Strange Animals – poetry reading and workshop with Emily Vanderploeg & WriteClub

  • WriteClub Zoom Room
  • October 6
  • 19:00 - 20:30
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Celebrate National Poetry Day with writer Emily Vanderploeg and WriteClub for an evening of reading and writing poetry.

About this event:
Strange Animals – a poetry reading and workshop
We’re delighted to welcome writer Emily Vanderploeg to the WriteClub Zoom Room for an evening of reading and writing poetry on Thur 6th Oct 2022.

Emily will read to us from her new collection ‘Strange Animals’ and talk about her writing process. She will also offer provocations and experiments to inspire your own writing. There will be space to write and to share your words (if you want to!)

Everyone welcome!

Reviews of Strange Animals

‘Strange Animals is a collection that moves deftly between different kinds of poetic looking: the close up of the personal and intimate, and the longing gaze towards far-away family, language, culture.’

– Katherine Stansfield, We Could Be Anywhere By Now (Seren, 2020)

‘Strange Animals takes you to wild places; from Lake Huron to Swansea bedsits. These are hungry poems; where she plays with all our senses, feeds us chips, Swiss roll, orange peel, Sunday roasts.’

– Jessica Mookherjee, Tigress (Nine Arches Press, 2019)

‘Reading Strange Animals feels a bit like rummaging around in someone’s well travelled backpack full of old photographs, seashells, tarot, and countless precious found objects collected for “the passing of knowledge”. A brilliant new voice.’

– Roberto Pastore, Hey Bert (Parthian Books, 2019)

About Emily Vanderploeg

Emily Vanderploeg writes poetry and fiction. She studied English and Art History at Queen’s University (BA Hons) and Creative Writing at Swansea University (MA, PhD), and teaches creative writing to children and adults. Emily is a Hay Festival Writer at Work and recently completed a novel with the help of a Literature Wales New Writer’s Bursary Award. Her poetry pamphlet, Loose Jewels, won the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Competition and was published in 2020. Strange Animals, her first full collection of poetry, was published by Parthian Books in 2022. Originally from Aurora, Ontario, Canada, she lives in Swansea with her two cats, Zsuzsi and Annie.

For more about Emily, visit her website:

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