Ciaran Carson

I bought a copy of Ciaran Carson’s ‘Still Life’ and it arrived today. It is – you will know – very good. It made me go back to his ‘Collected Poems’. We change as readers: we get better. Every day, with more reading, we get better. We don’t read the same poem again, over time. … More Ciaran Carson

Mark Goodwin: ‘Featured Writer’ on November 16th

With the day of the Symposium not too far away now, here’s a bit more detail about ‘Featured Writer’ Mark Goodwin. As with the other ‘Featured Writers’ I highly recommend clicking on the links below to hear the work read. The picture here was taken by Nikki Clayton at the launch of Rock as Gloss, … More Mark Goodwin: ‘Featured Writer’ on November 16th

Emma Bolland is a ‘Featured Writer’ on November 16th at the Carlisle Poetry Symposium

We’re very lucky and honoured to be able to announce another ‘Featured Writer’ for the Carlisle Poetry Symposium on November 16th. The best thing I can recommend is that you watch some of Emma Bolland’s work here, here and here! And here. Here’s a little bit of a ‘bio’, in advance! *** Emma Bolland is … More Emma Bolland is a ‘Featured Writer’ on November 16th at the Carlisle Poetry Symposium

Poetry Borderlines

So, Borderlines has been and gone for another year. As I sit with the least bankable end of the festival’s activities (that would be poetry, if you’re not sure what happens round here…), the festival always throws up a lot of questions in my mind. Here’s three of these thoughts. Thought 1: why aren’t the … More Poetry Borderlines