literature & poetry

Alice Oswald Book Club

Delve into the works of the poet who gave voice to the River Dart and reinvented Homer at our spring National Poetry Library Book Club.

From her first collection, The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, in 1996, Alice Oswald has engaged with the natural world and ecology, informed by her work as a gardener, though she resists being defined as a nature poet.

Look at poems from across Oswald’s career and see why The Times described her as ‘inheritor of some of Britain’s greatest poetic voices, an heir to Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill.’

Oswald created a new kind of oral poetry in her book-length poem Dart (2002), telling the story of the river and the people who use it.

More recent collections Memorial and 2019’s Nobody have seen her draw on her classicist training and shed new light on the works of Homer.

In 2019, Oswald was the first woman elected to the position of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.

Dates & times

27 Apr 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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National Poetry Library,

Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


£7 (includes a glass of wine)
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

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