Image: WS (Sydney) Graham at his cottage in Madron after completing a poem, photographed by Andrew Lanyon circa 1968 © Andrew Lanyon

Faber New Poet, Sam Buchan-Watts will discuss his critical research on WS Graham. Graham was a Scottish poet whose painterly poetry was often in dialogue with the St Ives artists. Buchan-Watts is the co-editor of a forthcoming anthology, Try To Be Better, made up of new artwork and writing commissioned in response to Graham’s prompts and notes to self. ‘Try To Be Better’ is due to be published by Test Centre in November to coincide with the centenary of Graham’s birth.

CAST Café supper will be served beforehand from 6pm. Something hot and something sweet, from £7 for two courses.

This talk is part of ‘A Cornish Review‘, a weekend of workshops and talks programmed by Master’s students from the Writing Programme at the Royal College of Art, London exploring the relationship between writing and a set of wide-ranging themes: language, poetry, landscape, site, geography, choreography, movement, the body, heath and wellbeing, and local cultural and industrial histories. Drawing from the premise and title of Denys Val Baker’s influential literary magazine, The Cornish Review (1949-59 and 1966-74), RCA Writing has invited practitioners from across Cornwall (and beyond) to co-lead the workshops, screenings and performances at the Epworth Hall, Helston. Workshops are free and open to all, though spaces are limited.

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Saturday 19 May 2018 7pm Free admission
All welcome