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Carcanet Announce New Video Series

Friday, 11 Oct 2019

We're thrilled to announce that we've teamed up with Pixel Assist to produce a new series of videos for our YouTube channel, featuring poets reading from Carcanet and PN Review.

Fortnightly - on a Friday morning - we'll share a video of one of our poets reading a piece of their work, recorded by Pixel Assist. This will be available on our YouTube page, featured in our newsletter and across our social media platforms. The videos are subtitled, with links to the collection/issue they are taken from at the end.

Managing director and founder Michael Schmidt has written a blog with Ben Schmidt, of Pixel Assist, to commemorate the beginning of the series.

He says 'My son Ben and I spent a long time discussing this phenomenon, how poem as text might be presented in such a way as to give the reader the experience of the poet’s voice, the poet’s presence, without that voice and presence overwhelming the poem or hindering the act of reading [...] We wanted a reader to read to readers and not a performer to perform to an audience. We had various elaborate ideas and then chose the simplest way of all.' Read the full blog here.

For the first video, Helen Tookey reads her poem 'Equinox', from her Forward Prize (2019 Best Collection) nominated City of Departures. City of Departures is a collection of uncanny spaces and fleeting encounters, an urban patchwork of glimpsed moments and chance affiliations. Through them, Tookey explores the ways in which we create meaning and connection in these kinds of spaces, and how the nature of those connections - often temporary and provisional - affects who we are, and who we are becoming. Tristram Fane Saunders says 'reading this book can feel like sliding into that sunken world. Strange things float beneath its beautiful surfaces'.

Watch the first video here, and keep checking back to see new content!

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