Penelope Shuttle Readings

Penelope Shuttle Readings


Penelope Shuttle's thirteenth collection Lyonesse is published by Bloodaxe Books on 24 June 2021. Penelope launched the book with an online reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival on 15 June, and has an in person event forthcoming at Ledbury Poetry Festival on 9 July.  Her joint live-streamed Bloodaxe launch event takes place on 22 June.

The submerged land of Lyonesse was once part of Cornwall, according to myth and the oral tradition, standing for a lost paradise in Arthurian legend, but now an emblem of human frailty in the face of climate change. And there was indeed a Bronze Age inundation event which swept the entire west of Cornwall under the sea, with only the Isles of Scilly and St Michael’s Mount left as remnants above sea-level. Lyonesse was also Thomas Hardy’s name for Cornwall where Penelope Shuttle has lived all her adult life.  The first part of her new book Lyonesse is an extended sequence inspired by this submerged land.  This is followed by a separate collection New Lamps for Old.

Penelope Shuttle’s previous collection Will You Walk a Little Faster? explores cities (London, Bristol) on foot and via inward exploration, drawing on architecture, history and personal memory. This was her first new book-length collection since her Bloodaxe retrospective, Unsent: New & Selected Poems (2012).


Penelope Shuttle was a guest on the Irish podcast Books for Breakfast, hosted by poets Peter Sirr and Enda Wyley, on 10 June 2021.  She was talking to Peter about her 13th collection Lyonesse, and read four poems from the book.  Penelope is introduced at 23:00.  Listen to the interview here.

‘She’s an adventurous and wide-ranging poet, praised for her spare style – the poems are very close to song’ – Peter Sirr, introducing Penelope Shuttle on Books for Breakfast

An in-depth interview with Penelope Shuttle about Lyoness is online at Wombwell Rainbow Book Reviews here. Penelope was speaking to Paul Brookes.



Tuesday 22nd June 2021, Joint Bloodaxe Launch, with John Challis and A B Jackson, 7pm BST

Joint launch reading by Penelope Shuttle, A.B. Jackson and John Challis celebrating the publication of their new poetry collections. Hosted by editor Neil Astley, this free Bloodaxe launch event will be streamed on YouTube Live.

If you register to attend on Eventbrite you will receive an event link reminder by email by noon on the day before the event. For those who can't make it live, the reading will be available on YouTube afterwards. If you miss the registration deadline, you can still watch live via the Bloodaxe YouTube channel.

Click here to register via Eventbrite (before midday on 21 June) or watch on YouTube here.


Friday 9th July 2021, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Elizabeth Barrett Institute, 6 – 7pm - in-person event

Penelope Shuttle and Angela France

In-person event for a small audience at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. First in-person launch reading for Penelope Shuttle's Lyonesse.

The event will be live-streamed for those who wish to watch from home.

Click here to book.  Free event.



Thursday 10 June 2021, 9am, Wenlock Poetry Breakfast

Penelope Shuttle, A B Jackson, Susan Wicks, Imtiaz Dharker, Fleur Adock & David Constantine

Penelope Shuttle took part in a special event on 10 June 2021 celebrating Bloodaxe Books, hosted by Poetry Breakfast (Zoom bookclub event hosted by Anna Dreda of Wenlock Books) – together with fellow Bloodaxe poets A B Jackson, Susan Wicks and Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winners David Constantine, Fleur Adcock and Imtiaz Dharker.  Bloodaxe Books was Poetry Breakfast's first guest publisher.

Sadly the event itself is not available on YouTube, but a blog featuring all six poets and the three poems they read from their new and recent collections is here.

[26 May 2021]

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