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Red Gloves by Rebecca Watts: Online Book Launch


Wednesday 8 Jul 2020, 19:00 to 20:00
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Please join us online to celebrate the launch of Rebecca Watts' new poetry collection, Red Gloves. Hosting the reading will be Paul Stephenson, joining Rebecca to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along. Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

In this follow-up to her acclaimed debut The Met Office Advises Caution, Rebecca Watts observes and tests the limits of humanity's engagement with the non-human. By turns lyrical and narrative, the poems examine familiar subjects - environmental crisis, hawks, hospitals, the sea, barbecues, flowers, Emily Dickinson - only to find their subjects staring, sometimes fighting, back. Nature and nurture, equally red in tooth and claw, power a book-long sparring match between the overthinking poet and the ever-thoughtless universe, between the craft's isolation and the world's irrepressible variety. Gloves on and gloves off, the poet's hands destroy and build, gather and scatter, caress and strike.

Rebecca Watts was born in Suffolk in 1983 and currently lives in Cambridge, where she works in a library and as a freelance editor. A selection of her poetry was included in New Poetries VI (2015). Her debut collection The Met Office Advises Caution (2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and featured in the Guardian and Financial Times 'Best Books of 2016' lists.

Paul Stephenson has published three poetrypamphlets: Those People (Smith/Doorstop,2015), The Days that Followed Paris(HappenStance, 2016) and Selfie with Waterlilies (Paper SwansPress, 2017). He co-curates Poetry in Aldeburgh and interviews poets atpaulstep.com.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.

Please note that there is a limited number of places for the reading, so do book early to avoid disappointment. You should receive a confirmation email with details on how to join after you register. If this does not arrive, please contact us to let us know. Please also be aware that clicking 'attending' on the Facebook event will not guarantee your place - you must complete the Zoom registration here.

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