(13) Wild Swimming:
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Polly Atkin & Angela Graham
Saturday 17th April | 2-3pm | Free
We feature authors entranced by swims in the natural environments of lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans. This multi-media event will feature poetry reading, film clips and photography celebrating the exhilaration of immersion and the inspiration it gives to the writers involved: Katrina Naomi steps into inlets off Cornwall, Angela Graham dives into the Irish Sea, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett enters waters off the Dawlish Coastline in Devon, while Polly Atkin floats in the famous Lakes of the Lake District.
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Katrina Naomi received an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for her third full collection, Wild Persistence, (Seren, 2020). Her poetry has appeared on Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and on Poems on the Underground. Katrina has published four pamphlets of poetry, including the Japan-themed Typhoon Etiquette (Verve Poetry Press, 2019). She was the first poet-in-residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize for Poetry. Katrina has a PhD in creative writing (Goldsmiths) and tutors for Arvon, Tŷ Newydd and the Poetry School. She lives in Cornwall. Katrina is teaching the workshop ‘Rewilding Poetry’.
Image: Tim Riley
Katrina Naomi – Wild Persistence
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett is an author, academic and founder of Grow Your Own Creativity. A writer of English and Kenyan heritage, she was born in Devon and her work is inspired by the natural world. Publications include the poetry collections Of Sea (Penned in the Margins, 2021) and Swims (Pennedin the Margins, 2017), monograph A Social Biography of Contemporary Innovative Poetry Communities: The Gift, the Wager and Poethics (Palgrave, 2017) and nature writing memoir The Grassling (Penguin, 2019). She leads the BA/Leverhulme project, Creative Writing and Climate Change: Moss, Wetlands and Women, is a nature diarist for Oh magazine and The Guardian and Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Northumbria University. Image: Graham Shackleton
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett – Of Sea
Penned in the Margins
Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. Her first collection Basic Nest Architecture (Seren: 2017) was followed by a third pamphlet, With Invisible Rain (New Walk: 2018). Her second collection Much With Body, will be published by Seren in Autumn 2021, supported by a 2020 Northern Writers Award. She is working on a memoir exploring place, belonging and disability, and a biography focusing on Dorothy Wordsworth’s later life (forthcoming in late 2021). With Kate Davis and Anita Sethi she co-founded the Open Mountain initiative at Kendal Mountain Festival, which seeks to centre voices that are currently at the margins of outdoor, mountain and nature writing.
Polly Atkin – Basic Nest Architecture
Polly Atkin – With Invisible Rain
Angela Graham is a BAFTA Cymru-winning film-maker and journalist. She has produced programmes for BBC, ITV, S4C and Channel 4 and was Development Producer of The Story of Wales. She produced and co-wrote the Oscar entrant cinema feature Branwen (6 BAFTA Cymru nominations and Best Film at the Celtic Media Festival), and was a screenwriter on drama projects set in Italy, Romania and Ireland. She began her career in ITV, and spent eight years as a producer at one of Britain’s rare production cooperatives, Teliesyn. She turned to writing full time in 2017. Her poetry has appeared in The North, The Honest Ulsterman, Poetry Wales, The Ogham Stone, The Open Ear, The Interpreter’s House and other journals. An award-winning short story writer, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019. She is currently finishing a novel and engaged in a prose/poetry project on Place and Displacement in the context of urban violence. Her debut collection of short stories A City Burning is available now (Seren Books). Image: Natasha Hirst