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Prize-winning Poet Charles Bennett: Cloud River

20th September 2019
Venue: The Old Barn, Mill Lane, Wadenhoe PE8 5XD
Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm

Cloud River is a book of lyrical landscape poetry set in the Cambridgeshire Fens; a landscape which, at first impression, seems flat, dull and featureless. The startling originality of the book stems from its mission to revise and overturn these impressions. Through an examination of lines (on fields, maps, the sky and the page), it slowly but powerfully reveals the intrinsic interest, peculiarity and dynamism of the Fens and in its flowing music, exemplifies how a confrontation with level lands, straight rivers and big skies can result in a balancing of spirit and a fresh appreciation of England’s lowest and newest landscape.

Charles Bennett writes so beautifully: a poet who really seems to have his own kingdom, with its quiet moments- of sun, fruit and weather- which he catches with a peculiar loveliness.” Alison Brackenbury

This ground-breaking new collection Cloud River, complimented by Charles’s intriguing new short collection Thaw, extends his reputation as a lyrical landscape poet of depth and passion. Before establishing himself as an academic Charles Bennett was the Creative Director of Ledbury Poetry Festival and has acted as writer-in-residence for Wicken Fen. Additionally, his work with choral composer Bob Chilcott has seen him hailed as a memorable and mesmerising librettist. He is currently Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Northampton where he leads the BA in Creative Writing.

A light supper is included, and you may take your own drinks or purchase hot or soft drinks at the venue.

Tickets £10 available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.

Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri: Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk

Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk