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Wayfinders: A Poetry School Reading at Poetry in Aldeburgh

Wayfinders, a Poetry School reading at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, is an example of the Poetry School in action.

From our earliest days, we have been a place where poets come to learn from each other, and where they find ways into poetry with the help of a supportive community of fellow writers.

Tamar Yoseloff (A Formula for Night, Seren 2015), a longstanding tutor at the Poetry School, will read from her own work, before introducing two former students, Sandra Galton and Anna-May Laugher, who have both gone on to find publishing success of their own.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here. This event is kindly sponsored by David Keleel and The Darsham Nursery

SANDRA GALTON has enjoyed poetry courses and workshops at the Poetry School under the guidance of Tamar Yoseloff, Roddy Lumsden & Clare Pollard among others. She is currently in her second year of an MA in Writing Poetry, which is a joint collaboration between Newcastle University & the Poetry School. Sandra’s poems have appeared in various publications including a recent edition of The Rialto. She has won prizes in the Yeovil, and Kent & Sussex Competitions, and was long-listed in this year’s Wenlock Poetry Festival. She is a professional musician and when the poetic muse deserts her she retreats to playing the piano, which sometimes helps restimulate the creative process.

ANNA-MAY LAUGHER is a prize winning poet. Her work has been widely anthologised, most recently in Sophie Hannah’s ‘The Poetry of Sex’ published by Penguin. Her poems have been the inspiration for two films. The most recent with Helen Dewbery and Chaucer Cameron of Elephant’s Footprint Productions. She has written for the Reading Museum project ‘A Sense of Place’.  Her first pamphlet will be published by new press ‘Luminous Road’ early next year.

TAMAR YOSELOFF’s pamphlet Fun House (Slow Dancer Press, 1994) was followed by her first full collection, Sweetheart (Slow Dancer Press, 1998), which was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and the winner of the Aldeburgh Festival Prize. Her second collection was Barnard’s Star (Enitharmon Press, 2004). Fetch was published by Salt in April 2007, at the same time as Marks, a collaborative book with the artist Linda Karshan, published by Pratt Contemporary Art. Her most recent collection with Salt, The City with Horns (2011), features a sequence of poems inspired by the life and work of the American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Two recent limited editions, Desire Paths, with Linda Karshan and Galerie Hein Elferink, and Formerly, with photographs by Vici MacDonald (the first publication from a new imprint, Hercules Editions) are published in 2012. Formerly was shortlisted for the prestigious Ted Hughes Award in New Poetry. A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems was published by Seren in October 2015.

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