The English River Reading at Drift Records, Totnes

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The 4th August will see Drift Records hosting a special reading by Virginia Astley who will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp.

Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames and the community that surrounds it. Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180


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The English River Reading at Waterstones, Dorchester

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Waterstones in Dorchester will be hosting a special reading on Wednesday 27th June by Virginia Astley who will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp.

Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames and the community that surrounds it. Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

More details about this event can be found here:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/poetry-recital-with-virginia-astley/dorchester

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180


The English River due for publication

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Having established herself as an acclaimed writer, both for her poetry and her role as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorset, Virginia is now set to publish her first book-length collection this June titled The English River.

In 2014, Virginia released The Curative Harp, a collection of poetry that won Ireland’s Fool for Poetry chapbook competition. It demonstrated her keen eye for evocative phrases and striking visual descriptions.

Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river and the community that surrounds it.

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180


The English River is due for release on 21st June 2018 via Bloodaxe Books.

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Autumn days in Hardy Country

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To mark the end of her residency at Hardy’s Cottage in October, literary website Writing Places asked writer-in-residence Virginia Astley to consider contemporary rural life in her essay.

“It’s another damp autumn morning and dragging Henry Hoover round Hardy’s study I notice how, in their seasonal way, extended families of spiders are starting to colonise various corners and cornicing. I’m really not sure about vacuuming up entire families of spiders, or those daddy long legs scurrying behind the desk – on the one hand I may not doing my job properly if they stay but on the other, I don’t want to be part of insectageddon. Thinking of Hardy’s poem August Midnight I decide to head downstairs for a dustpan and brush.”

Read the full essay over on the Writing Places site: http://writingplaces.literatureworks.org.uk/autumn-days-in-hardy-country-a-creative-response-to-contemporary-rural-life-an-essay-by-virginia-astley//


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