New Poetry Showcase
Saturday 15 February 2020
Temple of Peace
The New Poetry Showcase is hosted by Susie Wild: Emily Cotterill, Roberto Pastore, Kittie Belltree, Christina Thatcher and André Mangeot.
Parthian Editor and poet Susie Wild introduces this showcase of new poetry featuring
authors with fresh collections: Emily Cotterill, based in Cardiff, has recently published a highly praised pamphlet, The Day of the Flying Ants, (Smith/Doorstop). André Mangeot’s new collection Blood Rain (Seren) is full of darkly beautiful and unsettling lyrics. Also based in Cardiff, Roberto Pastore’s vibrant new Parthian Collection is Hey Bert. Christina Thatcher’s How to Carry Fire (Parthian) explores how fire can both destroy and cleanse. Parthian has also published Kittie Belltree’s lively new Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks.
£5, or £3 concession
Authors and Artists
Susie Wild is the author of Better Houses, The Art of Contraception, listed for the Edge Hill Prize, and Arrivals. She has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Hay Festival, Green Man Festival, the Dylan Weekend and many more. She was longlisted for the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Prize. She lives in Cardiff and her second poetry collection Windfalls is out through Parthian in October 2020.
Shortlisted for the Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition in 2015 and a winner in the Terry Hetherington Award for Young Writers in 2016, Christina Thatcher’s poetry and short stories have featured in over 50 publications including The London Magazine, Planet Magazine, And Other Poems, Acumen and The Interpreter’s House. Her first collection, More than you were, was published by Parthian Books in 2017.
‘In the brave and moving poems of How to Carry Fire, Christina Thatcher writes powerfully of the things that love can survive. This book has lived a life, and the poet has the ability to shape experience into unforgettable writing. I admire it for the way it looks big problems full in the face, and comes back with a store of beauty. This is a poet with her own world, who is shaping an important body of writing. Just as, in the collection’s exemplary opening poem, a family tries to itemise its losses, so these significant, memorable poems add to the store of the world’s treasures.’ – Jonathan Edwards
Emily Cotterill is a Cardiff based poet originally from Alfreton, Derbyshire whose work has been variously described as, ‘neo-punk’, ‘northern soul’ and ‘fizzingly acute’.
Her debut pamphlet The Day of the Flying Ants (smith|doorstop, 2019) was a part of Carol Ann Duffy’s final Laureate’s Choice selection and explores the way that the places we live shape the people that we become and contains a celebration of the power of fast food workers. A slightly alarming proportion of her poems make some sort of reference to coal–she has no additional geological loyalties.
Roberto Pastore was one of the original players in the renowned Speakeasy spoken word scene in Carlisle, Cumbria. His poetry draws from folklore, performance art, mantra and tackles themes of friendship and love, the body, the sacred, astrology, and nostalgia.
He has just released his debut poetry collection Hey Bert, on Parthian. Poet Jonathan Edwards says “This book won’t lie quietly on a shelf; open it and a human being leaps out, drinking oat milk, speculating on the nature of time, offering memories, saying Hey.”
Kittie Belltree was born in South London and lives in Wales. Her poems and short stories have been published in Orbis, The North, Under the Radar, I am not a silent poet, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, The Lampeter Review and Brittle Star.
She has been a Literature Wales Bursary recipient, shortlisted for the Venture Award and highly commended in the Welsh International Poetry Competition, the Penfro Poetry Festival Competition, The Camden and Lumen Poetry Competition and the Orbis Readers Award. Her collection is called Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks (Parthian).
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.
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.
– Helen Mort
Sponsors and Supporters
This event is supported by Llenyddiaeth Cymru – Literature Wales