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Christine Roseeta Walker and Rebecca Hurst at the Anthony Burgess Foundation


Tuesday 7 May 2024, 19:00 to 21:00
Location:

International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Manchester
M1 5BY

Description:

We're thrilled to be welcoming Salena Godden to Manchester for the launch of With Love, Grief and Fury - the stunning new collection full of comfort, vulnerability, rage and inspiration from one of the powerhouses of British poetry. Salena will be supported by Christine Roseeta Walker and Rebecca Hurst who will be reading from their new collections Coco Island and The Iron Bridge.

Doors: 7.00, starts: 7.30

Tickets are £5.00 or free when pre-ordering a copy of WITH LOVE, GRIEF AND FURY. Copies will also be available to purchase on the night alongside COCO ISLAND and THE IRON BRIDGE and all three poets will be happy to sign their work. If you would like a signed copy but cannot make the event, please contact us on 0161 274 3331 or manchester@blackwell.co.uk and we can arrange this for you.

Reserve tickets here.

About the books:

With Love, Grief and Fury - Salena Godden

With Love, Grief and Fury
contains love poems, for people and the planet. Grief poems brimming with compassion, mourning what was and contemplating what could be. And poems of fire and fury that will kick some ass, tell the truth and inspire change and hope.

Over thirty years after she first stormed the UK poetry scene, the trailblazing and award-winning writer Salena Godden has produced her most audacious and definitive collection to date. Like a big sister's arm around your shoulder, With Love, Grief and Fury is important and nourishing for the soul.

Salena Godden FRSL is an award-winning author, poet and broadcaster of Jamaican-mixed heritage based in London. Her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and the People's Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the British Book Awards and the Gordon Burn Prize. Film and TV rights for Mrs Death Misses Death have been optioned by Idris Elba's production company Green Door Pictures. Godden has been shortlisted for the 4thWrite short story prize and the Ted Hughes Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised and broadcast on radio, TV and film. Her poem Pessimism is for Lightweights is on permanent display at the People's History Museum, Manchester. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2022.

Coco Island - Christine Roseeta Walker

Christine Roseeta Walker's first book is set entirely in Negril, Jamaica. Coco Island presents a compelling cycle of poems, attentive to the undertow and hidden forces that shape a place and its people. In narrative poems, in songs, in fables, in comic scenes, ghost stories and vivid character sketches – especially of girls and women – Walker artfully lays bare how economic necessity, religious belief, illness and addiction reach far into the structures of family life and community. Piecing together the isolated lives of those left behind as the island modernises, her fearless, memorable poems chart the devastation of a world.

Christine Roseeta Walker is a Jamaican poet and novelist living on the outskirts of Manchester, England. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Salford and the University of Manchester. Her debut novel, The Grass is Weeping, is a revenge tragedy set in Jamaica. She also works as a commissioned poet with an archaeologist working in the Peak District, and she spends her time writing and organising poetry reading workshops in care homes for people living with dementia.

The Iron Bridge - Rebecca Hurst

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.

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.

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