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, Marvin Thompson, 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. Marvin Thompson’s Road Trip (Peepal Tree) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. 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.
As a poet of Jamaican heritage, born and raised in north London and now working as a teacher, father of mixed-race children, living in South Wales, Marvin Thompson brings together all those passages of place and time in fresh and revealing ways.
He explores the underbelly of race and empire in uncovering and inventing stories of his father’s time in the British army. He writes with feeling for the post-industrial landscape of south Wales and wonders whether this is a place he can bring up his children–though one should never assume that any of Thompson’s poems are factually true. He uses sonnet, adapted villanelle and sestina sequences to tell utterly contemporary stories.
Thompson has a refreshing, curious and honest eye that transforms and illuminates the everyday into something special and unique, but also a convincing vision of possibility and even of the uplifting. His debut collection Road Trip (Peepal Tree) is a Poetry Book Society recommendation.
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