EVENT: Memory, Language, Family – Alison Brackenbury & Denise Saul

Sunday 17 July 2022, 4 – 5pm


Belgrade Theatre, B2

Tickets: £8 / £6 (concs)

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Age guideline: 14+

Delve into a new perspective in this exploration of memory, family, place, and language itself with two poets whose work draws on the power of words to hold and define – and how memory and shared experience shape who we are. Includes a reading and in-conversation with both poets.

Alison Brackenbury’s richly circumstantial poems are often rooted in a rural and natural world where birds, plants, weather comes alive in poem after poem, but also in townscapes which sustain communities and preserve a strong sense of their history and what it gives them. Denise Saul’s debut, The Room Between Us explores family and identity as she tells the story of a mother’s illness and subsequent aphasia, and a daughter’s ongoing role as carer – a book finds a space for both the extraordinary and the ordinary, balancing all that is between.

Hosted by Jo Bell.


About the Speaker(s):

Alison Brackenbury’s unorthodox CV includes 23 years as a metal finisher. Her work has won an Eric Gregory and a Cholmondeley Award. Her Selected Poems is Gallop, (Carcanet, 2019). Alison was interviewed on Radio 4 by Samira Ahmed about her latest collection, Thorpeness, published by Carcanet in 2022. She is writing a prose book, Village, with many stories of her dynamic – and reckless – West Midlands ancestors.

Denise Saul is the author of two pamphlets. White Narcissi (Flipped Eye Publishing) was Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and House of Blue (Rack Press) was a PBS Pamphlet Recommendation. She is the recipient of Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for her poem ‘Leaving Abyssinia’. Her first full-length collection, The Room Between Us (Pavilion Poetry), is a Poetry Book Society’s Summer recommendation 2022.

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Belgrade Square


17 Jul 2022


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


£8 / £6 (concs)