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Poetry from Alan Jenkins, with Adrian Buckner and Tuesday Shannon

Poetry from Alan Jenkins, with Adrian Buckner and Tuesday Shannon
Wednesday, 24th May, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Bookings closed
New Walk Editions, edited by Rory Waterman and Nick Everett, has been publishing poetry pamphlets since 2017. Alan Jenkins’ The Ghost Net will be the publisher’s first full-length collection, and is Jenkins’ first book of poems in over a decade.
A ghost net is a fishing net, or part of one, that remains in the sea after it has been discarded or lost. Alan Jenkins’s eighth full collection of original poems has netted a haul of painful or poignant moments and memories: places and people recalled vividly, sometimes obsessively, in sorrow and in anger. Central to these are an unnamed woman – or women – and the journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria in 2012. But the paths and ‘sea-roads’ here beckon us  back into a past that is not merely personal: The Ghost Net is haunted by a sense of loss in which, as a reviewer of Jenkins’s New Walk chapbook Tidemarks pointed out, a nation and the way it sees itself are implicated. And the elegiac music so distinctive to this poet is accompanied by the wit, detail and directness that make reading him a rare pleasure.
Alan Jenkins was born in 1955, and has lived in London for most of his life. He has worked as an editor, reviewer and teacher in England, Europe and the United States, and published several volumes of poetry, among them the Forward Prize-winning Harm , A Shorter Life, Revenants and Marine (a collaboration with John Kinsella). New Walk Editions published his chapbook Tidemarks in 2018.  This will be his second reading at the bookshop on a New Walk platform
Adrian Buckner has published two books and one pamphlet with Five Leaves, the latest being Downshifting. He teaches at the University of Derby and is a key player in Nottingham Poetry Society.
Tuesday Shannon is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University. Her first publication was as one of three poets in Take Three, published by Soundswrite.

Image of Alan Jenkins by Charles Hopkinson


Bookings are closed for this event.