Gillian Allnutt on a Life in Poetry

Gillian Allnutt is the author of nine collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Wake, was published by Bloodaxe in 2018. Ahead of its publication, Suzannah V. Evans caught up with Gillian Allnutt at the StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews, to reflect on her career in writing and to hear her read from some of her earlier work.

Along the way, they talked about meditation, the experience of putting together a collection of new and selected poems, the sea, and the influence of Emily Brontë.

Woman, Gulls. Photo credit: Suzannah V. Evans.

The three poems Gillian reads at the end are: ‘Rocking-chair’, ‘a poem for my mother’ and ‘Lizzie Sidall: Her Journal (1862)’ from How the Bicycle Shone: New & Selected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2007).

Gillian Allnutt will be launching her new collection, Wake, at St Chad’s College, Durham on 23rd May 2018. All welcome.

About the Author

Suzannah V. Evans is a poet, editor, and critic. Her writing has appeared in the TLS, The London Magazine, Eborakon, The North, Coast to Coast to Coast, Time Present, New Welsh Review, and elsewhere. She is Reviews Editor for The Compass and an AHRC Northern Bridge doctoral student at Durham University, where she runs the T. S. Eliot reading group and The Poetry Podcast.

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