Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Barker & Stonehouse Literary Event | Penned in the Margins

Barker and Stonehouse Battersea 01
Photo credit to Ercol Furniture on Flickr

A few weeks ago I was invited to a Penned in the Margins literary event hosted by Barker and Stonehouse, a stylish furniture retailer, at their Battersea shop. Penned in the Margins is an independent publisher, who specialise in contemporary poetry and spoken word. I had not heard of them before, but I am a big supporter of independent publishers and having looked into their publications and events, I think they deserve a lot of credit for their hard work in proliferating lesser known authors. It's all too easy to reach for Keats, Angelou or Cummings, but I think there's something quite rewarding, and special in exploring work from lesser known authors.

Penned in the Margins hosted an intimate, ambulatory poetry reading led by Siddhartha Bose, Simon Barraclough and Sarah Hesketh. I studied English Literature and Language at University and  attended quite a few poetry readings, so was no stranger to an intimate reading. I had been really looking forward to attending, but unfortunately something urgent cropped up at work at the last minute, which meant that I could not attend, but I would have really liked to go.

Since I could not attend, I read up on the poets in attendance and was even more annoyed that I missed it! Although these videos are not from the Penned in the Margins event itself, I can at least pretend I was there by watching these talented poets in action. I feel particularly drawn to Sarah Hesketh's work and her passion. I am sure that poetry this powerful is not to be missed live.

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