literature & poetry

WS Graham Book Club

Uncover the work of Scottish poet WS Graham, whose Cornish cottage has been reconstructed in the library to mark his centenary, at our spring book club.

Neglected in his lifetime, WS Graham (1918 – 1986) has become something of a poet’s poet, but his playful and profound poetry is a secret worth sharing. In our age of instant communication and fake news, he is poet concerned with communication and its breakdown.

We discuss the recent New Selected Poems, edited by Matthew Francis (Faber & Faber, 2018), including long poem ‘The Nightfishing’, considered by some his finest achievement, as well as poems from his collections Malcolm Mooney's Land (1970) and Implements in their Places (1977), where he further developed his signature style, along with poems that celebrate his beloved St Ives and the artists he knew there.

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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Free, but ticketed

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