The Mother Country Book Launch

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Thu 30May

Readings by eco poet Helen Moore

Facilitator: Helen Moore

Award-winning ecopoet Helen Moore visits Stroud as part of her three-month UK summer book tour, travelling the length of Britain by train. At this free event on Thursday 30th May she will be launching her third poetry collection, The Mother Country, published by Stroud-based Awen Publications.

Event time: Thu 30th May at 8:00pm - Thu 30th May at 9:30pm

Having been disinherited when her mother died in 2015, Helen began exploring themes of dispossession, particularly through the colonial histories of the British Empire in Scotland and Australia, where she now lives with her Australian husband, as well as the impacts of climate change on future generations and the legacies we are leaving them.  Some of Helen’s poems concern her relationship with her mother, and writing them was an important way to process the difficulties she experienced.

The event will be supported with additional readings by local poet, Adam Horovitz, who has written extensively about his mother, the late Frances Horovitz, a well-loved poet, and about humanity’s relationship with the landscape.


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Practical Information

Tickets will be available on the door but we recommend booking online in advance as events can sell out. The Bar will be open and books for sale - cash only, please.

Helen Moore

Helen Moore is an award-winning British ecopoet currently based in Sydney. She has previously published two poetry collections, Hedge Fund, And Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012) and ECOZOA (Permanent Publications, 2015), acclaimed as “a milestone in the journey of ecopoetics”. Helen’s work has been translated into Italian and is published internationally. She is currently touring the UK with her new book.

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Adam Horovitz

Adam Horovitz’s first full collection, Turning, was released in 2011. He celebrated Stroud and the surrounding valleys in A Thousand Laurie Lees (History Press, 2014). He is one of Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Versopolis poets and has been a poet in residence for Herefordshire. His second collection of poems, The Soil Never Sleeps (Palewell, 2018) will be re-released in an expanded edition in August.

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"Immensely impressive readings exploring the concept of dispossession as it has affected peoples throughout history - and also herself, when she was disinherited by her mother. Intimate and compelling." - Crysse Morrison, writer and host of the Frome Poetry Cafe

“I believe that the content of The Mother Country will touch many people in our community.” Katie Lloyd-Nunn, Hawkwood programme manager