Please join us to celebrate the launch of Rory Waterman's new poetry collection, Sweet Nothings. Hosting the reading will be screenwriter and playwright, William Ivory, joining Rory to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
Sweet Nothings is about absences, how they tempt us, and sometimes what they make us do. An absence is a conjuration, not palpably present in longing, imagination or dream. We are lured on by absences, and how they call to us, in Thomas Hardy's memorable phrase. The poems sometimes come in sequences; always they are in dialogue with one another, responding, echoing - within and between the book's two sections. At times, the leitmotifs are apparently personal, exploring divisions and painful losses. But we also encounter the largely invented academic Dr Bob Pintle, promoted at work since his cameo in Waterman's previous book, an anti-hero of the modern university system. Sweet Nothings is in fact a book of hopes and passions - quiet and lyrical at times, but also fiercely witty and bold.
Rory Waterman lives in Nottingham, where he is Senior Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University. His first collection of poetry was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize. His second was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize.
William Ivory is a leading figure in the international film and theatre industry, and the author of a number of stage plays and television dramas. His work includes Made in Dagenham (2010) and Torvill and Dean (2018). He has recently written an episode of Isolation Stories, soon to be aired on ITV.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.