BWLF/BLF The Salon Reading List

Thanks to those who braved the elements last night to come along to the Bristol Literature Festival meets Bristol Women’s Literature Festival Salon.

It was a lovely evening full of inspiring women’s voices.

We heard from Shagufta Iqbal and Anna Hoghton, two beautifully talented Bristol poets whose work is making waves across the poetry scene. And I (Sian) read some of my new poems too.

Anna brought along Elizabeth Burns‘ Clay collection to share with the group, and I brought along Deborah Levy’s An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell.

We also heard readings from Toni Morrison’s Sula, and Vik Shirley and Helen Shepherd shared their own poems. Dawn May brought along her self-published book about explaining Parkinson’s disease to her grandson.

As is tradition at Salon events, we finished with a bit of Sylvia Plath reading Lady Lazarus, using the never-fail method of putting my phone in a glass to amplify the sound.

Thanks to Spike Island for the venue and Bristol Literature Festival for the collaboration.

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