The Charles Causley Festival: Poets, Alyson Hallett & Penelope Shuttle in conversation

  • Launceston Town Hall
  • June 7
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • £6
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Come and hear poets Alyson Hallett and Penelope Shuttle at the Guildhall where they will be in conversation talking about Charles’s life and work, his influence on their writing and reading key poems of his.

The second hour of the event will see them reading from their recent poetry book Lzrd which will draw on the previous hour’s conversation, in ways of writing about Cornwall. They will be selling and signing copies of Lzrd at the end.

In this collection of poems drawn from the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, land is not just alive and singing, it’s full of mischief and mystery and power.
Beaches, serpentine stone, cliffs, chips: the Lizard is a prayer book with the page in a deliberate wrong order. The Lizard is a church made of Celtic air. Everything is tinged with salt and freshened with a breeze that’s fast and furious off the sea. St. Keverne, Cury, Ruan Minor – wherever Lzrd goes, it invites you to the party.
This book opens its doors and says come in, come with us as we travel across this magical land.

Alyson Hallett: Besides publishing six books and pamphlets of poetry, Alyson has also written drama and an audio-diary for BBC Radio 4, an essay Chalk for BBC Radio 3, drama for Sky Television, a book of short stories. She has a practice-based PhD in poetry, and is a freelance lecturer at the University of West England and Falmouth University and she has taught with the Arvon Foundation.

Penelope Shuttle has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003.

The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished together, most notably in the ground-breaking feminist studies on menstruation, The Wise Wound, and its sequel, Alchemy for Women.

Tickets are non-refundable.