Fiona Sampson Poetry Reading

The Trust is delighted to be working with the eminent UK poet Fiona Sampson, MBE. Questions of humanity, of point of view, are at the heart of Sampson's new collection, Come Down. In it, she traces her Australian father and his roots in that country, as well as the valley in Herefordshire where she lives and writes.

To celebrate the publication join Sampson at The Rodd for select readings and to hear more about the development of the work.

Throughout, Sampson's poems shimmer between the human perspective and what is beyond - some larger, longer-term consciousness. Language runs and dances over the stuff of the human body and the material of the landscape. And yet, despite these radical perspective shifts, the collection keeps insight, always, the human experience: the act of creation; the way in which childhood memory and family lore impinge on the present.
‘A very fine poet indeed . . . This perfect equilibrium of the numinous and the touchable is typical of Sampson’s achievement’ Guardian

Fiona Sampson is a leading British poet and writer. Published in thirty-seven languages, she’s received international awards in the US, India, Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the English Association and Fellow of the Wordsworth Trust, she’s received an MBE from the Queen For Services to Literature and published twenty-seven books. National prizes include the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Prize and Hawthornden Fellowship, A former violinist, she is also a broadcaster and newspaper critic, and was editor of Poetry Review 2005-12. Her critically acclaimed biography, In Search of Mary Shelley (2018) was shortlisted for the Biographers Club Slightly Foxed Prize. The poems in her new poetry collection Come Down have received two major European prizes, the 2019 Naim Frashëri Laureateship of Albania and Macedonia, and the 2020 European Lyric Atlas Prize, Bosnia. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton and at work on a new biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Price includes entry to Stone Moon exhibition. 

Fiona Sampson Poetry Reading

Fiona Sampson Poetry Reading



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