Literary events

Amali Gunasekera Poetry Reading

Tuesday 30th November – 6:30pm-8:00pm

Bloodaxe poet Amali Gunasekera in conversation about her writing journey, and reading from her latest work.  This event is free of charge and hosted by the Creative Writing course at the University of Worcester.

Amali was born and grew up in Sri Lanka. She works in the field of Archetypal Psychology. After living in Mozambique, Kenya and India, she is now based in Cumbria. Her first collection, Lotus Gatherers, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016 (under her former name of Rodrigo). She was selected for Arts Council England's project Breaking Ground: Celebrating the Best British Writers of Colour in 2017. Her second collection, The Golden Thread, is published by Bloodaxe in 2022.

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The Dereliction: poems and photographs from Liz Berry and Tom Hicks

Wednesday 19th January, 7pm, Ticket Price: £3.00

The Dereliction is a love letter to the Black Country. Liz Berry’s poems have been praised for their use of the vernacular, the twang of West Midlands. Her words are matched with Tom Hicks’s stunning photographs, part of his ongoing documentary photography project Black Country Type, depicting colours and textures of the post-industrial landscape. Together, their vision is a celebration of place, which is as vital and lyrical as Wordsworth’s celebration of the Lakes. Join us as we discover the poems and photos from The Dereliction, the latest stunning publication from Hercules Editions.

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Author Event with David Ebsworth: We'll Always Have Paris!

Thursday 17th February, 6:30pm – Free of charge

Travel back in time to the years of the Second World War - as you've almost certainly never known them before. Author David Ebsworth tells the "stranger than fiction" stories behind his latest novel, A Betrayal of Heroes. Tales of Casablanca and Brazzaville, of the Spaniards who fought for Free France, of the 1940s celebrity spies who fill the novel's pages - and of protagonist Jack Telford's upbringing in Worcester.  Prepare to be amazed!

David Ebsworth is the pen name of writer Dave McCall. Born in Liverpool, now living in North Wales, but with Worcester family links. Dave was previously a union organiser who took up writing full-time after he'd retired. Since then he's published ten novels, political thrillers with carefully researched historical backgrounds and set variously in 6th Century Britain; in early Georgian England and East India Company old Madras; in the Waterloo Campaign of 1815; in South Africa in 1879; and in the Spanish Civil War or its aftermath.

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