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Spend this Midsummer’s Eve with three exciting and inventive poets who explore landscape, nature, the human form, and the webs that connect everything. It’s never been more important to look outside of ourselves and to gain a deeper understanding and respect for the natural world. The poets’ keen eyes and sustained study of everything from limpets to grey whales to maned wolves give us a stunning insight into the particularly of different environments. They also examine the ways we use language itself and how the words we use shape what we see. Join us for this dynamic and thought-provoking evening. This event is facilitated by Rosamund Taylor.

Jen Hadfield's fourth poetry collection The Stone Age explores neurodiversity and was published by Picador in March 2021. She is also working on Storm Pegs, a collection of essays about Shetland, where she lives. Passionately involved with the wild world, she uses poetry, lyrical essay and occasionally sculpture in cast porcelain, to try and share her intense experience of the here-and-now. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including the 2008 T.S.Eliot Prize for her second collection, Nigh-No-Place, (Bloodaxe). She is a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Glasgow University and is building a house in Shetland, very slowly.

Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe is a poet, pacifist and fabulist. Born in India, she grew up across the Middle East, Europe and North America, before calling Ireland home. Founder of the Play It Forward Fellowships, she is poetry editor at Skein Press and Fallow Media, and contributing editor with The Stinging Fly. She is a recipient of the Next Generation Artist Award in Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland and the inaugural Ireland Chair of Poetry Student Award. Her debut poetry collection, Auguries of a Minor God, is forthcoming from Faber & Faber in July 2021. Author photo by Gillian Hyland.

Mark Roper’s latest poetry collection Bindweed, Dedalus Press (2017), was shortlisted for The Irish Times Poetry Now Award. A Gather of Shadow (2012) was also shortlisted for that Award and won the Michael Hartnett Award in 2014. Mark was awarded Arts Council Bursaries in 2010, 2013 and 2016. With photographer Paddy Dwan, he has published The River Book, The Backstrand, and Comeragh. The pair are working on a fourth book, about the County Waterford coastline. He has also written two librettos for operas composed by Eric Sweeney.

Rosamund Taylor recently published work in Banshee, Channel, Poetry Ireland Review and Poetry Salzburg. In 2019, she received a Words Ireland Mentorship, sponsored by DLR libraries. She also placed third for the Ginkgo International Prize for Eco Poetry, and in 2017 she won the Mairtín Crawford Award for poetry. She placed first in the London Magazine Poetry Prize 2020.

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