The Bristol Poetry Institute and Indisciplinary Poetics Research Cluster are delighted to announce this conversation with Sarah Tremlett (co-director of Liberated Words) and Rebecca Kosick (co-director of the Bristol Poetry Institute). The duo will discuss Sarah’s forthcoming book, The Poetics of Poetry Film: Film Poetry, Videopoetry, Lyric Voice, Reflection. Commissioned by Intellect Books and The University of Chicago Press, The Poetics of Poetry Film is the first book of its kind. With encyclopedic content, it establishes historical context, classifies the different types of poetry film, and sheds light on the fast-growing genre. Whilst Sarah Tremlett’s thinking develops around subjects such as time, lyric voice, subjectivity, the remediation of the page poem, and audio-visual philosophical practice, the book is multi-voiced, including first-hand accounts from numerous poetry filmmakers worldwide. A ground-breaking industry bible for students, academics, poetry film-makers and anyone interested in poetry, digital media, filmmaking, art and creative writing.
Date: Thursday 15th April 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm
BSL interpreted by Russ Andrews
The Bristol Poetry Institute is pleased to be partnering with Lyra Bristol Poetry Festival to host this virtual conversation between BPI Executive Board member Madhu Krishnan and Bristol City Poet Caleb Parkin. Krishnan and Parkin will discuss the themes of reconnection, nature and poetry. What do we talk about when we talk about nature? Does nature really connect us, or does it also divide? Does “nature” even exist? This conversation will consider the ways in which poetry and nature intersect, and how the human and non-human environment is produced and reproduced, (be)laboured, (de)constructed and performed through language.
Bring a quote or poem of up to fifty words related to these themes and there’ll be chances to feed these into the conversation, keeping things live and lively. This event will be BSL interpreted.
This virtual talk will introduce the poetry of Thomas Chatterton to a contemporary audience. While Chatterton’s obsessive invention of mediaeval Bristol certainly makes his writing unique, it also risks alienating readers. Why should we bother reading him today, unless we have a particular interest in eighteenth-century literature that describes the past? In fact, not only does Chatterton’s phenomenally imaginative recreation of the Middle Ages have striking significance today, it is in any case only one aspect of his writing. Chatterton’s multi-facetted work runs from scathing satire to some of the earliest anti-slavery poetry ever written, and among his extraordinarily diverse writing are moments of insight that can help us think through the challenges and dilemmas of the twenty-first century.
Dr Nick Groom has published on a wide range of literary and cultural topics, from national identities to cultural environmentalism to the Gothic – the latter earning him the sobriquet of the ‘Prof of Goth’ in the media. His environmental writing includes the book The Seasons: A Celebration of the English Year (2013), runner-up for the BBC Countryfile Book of the Year, while his extensive work on the Gothic has helped to redefine the field through books including The Gothic (2012) and editions of The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, The Italian, and Frankenstein (2014-19). The Vampire: A New History, described by the New Yorker as ‘colossally smart’, was first published in 2018 and has been translated into Italian and Spanish. He has also published extensively on Thomas Chatterton in many essays and articles, has edited Chatterton’s poetry for a selected edition, and his book The Forger’s Shadow (2003) focuses on Chatterton’s life and work. Nick Groom is currently Professor in English at the University of Macau, having previously held positions at the universities of Bristol, Chicago, Stanford, and Exeter.
This event is presented in partnership with Lyra the Bristol Poetry Festival, Bristol Ideas, and supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. It is part of A Poetic City, a multi-partner, city-wide programme that explores the legacy of Thomas Chatterton.