Guest Poet: Carrie Etter
Carrie Etter's fourth collection, The Weather in Normal (US: Station Hill; UK: Seren), explores the losses of home through parents' deaths, the sale of the family house, and the effects of climate change. As Philip Gross remarks, "One of the particular gifts of poetry is here in force: the power of a few words to create great spaces. The spaces of a prairie landscape round a small town or between present and past, between people in a family or between words on the page, these are not emptiness but tingling with resonance, with the poems' fine attention. Touched and unsettled, we slip seamlessly between the intimate detail of loss and the vast perspective in which even the prairies are dwarfed by the scale of climate change." Carrie is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and also regularly teaches for Poetry Swindon and The Poetry School.
17th September 2017, The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LN
The finals night of the 2017 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition, in association with Words & Ears. Come to hear the finalists read their poems, and find out who won our £500 prize - with comments on the entries by our judge, Carrie Etter, who will also give us a reading of her own work. £4 on the door.