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Rory Waterman at Birmingham City University


Thursday 11 Apr 2024, 18:00 to 20:30
Location:

G.01 Lecture Theatre
School of Art
Margaret Street
Birmingham
B3 3BX

Description:

Join the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at the School of English, Birmingham City University, for an evening of poetry from Rory Waterman, Naush Sabah and guests, hosted by Gregory Leadbetter.


The event is free to attend but booking is recommended. Tickets are available here.

Rory Waterman will read from his new collection, Come Here to This Gate.

Come Here to This Gate, Rory Waterman's fourth collection, is his most candid and unexpected, personal, brash, hilarious, and wide-ranging. The book is in three parts, the first a sequence about the last year of the life of his father, the poet Andrew Waterman, against a backdrop of recrimination, love and alcoholic dementia: 'your silences were trains departing'. The second consists of poems that open various gates, or are forcibly restrained behind them, from the literal North and South Korean border to the borders between friends, and those imposed by photographs, memories, and paths taken and not taken. The third opens on the poet's rural home county of Lincolnshire. He rewrites several folk tales into galloping, sometimes rambunctious ballads for the 2020s: what happens when imps, ghosts, and a boggart who looks like a 'doll left behind at Chernobyl' must reckon with the modern world and the people who lumber through it.

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