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Moving Day by Jenny King: Carcanet Book Launch


Wednesday 19 May 2021, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Moving Day, the debut collection by Jenny King. Hosting the reading will be Carcanet poet and co-director of The Poetry Business, Peter Sansom, joining Jenny to discuss the new edition. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so you can read along. Register here, and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.

Jenny King was born in London during the Blitz. Her parents, both teachers, encouraged her to write poetry as a child and overcame wartime paper rationing to make her a book to write them in. Her poems view the world calmly, thoughtfully. They consider memory, peace and its opposite, the inwardness and variety of the natural world, and how the individual to relates to others. All the poems are concerned with the interest and excitement of language itself. Some use traditional patterns in unexpected ways, sometimes including rhyme, sometimes in more fluid forms. They work for clarity and memorable perception. Accessible language and natural rhythms are always important though used variously. Looking into the known - or half known - past of family history, the poem can disclose the fallibility of memory but also how a present relates to past and how the present with its difficulties intrudes on any consideration of how to live. These poems result from a long writing life and study of both past and contemporary poets.

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:

Jenny King was born in London in September 1940 - during the Blitz. She went to Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith and then to Newnham College, Cambridge where she took a degree in English. After a PGCE teaching qualification at Nottingham, she taught in Shrewsbury for three years and then married and moved to Sheffield where she continued to teach and where she and her husband continue to live. After taking early retirement, she did an M.A. in Contemporary Poetry at Sheffield University. She is the author of three pamphlets, Letting the Dark Through (1981), Tenants (2014) and Midsummer (2020).

Peter Sansom is a poet and tutor. His publications include On the Pennine Way (Littlewood, 1988) and Everything You’ve Heard is True (Carcanet, 1990), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His poem commissions include for The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Three, The Big Breakfast, a billboard in the centre of Lancaster and The Swedish Club (a Marine Insurers in Gothenburg). Over the last 25 years, Peter has led writing workshops in hundreds of schools and workplaces, been Writer in Residence for Marks & Spencer and The Prudential and regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation. He taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield for 10 years, was Fellow in Creative Writing at Leeds University, and leads monthly Writing Days and the advanced Writing School course at The Poetry Business. He is a director of The Poetry Business in Huddersfield, and co-editor of The North Magazine and Smith/Doorstop Books.

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