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The Poetry of Rosemary Tonks: with Neil Astley & Jo Shapcott

Between 1963 and 1974 Rosemary Tonks published two ‘epoch defining’ and widely admired poetry collections, six novels, many reviews for leading journals and papers and collaborated with the BBC on an experimental sound-poem. She stopped writing and disappeared from the literary scene and public life, suppressing publication of her work forfour decades. Following her death at the age of 85 in 2014, her poems and a selection of her prose are now available – for the first time in 40 years – in Bedouin of the London Evening: Collected Poems, edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Books. Neil will introduce her work – read by Jo Shapcott,a long-term admirer and supporter of her poetry – and share some recordings of Tonks herself performing her poems.

Later Event: November 6
Resurgence Poetry Prize