More poetry in Grasmere


Hanging on the skirts of the Dorothy Wordsworth Festival of Women’s Poetry (April 20-22), the Wordsworth Trust’s 2012 poetry season gets going on 1 May. David Morley and Sasha Dugdale are the first pairing in a series of readings which is, as we’ve come to expect, one of the best you’ll find anywhere.

Highlights include Simon Armitage’s annual visit (10 July), Ruth Padel (24 July), Andrew Motion (4 September), and the hosting of the Poetry Translation Centre’s Persian Poets Tour in May.

There’s also Cumbrian poet Helen Farish’s reading with Daljit Nagra to look forward to on 12 June. A former Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence, Farish will be reading from her long-awaited second collection from Bloodaxe Books, Nocturnes at Nohant, a narrative of the love affair between Chopin and the novelist George Sand.

As well as the fortnightly Tuesday readings – finishing with Kathleen Jamie and Rachel Boast in October – the Trust have also crammed in a few ‘specials’. The Poetry Business launches the winning collections from its latest Book & Pamphlet Competition – including Cumbrian poet Kim Moore’s If We Could Speak Like Wolves – on 26 May.

In September, two former Poets-in-Residence, Gerard Benson and Emma Jones, share a reading with the current incumbent, Carola Luther. In October, Sean O’Brien, WN Herbert and others celebrate 20 years of the Northern Poetry Workshop with the launch of a new anthology.

Plus: workshops, reading groups, talks, and guided walks in Wordsworth’s footsteps. To view or download the whole summer programme, click here.