An evening with Gaia Holmes and Tom Weir – 7pm 12 December 2018 at Marsden Library.

Continuing our collaboration with the Friends of Marsden Library we are delighted to welcome two of our most acclaimed contemporary poets to Marsden as part of the Northern Writers series. Both Gaia and Tom will be celebrating the launch of new titles at this exclusive festive event. Join us for a wonderful evening of poetry in Marsden’s wonderful library setting in the historic Mechanics. And yes, there will be cake and mince pies!

Gaia Holmes – Where the Road Runs Out

Gaia’s third collection of poetry transports us to the edge of things: to remote, treeless islands, to dark, unfathomable mines, to the gaping maw of grief. With frailty and ferocity, these poems map out the strange absences left in our lives when a rupture occurs – like the sudden appearance of a sinkhole – threatening to pull everything else down with it. Where the Road Runs Out is a powerful and intimate portrait of loss, isolation, and ultimately healing. Above all, it is a paean to the landscape, and the myths, magic and mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.

Gaia Holmes is a poet and lecturer in creative writing. She has previously made a living as a busker, a cleaner, a gallery attendant, an oral historian and a lollypop lady. In 2017, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship and shortlisted for a Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in the various anthologies including Milestones, I Belong Here, The Book of Love and Loss and Seductive Harmonies.

Tom Weir – Ruin

Ruin is Tom Weir’s deeply moving second collection. It deals with grand concepts– loss and language, often accessed through influences from the sea and weather. It includes the winning poem of the Magma editor’s prize ‘A Man Blames the Dent in the Bonnet of his Car on Two Deer’.

‘..Sometimes I’d picture them building your heart
from scratch the way you might build a fire—
sometimes I’d hear their tools
clanking in your chest, trying to ignite
the tiny engine of your breath.’

– from ‘Noah’ in Ruin by Tom Weir

Tom Weir’s poetry has been Highly Commended in both The Forward Prize and The National Poetry Competition and he was the winner of this year’s Magma Editor’s Choice Competition. His latest collection, Ruin, received a grant from the Arts Council for which he is extremely grateful.

Please arrive early. Suggested donation £2.00 (pay what you can) to help cover expenses.