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Alison Brackenbury

Thorpeness... and stories from Chicheley

Tuesday 29 March, 7pm

Online: £ Pay What You Can

(Donations to Lit Fest welcome

'Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world
and its people like no other poet' - Gillian Clarke


Join us for a selection of readings from a brand new collection from one of our most widely-celebrated and much-loved poets. The poems in Alison Brackenbury's  Thorpeness range in their scope from hill forts in Gloucestershire and iconic images of Earth taken from space to Charles Dickens and a photograph of her dashing grandfather in his Great War uniform. 


As an interlude in this event, Alison will also be reading extracts from, and talking about, her forthcoming prose book, Village. Although she is  generally associated with Lincolnshire (where she grew up) or Gloucestershire (where she has now lived for over 40 years), Alison also has deep links with Buckinghamshire. Her mother’s mother, Amy Mary Wright, grew up just a few miles from MIlton Keynes in the tiny village of Chicheley, and would say ‘I always remember’- before a flow of Chicheley stories.

Alison's reading will be illustrated throughout with a selection of images that bring her poems and stories to visual life.


Biographical Note

Alison Brackenbury, who grew up in a Lincolnshire village, is descended from a long line of servants and skilled farmworkers. She moved along the limestone to a Gloucestershire town, where she has lived for over forty years. Alison has worked as librarian, accounts clerk and metal finisher, and has been a parent, horse-owner, and custodian of too many cats. Despite this, she has published ten poetry collections. Her latest is Thorpeness, published by Carcanet in February 2022.


Alison’s work has won Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors. Her work has been broadcast frequently on BBC Radios 3 and 4. Her last Radio 4 feature, exploring family – and life! – through her grandmother’s recipes, was praised by ‘Pick of the Week’ as ‘delicious’.


Alison is keen to promote poetry via social media, and can be found, with cats and celandines, on Instagram, Facebook, and, in accidental capitals, on Twitter...                


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