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kin’d & kin’d: field fairing, with Merrie Joy Williams
20 May Free
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
An invitation to all who are curious: join kin’d & kin’d for more eco-poetry at ONCA
kin’d & kin’d (Kay Syrad and Clare Whistler) return for their third Changing Everything Carefully series at ONCA. They say:
‘We want to investigate and celebrate diverse views and thinking about ways of making eco-poetry, and we are proud to announce the first guest in our programme – Merrie Joy Williams. Merrie will be performing her poems and discussing the invention of new poetic forms, something that kin’d & kin’d have found essential in working with eco-poetry. Merrie’s recent work is a study of the Wellesbourne river beneath Brighton, a winterbourne that appears and disappears with the seasons – and how that relates to human stories of hiddenness, belonging and unbelonging, and migration.’
About the artists
kin’d & kin’d
Kay Syrad is a poet and novelist, formerly Poetry Editor of the longstanding journal Envoi. Her third poetry collection What is near is forthcoming in September.
Clare Whistler is a collaborative artist in movement, text and performance. She is co-founder of the award-winning annual WaterWeek event.
Merrie Joy Williams
Merrie is a poet, novelist, writing tutor and editor. She was shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Poetry Prize, longlisted for the 2020 National Poetry Competition, and is a winner of The Poetry Archive’s ‘Wordview 2020’ competition, permanently featured on their website. She is the recipient of a London Writers Award, and Arts Council England awards for both poetry and fiction. Her debut collection is ‘Open Windows’ (Waterloo Press, 2019). Magma Poetry wrote: ‘She is clearly good at her craft. Her writing is assured, driven by sonorous language… generous and open-hearted poems’.
Merrie was a poet-in-residence with MMU Special Collections and Manchester Poetry Library, who are currently releasing an illustrated broadside of one of her poems. She was commissioned by Historical England, in partnership with Spread the Word, to research and write ‘In Between Days’, one of their High Street Tales (Woolwich). Her most recent residency is researching The South Downs National Park, as part of Applause Rural Touring’s ‘Full Harvest’ project.
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