Please join us to celebrate the launch of Katherine Horrex's debut poetry collection, Growlery. Hosting the reading will be poet and critic, Maryam Hessavi, joining Katherine 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.
Growlery conjures a place haunted by flooded villages, broken ankles, ovarian health and factories. It dwells on a world of civic tensions, in the twilit zone between city and country, the human and the natural. Here, Brexit is a city with streets 'worn into themselves like grafted skin', corpse flowers bloom in America, and urban foundations crumble into cisterns.
Horrex - whose poems found an enthusiastic readership via Carcanet's New Poetries series - unpicks the illusion that order upholds society and reveals the true ramshackle complexion of things. Her debut collection reimagines the 'growlery' of Dickens' Bleak House by looking at the concept of internal space in a twenty-first century which is both connected and disjointed.
Katherine Horrex has worked as a processing clerk in a bank, a mail sorter, a book reviewer, an assistant editor, and a proof reader of forms filled out by mystery shoppers. She now runs a small business making and selling ceramics, online and at markets. Her poems have appeared in PN Review, Poetry London, the TLS, and others. Growlery is her first collection.
Maryam Hessavi is British Manchester-based poet and critic, with poems and reviews appearing in various publications. An alumna of the University of Manchester, she holds an MA in English Literature & Creative Writing. Maryam is a Ledbury Critic, Contributing Editor for Ambit and member of Poets & Players.
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.