Sunday Service: Poetry

with Poets from Salt Publishing

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From ballads to blank verse and sonnets to slam battles, this event will explore how we take poetry from the page and bring it to life through performance and discussion. Curated by leading poetry society Live Canon, each week offers a platform to guests from different parts of the verse world to come together and share their work in an exciting and enlightening way.

Join us for readings of work old and new from Salt’s poets including Peter Daniels, Matthew Haigh, Kirsten Irving, Eleanor Rees, Jon Stone and Tony Williams.

Salt has celebrated twenty years of independent publishing in 2019 and is one of the leading publishers of poetry internationally.

‘In a publishing world where everything seems to be about agglomeration, it’s cheering to see a company making a sustained case for the power of the small and the singular. I have been surprised and delighted by so many of Salt’s books over the years. It has compelled me to read outside the box. Watching its list grow and develop has been an unpredictable pleasure.’ Claire Armitstead, The Guardian

Poets performing

Peter Daniels has now had his third collection, My Tin Watermelon, published by Salt. His translations of Vladislav Khodasevich from Russian (Angel Classics, 2013) were shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld translation prize, and as queer writer in residence at the London Metropolitan Archives he wrote the obscene Ballad of Captain Rigby.

Matthew Haigh is a poet from Cardiff. His debut collection, Death Magazine, was published with Salt in 2019. In the same year he published his first pamphlet, Black Jam, with Broken Sleep Books. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Matthew co-runs the experimental poetry night CRASH in Cardiff.

Kirsten Irving is a Lincolnshire-born, London-based poet and voice-over, and one of the two editor behind collaborative press Sidekick Books. Her work has been published by Happenstance and Salt, widely anthologised, and thrown out of a helicopter. She won the 2011 and 2017 Live Canon International Poetry Prizes, and is currently working on Kumo, a sci-fi collaboration with artist Renee O’Drobinak on demons in post-apocalyptic Japan.

Eleanor Rees’ visionary poetry immerses you in another world from which you leave transformed. Eleanor received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and her first full-length collection Andraste’s Hair (Salt, 2007) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, UK and the Irish Glen Dimplex New Writers’ Award. Her second collection is Eliza and the Bear (Salt, 2009). In 2015, Eleanor published a long pamphlet Riverine (Gatehouse, 2015) and a third collection Blood Child(Pavilion, 2015). Eleanor’s fourth collection of poetry The Well at Winter Solstice (Salt, 2019) received a Northern Writers’ Award 2018. As the philosopher Rosi Braidotti says, ‘These are poems written in a state of grace, trusting in the infinite wisdom of the universe. And Rees gives us hope that all manner of things shall be well in the end, if we are only able to shift our vision.’  Selections of her poems have been translated and published in French, German, Slovak, Lithuanian and Spanish. Eleanor Rees is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Liverpool Hope University and lives in Liverpool.

Jon Stone is a writer and researcher into poem-game hybrids, and an editor at Sidekick Books. School of Forgery (Salt, 2012) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He won the Poetry London Prize in 2014 and 2016, and the Live Canon International Poetry Prize in 2018. His website is www.gojonstonego.com

Tony Williams’ first book The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh and Portico Prizes. He lives in rural Northumberland and works in Newcastle. His novel Nutcase was published in 2017, and his most recent poetry collection is Hawthorn City (2019).