Tour Recap – Winchester
After visiting Winchester during the 2013 T S Eliot Prize Tour, the Poetry Book Society were delighted to return to the Discovery Centre with the generous hosting and help of the Winchester Poetry Festival. Three Next Generation Poets 2014 joined a local voice on 18 February 2015.
At just eighteen years old, Rosemary Brook-Hart was the youngest reader on the Next Generation Poets Tour. Born and brought up in Winchester, she produced a remarkably assured performance of mature poems on an eclectic range of subjects, from waking up to killing time in rural France.
Annie Freud gave a charming reading from her 2010 book, The Mirabelles.
The week of the publication of his second collection, Human Work, Sean Borodale gave a passionate and informative reading of his poems and the thought process behind them. Written on site, at the stove, Borodale’s poems were sometimes philosophical (‘Kippers’), sometimes funny (‘Scrubbing Potatoes’), and always mouthwatering.
The third and final Next Generation Poet of the night was Emma Jones, who wowed the crowd with poems of borders and spaces from her debut collection, The Striped World.