Helen Ivory Readings

Helen Ivory Readings

Helen Ivory’s new collection Constructing a Witch (October 2024) fixes on the monstering and the scapegoating of women and on the fear of ageing femininity. The witch appears as the barren, child-eating hag; she is a lustful seductress luring men to a path of corruption; she is a powerful or cantankerous woman whose cursing must be silenced by force. The collection includes ten collage illustrations by Helen Ivory. Constucting a Witch follows Helen's 2019 collection The Anatomical Venus, which examines how women have been portrayed as ‘other’; as witches; as hysterics with wandering wombs and as beautiful corpses cast in wax, or on mortuary slabs in TV box sets. The Anatomical Venus was launched at Cafe Writers in Norwich on 10 June 2019.

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears, and teaches for UEA/National Centre for Writing online. She has published five pervious collections with Bloodaxe Books. Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press), won the 2016 Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award. The Anatomical Venus was shortlisted for the poetry category of the East Anglian Book Awards 2019.  The cover of The Anatomical Venus, which features her own artwork, won the East Anglian Writers Book by the Cover Award (East Anglian Book Awards 2019). Her work has been translated into Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, Croatian and Greek for Versopolis. She lives in Norwich.



Helen Ivory reads 'Hellish Nell' from The Anatomical Venus.

[01 March 2024]

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