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The Iron Bridge by Rebecca Hurst: Carcanet Online Book Launch


Wednesday 17 Apr 2024, 19:00 to 20:00
Location:

Online

Description:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Iron Bridge by Rebecca Hurst. The reading will be hosted by poet Sarah Hesketh. 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.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, redeemable against the cost of the book. You will receive the discount code and instructions for how to purchase the book in your confirmation email as well as during and after the event.

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

Rebecca Hurst's first collection bridges memory and observation, noting the detail of the natural world and our changing relation to it. The book's places are made familiar by walking. It encounters other worlds alive with new and recovered ideas and images - from the folk traditions of her Sussex childhood, to archival encounters with a nineteenth-century nurse-explorer, and her undergraduate training as a Kremlinologist. Her language is deeply rooted, as keenly aware of etymologies as of history. Shaped by myth, history and desire, the poems of The Iron Bridge are theatrical, fierce, music-infused.

'One of the great pleasures of these poems is the way in which Parson's Wood is intimately known through such precisely placed language.'
Judith Willson


'Rebecca Hurst writes as a naturalist, a daughter rolled up into dirt like a woodlouse, a mother, the forest, a snowy singer. She's my favourite unreliable narrator. Words are good but touch is better. Take The Iron Bridge. She'll let you walk ahead. Be pinched by the links. Take a scalding sip. Be magicked back to life.'
Carol Mavor


About the speakers:

Rebecca Hurst is a writer, opera-maker, illustrator and researcher based in Greater Manchester. Her poetry has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Carcanet's New Poetries VIII. She is the author of a poetry pamphlet, The Fox's Wedding (Emma Press, 2022). Rebecca has a PhD from the University of Manchester, and is co-founder of the Voicings Collective, an ensemble that devises new music theatre, and teaches creative writing in schools, universities, museums, and the community.

Sarah Hesketh is a writer and editor. She is the author of the poetry collections Napoleon's Travelling Bookshelf (Penned in the Margins, 2009) and The Hard Word Box (Penned in the Margins, 2014), and the editor of The Emma Press Anthology of Age (2015). She has been an Artist in Residence with Age Concern and The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Her work has a focus on socially engaged writing practices. She currently lives in London and works as Managing Editor for Modern Poetry in Translation.



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