Basic Nest Architecture: The launch of Polly Atkin’s first collection (Lancaster Litfest)

When : 25th March 2017 - 1:00pm
Where : The Storey
Price : £9.50

Basic Nest Architecture, Polly Atkin’s
first collection of poetry, marks a
startling new talent, with intelligent,
densely metaphorical lyrics, often
inspired by the Lake District where
she has made her home for a
decade. The book is divided into
three sections, themed around three
interwoven ideas: place as nest, the
mind as nest, and the body as nest.
The collection explores ideas of
home and belonging, in the world
and in our own selves.
The remarkable poems in Basic Nest Architecture are a testament to the
persistence and artistry of Polly Atkin. As well as being profoundly personal,
they reach out to the modern world in all it’s complexity and diversity.

Polly Atkin lives in Cumbria. She is interested in the intersections between visual and
literary arts, and poetry as a thing to be stumbled over during day-to-day life, as well
as writing about the body, in poetry and prose. In 2014 an extract from her first
collection, Basic Nest Architecture, was awarded New Writing North's Andrew
Waterhouse Prize for ‘reflect[ing] a strong sense of place or the natural environment’.
Her second poetry pamphlet Shadow Dispatches (Bridgend: Seren, 2013) won the
Mslexia Pamphlet Prize, 2012. She currently teaches English Studies at the University
of Strathclyde.

Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH
Tickets: £9.50 Full /£7.50 Concession
SPECIAL COMBO OFFER!— Three poetry day events (Polly Atkin, Philip
Burton and Gill Lambert, Kim Moore and Hannah Lowe) for £22/£18
Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways:
Online: www.litfest.org
In Person: Lancaster and Morecambe Visitor Information Centres
By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

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