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The British (Poets) Are Coming 10/19/07

Huntington Poetry Barn (Fri Oct 19, 8 pm, High St and New York Avenue Huntington LI

Four of the finest women poets writing in the British Isles today conduct a unique October tour of Toronto, Canada and the greater New York City area this month.National Poetry Prize Winner Caroline Carver and Forward Prize shortlisted Penelope Shuttle are joined by up and coming poets Victoria Field and Geraldine Green, exciting new voices in poetry, in a tour that will bring them from Toronto and Niagara to Woodstock, Huntington and several top venues in New York City.

The tour begins Oct 9 at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto, and before it concludes on Oct 22 will feature presentations at such fine venues as the National Arts Club and New School in Manhattan, and performances at the Bowery Poetry Club, Huntington Poetry Barn and Colony Cafe in Woodstock.

Caroline Carver grew up in the West Indies and lived to Canada for 30 years before returning to the UK. She began writing poetry in the mid-1990s, won the National Poetry Prize in 1998, and has published two collections, including BONE-FISHING (2005). She is involved in many poetry-related organizations and is currently poet-in-residence at Trebah Gardens in Cornwall.

Penelope Shuttle’s eighth poetry collection, REDGROVE’S WIFE, (2006) is a book of lament for and celebration of her late husband, British poet Peter Redgrove. It was shortlisted for The Forward Prize, and for the T S Eliot Prize. She has given many readings in the UK over the last thirty years. This is her first visit to Canada and America since the early 70s.

Victoria Field is a writer and poetry therapist. Her background is in psychology and she lived and worked in Turkey, Russia and Pakistan before settling in Cornwall. She has two collections of poetry, including MANY WATERS (2006), based on her residence at Truro Cathedral, and has co-edited two books on therapeutic writing.

Geraldine Green is Cumbrian born with Irish roots, and has recently read at the Wordsworth Trust, Dylan Thomas Centre, the First International Women’s Arts Festival in Kendal and the ‘Kurt Schwitters Ate My Hat’ Festival in Ambleside, UK. Recipient of special commendation at the Poetry on the Lake Festival, Orta Italy, she has three collections, including PASSIO (2006). Co-editor of Poetrybay.com, Geraldine runs creative writing workshops in the Lake District of England, and is a tutor at Lancaster University, where she is a PhD candidate.

The bulk of the foursome’s North American tour, sponsored by Bloodaxe, Peterloo, FAL and Cornish World, will be compered by New York-based poet George Wallace, and includes:

In Canada: The Arts & Letters Club (Toronto, Mon Oct 8), Niagara on the Lake Library (Wed Oct 10 7:30 pm 10 Anderson Lane Niagrara 0n the Lake, On);

In New York City: The New School (Tue Oct 16, 66 W 12th, NYC, 4 pm), National Arts Club (Wed Oct 17, 6 pm, 15 Gramercy Park South NYC); and Bowery Poetry Club (Thu Oct 18 5 pm, 308 Bowery NYC),

Elsewhere: Huntington Poetry Barn (Fri Oct 19, 8 pm, High St and New York Avenue Huntington LI); and Woodstock’s Colony Cafe (Mon Oct 22 7 pm, Colony Arts Centre, 22 Rock City Rd Woodstock).

The full schedule is available by visiting www.poetrypf.co.uk/images/cornwallpoetsschedule.pdf.

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