Poets from Dear World and Everyone In It anthology set for Edinburgh Book Festival event
- Peggy Hughes
- 1 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
New anthology features Sam Riviere, Miriam Gamble, Emily Berry and Jo L Walton
Want to know what's really going on in the current UK poetry landscape? Roll up! Dear World and Everyone In It, a ground-breaking anthology which ‘attempts to define a generation’ has (re)drawn the map for you – and this event offers a guided tour. Poets Sam Riviere, Miriam Gamble, Emily Berry and Jo L Walton, and editor Nathan Hamilton, will read from and discuss this posy of over 60 of the ‘most talented and interesting young poets currently writing in the UK’.
What makes this hybrid, playful, collaborative, ambitious collection tick? Hamilton points out in his introduction that ‘Just being young and proficient doesn’t mean your writing is new and interesting’. David Morley in The Guardian commended Dear World’s bite and rigour, calling it ‘friendly to poetry's inherent difficulties and demands’. He praises its voice and mannerisms – the Star Trek jokes, the chiding of an editorial old guard, the ‘electric panache’. Poems sneak onto endpapers. A scampish attitude prevails.
Anthologies like this ‘provide the occasion for debate and clarification on the different possibilities available in contemporary poetry’, says Sam Riviere, who has a number of poems from his debut 81 Austerities in Dear World. ‘A book like this can only really claim to cut the “cake” in a new place and see what that might reveal’.
Miriam Gamble, whose debut collection The Squirrels Are Dead took the Somerset Maugham Award in 2011, reminds us that poems are ‘rhythmical entities, things made of the carefully crafted interplay of sounds, tones, silences. Hearing poets read their work often brings out nuances you mightn’t have registered on the page. That can alter your sense of a poem completely. They should be heard as well as seen.’ Charm and swagger, cake and eat it: poetry fans, for new horizons and fresh vistas, set your compasses to this exciting rich mix.
Edinburgh International Book Festival, Charlotte Square Gardens, 0845 373 5888, 14 Aug, 2pm, £7 (£5).