I am thrilled to announce that THIS PLACE I KNOW, A new anthology of Cumbrian Poetry, was published on October 1st. Exciting times! Kerry Darbishire, Kim Moore and I have spent a busy year gathering together the very best contemporary poetry by writers from every corner of the county. We were delighted also to include work by Poets in Residence from the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere who have spent time working at the very heart of our literary heritage. Grevel Lindop’s foreword summarises beautifully our ambition for this collection, which was to give voice to the special effect that the place we call Cumbria has on the imagination.
Contributors include: Jacob Polley, Helen Mort, Kathleen Jones, Simon Armitage, Judy Brown, Neil Curry, Tom Pickard, Emma McGordon, Christopher Pilling, Pauline Yarwood, Angela Locke, Polly Atkin, M.R. Peackocke, Josephine Dickinson, Karen Lloyd, Helen Farish, Patricia Pogson and Katie Hale.
The first of a series of launch events for THIS PLACE I KNOW was held in Carlisle on 6th October for the Borderlines Literary Festival. Sixteen poets read to a lively and receptive audience.
Further events include, 17th October at the Wordsworth Trust (SOLD OUT I’m afraid), Saturday 17th November at the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival (tickets www.mountainfest.co.uk) and Sunday 18th November at the Maryport Literature Festival (tickets www.senhousemuseum.co.uk).
You can purchase a copy from this site or any good bookshop.