Writing, Illness and Wellbeing - An Evening with Writer in Residence Polly Atkin


Join our February Writer in Residence Polly Atkin for a discussion and poetry reading considering the balance we all seek in our lives. For Polly, writing is part of a wider practice of self-care. Join her for a thoughtful, reflective evening.

Polly Atkin is a poet. Her debut collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was published by Seren in 2017, having already been awarded New Writing North’s Andrew Waterhouse Prize for a pre-publication extract. Polly’s pamphlet, Shadow Dispatches (2013), won the Mslexia Pamphlet Prize in 2012 and her debut pamphlet, Bone Song (2008), was shortlisted for the 2009 Michael Marks Award. Polly has taught English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University as well as the Universities of Strathclyde and Cumbria. Polly was recently diagnosed with Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Genetic Haemochromatosis. Through writing and speaking about her life with chronic conditions, Polly hopes to raise awareness and provoke discussion.

Precise and assured and sad and superb’ (London Review Bookshop on Basic Nest Architecture).

Tickets are priced at £15 which includes a copy of Basic Nest Architecture.

Food for Thought will be open for dinner, which must be booked in advance.

To book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

Photo: Kay Adkins 2017