Angela France: ‘Beyond Confession: working with the ‘I’’

Angela France
Angela France

Saturday 28th November

Angela France: ‘Beyond Confession: working with the ‘I’’

 10.30-4.30pm:  Day School – ‘Beyond Confession: working with the ‘I’’

St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

£50/ £45

How do we make poetry of our lives? How can we write of our lived experience, our families, our family histories and avoid the criticism, written by the Private Eye literature critic of Sharon Olds, that she ‘merely cuts up and shapes her chatty memories on the page so they resemble poetry’ We will examine different approaches to autobiographical elements in poetry and explore how poets can use the first person to make poems which transcend the confessional to be lyrical and universal.

Angela France is a prize-winning poet and author of three poetry collections and her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologised. Her achievements include winning the Lightship International Poetry Prize. Her poetry collections are Lessons in Mallemaroking (Nine Arches Press), Occupation (Ragged Raven Press), and her newest collection, Hide, which David Morley described as “a book of wisdom, dignity and first witness” that “offers poems of scrutiny and strength of character.”

Angela runs a monthly live poetry event in Cheltenham, ‘Buzzwords’, and has had poems published in a number of poetry journals and anthologies. She is an editor for Iota Poetry Journal. Angela encourages students to get involved in live poetry events, particularly the Cheltenham Poetry Festival for which she is a committee member, and facilitates their submitting work to poetry journals.  She also teaches creative writing in community settings, most recently running a programme of creative writing with women in prison and in a women’s centre for women offenders, women recovering from addiction, and women recovering from domestic violence.

Anthologies (as contributor):

Mee, Bob and Murch, Janet (eds) The White Car Ragged Raven Press, Snitterfield, 2006 (one poem)

Mee, Bob and Murch, Janet (eds) When Pigs Chew Stones Ragged Raven Press, Snitterfield, 2007 (three poems)

Howard, Joy (ed) A Twist of Malice Grey Hen Press, Keighley, 2008 (five poems)

Mee, Bob and Murch, Janet (eds) The World is Made of Glass Ragged Raven Press, Snitterfield 2010 (two poems)

Howard, Joy (ed) No Space But Their Own Grey Hen Press, Keighley, 2010 (two poems)

Görtschacher, Wolfgang; Oxley, William; Pursglove, Glyn and Schachermayr, Andreas (eds) Poetic Pilgrimages Poetry Salzburg, Salzburg, 2011 (four poems)

Warren, Celia (ed) RSPB Anthology of Wildlife Poetry, A & C Black, London 2011

Howard, Joy (ed) The Price of Gold, Grey Hen Press, Keighley, 2012 (2 poems)

 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 refunded.