'Roads': An evening of poetry and music

1st October, 2021 - 1st October, 2021

Concession available for Museum Friends, Edward Thomas Fellowship members and Petersfield Museum Volunteers. 


General Admission: £15.00
Concession: £12.00

Start and end times
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Enjoy an evening of poetry readings and live music in the unique surroundings of our Victorian justice complex.

Taking inspiration from Edward Thomas's poem 'Roads', the evening will include the reading of specially commissioned poems written in response to 'Roads' by poets, Aviva Dautch, Sasha Dugdale, Jessica Mookherjee and Stephanie Norgate. There will also be poetry readings and discussion with former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke.

Live music from Vicar's Crackpipe will accompany the evening and the Court Yard cafe will be open for refreshments, making for a magical night, celebrating creativity, poetry, music and, of course, Edward Thomas.


Gillian Clarke was born in Cardiff and lives in Ceredigion. Her work has been on the GCSE and A Level exam syllabus for over thirty years, and she performs her poetry regularly for student audiences at Poetry Live, and in several European cities. Awarded the Queen’s Gold medal for Poetry in 2010, the Wilfred Owen Award in 2012. Prose works include a writer’s journal, At the Source. She has written radio and theatre drama, and translated poetry and prose from Welsh. The Gathering/Yr Helfa, commissioned by the National Theatre of Wales, was performed on Snowdon in September, 2014. Picador published her Selected Poems in 2016. Her tenth collection of poems, Zoology, was published by Carcanet in 2017. Her version of the book-long 7th century Welsh poem, Y Gododdin, is to be published by Faber in 2019.

Aviva Dautch is the resident expert on BBC Radio 4’s poetry series ‘On Form’ and this summer was poet-in-residence at The British Museum. Her translation of The Eighth Crossing, a book-length poem by Suhrab Sirat about his refugee journey from Afghanistan to the UK, was published in 2021.

Sasha Dugdale has published five collections of poems with Carcanet, most recently Deformations in 2020 which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Derek Walcott Prize. She won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem in 2016, and in 2017 she was awarded a Cholmondeley Prize for Poetry. She is former editor of Modern Poetry in Translation and poet-in-residence at St John’s College, Cambridge.

Jessica Mookherjee is of Bengali origin, grew up in Wales and now lives in Kent. Published in many journals including Agenda, Poetry Wales, The North, Rialto, Under the Radar, Birmingham Literary Review and various anthologies including Bloodaxe’s Staying Human. Her pamphlets are The Swell (TellTale Press 2016) , Joyride (BLER Press 2017). Play Lists (Broken Sleep Books 2021).  She was highly commended in the 2017 Forward Prize. Her first collection, Flood, was published by Cultured Llama in 2018 and her second, Tigress, by Nine Arches Press in 2019. She is a joined editor of Against the Grain Poetry Press.

Stephanie Norgate is a poet and playwright. Stephanie’s plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Her poetry collections are: Hidden River (Bloodaxe Books, 2008, shortlisted for the Forward First Collection Prize and the Jerwood Aldeburgh Award) and The Blue Den (Bloodaxe, 2012). Her latest collectionThe Conversation has just been published by Bloodaxe. Her novel Storm was shortlisted for the Cinnamon Literature Award 2019. For many years, she ran the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester and is now a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton. Stephanie was born and grew up in Selborne. She has known the paths walked by Edward Thomas all her life and also been influenced by the surrounding countryside.