Carcanet launch The Long Beds by Kate Miller
September 23rd 7pm
Please join Carcanet to celebrate the launch of Kate Miller's new poetry collection, The Long Beds, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Hosting the reading will be literary agent, Simon Trewin, joining Kate to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. They will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
"The Long Beds explores the cell-like containment of the small hours when the body has no estate but its bed, while - waking or dreaming - the mind sets out on its travels, often in the realms of an old life, cherished items or relinquished connections. Central to the poems' imagery is the presence of a bedstead that has survived a bombing raid, protecting only what was bundled underneath it. In painterly language Kate Miller also trains her eye and ear outwards on grand, impersonal scenes: London at dawn, riverbanks and docks, the corridors of a great hospital: to uncover fogged experience and restore colour to memory. Her poems prod us awake at first light and release us into the morning."
Kate Miller is an award-winning poet, recipient of the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Prize in 2008. Her book The Observances (2015) was shortlisted for the Costa and Michael Murphy Prizes and won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for First Collection. As a writer, and in her doctoral research, she examines perceptions of the shoreline of rivers and beaches, of what is cast up and can be reclaimed, bringing history and memory to a sense of place.
Simon Trewin has been a literary agent representing poets, novelists, historians and young adult writers since 1993. He is a former Secretary of the Association Of Authors Agents, a Trustee of the Arvon Foundation and of Salisbury Playhouse.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.