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Clare Hall Literary Society: Isobel Dixon and Simon Barraclough

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Clare Hall Literary Society presents Summer Reading Series: Simon Barraclough and Isobel Dixon Tuesday, 15 July 2008, 8.00pm Anthony Low Building, Clare Hall

Is the heat getting to you? Feeling deprived of poetry over these long, sultry summer months? The Clare Hall Literary Society presents a reading by two poets whose recent collections have set the UK publishing world ablaze, a reading which promises to fight fire with more fire. Isobel Dixon, author of ‘A Fold in the Map’ (Salt, 2007), and Simon Barraclough, author of ‘Los Alamos Mon Amour’ (Salt, 2008), will be reading from their work; introductions to each poet by Helen Mort and Melanie Challenger. £3/2 on the door, cash bar available, any questions to Benjamin Morris at

Isobel Dixon’s two collections, ‘Weather Eye’ (Carapace 2001) and ‘A Fold in the Map’ (Salt 2007), share a fascination with place, nostalgia, the human and the creaturely. Her poems chart the painful yet fruitful regions of displacement, occupying the space between her native South Africa and her life in England. Her work appears in many poetry journals such as Seam, Succour, FIN , The London Magazine and The Warwick Review.

Simon Barraclough won the poetry section of the London Writers’ Competition in 2000 and his debut collection ‘Los Alamos Mon Amour’ was published by Salt in April 2008. Described simultaneously as ‘a relaxed formalist, a hands-off sensualist, a subtle polemicist, and a humorist you can take seriously,’ his work has been published widely in magazines such as Poetry Review, The Manhattan Review, Time Out, and Magma, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 3.

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