Launch of Battered Moons Poetry Competition
Join us for the launch of Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018 and Lift-Off for Poetry Swindon Festival online bookings (October 4 - 8).
Open Mic: limited to 15 readers (music, stories, poems) and readings by guest poet Amali Rodrigo. Please book on the Eventbrite link (FREE)
Great poetry, friendly atmosphere, music and singing around the fire and under the wintry moon! Wrap up warm.
Cafe open for hot soup and refreshments.
Amali Rodrigo is a poet and translator, born in Sri Lanka, now living in London. Her collection Lotus Gatherers was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. She has won numerous awards for her work and is currently an Associate Lecturer and PhD candidate at Lancaster University.
John Glenday remarks on Lotus Gatherers: ‘What makes Rodrigo a truly remarkable poet? In part, it’s the breadth and intelligence of her vision… in part, the deftness with which she can work that vision into a world we can marvel at, but also recognise. This is a world of paradoxes – exotic and familiar, a deeply spiritual world which delights in passion; that celebrates love, but does not hesitate to focus on unsettling histories of gender violence. Lotus Gatherers is an astonishingly sensual book, in the literal sense – these are poems we can feel; poems we can hear resonating on the page, aromatic poems, laced with breathtaking imagery; poems we can hold up to our lips and taste.’ The collection also includes a sequence of translations of the medieval graffiti song-poems from Sigiriya, Sri Lanka.
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