Alison Brackenbury: A Poetry Reading

Saturday 3rd October, 1130am.

Join poet Alison Brackenbury as she reads poems from her own collection about or linked to Edward Thomas. She will also include extracts from her correspondence with Myfanwy Thomas (Edward's daughter) about the folk songs Edward sang with his family.

This moving reading will be followed by a live Q+A with Alison on Zoom. Full details of how to take part will be sent after you have book ed your place! 

Find out more and book you space here.

Alison Brackenbury was born in 1953. She grew up in a remote Lincolnshire village, but moved along the limestone to Gloucestershire, where she has lived for over forty years.

She has been an Oxford student, a technical librarian, a manual worker for many years in the family metal finishing firm, and owner of far too many animals.

Despite – or because of – these distractions, Alison has published ten collections of poetry. Her work has won an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award, and has frequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her broadcasts and articles have included discussions of Edward Thomas, and his love of the folk music he called ‘the old songs’.

This year, during lockdown, Alison was ‘Poet in Residence’ for a week on Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. Her poem ‘Lapwings’, which will be included in her Festival reading, was read in June by Helen Mort on Radio 4’s popular request programme, ‘Poetry Please’.

Alison’s most recent collection, ‘Skies’, (Carcanet, 2016), was chosen as a Poetry Book of the Year by ‘The Observer’. ‘Gallop’, her Selected Poems, was published in 2019, by Carcanet.

Alison and her poems can be found woven into most strands of social media. New poems can be read on her website: