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Launch – A Few Interiors by Rowland Bagnall
23 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Join us and Carcanet Press for the launch of Rowland Bagnall’s debut collection A Few Interiors. Joining Rowland will be Adam Heardman and Helen Charman, who will be celebrating the launch by reading a few of their own.
Full of playful glitches and malfunctions, this debut collection from an alumnus of Carcanet’s New Poetries series and a recent favourite in the pages of PN Review is a poetry of misses and near-misses, distortions and uncertainties. The poems capture a feeling of déjà vu, a sense of something not quite right, out of place, though hard to put your finger on. They are filled with pop-cultural references and registers, responding with a collagist’s eye to music, painting, photography, television and film. Frequently funny and even more frequently fun, Bagnall’s poems cut across continents, memories, dreams and rooms.
Rowland Bagnall was born in Oxfordshire in 1992. He studied English at St John’s College, Oxford, and completed an MPhil in American Literature at the University of Cambridge. His poetry and reviews have appeared in various publications, including Poetry London, the Los Angeles Review of Books and New Poetries VII(Carcanet). He lives and works in Oxford.
Adam Heardman is a poet and writer from Newcastle upon Tyne. His work has appeared or is upcoming in PN Review, Art Monthly, eyot, and Pain, and has been exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Berwick Visual Arts. He is currently working on his first book, Skyhook.
Helen Charman’s poems have appeared in Paratext, The White Review, Blackbox Manifold, Datableed, and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. Her first pamphlet, Support, support, came out last year from Offord Road Books, and her second, Daddy Poem, came out with SPAM Press in March. She is writing a PhD thesis about maternity and capitalism, and teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing.