The title poem of Sasha Dugdale’s latest collection and winner of the Forward Prize for Best
Single Poem 2016, ‘Joy’ is a dramatic monologue in the voice of Catherine, widow of the
poet and engraver William Blake.
Actress Linda Bassett, well known for her role in Call the Midwife, will read this beautifully
crafted poem, described by the Forward judges as ‘an extraordinarily sustained visionary
piece of writing’. Sasha Dugdale will talk about the research and writing of the poem and
answer questions from the audience.