It’s a great festival, packed with talent; exciting, edgy and unmissable.
I’ve gone ‘Wild’ and booked early for some events/workshops. More nearer the time.
- First event is the launch of Festival Director Anna Saunders‘ new collection Feverfew from Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd
Festival Director Anna Saunders and Charlie Baylis
Anna is also a workshop leader and excellent poet. She champions both established and new poets. I’ve benefited from her workshops and had several poems published as a result. She’s lauded as:
‘a poet of quite remarkable gifts’ Bernard O’Donoghue
- Next event I’ve booked is the ‘Indi-Go Wild Showcase from Indigo Dreams’
Ronnie Goodyer & Dawn Bauling
Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd eds.
‘Indigo Dreams is an award-winning publisher renowned for beautifully produced poetry collections from new and established writers. Join us for one of the legendary (and usually sell-out) Indigo Showcases, featuring four exciting poets’
I have read many of their poets and enjoy their work and the IDP readings.
Dr. Angela France – is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire and widely-published poet. Her recent collection The Hill is published by Nine Arches Press. (This is an excellent press). She’s an brilliant tutor and I’ve attended her workshops and will be pleased to rejoin them this year.
Penelope Shuttle – is a multi-award winning poet and novelist – Eric Gregory Award, Greenwood Poetry Prize, Cholmondley Award and Shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize. I am very excited to hear her read!
- ‘An Evening with Carol Ann Duffy and Friends’
Carol Ann Duffy – U.K. Poet Laureate (2009-2019)Carol Ann was a U.K. Poet Laureate and is Professor and Creative Director of the Manchester Metropolitan University’s Writing School. I enjoy her work and have seen her read before but it’s always excellent.
- ‘Dear Dylan – A Tribute to Dylan Thomas with Special Guests Hannah Ellis and Roy McFarlane’
I’m really looking forward to this event, especially as the great poet Dylan Thomas’ granddaughter Hannah Ellis will be:
‘offering a very personal insight into the life, soul and creative genius of this much-loved poet’.
Hannah will be talking about her favourite of her grandfather’s poems, as will the Indigo Dreams Press poet, Roy McFarlane.
I’ve also booked for two exciting poetry workshops –
Graham Burchill and Rosie Jackson Workshop: Beyond the Frame
This will be a workshop based on art so I presume will involve writing ekphrastic poetry. I enjoy using prompts such as this, so it should be really good.
Carrie Etter Workshop – Where Are You From? Selfhood, Place and Prose Poetry.
I’ve read Carrie’s collection Imagined Sons and loved it and I saw her read it at an earlier CPF. I’m very interested to work with her and also to learn more about Prose Poetry.
SO! I have a wonderful time coming up this April and I know I’ll be tempted by more events. Will feed back after then.
Happy Writing All