Event 11

Poems for the Planet: Carrie Etter, Jane Lovell and André Mangeot

Saturday 15 February 2020

Temple of Peace


Three voices, three poets reading their poems that focus upon the natural world at the perilous brink of climate change. Carrie Etter’s, The Weather in Normal,  focuses on her hometown of Normal, Illinois and features a long prize-winning poem, ‘Scar’, that specifically addresses the effects of climate change on Illinois. The Weather in Normal is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Jane Lovell’s This Tilting Earth, won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet prize in 2019. She writes vividly of landscapes. Autumn Richardson says: “Lovell places each word as a seed with the intent to sow a deeper awareness – so very needed in this time of grave ecological uncertainty.” André Mangeot’s new collection Blood Rain is, according to Helen Mort: “Stark and powerful, Blood Rain contains some of the most beautiful yet unsettling lyric poems I’ve read in a while: spare, haunting and shrewd.  Without any sense of polemic it reflects the fragile state of our co-existence and the conflicts we must face”.  

£5, or £3 with concessions

Authors and Artists

Carrie Etter

Carrie Etter has published four collections of poetry, including Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and The Weather in Normal (Seren, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Her poems have appeared widely in such periodicals as The New Republic, The New Statesman, Poetry Review, and the TLS, as well as in anthologies including The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Islands Are But Mountains: New Poetry from the United Kingdom, and Tell Me the Truth about Life: A National Poetry Day Anthology. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also publishes short fiction, essays, and reviews.

Jane Lovell

Jane Lovell’s poems are both beautiful and disturbing. A deep feeling for the natural world is aligned with an acute lyric sensibility, as well as a profound ethical awarenessof our responsibility for the planet and the devastation of its landscapes and vulnerable species. Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies.

She won the Flambard Prize in 2015 and has been shortlisted for several awards including the Basil Bunting Prize, the Robert Graves Prize and Periplum Book Award. Her work is steeped in natural history, science and folklore but is essentially poetry that examines our relationship with the Earth and the vulnerability of its wildlife.

Her pamphlets have been published by Against the Grain Press, Night River Wood and Coast to Coast to Coast. She also writes for Elementum Journal. Her pamphlet, This Tilting Earth (Seren), won the Mslexia Pamphlet prize in 2018.

With a delicacy and rhythm that is mesmeric, Lovell places each word as a seed with the intent to sow a deeper awareness – so very needed in this time of grave ecological uncertainty. These poems read as a roll-call of loss; of creatures, of species and their landscapes; of our own human innocence degraded through cultural and scientific pursuits that have picked the earth clean of its once-teeming life. With scientific precision, Lovell binds together parcels of the lost, lifts them from the silts of a too-swiftly forgotten history, and gives them voice.’

Autumn Richardson

André Mangeot

Born in Gloucestershire to Anglo-French parents, André was educated at Trinity College, Oxford. Alongside his writing he worked as a charity fundraiser for nearly twenty years and is now a freelance consultant. He divides his time between Cambridge and South Wales. He has published two poetry collections and two books of short stories. His new collection Blood Rain is his first with Seren.

He has been a prizewinner in several leading competitions, including the Bridport and Wigtown/Scottish National, and for a number of years he was a member of the poetry performance group The Joy of Six. His poetry has appeared in The Spectator, New Statesman, TLS and many other leading journals and he has read his work at festivals and events nation-wide.