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Lanyard by Peter Sansom: Carcanet Book Launch

Wednesday 15 Jun 2022, 19:00 to 20:00



Please join us to celebrate the launch of Lanyard by Peter Sansom. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poet Ian Pople, joining Peter to discuss the new book. 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 that you can read along.

Register here and let us know you can make it by joining the Facebook event.  

'On First Hearing Careless Whisper' is one of several poems in this brilliant new collection that put time on pause in order to look at life through art: 1980s pop, painting, or a congeries of writers including Emily Bronte, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, D. H. Lawrence, Alice Munro, Fernando Pessoa and the New York Poets - and several of Sansom's beloved contemporaries. But the richness of family life is at the centre of this assured and utterly open book by one of our best-loved poets and teachers.  

Carcanet published Sansom's first book in 1990. With Ann Sansom, Peter is the director of The Poetry Business in Sheffield and co-editor of The North and SmithDoorstop Books. Lanyard is his twelfth Carcanet collection. There is a compelling development that makes it possible, in Lanyard, to come close in on the truths that excite him: how people lived, how they live, how he lives. Family is at the heart of this warm, witty and moving book in which he evokes working-class life in the early and mid-twentieth century, and from the 1970s, vinyl, tie-dye, crushed velvet, gatefold sleeves. We travel in his first car, meet him as teacher, roofer, pigeon fancier. We see Sheffield as it is seldom portrayed. And Sansom is an unparalleled expert in the poetry business, as editor, publisher - and teacher. His elegies celebrate Gerard Benson, children's poet and founder of Poems on the Underground; and Sarah Maguire, poet, translator and anthologist. All human life, and death, is to be found here. There is laughter and tears and a vivid evocation of a world that survives thanks to poems like these.

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:

Peter Sansom was born in 1958 in Nottinghamshire. Carcanet published his first book in 1990. Among more recent titles are Selected Poems and Careful What You Wish For, which won him a Cholmondeley Award in 2016. He has also published Writing Poems (Bloodaxe, 1994, new edition 2024). For ten years Peter taught the MA Poetry at Huddersfield University, and he has been Fellow in Poetry at Leeds and Manchester Universities and Company Poet with M&S and The Prudential. With Ann Sansom he is one of the directors of The Poetry Business in Sheffield and co-editor of The North and SmithDoorstop Books.

Ian Pople was born in Ipswich and educated at the British Council, Athens, and the universities of Aston, Manchester and Nottingham. He has taught English in secondary and higher education in UK, Sudan, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He taught at the University of Manchester for over twenty years.

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