march, 2021

09mar7:00 pmNew Words Festival presents poet Alan Baker7:00 pm

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Event Details

Time to Read and Cumbria Libraries are thrilled to host poet, Alan Baker, one of eleven literature events for the New Words Festival. Alan will be reading and then will host a Q and A session on creative writing on Tuesday 9 March.

UPDATE – tickets available now!

Alan BakerAlan Baker was born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and has lived in Nottingham since 1985, where he has been the publisher at Leafe Press for the last twenty years, and editor of its associated webzine Litter. He has published several poetry collections, including Variations on Painting a Room: Poems 2000-2010 (Skysill, 2011), Letters from the Underworld (Red Ceilings, 2018) and Riverrun (Knives, Forks and Spoons, 2019). His latest collection is A Journal of Enlightened Panic (Shoestring, 2020). He has translated the poetry of Yves Bonnefoy and Abdellatif Laâbi.

“I started writing poetry in my teens, gave it up, then returned to it in my late twenties, but I didn’t publish my first, slim pamphlet until I was forty-two. I’ve published ten collections of poetry since then. Why do I write poetry? Because I love it, always have – not writing it I mean, but poetry itself, reading it out loud, hearing it read, reading it silently, and I’ve loved it since I was a youngster enamoured of G. M. Hopkins and Robert Frost. So I wanted to “be in that number” as the song goes, and learn the art.” Alan Baker – Creative Writing at Leicester blog

Knives, Forks and Spoons Press is an independent publishing house based in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, United Kingdom. It was established by Alec Newman in April 2010. The press publishes avant-garde and experimental poetry, full collections, pamphlets and anthologies. Follow KFS Press on Twitter @KFSPress

Riverrun is available from the KFS Press website:

About the event

The event will be held through Zoom. Tickets will be available from Cumbria Libraries. Stay tuned for the link! After you register, you will receive an email with the log-in details. The session will feature a reading by Alan, and questions from the audience will be taken through the chat feature.

The New Words Festival is made possible through public funding from Arts Council England.





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