A varied and dramatic evening in the company of two of the country’s leading poets.
John Greening and Penelope Shuttle were both brought up within earshot of Heathrow airport. Their verse collaboration, Heath, began to take shape after a conversation, in Falmouth in February 2014, about their childhoods. The work is an extraordinary exploration of the mythology and memories associated with Hounslow Heath (once the most dangerous few square miles in England).
In the first part of the evening, the poets will perform together a varied and dramatic sequence of selected poems from Heath. After the break, they will each read from their own most recent collections, notably Penelope Shuttle’s Will You Walk a Little Faster and her Lizard poems from LZRD (with Alyson Hallett) and John Greening’s The Silence and his recent Irish sonnet sequence, Achill Island Tagebuc.
Both John Greening and Penny Shuttle are extensively published. John Greening is a TLS reviewer and Eric Gregory judge, and has received the Bridport Prize and a Cholmondeley Award.
Penelope Shuttle has lived in Cornwall since 1970, and its weather, landscape and history are continuing sources of inspiration. Her series of poems Redgrove’s Wife was short-listed for both T S Eliot and Forward Prize.
Poetry workshop: John Greening leads a poetry workshop on using the page’s white space, looking at published examples and working experimentally. Monday 13 May, 10.00-16.00 in Camelford. Contact Helen Jagger on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01840 212 161 for details.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Indian King Poets