(with my apologies if you receive this more than once)

The first in Shearsman's 2008 Reading Series takes place on  
Wednesday, 16 January at 7:30 pm

featuring Elisabeth Bletsoe & Peter Robinson

Landscape from a Dream is Elisabeth Bletsoe's first collection in ten  
years and offers startling evidence of a powerful voice that should  
be better known. Very much a poet of place, Elisabeth Bletsoe fuses  
elements of folklore, botany, literature, myth and narrative into a  
poetry that is at once feminist in spirit, forthright, and  to a  
certain extent  at odds with the prevailing British poetic styles,  
whether conservative or radical. Rooted in the landscape of her  
native Dorset, this is poetry of deep observation, but within that  
she also gives voice to some of Thomas Hardy's heroines  not just  
Tess Durbeyfield, but lesser-known female characters such as Marty  
South in The Woodlanders  characters who are much a part of this  
Dorset landscape as Bletsoe's poetry is. And the voices they gain are  
not the voices in Hardy's narratives, but strong, independent voices  
who have thrown off their creator.

Further details of the book can be found here:

Biographical details may be found here:

The Look of Goodbye contains Peter Robinson's poetry from his last  
half dozen years living and working in Sendai and Kyoto. Difficulties  
associated with having your heart in Europe and your life in Japan  
are explored across the shadowy terrains of a world grown decidedly  
more at risk, dangerous, and violent. The stays of love, friendship,  
family, place, and memory are tested by death, loss, and  
displacement; yet Robinson's poetry celebrates all that it can by  
means of the poet's rhythm, formal dexterity, and his eye for the  
energized processes of landscape and atmosphere. Composed at the same  
time as their author began to write and publish aphorisms, these  
poems show Robinson extending his range of subjects and developing  
the fresh directness with which he treats them. While bidding  
farewell to his Japanese years, The Look of Goodbye is as welcoming  
of readers, new and returning, as ever.

Further details of the book can be found here:

and biographical details here:

The venue is

Swedenborg Hall
Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH

Admission free.

The entrance is around the corner on Barter Street. Closest Tube  
Stations: Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Lines : 4 minutes' walk),  
Tottenham Court Road (Central & Northern Lines: 6 minutes), Covent  
Garden (Piccadilly Line: 10 minutes). Several buses stop a few yards  
from the Hall. There is an underground carpark close by, underneath  
Bloomsbury Square.

Disabled access is available, but please let us know in advance if it  
is required.

Further details here of the venue:

The next reading in the series will be on Wednesday 6 February, at  
the same venue; the guest poets will be announced shortly.


Tony Frazer
Shearsman Books Ltd
58 Velwell Road
Exeter EX4 4LD

Tel / Fax: (+44) (0) 1392-434511