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Birdsong on Mars by Jon Glover: Online Book Launch


Wednesday 7 Oct 2020, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Jon Glover's new poetry collection, Birdsong on Mars. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poets John Whale and Rebecca Goss. 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.

The teasing title poem of this book is about weather. Rain falls, wind cracks its cheeks as in Macbeth; the noises are drops like kisses falling, 'fallen into birdsong on Mars'. What would it sound like, be like, to hear it? The poem wants to know what it can't yet know. But as the book proceeds, the poet - on a human heath, tormented by loss - hears something like it, unearthly sounds on a planet without atmosphere, sound making quite another kind of sense. Jon Glover wrote most of the poems in this collection before his wife's sudden death from cancer in 2019. He developed the themes and fragmenting style of his previous book, Glass is Elastic (2012), where language was always quizzing itself and how it might relate to the actual and the historical world. Intense, playful, unpredictable, the poems surprised. The collection ends with a mock-sonnet sequence, written during the pandemic, in which the poet tries all the doors and windows to find her, to speak with her - love poems where love has not changed but its circumstances have.

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.


About the speakers:

Jon Glover was born in Sheffield in 1943 and grew up in south London. He studied English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, where he met Jon Silkin and began a long association with Stand magazine. Jon Glover is an Honorary Fellow of the English Association, and the School of English at the University of Leeds and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton.

Rebecca Goss lives in Suffolk. Her first full-length collection, The Anatomy of Structures, was published in 2010 by Flambard Press. Her second collection Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2013, the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and the Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It won the poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards in 2013. In 2014, Rebecca was selected for the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets. Carousel, her collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge, was published in 2018 by Guillemot Press. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and is currently studying for a PhD by Publication at the University of East Anglia. She is 2018/19 Creative Writing Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.

John Whale was born in Liverpool in 1956 and studied at the University of Leeds before moving to a post at University College Cardiff. He returned to Leeds University in 1984, where he is now Professor of Romantic Literature and from where he is Managing Editor of the international literary quarterly Stand.


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