We are delighted to report that Penelope Shuttle will launch Issue 9 of Skylight 47 on Thursday 23 November at Galway City Library, 6.30pm. Penelope will be reading at this Over The Edge event. When you read her biography below, you’ll see what a treat we are in for!
Penelope Shuttle (b. 1947) has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county’s mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003. The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished together, most notably in the ground-breaking feminist studies on menstruation, The Wise Wound, and its sequel, Alchemy for Women. Recognition came quickly for Shuttle with an Eric Gregory Award in 1974 that acknowledged her poetry’s visionary power. This quality is something she shares with the poets she read in translation, voices such as Rilke, Ahkmatova, and Lorca, whose early influence was far more profound than the pervading realism of the English poets of the period. Shuttle has also written five acclaimed novels as well as seven poetry collections, her Selected Poems (OUP, 1998) being a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
Order your copy of Issue 8 now before the big hike in postage next week!
We had a fabulous night launching Issue 8, Graham Allen doing the honours with aplomb. Wonderful readings from the Over The Edge featured readers, of whom Graham was one, and from our own contributors.
You can see photos of the event here on our Facebook page.
The layout of the newspaper is a big part of what we love about Skylight 47. The order of the poems has been decided and our layout editor is in the process of setting them into their allocated space, beautifully surrounded by whiteness.
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Here’s a link to the interview we did with Lagan Online, A Verbal Project.
Those of you who bought Skylight 47 Issue 7 may have noticed this photo on the inside front page:
We’re in among the other journals at the Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, in London. Skylight 47 is definitely spreading its wings!