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Poetry & Celebration for Sylvia Plath’s Birthday

October 27 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM BST

We have a wonderful evening of poetry organised to celebrate and commemorate Sylvia Plath’s birthday. We hope you’ll join us for poetry readings from local poets, Ian Humphreys, Sally Baker and Clare Shaw and we’ll be raising a glass to Sylvia.

We’re delighted this will also offer an opportunity to hear Ian Humphreys reading from his latest collection, Tormentil. (Available on the evening or via Nine Arches Press)

I can’t face the big stuff so I comb the moors for a tiny yellow flower’ – so begins Tormentil, the second poetry collection by Ian Humphreys.

Set largely in the starkly beautiful West Yorkshire moorlands, these poems creep and bloom across geographies and time. Humphreys goes in search of hope and blessings among the burnt heather, tumbledown mills and canal locks near his home in the Calder Valley. This vital book contemplates migration, otherness, and all the internal and external elements that bind us, make us unique.

A golden thread runs through this book – joining grief to happiness, the small to the vast, the ground to the sky.’ Zaffar Kunial

A compelling read.’ Carola Luther

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Tickets are £ 7 Non-Members/£5 for Friends of Heptonstall Museum – payable in advance or on the evening (subject to availability)


October 27
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM BST
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