Jo Clement and Sarah Wimbush at Cheltenham Poetry Festival
Jo Clement's first full collection Outlandish confronts Romantic impressions of British Gypsy ethnicity and lyrically lays them to rest. From Wordsworth to Top Gear, her poems invite us to consider notions of otherness, trespass and craft. Compelled by a brutal Gypsy, Roma and Traveller diasporic legacy, Outlandish tenderly praises the poem-as-protest and illuminates a hidden and threatened culture.
In Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands Sarah Wimbush journeys through myth and memory with poetry rooted in Yorkshire. From fireside tales of Romany Gypsies and Travellers, through pit villages and the haunt of the Miners’ Strike, to the subliminal of the everyday – including poems about typists, pencil sharpeners and learning to drive in a Ford Capri. This highly accomplished debut collection explores what it means to belong, what it means to be on the margins. This is poetry written in praise of family and community and those qualities which make us human: love, language and, most of all, resilience.
Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands is Atrium's featured book for May/June 2022. Read four poems from the collection on Atrium Poetry here.
Wednesday 8 June, 7pm, Cheltenham Poetry Festival
Jo Clement and Sarah Wimbush will be giving an online reading together at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
More details and tickets for the event can be found here. Free event, but donations welcome.
Tuesday 31 May, 7pm, livestreamed Bloodaxe launch
Free live-streamed launch with Sarah Wimbush, Jo Clement and Clare Shaw. Hosted by Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley. Watch live or later via YouTube.
Sunday, 3rd July 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Ledbury Poetry Festival
Burgage Hall, Ledbury, HR8 1DW, United Kingdom
Jo Clement, Raine Geoghegan and Sarah Wimbush
Hear three poets with new collections read and hold conversations about their work with [Ledbury Critic]. Dr Jo Clement has published and broadcast her works with The Travellers’ Times
and BBC Radio. Her first book-length collection, Outlandish confronts Romantic impressions of British Gypsy ethnicity and lyrically lays them to rest. Raine Geoghegan is a UK-born poet, writer and playwright of Romany descent with two pamphlets, Apple Water: Povel Panni and they lit fires: lenti hatch o yog and full a collection forthcoming The Talking Stick: O Pookering Kosh. Sarah Wimbush’s poetry is rooted in Yorkshire with tales of childhood, colliery villages and Gypsies and Travellers. Her first collection is Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands.
Tickets £10 (in-person)
£10 (online via Zoom - available to Ledbury Poetry Members)
Book via the Ledbury Poetry website: https://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/events/22-24/
Jo and Sarah will be reading together at other festivals this later this year. Details to be announced soon.
Film poems with Jo Clement and Sarah Wimbush
Crown: a poem film by Jo Clement
‘Crown’ is from Outlandish, a collaborative work of poetry and drawing by the writers Jo Clement and Damian Le Bas and the artist W. John Hewitt, commissioned by Durham Book Festival and New Writing North in 2019. The poem is now included in her debut book-length collection with the same title, Outlandish.
'Near Extinction': poem and poem film about the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike by Sarah Wimbush
'Near Extinction' is now published in Sarah Wimbush's first book-length collection Shelling Peas with My Grandmother in the Gorgiolands.
[11 April 2022]