Kingdomland: Rachael Allen in Conversation with Adam Phillips – 21st May
£5.00 – £10.00
Poet and Rachael Allen will be interviewed by psychoanalyst and author Adam Phillips at this intimate event at our west London bookshop.
Kingdomland is the debut poetry collection from Rachael Allen – a writer of rare vision and flair.
The world Allen creates is suffused with surreal images and uncanny incidents. Unexplained violences and strange metamorphoses take shape in the ‘glowering dusk’. And yet, all too clearly, we recognise life here on earth, its everyday griefs, dysfunctions and injustices, where distinctions between murder and bloodletting, corruption and consumption are blurred. Landscapes shift and identities dissolve: ‘the red bricks of the day’ exist ‘in a woman’s chest’, a human presence is ‘embedded in the walls’. All appears changed, but familiar.
Intercut with oblique verse fragments and a series of linked sequences, Allen blends elements of fiction and ekphrasis to create a haunting and unforgettable work.
Rachael Allen was born in Cornwall and studied at Goldsmiths College. She is the co-author of Jolene, a book of poems and photographs with Guy Gormley, and Nights of Poor Sleep, a book of poems and paintings with Marie Jacotey. She has received a Northern Writers’ Award and an Eric Gregory Award, and was made a Faber New Poet in 2014. She is poetry editor at Granta and cofounder of the poetry press clinic and online journal tender.
Adam Phillips, formerly Principal Child Psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital, London, is a practising psychoanalyst and a visiting professor in the English department at the University of York. He is the author of numerous works of psychoanalysis and literary criticism, including most recently One Way and Another, and Unforbidden Pleasures. He is General Editor of the Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations, and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.
Ticket, Student Concession
Date: May 21, 2019
Start time: 19:00
End time: 20:00
Venue: Lutyens & Rubinstein
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