READING - TWO GIRLS AND A BEEHIVE - ROSIE JACKSON AND GRAHAM BURCHELL
Graham and Rosie will present poetry from their collaboration focusing on the art and life of Stanley Spencer. Rosie Jackson lives near Frome. Previous works include What the Ground Holds (Poetry Salzburg, 2014), The Light Box (Cultured Llama, 2016) and her memoir The Glass Mother (Unthank, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in Acumen, Ambit, Frogmore Papers, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Scintilla, Tears in the Fence, and many anthologies. Rosie has taught at the University of East Anglia, UWE, and Cortijo Romero, Spain. She won first prizes in Poetry Space competition 2019, Wells 2018 and the Stanley Spencer competition 2017. www.rosiejackson.org.uk
Graham Burchell’s first collection, Vermeer’s Corner, was published in the US in 2008. After three more collections over nine years, his latest, Breakfast Under a Yellow-bellied Sun (Indigo Pamphlets) appeared in 2018. Prizes for his work include first place in the National Stanza 2015 and the Red Shed 2018 competitions, and third place in the 2017 Bridport Prize. Graham was Canterbury Poet of the Year in 2012 and a Hawthornden fellow in 2013. He lives in South Devon and is part of the Festival organising team.