Locust and Marlin London Launch

We had such a gorgeous time in London last week for the first Locust and Marlin launch. It all went very smoothly, and we even had time for tea and cake at the London Review of Books cafe and a quick visit to the a British Museum before we hopped back on the train.

It was great to see some dear old friends and to make some new ones, to hear the beautiful poems of Alasdair Paterson who was also launching his new book, Elsewhere or Thereabouts, and to see my publisher, Tony Frazer.

Can’t wait for the Edinburgh launch now! And before that two other readings coming up, details below. Hope to see you soon.

The Sutton Gallery Reading, 10 March, 7pm, featuring Ron Silliman, nick-e melville / Anne Laure Coxam, and JL Williams


Magma Launch, Blind Poet, 12 March, 7pm for 7.30pm (I’ll be there a little later as I’m hoping to pop into Stewart Conn’s PAS launch event first).



Categorized as Poetry

By jlwpoetry

Books by JL Williams include Condition of Fire (Shearsman, 2011), Locust and Marlin (Shearsman, 2014), House of the Tragic Poet (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), After Economy (Shearsman, 2017) and Origin (Shearsman, 2022). Published widely in journals, her poetry has been translated into numerous languages. She has read at international literature festivals and venues in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Cyprus, Canada, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and the US. She wrote the libretto for the opera Snow which debuted in London in 2017, was awarded a bursary to develop a new opera with composer Samantha Fernando at the Royal Opera House and was a librettist for the award-winning 2020 covid-response Episodes project by The Opera Story. Williams curates writing events and creates workshops and professional development activities for poets. She is hopeful about the simple and mysterious power of poetry that allows us to know ourselves, each other and the world more deeply.

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