, subversive, often darkly comic poems which are full of unusual images and curious turns of phrase.’ (Ben Wilkinson TLS)
Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Gobby Deegan’s Riposte edited by John Stammers, published by Donut Press, for which she wrote the title poem. She has had poems highly commended in the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition, 2010 and the Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition, 2011 and has read at the Bridlington Poetry Festival, the Essex Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Book Festival.
Her first solo pamphlet, New Reader, was published by Rack Press earlier this year.
Praise for Susan Grindley’s poems:
‘Here are ten dazzlers from Susan Grindley. In their masterful observation of human foible, they are, by turn, elegant, witty, sharp, melancholy and and tender.’ Annie Freud
‘Susan Grindley’s poetry is the product of a wonderful combination of a delicate poise and an acerbic ear. Her poems are often personal and whilst they carry a gravity of feeling can at the same time astonish and delight with her capacity to touch on the subtlest nuances of the human experience. She is a refreshing addition to our poetic lives.’ John Stammers
Lisa Storm-Olsen was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2012. She has read poems on Bridport Radio and performed at The Cattistock Poets’ Events with headline poets Ahren Warner, Rachael Boast, David Briggs, as a member of Annie Freud’s Cattistock Poets. Before moving to Bridport she was a member of the Geneva Writer’s Group. She is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University where her tutors are Tim Liardet and Neil Rollinson (who read at Sladers Yard in 2007). She is working on her first collection of poetry, to be called Vermilion and will be part of a creative work exhibition at The Museum of Bath at Work in June 2013.
Annie 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. Freud was educated at the Lycee Francais de Londres and then studied English and European Literature at Warwick University. Since 1975, she has worked intermittently as a tapestry artist and embroiderer, exhibiting work and undertaking commissions from people such as Anthony D’Offay, Jon Snow and Graham Norton. She taught the Advanced Class of the Poetry Writing Course at City University, London. 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 lives in Dorset with her husband.
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