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Apples and Snakes at Tate Poetry Evening with Karen McCarthy Woolf

Join poet, writer, and editor, Karen McCarthy Woolf reading from her new poetry collection

Seasonal Disturbances is set against a backdrop of ecological and emotional turbulence, and its poems are charged yet meditative explorations of nature, the city, and the self. Lyrical and inventive, these poems test classic and contemporary forms and aim to inspire an 'activism of the heart, where we connect to and express forces of renewal and love.' A Poetry Society Recommendation.

Karen will read from her work, followed by a Q & A and book signing.


Karen McCarthy Woolf is a fifth generation Londoner and daughter of a Jamaican émigré. She is on the board of two literary journals and is a fellow of the Complete Works and editor of two associated anthologies, most recently Ten: Next Generation Poets. Her first collection An Aviary of Small Birds was nominated for both the Forward, Felix Dennis and Aldeburgh Best First Collection Prizes. She has read widely in the UK, and internationally from the US to Singapore. She is currently researching hybridity in poetry and how this informs ways in which we might write about nature, the city and the sacred.​

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18 May 2018 at 19.30–20.30