Today is World Poetry Day. In celebration, I will be spending the gloaming hours at an online poetry launch. Briny – a book of sea poems written by Dr Mandy Haggith and published by Red Squirrel Press – will launch online tonight (21st March 2023) at 5pm on Microsoft Teams. Mandy will be in conversation with, writer and artist, Ian Stephen. During the event, attendees are invited to read their own or favourite sea poem if they wish to!
Everyone is welcome, so if you would like to attend, email Mandy at email@example.com for the Teams link. (On a side note: don’t worry about using Teams. You don’t have to download anything. When you click the link to join the meeting, Teams will open in your internet browser.) I can’t wait! See you there.
Here is a little about the poetry collection from Mandy’s website.
The book’s blurb: ‘Briny, the latest collection of poems from Mandy Haggith, reflects her passion for the sea, whether lapping the shores of the northwest Highlands where she lives or afloat on the wild waters of the Minch. The poems throng with sealife, from barnacles to bow head whales, charting sailing passages and swims, drawing deeply on intimate lived experience of the marine world. A sharp, clear lyrical voice sings here with seabirds and seals.’
A quote about the book from Liz Lochhead: ‘The intimate informality of her address to this, her deepest, most beloved subject, from the smallest, most particular aspect to the widest sweep of it, and the sensuous precision of her always accessible language coupled with an often MacCaig-like wit, make for a collection as salty and bracing as the sea itself.’