Reportage: Poetry Reading

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Can poetry function as reportage, and what are the key issues of today which poetry might seek to report? This morning’s reading will feature three innovative approaches to reporting on contemporary issues and events. Daniel Sluman will read from A Single Window, his hybrid memoir shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, which recounts his and his partner’s experience of a year living on their sofa and watching the world pass by through a single window, while physically unable to navigate the stairs due to illness and disability. Bridget Khursheed will introduce work from her first full-length collection The Last Day of Petrol, which centres around our inability to imagine that the world as we know is about to change in personal, political or global terms. And Gail McConnell will read work from The Sun is Open, a book-length poem drawing on public and private archive materials related to the life and death of her father who was murdered outside her home in Belfast in 1984.

Period12 Mar 2022
Held atStAnza International Poetry Festival