Greta Stoddart Events and Readings

Greta Stoddart Events and Readings


‘Greta Stoddart sets transience against endurance: the certainty of human mortality against the mysteries of forbearance.’ – David Harsent, Chair of Judges, Roehampton Poetry Prize


Greta Stoddart's fourth collection, Fool, was published by Bloodaxe in September 2022. When knowledge is ours at the tap of a key, what is it we’re accumulating, and is it at the expense of another, more intuitive, kind of knowing? The word ‘fool’ derives from the Latin follis, one of whose meanings is ‘empty-headed person’.  Such mindlessness is not quite imaginable, but perhaps it is possible that by unknowing a thing we can start to see it differently. There’s a lot the fool doesn’t know – otherwise they wouldn’t be a fool – but can anyone be trusted to know anything?

Greta Stoddart's first collection, At Home in the Dark (Anvil Press, 2001), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2001 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Her second, Salvation Jane (Anvil, 2008), was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Poetry Award. In 2007 she was nominated by Mslexia as one of the best ten contemporary women poets in the UK. Her poem ‘Deep Sea Diver’ was shortlisted for the 2012 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. Her third collection, Alive Alive O (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize. Her half-hour radio drama Who's There?, first broadcast on Radio 4's The Echo Chamber in 2017, was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.


Greta Stoddart’s poem ‘Spell’ from her new collection Fool was featured by Carol Rumens as her Poem of the Week online column in The Guardian on 19 September 2022. Read here.

‘What is knowable, and how things are known, are themes of the collection. The Fool, a figure whose consciousness it often explores, may see more clearly through a gaze uncluttered by received ideas.’ – Carol Rumens, The Guardian, Poem of the Week

Greta Stoddart writes about the three poems she'd like to take to a desert island in The Friday Poem's Castaway Companions feature of 9 September 2022 here.




Wednesday 21 September, 7pm

Bloodaxe September online launch reading

Greta will be launching Fool alongside the authors of our other September publications, Jane Griffiths and Shazea Quraishi. All three authors will read from their new collections and discuss their work with Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley. 

This is a free online event streamed on YouTube. More details and links here.


Thursday 29 September, 7pm

Launch of Fool

Sladers Yard, West Bay, Dorset 

Greta will be reading from Fool and in conversation with the poet Gill Barr.

Tickets: £10. Call 01308 459511 to book, and find more information here.


Wednesday 12 October, 6.30pm

Quay Words: Launch of Fool

Exeter Custom House

Greta will be reading from Fool and in conversation with Helen Chaloner.

Tickets: £4/£3. More information and ticket booking here.


Wednesday 19 October, 7.30pm

London Launch of Fool

St Mary le Strand, WC2R 1ES

Greta will be in conversation with Poetry Society Vice Chair and Bad Lilies co-founder and co-editor Andrew Neilson. Hosted by the Poetry School.

More information to folllow soon.


Saturday 12 November, 6pm

Bridport Literary Festival: PJ Harvey in conversation with Greta Stoddart

Sladers Yard, West Bay, Dorset

Greta Stoddart will be in conversation with poet and Mercury Prize winning musician PJ Harvey, who will be launching her new collection Orlam.

Tickets: £25. More information and ticket booking here.


Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm

Wordsworth Grasmere: An Evening with Greta Stoddart (online)

Greta will be reading online for Wordswirth Grasmere as part of their contemporary poetry reading series ‘Go to the poets, they will speak to thee’, curated and hosted by poet Kim Moore.

Tickets: £5. More information and ticket booking here.


[19 April 2016]

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