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Hands Held: An Agenda Poetry Showcase- Thursday 26th August 7:30pm (online)

An evening of readings from four exceptional poets, curated by Patricia McCarthy, editor of one of the longest-running and most respected literary magazines in the world.

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Jane Lovell: is an award-winning British poet whose work focuses on our relationship with the planet and its wildlife. She has been widely published in journals and anthologies in the UK and US and has won the Flambard Prize (2015), the Wigtown Prize (2018) the Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize (2020) and the Ginkgo Prize (2021). Her latest book, The God of Lost Ways, was published in 2020 by Indigo Dreams Press. Jane lives in Devon where she is working on an illustrated collection of eco-poems, ‘The Gallery of the Sea’. Her work has been described as poetry that ‘fizzes with acute visual detail, offering a dizzying sense of perspective’ (Helen Mort).

Elizabeth Barton’s work has been published in magazines including  Agenda, Acumen, Orbis, The Frogmore Papers, South and The High Window.  She had a poem shortlisted for the 2020 Enfield Poets’ Poetry Competition and has had poems commended in The Poetry Society’s Stanza Poetry Competition 2020 and in the Elmbridge Literary Competition 2021.  She lives in Surrey where she enjoys taking part in activities with Mole Valley Poets, for whom she is Stanza Rep.  She has an MA in English from Cambridge University and has worked as both a teacher and a volunteer for overseas aid and environmental charities.

Patricia McCarthy: won the National Poetry Competition 2013. She is half Irish and half English. Her formative years were spent in County Dublin and County Wicklow. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she lived in Washington D.C., Paris, Kathmandu, Dhaka and Mexico. She was Head of English for several years at Mayfield School, and has lived for many years now in the countryside in East Sussex. Her poems have been/are being widely published in newspapers, journals and anthologies both in the UK and Ireland. She has had several poetry collections published, the most recent being ‘Whose hand would you like to hold’ written during the pandemic. The title poem was The Guardian’s poem of the week. Two more collections are forthcoming soon.

David Pollard has been furniture salesman, accountant, TEFL teacher and university lecturer. He got his three degrees from the University of Sussex and has since taught at the universities of Sussex, Essex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he was a Lady Davis Scholar. His doctoral thesis was published as: The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience (Harvester and Barnes & Noble). He has also published A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition of Keats’ Letters, a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls and seven volumes of poetry, patricidesRisk of Skin, Self-Portraits and Broken Voices (Waterloo Press), bedbound (Perdika Press), Finis-terre (Agenda) and Three Artists (Lapwing). He has also been published in other volumes and in learned journals and many reputable poetry magazines. Highly recommended for the Forward Prize in 2020. He divides his time between Brighton on the South coast of England and a village on the Rias of Galicia.

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