TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield, and Charles Causley Trust trustee Ron Tamplin will be reading at Exeter Poetry Festival on Friday October 8, from 7pm in Exeter Central Library. Marking Causley’s close association with the city, the Causley Reading will be an opportunity to promote the campaign to save Charles Causley’s House.
Jen Hadfield lives in Shetland, whose landscape and language persistently influence her poetry and visual art. Her work often pivots on the idea of the secular-sacred, relating to landscape – “It is in heaven as it is on earth” “it is on earth as it is in heaven.” Liturgical rhythms underpin many of her poems about place, home, ecology, space – an idiomatic mythology of the here-and-now.
Of her two books published by Bloodaxe, Almanacs was written in Shetland and the Western Isles in 2002 thanks to a bursary from the Scottish Arts Council, and it won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003. Nigh-No-Place, written in Canada and Shetland, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007 and won the T.S.Eliot Prize for poetry in 2008. She is currently working on her first novel.
Tickets for the reading are available in person, by phone and online from Exeter Phoenix and cost £6/£5 concessions.
You can view the full Exeter Poetry Festival programme online here.