Amanda Dalton and Carola Luther
Poetry Reading

Saturday April 23 3pm £6/£4/£2 (u18) BUY TICKETS

Join these two fabulous poets to celebrate the launch of Amanda Dalton’s Notes on Water (Smith|Doorstop 2022) and to hear Carola Luther read from her recent collection On The Way To Jerusalem Farm (Carcanet 2021). Refreshments include cakes and beer!


Amanda Dalton has published two collections with Bloodaxe Books and a third is on its way and in 2021 ARC published 30 Poems in 30 Days, an experimental poem-a-day ‘sketchbook’. Notes on Water is published in April 2022 by Smith|Doorstop.  She also writes for theatre and, extensively, for BBC Radio 4 and 3 – original dramas, essays and adaptations of classic texts. A version of Notes on Water will be broadcast in the series ‘Between The Ears’ on BBC Radio 3 in April 2022.

Amanda’s website


Notes on Water is made up of two compelling and very moving poems, which speak to each other and to the heart of the reader. They are the work of a remarkable poet, writing the darkest of times with urgency and grace.”   Smith|Doorstop


Notes On Water does not just delve into the opaque waters of grief (which it does so movingly) but all the ways that water runs through and punctuates our lives ….. Haunting, elegiac, engrossing and ultimately energising.”  Jackie Kay


A beautiful, visceral exploration of grief. A river full of wreckage with nothing that will make a raft.”  Susan Roberts,  BBC Audio North Head of Culture, Arts & Music


Carola Luther has published three collections with Carcanet Press, most recently On The Way To Jerusalem Farm (2021).  Her first collection was shortlisted for a Forward prize and Herd, a pamphlet of poems, is published by The Wordsworth Trust. She has also written performance text for mixed media productions, collaborating with composers, singers and dancers. She moved to the UK from South Africa in 1981. (Photo credit: Claire McNamee)


Carola’s website


Carola Luther’s new book explores the complexities of living in a damaged world. How, it asks, does such a world live in us, and we in it? ……. Poetry for Luther is a way of finding a way, of making connections and sharing our complex lives in an interdependent present. The roles of lover and beloved become –  almost – interchangeable in these richly visualised poems.”  Carcanet


Carola Luther’s poems are startlingly original, sensual and true, with imagery as tangible as the world it makes new for us. Her sense of place and of the unbreakable connections between our inner and outer worlds is remarkable , and the rich language of the poems is sourced not only in integrity, but in a sense of love. Read her.”  Carol Ann Duffy