Join us for a night of spoken word, poetry and conversations about the work + legacy+ celebration of Sylvia Plath.
After Sylvia is an anthology of new writing celebrating the work and legacy of Sylvia Plath. Published by Nine Arches Press in October 2022, the book honours the 90th anniversary of Plath’s birth through a range of compelling poems and thought-provoking essays by leading and up-and-coming poets and scholars from the UK and beyond. This vital anthology sets out to help dispel the myth of Sylvia Plath as tortured genius destined to her fate, by expressing the power and complexity of her work, legacy and reputation as one of the most important and influential writers of the 20th century.
We are delighted to have Tom Weir, Caleb Parkin and Carrie Etter in the Haus!!
Tom’s poetry has been Highly Commended in both The Forward Prize and The National
Poetry Competition. He has won the Magma Editor’s Choice Prize and was one of the inaugural
winners of the Templar IOTA Shots competition. He has published two full collections All That
Falling and Ruin, for which he is grateful to have received a grant from the Arts Council.
Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, is published widely in journals and commissions, with
poems in The Guardian, The Rialto, The Poetry Review and appearing as guest poet on BBC Radio
4’s Poetry Please. He holds an MSc Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and tutors for Poetry Society,
Poetry School, Arvon and elsewhere. Publications: ‘Wasted Rainbow’ (tall-lighthouse); 'This Fruiting
Body (Nine Arches Press), ‘All the Cancelled Parties’ (Bristol Ideas), ‘The Coin’ (Broken Sleep).
From 2023, he’s a practice-as-research PhD candidate at University of Exeter, as part of
Originally from Normal, Illinois, Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and is a member
of the creative writing faculty at the University of Bristol. She has published four collections,
most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society
Recommendation. Individual poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, The
Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals
and anthologies internationally. She also writes short fiction, essays, and reviews.
Heidi beck and Lou Crosby will also be sharing some of their lovely work.
Heidi Beck emigrated to the UK from the USA in 1998 and now lives in Bristol. She has worked as a tour guide, data analyst and assistant zookeeper. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Rialto, Magma, Finishe
Lou Crosby is a poet and illustrator. She illustrates poems as comics (seeingpoetry.co.uk), and her artwork has been used for the covers of poetry publications such as After Sylvia. She has poems in anthologies for adults including Under the Radar and Mancunian Ways, and for children, Dragons of the Prime (The Emma Press) Tyger Tyger and The Toy .
Tickets are £5, which includes a glass of wine/ soft drink and £2 off the book.