Author Events in Marsden Library: Northern Writers Reading

As a Library Friends Group one of our favourite things is books and reading.  At our relaxing and informal Northern Writers Reading events we invite authors to come and read from and discuss their latest books.  There’s usually a chance to buy copies of the books, and to have them signed by the author.

We’ve got a great line up planned for this Autumn and Winter, and we hope you can join us.

Entry: we suggest a £2 donation to contribute to refreshments and room hire.

Autumn-Winter 2018

Wednesday 12th December 2018 7.00 for 7.30 – 8.30 Gaia Holmes & Tom Weir
Continuing our collaboration with the The Poetry Village we are delighted to welcome two of our most acclaimed contemporary poets to Marsden as part of the Northern Writers series. Both Gaia and Tom will be celebrating the launch of new titles at this festive event.

Gaia Holmes – Where the Road Runs Out

Gaia’s third collection of poetry transports us to the edge of things: to remote, treeless islands, to dark, unfathomable mines, to the gaping maw of grief. With frailty and ferocity, these poems map out the strange absences left in our lives when a rupture occurs – like the sudden appearance of a sinkhole – threatening to pull everything else down with it. Where the Road Runs Out is a powerful and intimate portrait of loss, isolation, and ultimately healing. Above all, it is a paean to the landscape, and the myths, magic and mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.

Gaia Holmes is a poet and lecturer in creative writing. She has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant, an oral historian and a lollypop lady. In 2017, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and shortlisted for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in the various anthologies including Milestones, I Belong Here, The Book of Love and Loss and Seductive Harmonies.

Tom Weir – Ruin

Ruin is Tom Weir’s deeply moving second collection. It deals with grand concepts– loss and language, often accessed through influences from the sea and weather. It includes the winning poem of the Magma editor’s prize ‘A Man Blames the Dent in the Bonnet of his Car on Two Deer’.

‘..Sometimes I’d picture them building your heart
from scratch the way you might build a fire—
sometimes I’d hear their tools
clanking in your chest, trying to ignite
the tiny engine of your breath.’

– from ‘Noah’ in Ruin by Tom Weir

Tom Weir’s poetry has been Highly Commended in both The Forward Prize and The National Poetry Competition and he was the winner of this year’s Magma Editor’s Choice Competition. His latest collection, Ruin, received a grant from the Arts Council for which he is extremely grateful.

Books will be available to buy on the night, or you can buy them in advance online, or why not visit our nearest independent book shop, The Book Corner, Piece Hall Halifax.   You can order by email to collect at your convenience.
Wednesday 30th January 2019 7.00 for 7.30 – 8.30 Sarah Hussain
Sarah Hussain is a Huddersfield based author and educator. Her first novel ‘Escaped from Syria’ was a winner finalist in the People’s Book Prize Award and her short story collection ‘Sit up, Stand up, Speak up’ was released in 2017. In 2018 she won the Ms Shakespeare competition in Yorkshire and was commissioned to write a monologue, which was performed on International Women’s day. 

Sarah will be talking about her latest work, Sit Up, Stand Up, Speak Up: An Emotional Short Story Collection. Are you able to capture a thought and challenge it? We grow up with a set of beliefs and values, influenced by the society we grow up in. This collection of fictional stories invites you to explore your ideas and challenge your mind.

ISBN:9781910903070
Books will be available to buy on the night, or you can buy them in advance online, or why not visit our nearest independent book shop, The Book Corner, Piece Hall Halifax.   You can order by email to collect at your convenience.
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