Readings from Carcanet poets (Carcanet at 50)
Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carcanet, one of the outstanding independent literary publishers of our time. This evening event will feature readings from poets Sasha Dugdale, Julia Blackburn, Sophie Hannah and Miles Burrows.
Refreshments will be available and the event will be followed by an opportunity to by books and get them signed.
Registration is free but essential. All are welcome to join us for the full day (for the full-day ticket, book here), or to join for the evening reading. There are also Facebook events for the daytime event and the evening event. For any enquiries about the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01618 348730.
About the writers
Julia Blackburn was born in London in 1948 to the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meri – she wrote on the topic of her unconventional upbringing in her memoir The Three of Us. She lives between Suffolk and Northern Italy and has two children with the sculptor Herman Makkink. For Carcanet she has edited the Selected Poems of Thomas Blackburn, and is the author of The Woman Who Always Loved Picasso (2019), with illustrations by Jeff Fisher.
Miles Burrows studied at Charterhouse and Wadham College Oxford. He read Russian in National Service, then Classics and Medicine. He worked as travel and fiction reviewer at the New Statesman and his poems appeared on radio and television. His first collection, A Vulture’s Egg, was published by Cape and reviewed by John Carey. His work has been anthologised in British Poetry since 1945 (Penguin: ed. Lucie-Smith) and in Best Poems of the Year 2012 (Forward). He is a regular contributor to TLS, Poetry Review, and PN Review. He has worked as a doctor in New Guinea, Thailand, and Haverhill. He lives in Cambridge.
Sasha Dugdale is a poet, translator and playwright. She has published four collections of poetry with Carcanet, Notebook, The Estate, Red House and Joy, which was winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Winter Choice Award, and its title poem, ‘Joy’, won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. In 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize. Between 2012 and 2017 she was editor of Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-director of the Winchester Poetry Festival.
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 32 languages and 51 territories. In 2014, with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than fifteen countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. Sophie has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the 2007 T S Eliot Award.