12 Aug 2020. Poems to Live for 5.

Wednesday 12th August 2020

9pm UK time

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Poems to Live for: Session 5

Chairs: Michael Hulse and Donald Singer


Anna Jackson

Anna Jackson will read selections from her own poetry and her chosen poem: 
- 'After Apple Picking' by Robert Frost 

Anna Jackson has published several books of poetry, most recently Pasture and Flock: New and Selected Poems (Auckland University Press, 2018), as well as fiction and criticism. Associate professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington, she keeps hens and has a website featuring highly recommended “paragraphs without essays or books to go in”. In April, during lockdown, she speculated: “what if we could only live in the houses we live in and never go out?”

Other work includes a novella, The Bedmaking Competition, and books on Diary Poetics, Verse Biography, the Gothic in Children's Literature, and so on, as well as the editing of a new series of AUP New Poets, with the first collections AUP New Poets 5 and  AUP New Poets 6 already published, and AUP New Poets 7 coming out in August.  

Mary O’Donnell 

Mary O’Donnell will read selections from her own poetry and her chosen poem:
- 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen.

Poet and fiction-writer Mary O’Donnell’s work is often cited as key in expanding the horizons of Ireland’s traditionally male-dominated literary world. O’Donnell has published numerous collections of poetry, including Spiderwoman’s Third Avenue Rhapsody (1993). Other poetry includes Unlegendary Heroes (1998), and Those April Fevers (2015). Her new collection of poetry Massacre of the Birds is published by Salmon in October 2020.

Novels include The Light-MakersThe Elysium Testament, and Where They Lie. She has received numerous awards including prizes from the Fish International Short Story Competition, the Cardiff International Poetry Competition, the VS Pritchett Short Story Competition and the Listowel Writers’ Week Short Story Award, as well as poetry awards also from Listowel Writers’ Week.  Her poetry has been translated to Hungarian, and her short fiction to  Spanish. Member of the Irish artists affiliation, Aosdana.    


Further readings of poems out of copyright

Jane Flint Bridgewater reading 'Raiders Dawn' by Alun Lewis

Physician Dr Jane Flint Bridgewater is Chair of the Trustees of Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge, England.

Wendy French reading 'To His Love' by Ivor Gurney

Wendy French won the inaugural 2010 Hippocrates Poetry and Medicine prize for the NHS section in 2010 and was awarded second prize in 2011. She has two chapbooks and two collections of poetry published, Splintering the Dark, Rockingham press 2005, and surely you know this (the title was taken from a Sappho fragment) Tall lighthouse press 2009. Her collaboration with Jane Kirwan resulted in the book Born in the NHS which was published 2013 by Hippocrates press. She has worked for the past twenty years with children and adults with mental health problems and was head of the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School. She left this post to concentrate on working with people with aphasia/dysphasia helping them to recover their use of language through poetry. She was Poet in Residence at the Macmillan Centre UCLH from April 2014-2015.

Clare Goreau reading 'Sea-mews in winter time' by Jean Ingelow

Clare is a commended poet in the Hippocrates Prize. She is a retired Surgeon and recently retired Physician from a County Nursing Home and Jail

Peter Goreau reading 'Coplas de Manrique' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peter is a retired Geophysicist and a daily writer. He came to the Hippocrates Initiative workshop in Venice in 2013. He and Clare spend a lot of time outdoors in Vermont.

Jane McLaughlin reading 'News for the Delphic Oracle' by William Butler Yeats

Jane McLaughlin has published poetry in numerous magazines and anthologies. She has been longlisted in the National Poetry Competition and placed in several other national competitions. Her poem All Clear was commended in the Hippocrates Open Prize in 2014 and she was awarded the Third Prize in the 2016 Hippocrates Open awards for Poetry Takes up the Neurosurgeon. She has published a poetry collection with Cinnamon Press and has also published short stories, some of which have won awards.

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