Monday, September 30, 2013

She's launched!

Yes, the book and me met at Kings Lynn and it's now officially launched. Here's me with CK Stead and Kit Wright just before the reading on Saturday 28 September at Kings Lynn Poetry Festival.

Left: CK Stead from New Zealand, right: Kit Wright
Karl Stead's poem about being examined by a female doctor gave me the boost I needed to deliver the menopause poems. Kit read a poem about plague horses and I read Funeral horses. 

But what was also particularly striking this year was the number of women reading including a Saturday afternoon all-woman line up: Carrie Etter, Caroline Gilfillan and Rhian Gallagher. On the Friday night, Helen Ivory shared the stage with Michael Hulse and John Fuller. 

Yep. It was a good launch with plenty of sun in between.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Two weeks to launch

Two poets whose work I respect enormously have provided fabulous comments for the cover of Woman's Head As Jug.

“Jackie Wills should always be named with the most resiliently earthed and imaginative of living English poets. Her understanding of her own life, the lives of women, and the life of the world around us, is rich with intuitive rhythms and insights – Woman’s Head as Jug sparks poetry into new, crackling life.”
MICHAEL HULSE

“In this new collection Jackie Wills approaches a shared female experience with impressive imaginative seriousness and a new confidence. Simple words and daring metaphors add up to something both old and new, disorienting and familiar as a spell.”
SUSAN WICKS