Carrie Etter and featured poets

Poetry in the City! Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Monday 20 May 2024
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Chapter 22 Roots and Records
£11/£8 (excl. fees)
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A festival favourite! Bath poet and University of Bristol lecturer Carrie Etter will read from her new, fifth collection, Grief’s Alphabet, alongside local poets Kaycee Hill and Luke Palmer, with an open mic. Come read your poem (up to 40 lines) to a welcoming audience!

During the breaks there will be a chance to mingle, have a drink from the bar and chat to the poets. Attendees wanting to read should bring a single poem of no more than 40 lines and can sign up at the beginning of the event. 

Kaycee Hill is a working-class, mixed-heritage poet studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol. She won the inaugural James Berry Poetry Prize and received mentorship from Malika Booker. Kaycee’s poetry has been published in Poetry Review and Five Dials, and commended by the Young Poets Network. Her words are found on Young Poets Stories, the British Museum’s YouTube channel, and in various anthologies. Bloodaxe recently published her debut collection, Hot Sauce.

The title sequence of Luke Palmer’s first collection, Homunculus, imagines 16th century alchemist Paracelsus as a single father. Told from the perspective of his immaculately conceived son, the work is described as ‘fiercely original’ and ‘meticulously woven yet explosive, uncontrollable’. He won the 2022 Winchester Poetry Prize (for ‘Desire | Fathers’) and has taught on poetry and fatherhood for the Poetry School. Luke is also the critically acclaimed author of two novels for young people.