Alan Buckley: ‘Writing at Risk’

Adam Buckley
Alan Buckley

Saturday 30 April
St. Hilda’s College, Oxford
£50/ £45

Whatever a poem’s subject matter, for it to succeed it has to offer disturbance, with the reader engaged by the familiar before being startled into a different, or heightened awareness. Frost’s dictum of “no surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader” suggests that a similar process of disturbance has to have happened during composition. Through a combination of discussion and close readings of poems we’ll look at what risk might mean to each of us as writers. We’ll explore how listening to prompts from our unconscious can lead us out of our comfort zone, and into the space where we’re writing the poems that only we can write.

Alan Buckley was brought up on Merseyside, and moved to Oxford in the mid-1980s. His debut pamphlet Shiver (tall-lighthouse) was a Poetry Book Society choice, and his second pamphlet The Long Haul is forthcoming from HappenStance. His work has been widely published in journals and anthologies over the last ten years, and he has been highly commended three times in the Bridport Prize. He has been involved in numerous collaborative projects with poets, musicians and artists, and is currently developing a live literature show called The Body Beautiful with Sheffield-based poet Helen Mort. He works as a psychotherapist, and as a school writer-in-residence for the charity First Story.

“Buckley reveals himself to be a gutsy poet, taking on shifts in culture, time and human sexuality in one fell swoop” – Kathryn Gray

How to get there: St. Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY. There are limited parking spaces. The station is a short bus or taxi ride from the college. For the more energetic it can be reached on foot in approximately 25 minutes.

Timings and arrangements: Arrive at the Lady Brodie Room, St. Hilda’s College from 10.00am onwards. The Day School starts promptly at 10.30am and finishes at 4.00pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

To book: Please email Cancellations up to seven days before the event will be fully refunded. Up to 24 hours before the event will be half