Guernica poet Jill Battson will be reading from her new book The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude this week in London, England as part of The Oxfam Poetry Series. Jill will be joined by American poet Mark Scott, Grahame Davies from Wales, local author John Muckle and a group of creative writing students from Kingston University. The host for the evening will be Todd Swift. The event is supported by the Kingston Writing School and tickets are £5 / £3 concession (students) in advance or at the door.
Where: Oxfam Books and Music Shop, 91 Marylebone High Street, London W1 (closest tubes Baker street, Bond street stations)
When: Wednesday, November 23 from 7 – 9 PM
The Ecstatic Torture of Gratitude pushes deep into the heart of the human condition. In lush and visceral language Jill explores loss, beauty, nature, Francis Bacon’s ordered hoarding and the meaning of Martha Stewart. Many of the poems in this collection are a result of collaborative artist process with dancers, composers, singers and painters, but above all they will live in your memory like a perfect pearl long after their first reading.