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Jessica Rankin’s poetic commission

Thursday, 19 October 2017

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Suitable for: Age 14+

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Visual artist Jessica Rankin’s exhibition premieres a series of new drawings, paintings and embroideries inspired by the Parthenon Sculptures at the British Museum and broader themes such as the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, desire, autobiographical mythology and narrative, plus mapping, both external and internal.

During this event, Jessica will talk about her work and writers Amy Key, Sarah Howe and Brenda Shaughnessy, will give their own poetic response.

Amy Key.

Amy Key grew up in Kent and the North-East; she now lives and works in London. Her first collection Luxe was published by Salt in 2013. She is the author of two pamphlets Instead of Stars (Tall Lighthouse) and History (If A Leaf Falls Press). In 2014 she edited an anthology of poems on friendship between women, Best Friends Forever (The Emma Press). Her poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Poetry, The Poetry Review, New Statesman, Rough Trade Magazine, Best British Poetry 2015 (Salt), Poetry Please (Faber & Faber) and The Poetry of Sex (Penguin). Her second book-length collection, Isn’t Forever, is due from Bloodaxe in June 2018.

Sarah Howe.

Sarah Howe is a Hong Kong-born poet, academic and editor. Her first book, Loop of Jade (Chatto & Windus, 2015), won the T.S. Eliot Prize. She is the founding editor of Prac Crit, an online journal of poetry and criticism, and teaches poetry at King’s College, London.

Brenda Shaughnessy.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry collections, most recently So Much Synth and  Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press) a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar and Interior with Sudden Joy.  Her poems appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and is Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing at Rutgers University, Newark.

Supported by the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery


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