An Evening With Rebecca Watts: Human/Nature poetry
12th May - 12th May 2022
Human/Nature: a discursive poetry reading with Rebecca Watts.
Is there something inherently liberal – or liberalising, or liberating – about reading and writing poetry? How OK is it to view others’ experiences as ‘inspiration’, or presume to give voice to the voiceless? What happens when we try to impress a human agenda on non-human subjects? Join poet Rebecca Watts as she considers her own work in the light of these questions, exploring how poetry might help us come to terms with our own nature and the world’s. Sure to be a thought-provoking hour!
Rebecca Watts lives in Cambridge, where she works for a museum and as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014 she took part in The Poetry Trust’s Aldeburgh Eight scheme for developing poets, and in 2015 a selection of her work was included in Carcanet’s New Poetries VI anthology. Her debut collection, The Met Office Advises Caution (Carcanet, 2016), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2017 Seamus Heaney Centre First Collection Prize. In 2019 she edited Elizabeth Jennings: New Selected Poems and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. Her second collection, Red Gloves, was published by Carcanet in 2020.
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