Women Who Dare

Chair: Carrie Etter, Bath Spa University

Patricia Debney, University of Kent – Challenging Material: can’t go over it, can’t go under it…gotta go through it

Nancy Gaffield, University of Kent – Challenging Landscape: Contemporary Experimental Poetry by Women

A reading of fiction and poetry on the theme of Women Who Dare, with short explanations of context and influences, followed by an open discussion about the daring required to be a female writer and academic.

American expatriate Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught at Bath Spa University since 2004, where she is a Reader in Creative Writing. She has published three collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. Additionally, she edited the anthology Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010) and Linda Lamus’s posthumous collection, A Crater the Size of Calcutta (Mulfran, 2015).

Patricia Debney’s most recent book is Baby (Liquorice Fish Books, 2016), a collection revolving around loss and dysfunction. Other publications include Gestation (Shearsman Chapbooks, 2014) and a collection of prose poems written in a beach hut, Littoral (Shearsman Books, 2013). Her first collection (also prose poems), How to Be a Dragonfly (Smith Doorstop Books), won the 2004 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition. Other recent work has appeared in Tears in the Fence, Best British Poetry 2015, The Forward Book of Poetry 2014, The Sunday Times, and The Harlequin. She has also published a novel (bluechrome, 2007) and written libretti for opera, chamber groups, and solo voices. A former Canterbury Laureate, she is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Kent.

Nancy Gaffield teaches Creative Writing at the University of Kent. Her first book, Tokaido Road (CB editions 2011), was nominated for the Forward First Collection Prize and won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. In 2014, Tokaido Road was made into an opera, premiering at the Cheltenham Music Festival and touring the UK in 2014-15. Continental Drift (Shearsman 2014) followed, plus three pamphlets. Nancy researches in the area of contemporary experimental poetry; the series, sequence and long poem.

Wednesday 5th July, 5.00