Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Midlands Launch of Bluebeard's Wives Collection

Bluebeard's Wives: A New Poetry Anthology

Launching in various venues across the Midlands, the legend of Bluebeard is rewritten here by his many “wives” — 21 women from the Midlands. The specially commissioned poems emerged after Julie Boden, poet in residence at the Symphony Hall Birmingham, invited the women for a tour of the building followed by an airing of Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle. Drawing on theatre and music, this collection offers another look at the familiar myth.

Poets featured in the anthology and at the readings include Roz Goddard, Helen Yendall, Christine Coleman, Jane Holland, Julie Boden, Zoe Brigley and Jo Bell.

Co-ordinated by Apples & Snakes in association with Heaventree Press. The anthology editors are Julie Boden and Zoe Brigley.

JULIE BODEN was Birmingham Poet Laureate 2002/2003 and has conducted poetry workshops in schools, universities and libraries. Her poems, translated into Gujurati, are on the GSCE syllabus in India.

ZOË BRIGLEY is a Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Warwick. She has published poetry in various British journals and anthologies, and has won an Eric Gregory Award and a Welsh Academy Bursary. Her first book of poems, The Secret, will be published by Bloodaxe in 2007.

Launch Details in Midlands:
14th October 2007
Launch of Bluebeard's Wives anthology (Heaventree Press)
Venue: St George's Hotel, Lichfield.
Time: tba

15th October 2007
Launch of Bluebeard's Wives anthology (Heaventree Press) at the Birmingham Book Festival
Venue: The Library Theatre, Birmingham.
Time: 7.45pm

18th October 2007
Launch of the Bluebeard's Wives anthology (Heaventree Press) hosted by the Women Who Write group.
Venue: The Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton.
Time: 7.00 - 9.00pm

You can find the Bluebeard's Wives anthology online at Heaventree Press, Coventry.

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