The latest bulletin from the Wordsworth Trust has news of poetry events coming up at Grasmere in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to sign up to receive the email bulletin direct, email Literature Officer Andrew Forster

* Next reading: Michael Symmons Roberts & Peter Bennet
* Wordsworth Trust Reading Group
* A Spot of Poetry
* Book soon for Residential Workshop

* Poetry in Grasmere

Michael Symmons Roberts & Peter Bennet
St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere
Tuesday 11th August 6.45pm
£7.00 (£6.00 advance payment) Supper afterwards at Dale Lodge £16.00, £18.95 with a glass of wine (Last bookings for supper 12noon Monday). Book on 015394 35544

Michael Symmons Roberts came to prominence with his book ‘Burning Babylon’, a collection of poems based around the military base at Greenham Common, not far from where he grew up. His next book ‘Corpus’, which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize, saw him tackling issues of spirituality and science with equal ease, exploring such issues as the discovery and attempted patenting of the human genome. The poems in his most recent collection ‘The Half Healed’ make an imaginative response to a world in conflict. The poems portray people out of their depth but still finding moments of grace. One of the highlights is a series of poems written for radio focusing on a series of messages left on answerphones by the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Michael is an emotionally powerful reader.

 Northumbrian Peter Bennet is making a return visit to the Trust. Peter last read at the Trust to mark the publication of his Selected Poems ‘Goblin Lawn’. His last book ‘The Glass Swarm’, published last year, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Peter’s work draws on a huge range of reference, from obscure historical figures to myth and legend, with moments of very dark humour, and his strong sense of rhythm means the work just demands to be heard out loud. 

…..and if you would like to familiarise yourself with Michael Symmons Roberts work prior to the reading….

*The Wordsworth Trust Reading Group
Thursday 6 August  2.30pm – 4.00pm
Michael Symmons Roberts:  The Half-Healed
Come and explore contemporary poetry with us. Whether you already read poetry regularly or have never read a poem before, these sessions will give us the opportunity to discuss new poetry in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. 
Each of these sessions will look at the work of poets featured in the Wordsworth Trust’s Poetry in Grasmere season of readings.
We hope you will have the opportunity to read the book before each session.
This events is free. Book with or 015394 35544

* A Spot of Poetry

Wednesday afternoons 2.30pm

in the garden behind the Wordsworth Museum, or in the Lower Rotunda if raining.  Free, informal readings of new and classic poems from a range of readers, with occasional guest spots. Regular readers include Emma Jones, Emily Hasler, Polly Atkin, Andrew Forster, Catherine Kay and Mark Ward. 

*and book by 1st September for
The World in the Image
A residential weekend course with the Wordsworth Trust
with Emma Jones & Jacob Polley
Forest Side Hotel, Grasmere, Cumbria
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November

This residential weekend offers an opportunity for participants to focus on a particular aspect of writing poetry while spending a weekend in the heart of the Lake District, the landscape that so inspired Wordsworth. Through a balance of reading and writing exercises, participants will look at how a poem creates an enclosed world through its images.

The weekend will also include a one-to-one session with one of the tutors for each of the participants, an introduction to the Wordsworth Trust collection and a reading by each of the tutors on the Saturday evening.

Participants will be resident in the Forest Side Hotel, a traditional stately home situated on the Lower slopes of Butter Crag, a short stroll away from Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth when he wrote much of what is now regarded as his greatest poetry.  Activities will take place at the Forest Side and in the Jerwood Centre at the Wordsworth Museum.

The course will run from 5.00pm on Friday to 3.00pm on Sunday and the price includes all tuition, accommodation and all meals. 

Cost £285.00
Deposit of £100.00 secures a place
Balance of £185.00 due by 1st October.
Minimum number of participants required by 1st September.

 Emma Jones was born in Sydney. Her first collection of poems, The Striped World, was published by Faber & Faber in 2009. She is editing a selection of Christina Rossetti’s poetry for Faber & Faber. She is currently Poet in residence at the Wordsworth Trust.

Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle. He has published two collections of poetry with Picador, The Brink and Little Gods. He was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for The Brink. He has just published his first novel ‘The Talk of the Town’. He is a former Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust and is an Advisor to the Trust’s Literature programme.

Please note: The Don Paterson workshop on 23rd September is now full