Please join us to celebrate the launch of Sasha Dugdale's new poetry collection, Deformations. Hosting the reading will be poet and critic, Kathryn Maris, joining Sasha 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.
Deformations includes two large-scale works related in their preoccupation with biographical and mythical narrative. 'Welfare Handbook' explores the life and art of Eric Gill, the well-known English letter cutter, sculptor and cultural figure, who is known to have sexually abused his daughters. The poem draws on material from Gill's letters, diaries, notes and essays as part of a lyrical exploration of the conjunction between aesthetics, subjectivity and violence. 'Pitysad' is a series of simultaneously occurring fragments composed around themes and characters from Homer's Odyssey. It considers how trauma is disguised and deformed through myth and art. Acting as a bridge between these two works is a series of individual poems on the creation and destruction of cultural and mythical conventions.
Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and playwright. She has published four previous collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook, The Estate, Red House and Joy. In 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. Between 2012 and 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-director of the Winchester Poetry Festival.
Kathryn Maris is a poet, critic and curator who has published three collections and a pamphlet. A selection from Kathryn's recent book, The House With Only An Attic And A Basement (Penguin 2018), won the Ivan Juritz Prize for creative experiment.
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 the event.