Thursday, 2 October, 2014: HIGH WIRE ACT: POEMS OF FLIGHT with Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders

As part of the four day Swindon Poetry Festival  (2-5 October 2014) , poets Claire Dyer, Susan Utting, and Lesley Saunders explore the meanings of flight, whether in balloons, space-ships and parachutes, or as imaginary birds, or in human relationships.  Come to their performance of “High Wire Act: Poems of Flight.”

When:   Thursday, 2 October 2014 from 15:30 to 16:30 (BST) as part of the Swindon Poetry Festival (2-5 October 2014)

Where:  Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Ln, Shaw, SN5 5PJ, United Kingdom

Tickets:   Tickets are £5.00 and available from the event site, or free for those with a poetry festival pass!

Lesley Saunders, Susan Utting, Claire Dyer (l to r); photo by Dwain Comissiong, Flotion Photography

Lesley Saunders, Susan Utting, Claire Dyer (l to r); photo by Dwain Comissiong, Flotion Photography

Claire Dyer’s poetry is widely published in magazines and anthologies and her first collection, Eleven Rooms, is published by Two Rivers Press, about which Andrew Motion has said, ‘There’s a clarity about Claire Dyer’s poems that make them immediately attractive: their surfaces gleam and glitter.’ Her novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair, and her short story, Falling for Gatsby, are published by Quercus. She is currently undertaking an MA in Poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Lesley Saunders has had poems published in the London Review of Books, Mslexia, the Rialto, The Warwick Review, amongst others. She has published five collections, most recently Cloud Camera from Two Rivers Press, which was described by Michael Hulse as ‘the most intelligent and thrilling book of poetry I’ve seen in several years.’Her poem, ‘The Uses of Greek’ was shortlisted for the Best Single Poem in the Forward Prize 1999, and in 2008 she won joint first prize in the inaugural Manchester competition for a portfolio of poems. Her new book, The Walls Have Angels (Mulfran Press) is due out in the autumn and includes poems telling the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

Susan Utting’s 2012 collection, Fair’s Fair (Two Rivers Press) has been described as ‘joyous, heartbreaking, ramm’d with life.’ Her previous collections include Houses Without Walls, which was featured in the Independent on Sunday, with a poem included in the best single poem category of the Forward Book of Poetry. Her work has won many awards, including a Poetry Business Prize for the pamphlet, Something Small is Missing and the Peterloo Poetry Prize for ‘Under the Blue Ball’. She was selected for The Times newspaper’s best love poem prize 2010, was a winner in the Academi Cardiff International and has twice been shortlisted for the Arvon Poetry Prize. Her first full collection, Striptease, was published in 2001 by Smith/Doorstop Books.