I’m so excited to be on the shortlist for Breakthrough Author for these awards. The books on the shortlists are chosen by booksellers, and the winners by readers — ie. the most discerning of judges! If you enjoyed Larchfield, I hope you will vote for it! You can do so here: BAMB Vote.
This time last year I was at the Guildford Book Festival in a really fun event with Rachel Joyce and Fanny Blake, discussing Larchfield and Joyce’s new book The Music Shop. I’m really glad to be back there again on October 10th, but this time talking poetry! Specifically, the terrific anthology of poetry by women She is Fierce, edited by Ana Sampson. If you are anywhere near Guildford, this really is a galvanising book, Ana is great company and I will be giving my all to enthuse you all about the poems she has found.
Later that day, there is more poetry! Those who know me will know that I am a great admirer of Ted Hughes, well yes let’s call it what it is, a drooling FAN. Hughes was also a thrilling innovator in translation, and he founded, with Daniel Weissbort, the journal Modern Poetry in Translation. The journal is now edited by the poet Clare Pollard and she invited me to write a poem inspired by Hughes’s translations for the forthcoming issue. Happy days. I loved doing this. And on October 10th, 7pm at The Other Palace, London, there’s the Modern Poetry In Translation launch event, sponsored by Carol Hughes, where I will be reading, alongside Tara Bergin and Zaffir Kunial. It’s free, and it will be a wonderful celebration of Ted Hughes — I hope you will come. You can reserve a place here: