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Judith Willson & Victoria Kennefick: StAnza Festival

Thursday 10 Mar 2022, 14:00 to 15:30

Holy Trinity Church - Nave
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9NL


Any historic account begs many questions: what history? Whose history? Told by whom and why? This afternoon's extended reading and discussion panel brings together three female poets whose recent work touches upon these questions, reimaging or revising historical narratives which are traditionally understood through a male lens. Victoria Kennefick will read poems from her T.S. Eliot and Costa Prize nominated collection Eat or We Both Starve. The book destabilises the patriarchal lenses of State and Church which prove so dominant in Ireland, in poetry connecting the potato famine with the coming-of-age tale of a young woman in a world that tries to control and consume her. Judith Willson's Fleet presents a fragmentary, elusive story from the 19th century, as a tiny detail within larger histories; Judith is particularly interested in history as a 'haunting' J.R. Carpenter will read from a new collection-in-progress called Measures of Weather, work in which the weather stands in for the elemental, the transitional and the ungovernable, focusing on how language can make tangible changes to the material world we inhabit.

This ticket provides access to the live event in St Andrews; Victoria Kennefick is appearing via Zoom.

Tickets are £8 / £6 / £4 - find out more and buy them here.

 See the full list of StAnza events here. 

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