Falmouth is home to the brilliant Atlantic Press, which has done much to foster creative collaboration between poets and artists/illustrators. And it’s that collaboration that’s the theme for an event at Falmouth University on Friday 11 November from 3.00 to 5.00pm.
Hosted by the university’s MA Illustration: Authorial Practice, the event will feature readings from recent work by Em Strang and Luke Thompson.
Em recently collaborated with award-winning illustrator Mat Osmond to create the Atlantic Press pamphlet Stone. Set in an imaginary, post-collapse world, the long narrative poem explores the life of a man who has taken to the hills to understand what it means to be human in a world ‘where there are more animals than men’. If stories seed us, the poem asks, why is it we persist in sowing and tending toxic ones?
Luke’s collaboration with Mairead Dunne has resulted in the clearing, a meditation on anxiety, hope and fear as vocalised by birds that pass into and out of a clearing in the woods. Experimenting with lenses and with negative space, Mairead’s illustrations heighten the intensity of these tiny, illuminated moments.
The readings will be followed by a panel discussion on creative collaboration chaired by Dr Kym Martindale of the university’s School of Writing & Journalism, with authors and illustrators being joined by Steve Braund, director of Atlantic Press.
This event is in Lecture Theatre 2 on the university’s Falmouth Campus. It’s unticketed and free to both Falmouth University students and staff, and to festival-goers. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment, as the doors will close when seating is full, or when the session has begun.
Directions to Lecture 2 will be found at the Falmouth Campus Main Reception, near the campus entrance on Woodlane.